I thought of Srila Prabhupada’s short and encouraging explanation of the soothing and nourishing mercy of Lord Nityananda:
“If we take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, then we get peace…Just like in daytime, especially in the summer season, we become very much exasperated. But at night, in the evening, as soon as there is moonshine, we become very much satisfied…So nitai-pada-kamala, the shade of Nityananda Prabhu’s lotus feet, is koti-candra-susitala, as pleasing as one crore of moonshine. One moonshine gives us so much pleasure. So if we want actually peace of mind, if we actually want to be free from this material fatiguement, then we must take the shelter of Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is the strength, spiritual strength. And without spiritual strength you cannot approach Krishna.”
(Nityananda Trayodasi 1977, Bhubhaneshwar)
Our lives are afflicted with many challenges that yield pain and suffering. Therefore we naturally seek out experiences or places of soothing shelter. All material experiences and shelter are designed to ultimately become sources of further pain, but the merciful shelter of Lord Nityananda guarantees us, even while in the material world, not just eternal peace, but eternal happiness — as His name suggests.
I look forward to sharing a wonderful and exciting day with you all in glorification of Lord Nityananda with our hearts, minds, words and deeds. Please share your time with us from early morning until afternoon so we can help each other receive the soothing mercy of Lord Nityananda.
Swarup Damodar Das
Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day Festival Schedule
4:00am Mangal Arati
7:00am Srila Prabhupada Guru-puja
8:00am Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Darshan
11:30am Class by His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami
12:30pm Arati & Kirtan