Hari Haraye Namah

Hari Haraye Namah

Narottam Das Thakur has written this song. Hari Haraye Namah. The official name of this song is Nama Sankirtana. Narottam Das Thakur sings this song, desiring to serve the lotus feet of Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas, wherein he glorifies Lord Krsna, Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda and the six Goswamis.

hari haraye namah krishna yadavaya namah
yadavaya madhavaya kesavaya namah

gopala govinda rama sri-madhusudana
giridhari gopinatha madana-mohana

sri-caitanya-nityananda sri-advaita-sita
hari guru vaishnava bhagavata gita

sri-rupa sanatana bhatta-raghunatha
sri-jiva gopala-bhatta dasa-raghunatha

ei chay gosair kori carana vandan
jaha hoite bighna-nas abhishta-puran

ei chay gosai jar—mui tar das
ta-sabara pada-renu mora panca-gras

tadera carana-sebi-bhakta-sane bas
janame janame hoy ei abhilash

ei chay gosai jabe braje koila bas
radha-krishna-nitya-lila korila prakas

anande bolo hari bhaja vrindaban
sri-guru-vaishnaba-pade majaiya man

sri-guru-vaishnaba-pada-padma kori as
narottama dasa kohe nama-sankirtana
(1) O Lord Hari, O Lord Krishna, I offer my obeisances to You, who are known as Hari, Yadava, Madhava, and Kesava.

(2) O Gopala, Govinda, Rama, Sri Madhusudana, Giridhari Gopinatha, and Madana-mohana!

(3) All glories to Sri Caitanya and Nityananda! All glories to Sri Advaita Acarya and His consort, Sri Sita Thakurani. All glories to Lord Hari, to the spiritual master, the Vaishnavas, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Srimad Bhagavad-Gita.

(4) All glories to Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.

(5) I offer my obeisances to the feet of these six Gosvamis. By bowing to them, all obstacles to devotion are destroyed and all spiritual desires are fulfilled.

(6) I am the servant of that person who is a servant of these six Gosvamis. The dust of their lotus feet is my five kinds of foodstuffs.

(7) This is my desire: that birth after birth I may live with those devotees who serve the lotus feet of these six Gosvamis.

(8) When these six Gosvamis lived in Vraja they revealed the lost holy places and explained the eternal pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

(9) Just shout the names of Lord Hari in great ecstasy and worship the transcendental realm of Vrindavana while absorbing your mind in meditation upon the divine feet of the spiritual master and the Vaishnavas.

(10) Desiring to serve the lotus feet of Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas, Narottama dasa sings this sankirtana of the holy names of Lord Hari.

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Hari Haraye Namah

This song of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura is very famous among devotees in Bengal and Orissa. When Lord Caitanya returned from Gaya, where He was initiated by Sri Isvara Puri, He was completely transformed into a God-intoxicated personality whom His students of grammar had never known before. Instead of teaching ordinary grammar studies, Lord Caitanya explained every sentence in such a way that every Sanskrit word and every letter was understood to indicate Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This form of grammar was later on developed by Srila Jiva Gosvami in a book called Hari-namamrita-vyakarana, The Grammar of the Nectar and Name of Sri Hari. But Lord Caitanya’s students thought that their teacher had become mad, and they rubbed His head with Vishnu oil, an oil that cools the brain. Finally they asked Him, “You say that everything means Krishna and we should ultimately always be chanting the names of Krishna. Just how should we do this?” Then Lord Caitanya began to sing the names of Krishna and clap His hands, and He began His nama-sankirtana movement. The names He sang are the first two lines of this song, and Narottama Dasa Thakura and others have placed these names in the beginning of their writings to immortalize these events in the memory of everyone.

Narottama Dasa Thakura chants the names of Lord Caitanya, Nityananda, Sri Advaita and Sita (Lord Advaita’s consort). Since Lord Hari, the spiritual master, and the Srimad Bhagavad-gita are all on the transcendental platform, they are given the same respect. Then Srila Narottama Dasa chants the names of the six Gosvamis. “I offer my obeisances at their feet,” he sings, “which destroy sufferings accumulated over many long years. I am the servant of these six Gosvamis, and the dust of their lotus feet is my five kinds of foodstuffs. To serve their lotus feet and keep the association of devotees is my only business, birth after birth.” When the six Gosvamis were staying at Vrindavana, they revealed the eternal transcendental pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. Before Lord Caitanya the exact location of the places of Lord Krishna’s pastimes were not known, and therefore Lord Caitanya instructed the Gosvamis to uncover the holy places and construct temples. The temple of Sri Radha Damodara is situated near the location of the rasa dance, and Srila Rupa Gosvami and the other Gosvamis used to gather there and discuss the topics of their literatures, which scientifically explained the super-excellent pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. Narottama Dasa Thakura says, “In great ecstasy shout the name of Hari and serve the real transcendental master and devotees.” He concludes by saying, “With all hopes in the lotus feet of my guru and the holy Vaishnavas, Narottama Dasa sings the sankirtana of Lord Hari:

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