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Ekādaśī Kīrtana

śrī hari-vāsare hari-kīrtana-vidhāna
nṛtya ārambhilā prabhu jagatera prāṇa (1)

On ekādaśī day Mahāprabhu, who is the life and soul of all beings, decreed that everyone should gather for kīrtana.
Hearing the sound of His own name, He began to dance in ecstasy.

punyavanta śrīvāsa-aṅgane śubhārambha
uṭhilo kīrtana-dhvani ‘gopāla’ ‘govinda’ (2)

In Śrīvāsa-aṅgana, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura’s divine courtyard, He inaugurated the auspicious reverberations of the kīrtana in a booming voice: ‘Gopāla! Govinda!’

mṛdaṅga-mandirā bāje śaṅkha-karatāla
saṅkīrtana-saṅge saba hoilo miśāla (3)

In the courtyard the sounds of the mṛdaṅga, small cymbals, conch, karatālas, and beautiful singing all mixed together.

brahmāṇḍa bhedilo dhvani pūriyā ākāśa
caudikera amaṅgala jāya saba nāśa (4)

The thunderous sound passed through the entire brahmāṇḍa and filled the whole sky (reaching Śveta-dvīpa), destroying everything inauspicious in all the fourteen worlds.

uṣaḥ-kāla hoite nṛtya kore viśvambhara
yūtha yūtha hoilo jata gayana sundara (5)

From morning Viśvambhara (He who nourishes and maintains the whole universe withbhakti) danced. Many groups sang charmingly, each with a different melody.

śrīvāsa-paṇḍita loiyā eka sampradāya
mukunda loiyā āra jana-kata gāya (6)

Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita was the guru of one group of kīrtanīyas, and Mukunda was the lead singer of another.

loiyā govinda ghoṣa āro kata-jana
gauracandra-nṛtya sabe koreno kīrtana (7)

Govinda Ghoṣa was the head of another group. Gauracandra danced in the middle of the whole kīrtana party.

dhariyā bulena nityānanda mahābalī
alakṣite advaita loyena pada-dhūli (8)

The mighty Nityānanda Prabhu protected Mahāprabhu when He swooned while dancing as Advaita Ācārya secretly took His foot-dust at that time.

gadādhara-ādi jata sajala-nayane
ānande vihvala hoilo prabhura kīrtane (9)

Tears came to Gadādhara, Mukunda, Śrīdhāra, and others upon hearing Mahāprabhu’s kīrtana, as the rising of aṣṭasattvika
bhāvas overwhelmed their hearts.

jakhon uddaṇḍ nāce prabhu viśvambhara
pṛthivī kampita hoya, sabe pāya ḍara (10)

Viśvambhara danced with so much force that the earth trembled, causing all the devotees to become afraid.

kokhono vā madhura nācaye viśvambhara
jena dekhi nandera nandana naṭavara (11)

Sometimes Viśvambhara danced so gracefully and sweetly that He appeared to be naṭavara Nanda-nandana, the best of
dancers.

aparūpa kṛṣṇa-veśa, aparūpa nṛtya
ānande nayana bhori’ dekhe saba bhṛtya (12)

Mahāprabhu’s beauty is unequaled and unsurpassed, defeating even Kṛṣṇa’s beauty (even Kṛṣṇa has no mahābhāva). All His followers’ eyes filled with ānanda seeing His dancing.

nijānande nāce mahāprabhu viśvambhara
caraṇera tāla śuni ati manohara (13)

Mahāprabhu Viśvambhara danced, absorbed in ānanda. Hearing the rhythm of His dancing feet, the devotees became
spellbound.

bhāva-bhare mālā nāhi rahaye galāya
chiṇḍiyā paḍaye giyā bhakatera pāya (14)

Echoing this ecstatic mood His garland swung wildly, and unable to stay around His neck, it broke open and fell at the feet of the devotees.

caturddike śrī-hari maṅgala saṅkīrtana
mājhe nāce jagannātha miśrera nandana (15)

The auspicious sounds of śrī harināma saṅkīrtana spread in every direction while Jagannātha Miśra’s son danced in the
midst of all the devotees.

jā’ra nāmānande śiva-basana nā jāne
jā’ra jaśe nāce śiva, se nāce āpane (16)

Śiva chants the same blissful name and becomes so absorbed in prema that his cloth falls down. Hearing Mahāprabhu’s glories, Śiva starts to dance, and Mahāprabhu, hearing His own glories, also dances.

jā’ra nāme valmīki hoilā tapodhana
jā’ra nāme ajāmila pāilo mocana (17)

By this same nāma, Valmīki achieved the wealth of austerity: he saw all Rāma-līlā. And by this same nāma all of Ajāmila’s anarthas and aparādhas were destroyed at the root.

jā’ra nāma śravaṇe saṁsāra-bandha ghuce
heno prabhu avatārī’ kali-yuge nāce (18)
Hearing śrī kṛṣṇa-nāma totally cuts all worldly attachments. Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself came in Kali-yuga as Mahāprabhu, dancing and advising all to chant kṛṣṇa-nāma.

jā’ra nāma gāi śuka-nārada beḍāya
sahasra-vadana prabhu jā’ra guṇa gāya (19)

Śukadeva and Nārada also chant this kṛṣṇa-nāma and distribute it. With thousands of tongues Mahāprabhu sings
the glories of this nāma.

sarva mahā-prāyaścitta je prabhura nāma
se-prabhu nācaye, dekhe jata bhāgyavāna (20)

Taking Mahāprabhu’s name constitutes the highest form of atonement. Seeing Mahāprabhu dancing, the devotees became
supremely fortunate.

prabhura ānanda dekhi’ bhāgavata-gaṇa
anyonye galā dhori’ karaye krandana (21)

Seeing Mahāprabhu’s bliss, the devotees embraced each other and wept loudly (as the rays of Mahāprabhu’s ānanda
entered their hearts).

sabāra aṅgete śobhe śrī candana-mālā
ānande gāyena kṛṣṇa-rase hai’ bholā (22)

All the devotees attended kīrtana and Mahāprabhu personally decorated their bodies with candana7 and garlands.
Śrī Gaurasundara and the devotees sang and tasted kṛṣṇa-rasa with great joy.

jateka vaiṣṇava-sabe kīrtana-āveśe
nā jāne āpana deho, anya jana kise (23)

Absorbed in kīrtana, all the Vaiṣṇava devotees completely lost sense of their own bodies and everyone else around them.

“jaya kṛṣṇa-murāri-mukunda-vanamālī”
ahar-niśa gāya sabe hai’ kutūhalī (24)

“Jaya kṛṣṇa, murāri, mukunda, vanamālī.” Day and night all the devotees sang kīrtana in great happiness.

ahar-niśa bhakta-saṅge nāce viśvambhara
śrānti nāhi kāro, sabe sattva-kalevara (25)

Viśvambhara danced twenty-four hours a day with His devotees but never tired, because His body was fully transcendental.

ei-mata nāce mahāprabhu viśvambhara
niśi avaśeṣa mātra se eka prahara (26)

Daily, Mahāprabhu (in full prema) danced in kīrtana the whole night, and only stopped three hours before sunrise.

ei-mata ānanda hoya navadvīpa-pure
prema-rase vaikuṇṭhera nāyaka bihare (27)

Daily, Mahāprabhu, the Hero who enjoys the prema-rasa of Vaikuṇṭha (Śvetadvīpa), tasted and distributed great bliss in
Navadvīpa.

e sakala puṇya kathā je kore śravaṇa
bhakta-saṅge gauracandre rahu tā’ra mana (28)

Gauracandra and all of His associates enter into the hearts of the devotees who hear this all-auspicious description with
full faith. (Thus, their hearts become Śrīvāsa-aṅgana.)

śrī kṛṣṇa-caitanya-nityānanda-cāṅd jāna
vṛndāvana-dāsa tachu pada-yuge gāna (29)

Vṛndāvana dāsa says, “Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya and the moonlike Nityānanda Prabhu are my life and soul, and I humbly offer this song at Their lotus feet.”

(Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata)

Ekādaśī is the mother of Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti, love and affection. If you do not follow ekādaśī, Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti will never come.