The two brothers Nitai on the left and Gauranga on the right, leading the way dancing and chanting out of dark times
Parama Karuna is taken from two words that mean “topmost” and “mercy” respectively. Parama Karuna appears as Track number 3 from Yoga on the Dance Floor.This is the song that pushes people past their inhibitions during the live shows and certainly in their living rooms. Moving you joyfully,it is right on message.
(Might I add that this is Bhakti Yoga in one of it’s most sublime aspects).
Parama Karuna just seems to have this affect on people!
The message is to dance and chant our way to self realization in this dark, dark age where one ugly truth uncovered seems to expose ten more. “Bolo! Bolo! Bolo!” means SING! When I ask the audience to sing along with me; Hari! Hari! Hari! we are invoking a sound vibration, a Name, a Sound Incarnation. “Hari” literally means “He who takes away all miseries”.Try singing it sometime when you are alone and nobody is within earshot.This loud singing is the prescribed method for dealing with unsavory circumstances because it purifies the heart. When the heart is purified so is the atmosphere.It also has the effect of creating community because it breaks down enmity between us. It dissolves envy,jealousy and hatred as it immerses us in Krsna’s Internal Energy known as hladini sakti. People talk about sound baths! This is magic.The pahu dui jana or the “two Lords” initiated sankirtana for anyone who’d like to sing or dance along a little over 500 years ago in West Bengal.They don’t get a lot of credit for it though so I thought I’d point that out.The next time you come across an invitation to join a kirtan at a yoga studio remember some history. And remember fun.
Sankirtana is made up of two words; “Kirtana” (singing) and “san” (together) in a group like “sanga” and is participated in outdoors so all living entities can hear. The EAR is the means of liberation with the tongue working to deliver. So to sum it all up,Gaura Nitai descended to transform our planet by transforming hearts and minds irrespective of caste, creed or national origin via Transcendental sound vibration (Sabda Brahma)that is not of this world. They were,and are, acutely aware of all the social ills that confront us and pain us so.This approach is a call to cast off struggle in the way we are habituated to struggle.It has the power to melt hearts of stone,(pasana) getting right to the heart of our matters. It is an SOS on a heavenly level turn up the bass, bring up the treble.(You get a prize if you caught that reference).
What Have You Got to Lose? Try a transformational process wrought through the power of the sound that is so easy even a child can do it. This particular song was written by one Locana dasa Thakur who lived in Bengal (India) during a time that corresponds to the Renaissance in the west (1523 – 1589).The song originally appears from his body of work called Dhamali with the full title being Sri Sri Gaura Nityanander Daya which means “the mercy of Sri Sri (the beautiful and the beautiful Gaura (Golden Lord)and Nityananda (Eternally Liberated and Transcendentally Blissful Lord). I created a new melody and adapted the title.Tom Glide composed a completely new musical composition just suitable for our taste for nightclubs,street parties and so forth. Here is an clip from our debut at the Knitting Factory NYC.
Here are the complete original lyrics in Bengali along with the beautiful explanation of the song and it’s mood by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896 – 1977) who does a wonderful job explaining the scope and depth of meaning. Prabhupada is one in a very long line of sacred teachers known as “acharyas”,those who teach by example in the Gaudiya school of bhakti yoga (devotional union or relationship) to the Supreme Person, Krsna. Born during the time of colonial rule of India by Britain,his language is in the correct English idiom of the day. Let’s give it a try!
Here we go:
Sri Sri Gaura-Nityanander Daya
The process is to sing and dance to the Maha (Great) mantra. That’s easy!
(The Mercy of Sri Gaura and Nityananda) from Dhamali
by Locana dasa Thakura
parama karuna, pahu dui jana,
saba avatara- sara siromani,
bhajo bhajo bhai, caitanya nitai,
sudrdha biswasa kori’
visaya chariya, se rase majiya,
mukhe bolo hari hari
dekho ore bhai, tri-bhuvane nai,
emona doyala data
pasu pakhi jhure, pasana vidare,
samsare majiya, rohili poriya,
se pade nahilo asa
apana karama, bhunjaye samana,
The Meaning (Purport)
This is a song by Locana dasa Thakura. Pahu means “Lord”,and dui jana means “two”. Locana das Thakur declares that the two Lords – Nitai Gauracandra – Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya are very merciful. (parama karuna). Saba avatara- sara- siromani. Avatara means “incarnation” and saba means “all”. They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that prosecuting Their way of self realization is simply joyful. (kevala-ananda-kanda), for they introduced chanting and dancing.There are many incarnations such a Lord Rama or even Krsna , who taught Bhagavad – gita which requires knowledge and understanding. But Lord Caitanya and Nityananda introduced a process that is simply joyful – simply chanting and dancing.
Therefore Locana dasa requests everyone bhaja bhaja bhai,caitanya nitai ” My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Caitanya with conviction and faith”.
Don’t think that the chanting and dancing will not lead to the desired goal.It will. It is the assurance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu that one will get all perfection by this process. Therefore one must chant with firm faith and conviction. (vivasa kori’ ). But what is this process? The process is visaya chadiya, , se rase majiya. If one wants to be Krsna (God) conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement with sense gratification. That’s the only restriction. If one gives up sense gratification, it is sure he will reach the desired goal. Mukhe bala hari hari: One simply has to chant “Hare Krsna! Hari! HarI!” without any motive for sense gratification.
EKAYANI’s Note: At this point allow me to explain what is meant by the terms “sense gratification”. That would mean meat eating,sex outside of a committed bond. intoxication and gambling. While I don’t know to many gamblers, the idea is to reduce the fever of material attachment and get closer to our real identity as spirit soul. Certain indulgences hinder progress while a spiritually healthy lifestyle promotes advancement. This means at least embarking on the path to show mercy to the animals which includes no animal slaughter for eating their flesh, promiscuity or perhaps sexual exploitation is a terminology easier to understand. Sexual exploitation or impersonal dealings in ones sexual activity. No intoxication can be a hard pill to swallow especially for newcomers to the path of yoga but consider that the material body is already a kind of obsfucation for the soul. Cloudy thinking, addiction and health problems it can induce are like smoke covering our consciousness, covering more acute perception. The substitute drug of choice if I can draw a crude comparison,is the actual chanting of the maha mantra which can get you higher than you every could without any adverse side effects or expenses. It’s free. And finally gambling which can undermine a persons sense of making an honest living by promoting fast earnings and get rich quick schemes to the detriment of society at large. I am sure you can think of an example pretty easily given the current state of financial affairs of governments across the planet. Now back to the purport. (And I really like this part).
We Are Lucky!
Dekha ore bhai,tri- bhuvane nai. Locana dasa Thakur says, “My dear brother, you just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda because Their merciful qualities are so great that they make even birds and beasts cry (in ecstasy) what to speak of human beings”. So the process is to regularly sing the maha mantra while dancing in a group setting. Are You Ready to Party? Can you think of ways to bring this song to your group marches?
“Bolo! Bolo! Bolo! Hari! Hari! Hari!”
New here? This post is part of a ten week series on the inner and outer meanings of the songs from Ekayani’s Yoga on the Dance Floor out on the UK imprint TGEE Records. The first post in this series is called;The Inner Meaning of Gaura Pahu. p.s. This post is for Kim.
p.p.s. Parama Karuna is available for 99 cents on Amazon . I appreciate your support because I’d really like make another album.Thank you very much.