Authorized prayers of Sri Locana dasa Thakura
These prayers were not ordinary concocted prayers. Prayers must be approved by Vedic literature, as indicated in this verse by the words daivībhir gīrbhiḥ. In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement we do not allow any song that has not been approved or sung by bona fide devotees. We cannot allow cinema songs to be sung in the temple. We generally sing two songs. One is śrī–kṛṣṇa–caitanya prabhu nityānanda śrī–advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura–bhakta–vṛnda. This is bona fide. It is always mentioned in the Caitanya–caritāmṛta, and it is accepted by the ācāryas. The other, of course, is the mahā–mantra—Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. We may also sing the songs of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, but these two songs—“śrī-kṛṣṇa–caitanya” and the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā–mantra—are sufficient to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead, although we cannot see Him. Seeing the Lord is not as important as appreciating Him from the authentic literature or the authentic statements of authorized persons. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/8/5/25
Sri Locana dasa Thakura writes Caitanya-Mangala
ore mūḍha loka, śuna caitanya-maṅgala
caitanya-mahimā yāte jānibe sakala
Śrī Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura’s Caitanya–bhāgavata was originally entitled Caitanya–maṅgala, but when Śrīla Locana dāsa Ṭhākura later wrote another book named Caitanya–maṅgala, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura changed the name of his own book, which is now therefore known as Caitanya–bhāgavata. The life of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is very elaborately described in the Caitanya–bhāgavata, and Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī has already informed us that in his Śrī Caitanya–caritāmṛta he has described whatever Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has not mentioned. This acceptance of Śrī Caitanya–bhāgavata by Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī indicates his acceptance of the disciplic succession. A writer of transcendental literature never tries to surpass the previous ācāryas. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/8/33
Locana dasa Thakura as disciple of Narahari Sarakara Thakura
Narahari dāsa Sarakāra was a very famous devotee. Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, the celebrated author of Śrī Caitanya–maṅgala, was his disciple. In the Caitanya–maṅgala it is stated that Śrī Gadādhara dāsa and Narahari Sarakāra were extremely dear to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but there is no specific statement regarding the inhabitants of the village of Śrīkhaṇḍa. Link to this page:
Locana dasa Thakura’s songs all authorized
Govinda Ghoṣa belonged to the kāyastha dynasty of the Uttara-rāḍhīya section, and he was known as Ghoṣa Ṭhākura. Even to the present day there is a place named Agradvīpa, near Katwa, where a fair takes place and is named after Ghoṣa Ṭhākura. As far as Vāsudeva Ghoṣa is concerned, he composed many nice songs about Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and these are all authorized Vaiṣṇava songs, like the songs of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, Govinda dāsa Ṭhākura and other great Vaiṣṇavas. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/11/88
Śrīla Locana dāsa Ṭhākura has also sung, parama karuṇa, pahuṅ dui jana, nitāi–gaura–candra: “The two brothers Nitāi and Gaura are so kind that no one can compare to them.” Similarly, Śrīla Narottama dāsa ṭhākura has sung:
vrajendra-nandana yei, śacī-suta haila sei,
balarāma haila nitāi,
dīna-hīna yata chila, hari-nāme uddhārila,
tā’ra sākṣī jagāi-mādhāi
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s special mission is the deliverance of all fallen souls in Kali–yuga. Devotees of Kṛṣṇa must persistently seek the favor and mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to become fit to return home, back to Godhead. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/14/16
Srila Prabhupada explains parama karuna
Srila Prabhupada: Parama koruṇa, pahū dui jana, nitāi gauracandra. This is a song by Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, a great devotee and ācārya of the Gauḍīya–sampradāya. He is declaring that pahū dui jana. Pahū means lords. Dui jana means two. Who are the two lords? Nitai Gauracandra. One is Lord Nitāi, Nityānanda; another is Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. So, he says that “These two Lords are very merciful.” Parama koruṇa, pahū dui jana. Parama koruṇa means very merciful. Nitai Gauracandra. Saba avatāra, sāra śiromaṇi. Avatāra means incarnation, and saba means all. “They are the essence of all incarnations.” Saba avatāra, sāra śiromaṇi, kevala ānanda–kanda: “And the specific significance of these incarnations is that to prosecute their ways of self-realization is simply joyful,” ānanda–kanda. They introduced chanting and dancing. No other incarnation There are many incarnations, just like Lord Rāma. Even Kṛṣṇa, He taught Bhagavad-gītā. That requires knowledge, understanding. But here Lord Caitanya, Nityānanda, introduced some process which is simply joyful: simply chant and dance. Kevala ānanda–kanda. Saba avatāra, sāra śiromaṇi, kevala ānanda–kanda.
Therefore he requests everyone, bhajo bhajo bhāi, caitanya nitāi: “My dear brothers, I request you. Just you worship Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda.” Sudṛḍha biśwāsa kori’: “With firm conviction and faith.” Don’t think that this chanting and dancing will not lead you to the desired goal. It will because there is assurance of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu that you will get all perfection by this process. Therefore Locana dāsa Ṭhākura says that “You must have firm faith and conviction.” It will act. Bhajo bhajo bhāi, caitanya nitāi, sudṛḍha. Sudṛḍha means firm. Biśwāsa kori’, with faith and conviction. But what is the process? The process is viṣaya chāḍiyā, se rase majiyā. If you want to be Kṛṣṇa conscious under that process, then you have to give up your engagement of sense gratification. That is the only restriction. You cannot do that. Then it will be very nice. If you give up sense gratification and come to this stage, then it is sure that you will reach to the desired goal. Viṣaya chāḍiya, se rase majiyā, mukhe bolo hari hari: “And you have to simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, ‘Hari Hari,’ that’s all, without any motive of sense gratification.”
Dekho dekho bhāi, tri–bhuvane nāi. He says, “My dear brothers, you just try and examine that within these three worlds there is nobody like Lord Caitanya or Nityānanda Prabhu.” Because, paśu pākhī jhure, pāṣāṇa vidare: “Their mercy and qualities are so great that even birds and beasts, they are crying, what to speak of human being?” Actually, when Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu passed through the forest of Jhārigrāma, the tigers, the elephants, the snake, the deer, all joined Him in chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. It is so nice. Anyone can join. Animals can join, what to speak of human being? Of course, it is not possible for ordinary man to enthuse animals to chant, but Caitanya Mahāprabhu did it actually. So even if we cannot enthuse animals, we can enthuse at least human being to this path of Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra chanting. Paśu pākhī jhure, pāṣāṇa vidare.
And it is so nice that even the most stonehearted men will be melted. Pāṣāṇa vidare. Pāṣāṇa means stone, and vidare. Pāṣāṇa, even stone, will melt. It is so nice. But he regrets that, viṣaya majiyā: “Being entrapped by sense gratification…” Viṣaya majiyā, rohili bhuliyā. He’s addressing himself, “My dear mind, you are entrapped in the sense gratification process and you have no attraction for chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa.”
Viṣaya bhuliyā, rohili majiyā, se pade nahilo āśa: “You have no attraction for the lotus feet of Caitanya–Nityānanda. So, what can I say? It is only…” Āpana karama, bhuñjāya śamana: “I can simply think of my misfortune only that Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, he is punishing me in this way, that he is not allowing me to be attracted to this movement.” This is the statement of Kahoye locana–dāsa: “This is the statement of Locana dāsa Ṭhākura.” (end)
Locana Däsa Thäkura in his Caitanya Maìgala (Sütra-khanda) predicts the future appearance of Srila Prabhupäda (Lord Caitanya speaking of the reasons for His descent):
näma-guna-sankirtana vaisnavera sakti
prakasa karibe ami nija prema-bhakti
Chanting of the name and qualities of Krsna is the life and energy of the Vaisnavas. I will reveal these activities and rejuvenate pure devotional service unto Myself.
ei mate kali-papa karibe sanhara
sabe cala age pache na kara vichara
In this way, I will destroy all the sins in Kali Yuga. So, all of you, My associates, go ahead and take birth on the earthly planet before My advent and don’t remain behind.
ebe nama sankirtana tikshna khadaga
laiya antara asura jivera phelibe katiya
Taking the sharp sword of the congregational chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra, (nama-sankirtana) I will root out and destroy the demoniac mentality in the hearts of all the conditioned souls.
yadi papi chadi dharma dure dese
yaya mora senapati-bhakta yaibe tathaya
If some sinful people escape and giving up religious principles go to far off countries, then my Senapati Bhakta will come at that time to give them Krsna consciousness. (senapati – a military field commander, bhakta – a devotee. Lord Caitanya will empower His own devotee to spread Krsna Consciousness around the world.
akrodha paramananda nityananda ray
abhimana sunya nitai nagare beday
adhama patita jiver dvare dvare giya
hari-nama maha-mantra dicchen bilaiya
jare dekhe tare kohe dante trna dhori’
amare kiniya loho bolo gaura-hari
eto boli’ nityananda bhume gadi jay
sonara parvata jeno dhulate lotay
heno avatare jar rati na janmilo
locan bole sei papi elo ar gelo
1) The noble Lord Nityananda is never angry, for He is the personification of supreme transcendental bliss. Devoid of any concept of false ego, Nitai wanders about the town.
2) Going from door to door in the residences of the most fallen and wretched souls, He freely distributes the gift of the Hari-nama mahamantra.
3) He exclaims to whomever he sees while holding straw between his teeth, “Please purchase me by worshipping Gaurahari!”
4) Saying thus, Nityananda Prabhu rolls about on the ground, appearing like a golden mountain tumbling in the dust.
5) Locana Dasa Thakura says, “Whoever has not experienced the awakening of affection for such an avatara as this, that sinful person simply comes and goes uselessly in the cycle of repeated birth and death.”