The Lord’s Order to Process Around Town and Chant
nadīyā-godrume nityānanda mahājana
patiyāche nām-haṭṭa jīvera kāraṇa
1) In the land of Nadīyā, on the island of Godruma, the magnanimous Lord Nityānanda has opened up the Marketplace of the Holy Name, meant for the deliverance of all fallen souls.
(śraddhāvān jan he, śraddhāvān jan he)
prabhura ājñāy, bhāi, māgi ei bhikṣā
bolo ‘kṛṣṇa,’ bhajo kṛṣṇa, koro kṛṣṇa-śikṣā
2) O men of faith! O men of faith! By the order of Lord Gaurāṅga, O brothers, I beg this one request: Chant “Kṛṣṇa!”, worship Kṛṣṇa, and follow Kṛṣṇa’s instructions.
aparādha-śūnya ho’ye loho kṛṣṇa-nām
kṛṣṇa mātā, kṛṣṇa pitā, kṛṣṇa dhana-prān
3) Being careful to remain free of offenses, just take the holy name of Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa is your mother, Kṛṣṇa is your father, and Kṛṣṇa is the treasure of your life.
kṛṣṇaera saṁsāra koro chāḍi’ anācār
jīve doyā, kṛṣṇa-nām-sarva-dharma-sār
4) Giving up all improper behavior, carry on your worldly duties only in relation to Kṛṣṇa. The showing of compassion to all fallen souls by loudly chanting the holy name of Kṛṣṇa is the essence of all forms of religion.
Purport to the Song Ājñā-Ṭahal
“Patrolling On the Lord’s Command”
by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
Bengali prose from the Sixth Chapter of Vaiṣṇava-Siddhānta-Mālā