Abode of Motherly Affection ~ Sri Jahnava

A mother’s love is incomparable in the three worlds. It is complete self abnegation love, so pure and selfless. A mother gives away everything beginning from herself for her child.

All glories to Shri Jahnava Ishvari, who is the source of this material love and affection. Indeed the qualities of motherly affection which we see in this material world is only a semblance of Her pure love.

The foremost quality of any mother is that She must be approachable to the child…in any circumstance, in any situation… with reason or without reason the child should be able to run to the mother and lay their head on her lap. In any situation, the mother is the first person the child wants to run to or remember. Radharani is also our mother, but Her sister who is completely nondifferent from Herself and actually even more merciful and karunamayi is more approachable for all souls. And in truth Yugal Kishor (Radha Krishna) can only be properly appreciated when we have adequately honoured Yugal Murti (Jahnava Nitai). Just like Nitai cares for us like a doting father, Jahnava devi cuddles fallen souls like us in Her blanket of pure motherly affection. Where else will we find such love?!

There is a reason that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur composed bhavarnave pade mor, where it is lucidly described…while displaying our pitiful condition that Jahnava devi is our only hope to rescued from this deadly ocean of material existence. Such a song has not been written for any other shakti swarupa of any other Lord. Only for Nityananda Shakti. Of course, this is no cause of astonishment. Only Nityananda Shakti could possess the necessary compassion and mercy needed to envelope abominably fallen souls in the cooling shade of Her lotus feet.

(6)
ogo sri jahnava devi! e dase koruna
koro’ aji nija-gune, ghucao jantrana

(7)
tomar carana-tari koriya asroy
bhavarnava par ha’ba korechi niscoy

(8)
tumi nityananda-sakti krsna-bhakti-guru
e dase koroho dana pada-kalpa-taru

(6) Oh most revered Jahnava Devi! Please show mercy to this servant today by virtue of your own good qualities, and kindly relieve all of his afflictions.

(7) By taking the shelter of the boat of Your lotus feet I will certainly be able to cross over this vast ocean of material existence.

(8) You are the very pleasure potency of Lord Nityananda, and you are the spiritual master of devotion to Lord Krsna. Kindly bestow upon this servant the wish-fulfilling desire tree of your lotus feet.

Let us tightly grasp onto these pada kalpataru which are our ultimate shelter in life and death if we want to hop onto the boat of Nitai bhakti! How is this possible? Via Nitai Vayulekhan! Jahnava devi is directly present within Namakshars of Her Praneshwar’s holy name. Indeed how can Nitai Nam Prabhu be complete without His shakti? Just like we get the rare chance to pull on Nitai’s nilambar dhoti while imploring Him to take us as His during Vayulekhan (Nitaipreshthji revealed this), we also become blessed with the extremely extremely rare chance to touch the dust of Jahnava Devi’s Lotus feet and mentally offer this prayer of Thakur Bhaktivinoda to Her. Jahnava Mata is really confidential, but Vayulekhan is so merciful…it freely blesses one with the benediction of Her association! And since we are writing Her Jivana Dhana’s name, which is the most pleasing to Her in the three worlds, She is a lot more likely to rapidly fully give away Her topmost mercy. Joy Jahnava Nitai!

Nitaisevak ganer seva abhilashi,
Nitaisevika dasi

Jahnava Devi Is Eager to Help Us Serve Nitai

🌹Jahnava Mata is always so eager to help us in our attempts to serve Doyal Nitai! If we seek Her mercy before rendering any form of service to Nitai, it is sure to be extraordinary and successful.

🌸 Jahnava Devi will never let us down whenever we are in a Nitai Bhakti dilemma or crisis and desperately need someone to rescue us or show us the path.

🌺Ha Jahnava Thakurani! He Nityananda Priya! You are the ray of light, the everlasting hope which continues to shine through even in the darkest times of my consciousness. How can this be astonishing…after all…You are Nitai Shakti!!! The Divine energy of Nityananda Prabhu. Can only repeat the prayer of Your dearmost servant Kamala Manjari (Bhaktivinoda Thakur) and plead for Your mercy,

tumi nityananda-sakti krsna-bhakti-guru
e dase koroho dana pada-kalpa-taru

kota kota pamarere ko’recho uddhar
tomar carane aj e kangal char

“You are the very pleasure potency of Lord Nityananda, and you are the spiritual master of devotion to Lord Krsna. Kindly bestow upon this servant the wish-fulfilling desire tree of your lotus feet.”

“Thus this most wretched and shameful rogue begs at your feet today, for he sees that you are delivering many other sinners.”

🌷A single day gone by without remembering or singing the names of Nitai’s associates is a day gone to utter waste. After all, who else but Nitai parshad gana and Sri Jahnava Ishvari bestow the madness to execute Nitai’s service to one and all?

🌹Prayer at the lotus feet of Jahnava Mata that She will light up the intense fire of Nitai prem in our hearts and then allow those flames to consume us fully.

Nitaisevika dasi

Jahnava Mata’s Sacrifice for the Deliverance of Fallen Souls

Just like Nitai is extraordinary among all forms of Godhead, Srimati Jahnava Thakurani is also exceptional among the potencies of the Supreme. Nitaichand is Her life breath. Jahnavi Jivita Patih. She survives only by beholding His lotus feet. One cannot imagine the pain She endures even in a moment of separation from Him.

She fainted in Suryadas Sarakhela’s angan and went into Maha samadhi just by overhearing that Her father had turned Nitai away when He asked for Her hand in marriage (just for sake of pastimes).

Even though She was fully aware that Their reunion is ultimately inevitable, even the thought of being separated from Her Prananath for the time being was intolerable. She was only moments away from taking Her last breath when Nitai was suddenly brought back to the courtyard by Suryadas and Gauridas, and the fragrance of His divine body entered into Her nose. Only the presence of Her Lord could revive Her once again.

When Nitai disappeared the first time, Jahnava Mata’s piteous cries compelled Him to come back. With how much separation must one call to force even the Supreme Lord to reappear?!

This is the same Jahnava Mata who continued to live in this material world even after Nitai’s disappearance just to deliver the fallen souls!!! The one for whom even the thought of being separated from Her Master means death, She willingly endured the excruciating pangs of viraha from Him just to preach for the deliverance of Kaliyuga souls and push Mahaprabhu’s Sankirtan Movement forward. We owe so much to Jahnava Devi. After all, as Bhaktivinoda Thakur says, She is Krishna bhakti Guru.

Jahnava Ishvari was the one who took charge, on the order of Nityananda Prabhu, to protect the Gaudiya teachings and guide all the Vaishnavas. This is the greatest expression of Her benevolence and mercy. No other Shakti of the Supreme Lord ever undertook such a grave responsibility, or shall I say penance. The reason is that the waves of vipralamba bhava are too violent to overcome. Even Gadadhar Pandit, who is Radharani, disappeared shortly after Gauranga’s disappearance.

Vishnupriya Devi Herself, although an ocean of mercy, would barely ever give darshan. She would always stay in Her inner quarters and meditate on the lotus feet of Prabhu Vishwambhar, while chanting the holy names. Due to the unbearable pain of separation from Gauranga Mahaprabhu, She was not in the state to give audience to anyone.

Jahnava devi remained even after many of the Gaurparshadas had disappeared. She drank only milk and took nothing else. Srinivas, Narottam and Shyamananda Thakur were the ones who were to distribute the mercy of the six Goswamis. She stayed back to personally guide Them. It was by Her mercy that Nitai Gaur and all Their associates reappeared in the Kheturi Kirtan.

Jahnava Mata’s role and contribution to Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s movement is of topmost significance and definitely revolutionary. Nityananda Shakti ki jay!

Nitaisevak ganer seva abhilashi,
Nitaisevika dasi

Always Call Out to Jahnava Devi

🌸 Whenever there is some Nitai bhakti dilemma or crisis, immediately call out to Jahnava Devi! You can place all your faith in Her without a single speck of doubt that She will immediately come to your aid without any consideration of time and circumstances.
Even when the matter is absolutely hopeless and there seems to be no way left, you will be astonished how Jahnava Mata miraculously resolves the issue immediately. She is like the mother who comes running after the child just by receiving a small hint that her child is in trouble.

One who sincerely prays to Jahnava Devi never falls weak in Nitai bhakti! Maya’s attacks become only a myth.

We have no qualities. We have no qualifications. We are being tormented, tortured and harassed by the illusory energy Maya at every moment. There is no limit or boundaries to our miseries, nor are there any words sufficient to describe our pitiable condition. Our personal strength is exhausted and efforts to overcome this misery have failed. We want to come out of Maya and engage in spiritual activities, but we are strongly bound. One thing is for sure, with our own efforts it is impossible to transcend. What then is our hope to cross this ocean of material nescience?

Ogo Sri Jahnava Devi
E dase karuna
Koro aji nija gune ghuchao jontrona

Jahnava Devi, Sri Nityananda Shakti and the mother of bhakti, She is our only hope! But wait, why should She bestow Her mercy upon us? What qualification do we have – nothing. Koro aji nija gune, She does not wait to see our qualifications…She delivers us on the strength of Her own qualities. We are adham but She is maha uttam, and Her divine qualities and compassion very strongly overpower our fallen-ness. Our fallen nature stands nowhere in competition with Her compassion. Ghuchao jontrona, only She is capable of mitigating our pain and miseries. She relieves us from our painful condition without any cause. Bhaktivinoda Thakura always begs Her shelter.

She is Nitai’s mercy, love, compassion and all His qualities personified. Who can surpass Her level of bestowing mercy.

Joy Jahnava Devi!

🌷Prayer at the lotus feet of Jahnava Mata that She will light up the intense fire of Nitai prem in our hearts and then allow those flames to consume us fully.

Jahnava Devi’s Affection and Protection

🌸 Whenever there is some Nitai bhakti dilemma or crisis, immediately call out to Jahnava Devi! You can place all your faith in Her without a single speck of doubt that She will immediately come to your aid without any consideration of time and circumstances.
Even when the matter is absolutely hopeless and there seems to be no way left, you will be astonished how Jahnava Mata miraculously resolves the issue immediately. She is like the mother who comes running after the child just by receiving a small hint that her child is in trouble.

One who sincerely prays to Jahnava Devi never falls weak in Nitai bhakti! Maya’s attacks become only a myth.

We have no qualities. We have no qualifications. We are being tormented, tortured and harassed by the illusory energy Maya at every moment. There is no limit or boundaries to our miseries, nor are there any words sufficient to describe our pitiable condition. Our personal strength is exhausted and efforts to overcome this misery have failed. We want to come out of Maya and engage in spiritual activities, but we are strongly bound. One thing is for sure, with our own efforts it is impossible to transcend. What then is our hope to cross this ocean of material nescience?

Ogo Sri Jahnava Devi
E dase karuna
Koro aji nija gune ghuchao jontrona

Jahnava Devi, Sri Nityananda Shakti and the mother of bhakti, She is our only hope! But wait, why should She bestow Her mercy upon us? What qualification do we have – nothing. Koro aji nija gune, She does not wait to see our qualifications…She delivers us on the strength of Her own qualities. We are adham but She is maha uttam, and Her divine qualities and compassion very strongly overpower our fallen-ness. Our fallen nature stands nowhere in competition with Her compassion. Ghuchao jontrona, only She is capable of mitigating our pain and miseries. She relieves us from our painful condition without any cause. Bhaktivinoda Thakura always begs Her shelter.

She is Nitai’s mercy, love, compassion and all His qualities personified. Who can surpass Her level of bestowing mercy.

Joy Jahnava Devi!