The Sun and Moon of Gauda desh

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vande śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya-
nityānandau sahoditau
gauḍodaye puṣpavantau
citrau śandau tamo-nudau

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauḍa to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.”

Is there anyone who can fathom the fathomless mercy of the two Lords, Gaurahari and Avadhut Nitai? Ananta shesha, with his thousands of mouths has been singing their endless glories since time immemorial and has not covered even a fraction of their ever-increasing glories. The Vaishnavas have all glorified the two brothers, entering into the ocean of their wonderful qualities, and have remained submerged in the bliss in such a way that they cannot find a shore. Even by tasting a drop of the sweetness of their wonderful mercy, a living entity is sure to forget everything else and become a sold-out servant at their lotus feet.

In this beautiful verse they have been described as the sun and moon, who have both arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda desh. Just like the sun and moon, who dispense their rays in all directions and over all that exists, without any consideration of qualified or unqualified, the two brothers are similarly magnanimous. The rays of the Sun and moon go to places that are pure and pristine like the temples and places of worship and they also, without discrimination, go in the filthiest regions and dissipate the darkness. Similarly, the two brothers distribute their mercy not only to those who are born in high class families or those who are free of offences, but rather they bestow their mercy even on the most fallen, purifying them with their merciful glances and granting them Krishna prem by embracing them and instructing them. The two brothers Jagai and Madhai are the examples of their mercy upon the fallen. For this reason they are famous as patita pavan. Petitioning their this magnanimous nature, Srila Narottam das thakur prays, ‘O my Lord! You must bestow your mercy on me. If you don’t grant your mercy to this fallen soul, then how shall your name Patita pavan be justified.’ And indeed there are countless examples of their mercy on the fallen. By thus having arisen in Gauda desh, they have dissipated the darkness of Kali yuga and illuminated the world with Krishna prem. Let us therefore offer our humble obeisances at their lotus feet and surrender ourselves unto them, realising that they are our only true friends and well-wishers.