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Chapter 2 - Evening Schedule and Prayers

Sandhya Arati - 6:30 pm - Gaura Arati

(kiba) jaya jaya gorachander aratiko sobha
jahnavi-tata-vane jaga-mana-lobha
All glories, all glories to the beautiful arati ceremony of Lord Caitanya. This Gaura-arati is taking place in a grove on the banks of the Jahnavi (Ganges) and
 is attracting the minds of all living entities in the universe.
(Refrain 1)
gauranger arotik sobha
jaga-jana-mana-lobha

 

dakine nitaichand bame gadadhara
nikate adwaita shrinivasa chhatra dhara
 On Lord Caitanya's right side is Lord Nityananda and on His left is Sri Gadadhara. Nearby stands Sri Advaita, and Srivasa Thakura is holding an umbrella over Lord Caitanya's head.
bosiyachhe gorachand ratna-simhasane
arati korena brahma-adi deva-gane

Lord Caitanya has sat down on a jeweled throne, and the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma perform the arati ceremony.

 

narahari-adi kori chamara dhulaya
sanjaya-mukunda-basu-ghosh-adi gaya
Narahari Sarakara and other associates of Lord Caitanya fan Him with camaras, and devotees headed by Sanjaya Pandita, Mukunda Datta, and Vasu ghosa sing sweet kirtana.
sankha baje ghanta baje baje karatala
madhur mridanga baje parama rasala
Conchshells, bells, and karatalas resound, and the mrdangas play very sweetly. This kirtana music is supremely sweet and relishable to hear.
(Refrain 2)
sankha baje ghanta baje
madhur madhur madhur baje
 
bahu-koti chandra jini vadana ujjwala
gala-deshe bana-mala kore jhalamala
The brilliance of Lord Caitanya's face conquers millions upon millions of moons, and the garland of forest flowers around His neck shines.
shiva-shuka-narada preme gada-gada
bhaktivinoda dehke gorara sampada
Lord Siva, Sukadeva Gosvami, and Narada Muni are all there, and their voices are choked with the ecstasy of trancendental love. Thus Thakura Bhaktivinoda envisions the glory of Lord Caitanya.

After Gaura-Arati there is usually Bhagavad Gita class and/or class for bhaktas. Srila Prabhupada recommended participation in the evening program so that one is peaceful and thinking of Krsna before retiring for the evening.

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