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Nandan Acarja;


Nandan Acarja saw Shri Nityananda Ram, the best of the MahaBhagavatas, standing before him, His bodily effulgence shining like the rays of the sun. His body appeared very large, like the trunk of a great tree, and He was dressed in the garb of an avadhut.

Absorbed in a very grave mood and radiating perfect serenity and calmness, He incessantly repeated the name of Krishna. He is non-different from Shri Chaitanya, for it is He Who is fully conscious of the position of Lord Chaitanya and thus it is Nityananda Who reveals Lord Chaitanya to the inhabitants of the three worlds. Occasionally he would roar very loudly while experiencing ecstatic love within Himself.

He appeared to be highly intoxicated like Balaram Himself. His lotus face was so captivating that it stole the mind away, a beauty which defeated that of ten million moons. The charming smile playing on His lips gives life to this otherwise dead and dying world. The brilliance of His teeth defeats the splendour of pearls. His wide, reddish eyes, the colour of the eastern sky in the early morning, enhance the radiance of His lotus face. His arms extend down to His knees and His chest is raised and erect. Though His lotus feet are very soft, He is a very accomplished traveller.(In those days the only means of travel was by walking or by riding in bullock carts).

Bestowing His mercy on everyone He meets, He makes them completely satisfied. Simply by hearing His sweet words one becomes free from the bondage of material activities. Nityananda Ray has now come to Nadiyapur and so the whole world raises an uproar with loud cries of joy. Who is that brazen character who will try to enumerate the glories of He who broke the sannyasa staff of Shri Gauranga? The whole universe is purified by uttering His name; He, Who delivered so many fallen fools and merchants. (Suvarna baniks) [This is in reference to the fact that Nityananda Prabhu was induced by Uddharan Datta Thakur to preach amongst the suvarna baniks (merchants) who were living in the area of Saptagram.]


Nandan Acarja was very delighted to have such a great personality in his home, and so he kept Him there and fed Him nicely. Whosoever hears of the arrival of Shri Nityananda Candra in Nabadwip, will undoubtedly be able to procure the great wealth of love of God. Jai bolihari!


Shri Biswambhar could understand that Nityananda had arrived and this filled Him with unending happiness. He would make remarks alluding to this fact, but no one could penetrate into the inner meaning of His words. "O My brothers! Within two or three days a great Mahapurush will come here."


On the very morning of Nityananda Prabhu's arrival, the Baisnabas happened to all come together at Shri Gaurachandra's house, while He was engaged in worshipping Lord Bisnu. He then told them, "Today I saw a very wonderful dream. A chariot, decorated with a flag on which was emblazoned the insignia of a palm tree, came and stopped before my door. I could understand that this chariot had come to give substance to this otherwise meaningless world. Seated upon that chariot was a very powerful looking personality, carrying a great plough on His shoulder. He appeared to be restless. In His left hand He carried a cane to which was tied his waterpot. He was dressed in blue coloured garments with a turban on His head.

In his left ear hung a very dazzling earring. I thought that His mode and manners exactly resembled those of Shri Haladhar. Then that wonderful personality inquired, "Is this the house of Nimai Pandit?" At least ten or twenty times He asked this question. In the dress of a mahabadhut He appeared extremely formidable. In fact I don't think that I have seen anywhere before anyone as powerful as He. Seeing Him, I felt very much awed and so I inquired, "May I know something of Your distinguished and illustrious self?"

Then He laughed and replied, "I am Your brother. We will make each other's acquaintance tomorrow."

When I heard these words My happiness increased even further. I even began to forget My own existence, feeling that I had become the same as this wonderful visitor."

While speaking of His dream, Prabhu's external consciousness retreated far away and He began to roar very loudly again and again, totally imbued with the mood and manner of Shri Haladhar.

"Bring me My wine, bring Me liquor!", called Prabhu.

His menacing shouts were almost enough to shatter one's eardrums. Shribas tried to pacify Him, "Hear me Gosai! The liquor that you want is just by Your side. Whatever You wish to distribute to someone, he will easily obtain that."

The devotees retreated to some distance, their bodies trembling with fear, while they simply gazed with wide open eyes upon what was happening. They all thought to themselves, "There must be some explanation for all of this!"

Prabhu continued to storm in a rage, his eyes shining like the morning sky during the sunrise. His gait was unsteady as He laughed to Himself. Truly He appeared just like Sankarshan. After a few moments however, Prabhu again appeared to be situated in His normal self

Then Murari Gupta began to explain Prabhu's dream according to his interpretation, "To me it appears that some Mahapurush has come here (to Nadiya)."

Prabhu exclaimed, "I already told you that much. I am asking you all where that distinguished person is, whom I am destined to meet. Go Hari das! Go Shribas Pandit! Go and look everywhere to see if anyone has recently arrived here."


These two stalwart Mahabhagavat devotees, in accordance with the order of the Lord, began to wander throughout Nabadwip, keeping their eyes open and their hearts filled with the joy of expectation. While they looked hither and thither, they remarked to each other, "It is my conjecture that Lord Sankarshan Himself has arrived here?"

Though they wandered around looking here and there, because they were overwhelmed with intense ecstasy, their actual inquiries amounted only to the space of half a moment and therefore bore no result. Finally, nine hours later, they returned to Prabhu only to report that they had seen no one.

They submitted at His lotus feet, "We didn't see anyone specifically possessed of any uncommon attributes, though we looked in the homes of everyone, be they Baisnab, sannyasi's, householders, or even infidels. As far as Nabadwip goes, we have looked everywhere. The only places we weren't able to search are in the nearby villages."

Shri Gaurachandra simply laughed to hear their report. By some artifice He now began to intimate to them something of the mysterious and esoteric position of Nityananda.


During this incarnation, some people sing the glories of Shri Gaurachandra, but when they hear mention of the name, `Nityananda', they get up and run away. This however, is likened unto those who worship Gobinda but who have no regard for Lord Sankar. Due to this sin, many will have to go to the house of Jamaraj. The incarnation of Lord Nityananda is a treasure house of many profound and concealed truths. Only those who have been shown these mysteries by Shri Chaitanya are able to penetrate their hidden meaning. Those who without proper understanding criticize Nityananda Prabhu's unfathomable character, even though they may possess some devotion to Lord Bisnu, must nevertheless meet with many impediments and hindrances. Shribas and the other devotees are perfectly conversant with all of the truths regarding Him. It was only part of the pastime of the Lord, that they weren't able to find Him. After a few moments Prabhu smiled and told them, "Come along with Me and I will show you were He is."


With great exultation the devotees set out in the company of Mahaprabhu, their joyous cries of "Jay Shri Krishna!" reverberating throughout the sky. Shri Gaursundor took them directly to Nandan Acarja's house and immediately entered there.

Inside was seated a very high-souled and saintly person, Who appeared like a valuable gem stone, as radiant as ten million suns. His depth of absorption in devotional service was beyond understanding. Totally immersed in the object of His meditation, His lotus face displayed a perpetual smile. Through union in devotion Nityananda could understand that His Prabhu had arrived and so He opened His eyes while offering salutations to the Lord and His associates. The devotees remained standing in order to show proper respect, silently taking in this scene through their eyes. Mahaprabhu Biswambhar remained in front, having recognized Nityananda, the Lord of His life.

The form of Shri Biswambhar is like that of Cupid himself, adorned with heavenly scented flower garlands and first-class clothes, which are very light and soft to the touch. What is the effulgence of gold compared to the radiance emanating from His body? By seeing His beautiful face the moon himself develops a longing for such beauty. The captivating and enchanting forms of Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Ray literally steal ones mind away, as They wander throughout the town of Nadiya in the company of Their devoted followers. By seeing the radiance emanating from Their teeth one forgets about the value of pearls. By seeing Their beautiful locks of hair bound up on Their heads, one loses his consciousness all together and falls into a swoon. By seeing Their wide, expanded eyes, one can think only of lotus flowers. Their arms are long and graceful. Their chests are highly raised and adorned with very fine strands of the sacred brahminical thread. Their foreheads are decorated with beautiful lines of tilak. Though Their bodily limbs are unadorned by ornaments, still they appear very attractive. Simply by seeing the radiance emanating from the nails of Their lotus feet, one forgets entirely about the splendour of tens of millions of jewels. By seeing the laughter which emanates from Their lotus faces, one forgets all about the qualities of nectar. Thus Brindaban das sings of the lotus feet of Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Nityananda Candra, Who are his life and soul.


In the Chaitanya Ganoddesh Dipika of Ramai Pandit and the Gaur Ganoddesh Dipika of Balaram das, Nandan Acarja's identity in Braja lila is given as the gopi Harini.


On different occasions Shri Gaursundor and Shri Adwaita Acarja also used to hide Themselves in the house of Nandanacarja. These pastimes are narrated in the section on Adwaita Acarja.