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          All glories to the ever merciful Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. All glories to the resort of all devotee, Nityananda Prabhu.  All glories to Visvanvara*, the image of kindness.  All glories to Advaitacandra, and Viracandra, the ocean of love.  All glories to all the devotees of the Lord.  Simply by hearing the pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu the mind becomes surcharged devotion.  Listen carefully as I continue the narration of the loving pastimes of the Lord and His devotees.  Now I shall describe the biography of Narottama dasa Thakura.

          Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu decorated Gauda with the ornament of the chanting of the holy name.  This sankirtana movement is the only means of strength in this age of Kali, simply by hearing the holy name one's desires are fulfilled and the mind is filled with love.  He who has no faith in Harinama, is surely devoid of devotional love.  He who desires to attain the lotus feet of Krishna, must chant the holy name of the Lord sincerely.

          Once Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu started for Vrndavana from Gauda, however, along the way He changed His plans and went to Natsala, saying that He would remain there rather than go to Vrndavana.  Nityananda Prabhu humorously said, "Previously you accepted the life of an ascetic and left Navadvipa.  Now you have decided to stay on the bank of the Padmavati.  It is good of you."**  Prabhu said, "Shripada, listen to Me, **the place which can give divine pleasure is the actual place of birth.  You will know why I had left Vrndavana and come to Nilacala.  When Sanatana will meet Rupa, they will guide the other acaryas." Mahaprabhu took his leave and went to a nearby village named Catnapura in Gauda.  There he met Sanatana and after instructing him on the science of devotional service, the Lord went to Natsala.  As Natsala was a place of Krishna, as soon as Prabhu arrived there, He became ecstatic in love which only Vrndavana could give.

          One day while dancing in kirtana, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu suddenly began to call out the name of Narottama.  Holding on to Nityananda for support, the Lord shed streams of tears.  Thinking Mahaprabhu was in trance, the devotees stopped kirtana and standing around Prabhu, they began to chant softly and sweetly. Chanting Harinama, the Lord dropped to the ground, Nityananda being unable to support His weight any longer.  Mahaprabhu sat on the ground with his arms around the neck of Nityananda Prabhu, crying out the name of Mathura repeatedly, which pierced the hearts of the devotees.  The residents of Natsala rushed to see the spectacle, as the Lord rolled on the ground, sometimes shouting the name of Mathura and sometimes calling out to Lalita, Visakha, or Campakalata. 

          Shri Chaitanya's state was so drastic that Nityananda Prabhu was frightened that He would give up His life.  In great consternation He began to wonder why he had brought the Lord to this village. 

          In desperation the devotees began chanting the name of Jagannatha loudly.  This brought Gaurachandra back to His senses. Getting up, He again called out, "Narottama, Narottama."

          Speaking amongst themselves the devotees decided that they should take Chaitanya Mahaprabhu back to Nilacala.  They thought that taking the Lord across the river Padmavati would save Him. The devotees could understand by Prabhu's behaviour that some great devotee must be about to take his birth.

          Shri Chaitanya continued to wet the body of Nityananda Prabhu with His tears.  Nityananda did His best to pacify the Lord and asked Him where they should go.  Prabhu answered, "Let us go to Nilacala, much work is to done there."  Nityananda agreed, but out of curiosity, asked why the Lord had called out the name of Narottama during sankirtana.

          Mahaprabhu replied, "Listen carefully Nityananda. Sankirtana is everything to Me, I want to assure that in the future the nectarean ocean of the sankirtana movement will continue to flow.  As long as you are alive My love will not vanish, but what will happen after We have gone.  Therefore I want to keep deposit My love in a suitable person, so that the sankirtana movement will continue to spread and flood the entire universe."

          Nityananda Prabhu asked, "Is there a proper person to whom you can distribute Your love?

          Mahaprabhu replied, "I shall keep My love in Gadera Hata on the bank of the Padmavati.  In the future Padmavati will give it to Narottama, who will take birth during My lifetime."

          "Where is Gadera Hata," Nityananda asked.  "Please take Me there."

          Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, Both the banks of the Padmavati are very pleasant places and Padmavati is flowing between them.**"  Nityananda was very pleased to hear this and insisted on going there.  Thus they went to the village of Kudorapura, where they witnessed the beauty of Padmavati.

          The following morning Mahaprabhu went to the river Padmavati.  He took his bath and then began kirtana.  While singing, again, the Lord shouted the name of Narottama. Nityananda Prabhu stopped kirtana and explained to the devotees that something extraordinary was about to take place.  The amazed devotees, entered into the waters of the Padmavati, along with Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu.  Padmavati, whose banks where overflowing, became completely still upon experiencing the loving touch of the Lord.  Meanwhile, the people of the village where suddenly overcome with feelings of divine love.  Padmavati then surged forth, overflowing her banks and flooding the entire village.  As it was not the rainy season, now one could understand why the village was flooded.

          Nityananda Prabhu said to the Lord, "Prabhu, it is good that You are distributing Your love, but the whole village has been inundated by the river."

          Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu turned to Padmavati and said, "Take My love and keep it with you for Narottama."  Padmavati replied, "Prabhu, how will I know who Narottama is?"  The Lord said, "He whose touch will force you to surge forth with floods, will be Narottama.  You will give this love to that Narottama."  Filled with happiness, Padmavati took the love from Mahaprabhu.  When the Lord bade farewell, the floods in the village immediately receded and the residents were greatly relieved. 

          Nityananda Prabhu told Gaurachandra that the beauty of the village tempted Him to stay there.  **Prabhu said, "Well you will help Narottama to get this love.  I shall be very near to Narottama."  Thereafter they crossed the Padmavati and continued on to Nilacala.

          The actual meaning of love and how it is to be attained is very difficult to comprehend.  I am unqualified to speak on the subject matter, but all of this has been explained by Shri Rupa Gosvami.  Simply under the order of My Prabhu, I have disclosed this beautiful pastime in Gadera Hata.  One who simply listens respectfully to such stories can easily attain divine love. Remaining faithful to the feet of Shri Jahnava and Viracandra, I, Nityananda dasa narrate Prem Vilasa. (88-94)