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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Nine: Nityananda’s Childhood Pastimes and Travels to Holy Places
CB Adi-khanda 9.151
reva, mahishmati-puri, malla-tirthe gela
surparaka diya prabhu pratici calila
He went to the city of Mahishmati, on the banks of the Reva River, and He saw Malla-tirtha. The Lord then passed through the holy district of Shurparaka on His way west.
The word pratici refers to the direction in which the sun sets, or the west.
CB Adi-khanda 9.152
ei-mata abhaya paramananda raya
bhrame’ nityananda, bhaya nahika kahaya
The fearless ecstatic Nityananda Prabhu traveled in this way without fear of anyone.
CB Adi-khanda 9.153
nirantara krishnaveshe sharira avasha
kshane kande, kshane hase, ke bujhe se rasa
The Lord had no control of His body due to His ecstatic love for Krishna. Sometimes He cried, and sometimes He laughed-who can understand His ecstatic moods?
CB Adi-khanda 9.154
ei-mata nityananda-prabhura bhramana
daive madhavendra-saha haila darashana
As the Lord traveled in this way, by the will of providence He met Shri Madhavendra Puri.
Shri Madhavendra Puri is a renowned Vaishnava sannyasi and spiritual master in the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya. The seed of the desire tree of devotional service served by the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya first fructified in him (Cc. Adi 9.10 and Antya 8.34). Before him, the symptoms of devotional service based on conjugal mellows were not found in the Shri Madhva-sampradaya. His disciples include Shri Ishvara Puri, Shri Advaita Prabhu, Shri Paramananda Puri, Shri Brahmananda Puri, Shri Ranga Puri, Shri Pundarika Vidyanidhi, and Shri Raghupati Upadhyaya. Shri Madhva-sampradaya, or the disciplic succession of the Gaudiya Vaishnava branch, is listed in the Shri Gaura-ganoddesha, the Shri Prameya-ratnavali, and in a book written by Shri Gopala Guru Gosvami. It is also quoted in the Shri Bhakti-ratnakara. The Shri Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya disciplic succession is given in the Shri Gaura-ganoddesha as follows: “Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe became the disciple of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Narayana. Brahma’s disciple was Narada. Narada’s disciple was Vyasa. Vyasa then transmitted transcendental knowledge to his disciple Shukadeva. The famous Madhvacarya personally received initiation from Vyasa. Madhvacarya’s disciple was the exalted Padmanabhacarya.
Padmanabhacarya’s disciple was Narahari, whose disciple was Madhava. Madhava’s disciple was Akshobhya. Akshobhya’s disciple was Jayatirtha, whose disciple was Jnanasindhu. Jnanasindhu’s disciple was Mahanidhi, whose disciple was Vidyanidhi. Vidyanidhi’s disciple was Rajendra, whose disciple was Jayadharma Muni. Among Jayadharma Muni’s disciples was Shrimad Vishnupuri, the famous author of the Bhakti-ratnavali. Another disciple of Jayadharma was Purushottama, whose disciple was Vyasatirtha, who wrote the famous book Shri Vishnu-samhita. Vyasatirtha’s disciple was Shriman Lakshmipati, who was like a great reservoir of the nectar of devotional service. Lakshmipati’s disciple was Madhavendra Puri, a great preacher of devotional service. Madhavendra Puri’s disciple was Shriman Ishvara Puri Svami. Ishvara Puri carefully understood the mellows of conjugal love for Lord Krishna and was able to distribute that fruit to others. Shri Advaita Acarya displayed the sentiments of servitorship and friendship for the Lord. Lord Chaitanya accepted Shriman Ishvara Puri as His spiritual master. The Lord proceeded to flood the entire world with spontaneous transcendental love for Krishna.”
Shrila Kaviraja Gosvami offers obeisances to Shri Madhavendra as follows:
yasmai datum corayan kshira-bhandam
gopinathah kshira-corabhidho ‘bhut
shri-gopalah pradurasid vashah san
yat-premna tam madhavendram nato ‘smi
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Madhavendra Puri, who was given a pot of sweet rice stolen by Shri Gopinatha, celebrated thereafter as Kshira-cora. Being pleased by Madhavendra Puri’s love, Shri Gopala, the Deity at Govardhana, appeared to the public vision.”
For a description of Shri Gopala and Shri Kshira-cora Gopinatha one may see Chaitanya-caritamrita (Madhya 4.21-197). The pastimes of Shri Madhavendra Puri’s traveling alone to Shri Vrindavana and, on the pretext of giving him milk, Lord Krishna’s appearing before Puripada as he sat under a tree on the bank of Govinda-kunda are described in Chaitanya-caritamrita (Madhya 4.23-33 and 16.271). By first accepting a Sanodiya brahmana as his disciple and then accepting lunch from him, he established the etiquette of daiva-varnashrama through his pure behavior and rejected the endeavors of the adaiva-varnashrama followers, who are averse to pure devotional service, who consider the Vaishnavas as belonging to a particular caste, and who lick the feet of the smarta communities who disregard maha-prasada (Cc. Madhya 17.166-185 and 18.129). He angrily rejected and chastised Ramacandra Puri for his offense to the spiritual master and embraced and blessed Ishvara Puri with the words “May you obtain the wealth of love for Krishna” for his unalloyed devotion to the spiritual master (Cc. Antya 8.16-32).
The Chaitanya-caritamrita (Antya 8.33-35) describes how Shripada Madhavendra Puri passed away from the material world absorbed in feelings of transcendental separation while reciting the following verse:
ayi dina-dayardra natha he
dayita bhramyati kim karomy aham
“O My Lord! O most merciful master! O master of Mathura! When shall I see You again? Because of My not seeing You, My agitated heart has become unsteady. O most beloved one, what shall I do now?”
CB Adi-khanda 9.155
prema-maya yata saba sange anucara
The body of Shri Madhavendra Puri is imbued with ecstatic love of God, and his followers partake of those same sentiments.
CB Adi-khanda 9.156
krishna-rasa vinu ara nahika ahara
madhavendra-puri-dehe krishnera vihara
He did not relish anything other than loving sentiments for Lord Krishna, who enjoyed His pastimes in the body of Madhavendra Puri.
CB Adi-khanda 9.157
yan’ra shishya prabhu acarya-vara-gosani
ki kahiba ara tan’ra premera badai
What more can I say about the devotion of he who was the spiritual master of Shri Advaita Acarya?
The word badai (derived from the Sanskrit word vriddhi and the common [Bengali] word bada) means “prominence,” “greatness,” “praiseworthy,” “glorious,” and “respectable.”
CB Adi-khanda 9.158
madhava-purire dekhilena nityananda
tata-kshane preme murcha haila nispanda
When Nityananda saw Madhavendra Puri, He was immediately stunned in ecstatic love and fell to the ground unconscious.
CB Adi-khanda 9.159
nityanande dekhi’ matra shri-madhava-puri
padila murchita hai’ apana’ pasari’
Seeing Nityananda, Madhavendra Puri forgot himself and fell unconscious.
CB Adi-khanda 9.160
‘bhakti-rase madhavendra adi-sutra-dhara’
gauracandra iha kahiyachena bare bara
Shri Gaurachandra has repeatedly stated that Shri Madhavendra Puri is the original root of worship in ecstatic love.
The word bhakti-rase is explained as follows: Codes of devotional service were handed down through Lakshmipati Tirtha of the Tattvavada branch. The codes of pure devotional mellows, however, were inaugurated by Shripada Madhavendra Puri. See Chaitanya-caritamrita (Adi 9.10 and Antya 8.34)
CB Adi-khanda 9.161
donhe murcha hailena donha-darashane
kandaye ishvara-puri-adi shishya-gane
After they both fell unconscious, the disciples headed by Ishvara Puri all began to cry.
At the time of Shri Madhavendra Puri’s meeting with Shri Nityananda Prabhu, his eternal associate and servant Shripada Ishvara Puri was present. The phrase ishvara-puri-adi refers to the nine Nidhis, or the nine sannyasis, headed by Paramananda Puri.
CB Adi-khanda 9.162
kshaneke haila bahya-drishti dui-jana
anyo ‘nye gala dhari’ karena krandana
After some time, when they regained external consciousness, they held each other’s neck and began to cry.
The word bahya-drishti means “after regaining consciousness” or “coming to external senses.”
CB Adi-khanda 9.163
balu gadi yaya dui-prabhu prema-rase
hunkara karaye krishna-premera aveshe
Overwhelmed in ecstatic love for Krishna, they then rolled in the sand and cried out loudly.
The words dui-prabhu refer to Shrimad Nityananda Prabhu and Shripada Madhavendra Puri.
CB Adi-khanda 9.164
prema-nadi vahe dui prabhura nayane
prithivi haila sikta dhanya hena mane
Tears of love flowed like rivers from their eyes and soaked mother earth, thereby making her feel gratified.
CB Adi-khanda 9.165
kampa, ashru, pulaka, bhavera anta nai
dui dehe viharaye chaitanya-gosani
Shivering, shedding tears, hairs standing on end, and other ecstatic symptoms appeared without end, for Lord Chaitanya personally resides in their bodies.
CB Adi-khanda 9.166
nityananda bole,-“yata tirtha karilana
samyak tahara phala aji pailana
Lord Nityananda said, “Whatever pilgrimage I have performed till now has today born fruit.
CB Adi-khanda 9.167
nayane dekhinu madhavendrera carana
e prema dekhiya dhanya haila jivana”
“Today I have seen the lotus feet of Madhavendra Puri. By seeing his ecstatic love of God, My life has become successful.”
CB Adi-khanda 9.168
madhavendra-puri nityanande kari’ kole
uttara na sphure,-kantha-ruddha prema-jale
Madhavendra Puri embraced Nityananda and was unable to reply, for his throat was choked with love.
CB Adi-khanda 9.169
hena prita hailena madhavendra-puri
vaksha haite nityanande bahira na kari
Shri Madhavendra Puri was so pleased that he was unable to release Nityananda from his embrace.
CB Adi-khanda 9.170
sarva shishya hailena nityanande rata
Ishvara Puri, Brahmananda Puri, and the other disciples of Madhavendra Puri all felt great attachment for Lord Nityananda.
Shri Ishvara Puri was born in a brahmana family of Kumarahatta (near the Halisahara Station on the E.B. Railway Line) and was a beloved disciple of Shri Madhavendra Puri. The Chaitanya-caritamrita (Antya 8.28-30) describes how Shriman Madhavendra, being pleased by his service, benedicted him in the following words: “May you obtain the wealth of love for Krishna.” Prior to enacting the pastime of initiating Mahaprabhu with the ten syllable mantra at Gaya, Shri Ishvara Puri came to Navadvipa and resided at the house of Gopinatha Acarya for one month. At that time he had discussions with Advaita Prabhu and Mahaprabhu in which he recited to Them his book, Shri Krishna-lilamrita (Chaitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila, Chapter 11). When Shriman Mahaprabhu visited Kumarahatta to see the birthplace of Shripada Ishvara Puri, He took some dirt from that place and bound it in His outer garment in order to teach the living entities how to respect one’s spiritual master (Cc. Adi 17.101). Even today every Gaudiya Vaishnava who visits the place of Shri Ishvara Puri carries some dirt back with him. Shri Madhavendra Puri was the first fructified seed of the desire tree of devotional service, and Shri Ishvara Puri is the nourishment of that fructified seed (Cc. Adi 9.11). The two brahmacaris, Govinda and Kashishvara, were disciples of Shri Ishvara Puripada. After his disappearance, these two brahmacaris went to Nilacala on his order to serve Mahaprabhu (Cc. Adi 10.138-139 and Madhya 10.131-134). He received Mahaprabhu’s mercy on the pretext of giving Him mantra initiation in Gaya (Cc. Adi 17.8).
Shri Brahmananda Puri was a disciple of Shriman Madhavendra Puri; in other words, he was one of the nine Nidhis or roots of the desire tree of devotional service (Cc. Adi 9.13). He was a participant in Shri Mahaprabhu’s sankirtana pastimes in Navadvipa. He also took part in Mahaprabhu’s pastimes in Nilacala.
CB Adi-khanda 9.171
sabhe yata mahajana sambhasha karena
krishna-prema kaharo sharire na dekhena
They had previously come across many sadhus, but they had never before seen such devotional symptoms.
CB Adi-khanda 9.172
sabhei payena duhkha durjana sambhashiya
ataeva vana sabhe bhramena dekhiya
They always felt distressed while conversing with materialistic people, so they decided to travel through the forests.
CB Adi-khanda 9.173
anyo ‘nye se-saba duhkhera haila nasha
anyo ‘nye dekhi’ krishna-premera prakasha
Now, with this meeting, their distress was mitigated and their love for Krishna was aroused.
CB Adi-khanda 9.174
kata-dina nityananda madhavendra-sange
For some days Nityananda Prabhu traveled with Madhavendra Puri and relished discussing topics of Lord Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 9.175
madhavendra-katha ati adbhuta kathana
megha dekhilei matra haya acetana
The characteristics of Madhavendra Puri are most wonderful; he fell unconscious just by seeing a dark cloud.
The megha, or “cloud” is an uddipana, or reminder, of Krishna, whose complexion resembles a newly formed cloud.
CB Adi-khanda 9.176
ahar-nisha krishna-preme madyapera praya
hase, kande, hai hai kare haya haya
Out of love for Krishna, he would day and night laugh, cry, and exclaim “Haya! Haya!” almost like a drunkard.
CB Adi-khanda 9.177
nityananda maha-matta govindera rase
dhuliya dhuliya pade atta-atöa hase
Lord Nityananda was intoxicated with loving sentiments for Govinda. He would laugh loudly and sway to and fro with love of God.
CB Adi-khanda 9.178
donhara adbhuta bhava dekhi’ shishya-gana
niravadhi ‘hari’ bali’ karaye kirtana
Madhavendra’s disciples constantly chanted the name of Hari as they observed their extraordinary symptoms of love.
CB Adi-khanda 9.179
ratri-dina keha nahi jane prema-rase
kata kala yaya’ keha-kshana nahi vase
The two forgot whether it was day or night in their absorption of ecstatic love. Although they remained together for a number of days, they considered that time hardly a moment.
The words kshana nahi vase indicate that although they both spent all their time constantly discussing topics of Krishna, without considering external time, place, or circumstances, they did not feel that they had passed even a fraction of a moment.
CB Adi-khanda 9.180
madhavendra-sange yata haila akhyana
ke janaye taha, krishnacandra se pramana
Who can know all the incidents that took place between Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri? Only Krishna can know.
The phrase krishnacandra se pramana indicates that only Lord Shri Krishna is the worshipable Lord for both Vishnu and the Vaishnavas and, as the Supersoul of everyone, He knows everything.
CB Adi-khanda 9.181
madhavendra nityanande chadite na pare
niravadhi nityananda-samhati vihare
Madhavendra Puri was unable to give up the association of Nityananda, so he constantly remained with Him.
CB Adi-khanda 9.182
madhavendra bole,-“prema na dekhilun kotha
sei mora sarva-tirtha, hena prema yatha
Madhavendra said, “I have never seen such ecstatic love. Wherever such love of God is found, that is my favorite holy place.
CB Adi-khanda 9.183
janilu krishnera kripa ache mora prati
nityananda-hena bandhu painu samhati
“I know Krishna has bestowed His mercy on me because He has given me the association of Nityananda.
CB Adi-khanda 9.184
ye-se sthane yadi nityananda-sanga haya
sei sthana sarva-tirtha-vaikunöhadi-maya
“Wherever Nityananda’s association is found, that place is most sacred and completely transcendental.
CB Adi-khanda 9.185
nityananda hena bhakta shunile shravane
avashya paibe krishnacandra sei jane
“If one hears the name of Nityananda, he will certainly attain the lotus feet of Lord Krishnacandra.
CB Adi-khanda 9.186
nityanande yahara tileka dvesha rahe
bhakta haile o se krishnera priya nahe”
“If one has the slightest envy for Nityananda, he is never favored by Krishna even if he appears to be a devotee.”
It is to be understood that those who disrespect the spiritual master, who is nondifferent from the Supreme Lord, by considering him a mortal being and addressing him as “my spiritual master,” “his spiritual master,” and so on, have not actually accepted the spiritual master as the dearmost associate of Krishna. Due to material considerations, people in this world have accepted the spiritual master, who is a direct manifestation of the Supreme Lord, as an object of enjoyment. It is impossible for members of these pseudo sampradayas to come to the same platform or cooperate with the pure devotees. It is the nature of persons who are envious of the Vaishnavas to consider the spiritual master as an object of enjoyment because any consideration other than, amara prabhura prabhu gauranga-sundara/ e bada bharasa citte dhari nirantara-“Shri Gauranga-sundara is the Lord of my Lord. I always keep this conviction in my heart,” creates thirteen pseudo sampradayas like aula, baula, kartabhaja, prakrita-sahajiya, sakhi-bheki, jati-gosai, and gaura-nagari. Actually if one rejects the concept of guru or disrespects the eternally worshipable Supreme Personality of Godhead’s supreme servitor and attributes abominable, insignificant, mundane considerations on him, then according to the ardha-kukkuti-nyaya, or the logic of accepting half of a hen, his atheistic nature will be revealed. Whenever the so-called spiritual masters of the pseudo sampradayas display their envy against the pure Vaishnavas, one should abandon those apa-sampradaya so-called gurus, who are actually laghus, or insignificant, understanding them to be envious of the Vaishnavas. One should then search out and take shelter of a pure Vaishnava, who is spiritual master of the entire world and knower of the science of Krishna.
Besides members of the Rupanuga-sampradaya, members of the other thirteen apa-sampradayas are envious of the devotees who follow Shri Rupa, therefore Lord Krishna never considers them as dear. That is why people who maintain animosity towards the pure devotee followers of Shri Rupa actually become laghu. The spiritual masters who are dear to Krishna are always attached to the Vaishnava spiritual masters who follow Shri Rupa. On the pretext of devotional service, the members of the apa-sampradayas appoint someone who is envious of the Supreme Lord as guru and thus maintain their pride. Knowing them as bad association, the pure devotees give up their company and remain firmly fixed at the feet of their spiritual master under the subordination of Shri Rupa. While analyzing the answer to the question, “Which person who is accepted as guru is actually a pure Vaishnava, or dearmost to Krishna?” if we find that a person does not accept the followers of Shri Rupa as his intimate friends, but rather envies them, then such a bogus guru should immediately be totally rejected.
CB Adi-khanda 9.187
ei-mata madhavendra nityananda-prati
ahar-nisha bolena, karena rati-mati
In this way Madhavendra Puri day and night exhibited affection for Nityananda with his speech and activities.
CB Adi-khanda 9.188
madhavendra-prati nityananda mahashaya
guru-buddhi vyatirikta ara na karaya
Nityananda considered Madhavendra to be His guru and nothing less.
Some people say that according to the accepted and listed disciplic succession of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya, Shri Nityananda Prabhu was a disciple of Shri Madhavendra Puri, and some people say that He was a disciple of Shri Lakshmipati Tirtha, which means that He was a Godbrother of Shri Madhavendra Puri.
(An ancient verse quoted in the Fifth Wave of the Bhakti-ratnakara states:
nityananda prabhum vande shrimal-lakshmipati-priyam
madhva-sampradayananda- varddhanam bhakta-vatsalam
“I worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, who is very dear to Shri Lakshmipati. He increased the happiness of the Madhva-sampradaya and was always affectionate to the devotees.”)
The consideration of Godbrotherhood is not separate from the consideration of Guru for the same reason that even though there is a difference between a historical incident and the description of that incident, both point to the same thing. The bogus guru sampradaya that follows the smartas does not maintain a cordial relationship with the pure Vaishnavas but have learned to illegitimately protect their selfish pride.
CB Adi-khanda 9.189
ei-mata anyo ‘nye dui mahamati
krishna-preme na janena kotha diva-rati
These two greatly learned personalities did not know whether it was day or night due to their ecstatic love for Krishna.
Being maddened with love for Krishna, both Shri Madhavendra Puri and Shrimad Nityananda Prabhu were not concerned with the days and nights of the mundane external world, which is unfavorable to Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 9.190
kata-dina madhavendra-sange nityananda
thakiya calila sheshe yatha setubandha
After remaining together for some days, Nityananda left for Setubandha [Rameshvaram].
CB Adi-khanda 9.191
madhavendra calila sarayu dehkibare
krishnaveshe keha nija-deha nahi smare
Madhavendra Puri went to see the Sarayu River. In their absorption of Krishna consciousness they both forgot their own bodies.
CB Adi-khanda 9.192
ataeva jivanera raksha se-virahe
bahya thakile ki se-virahe prana rahe?
Therefore a devotee’s feelings of separation for the Lord maintain his life. Otherwise how could such intense feelings be tolerated if one were in external consciousness?
If one experiences intense feelings of distress in separation from the Lord while overwhelmed in love for Krishna, then he cannot protect his life in separation from the Lord. That is why one who is devoid of external consciousness remains constantly in the transcendental internal mood of uninterrupted ecstatic love in spite of intolerable separation from the Lord and, due to an increase and nourishment of ecstatic devotional service, sustaining his life becomes possible. This is confirmed in the Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita (Madhya 2.43-47) in the following words: “‘Pure love for Krishna, just like gold from the Jambu River, does not exist in human society. If it existed, there could not be separation. If separation were there, one could not live.’ Thus speaking, the son of Shrimati Shacimata recited another wonderful verse, and Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara heard this verse with rapt attention. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, ‘I feel shameful to disclose the activities of My heart. Nonetheless, I shall be done with all formalities and speak from the heart. Please hear.’ Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continued, ‘My dear friends, I have not the slightest tinge of love of Godhead within My heart. When you see Me crying in separation, I am just falsely exhibiting a demonstration of My great fortune. Indeed, not seeing the beautiful face of Krishna playing His flute, I continue to live My life like an insect, without purpose. Actually, My love for Krishna is far, far away. Whatever I do is actually false. When you see Me cry, I am simply exhibiting My great fortune. Please try to understand this beyond a doubt. Even though I do not see the moonlike face of Krishna playing on His flute and although there is no possibility of My meeting Him, still I take care of My own body. That is the way of lust. In this way, I maintain My flylike life.’”
CB Adi-khanda 9.193
ye shunaye, ta’re mile krishna-prema-dhana
Whoever hears these topics regarding the meeting between Nityananda Prabhu and Madhavendra Puri will certainly achieve the wealth of love for Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 9.194
hena-mate nityananda bhrame’ prema-rase
setubandhe ailena kateka divase
After traveling in this ecstatic mood for some days, Nityananda arrived at Setubandha.
CB Adi-khanda 9.195
dhanu-tirthe snana kari’ gela rameshvara
tabe prabhu ailena vijayanagara
After taking bath at Dhanus-tirtha, He went to see Lord Rameshvara. Then the Lord went to Vijayanagara.
CB Adi-khanda 9.196
mayapuri, avanti dekhiya godavari
He visited Mayapuri, Avanti, and the Godavari River, and then He went to the abode of Jiyada-nrisimha.
CB Adi-khanda 9.197
trimalla dekhiya kurma-natha punya-sthana
sheshe nilacalacandra dekhite payana
He visited Trimalla and Kurma-kshetra, and eventually He went to see Jagannatha, the Lord of Nilacala.
CB Adi-khanda 9.198
ailena nilacalacandrera nagare
dhvaja dekhi’ matra murcha haila sharire
As He approached Shri Nilacala, He fell unconscious upon seeing the temple flag.
The words nilacalacandrera nagare refer to the abode of Jagadisha, or Puri-dhama.
CB Adi-khanda 9.199
dekhilena catur-vyuha-rupa jagannatha
prakaöa paramananda bhakta-varga-satha
He saw Lord Jagannatha as the source of the catur-vyuha-Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna, and Aniruddha-and surrounded by His dear devotees.
The word catur-vyuha refers to Shri Jagannatha, who is the combined form of Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna, and Aniruddha, in other words, Shri Dvarakadhisha.
The second line of this verse indicates that Shri Nandanandana, who is the personification of ecstatic pastimes, has appeared at Nilacala (Shri Purushottama-kshetra) along with His servants, who assist in His pastimes.
CB Adi-khanda 9.200
dekhi’ matra hailena pulake murchite
punah bahya haya, punah pade prithivite
Immediately upon seeing the Lord, Nityananda’s hairs stood on end and He fell unconscious. When He regained consciousness, He again fell to the ground.
Commentary and Chapter Summaries of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.