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Description of Lord Nityananda's Pastimes
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of all! Glory, glory to the Lord who is a kalpa-vriksha tree that fulfills the devotees' desires!
Text 2 Glory, glory to the king of Vaikuntha, who is now the jewel of sannyasis! O Lord, please place Your glance of mercy on the conditioned souls.
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya and His devotees! Glory, glory to merciful Lord Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy!
Text 4 O my brothers, with one heart please hear the Antya-khanda's narrations of how Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes.
Text 5 After staying for some days in Lord Advaita's home, Lord Chaitanya went to Shrivasa Pandita's home in Kumarahatta.
Text 6 Shrivasa was then rapt in the ecstasy of meditation of Lord. Suddenly, the object of his meditation stood before him.
Text 7 Seeing the master of his life, Shrivasa fell to the gorund and offered dandavat obeisances.
Text 8 Holding the Lord's graceful feet to his chest, Shrivasa loudly sighed and wept.
Text 9 Then Lord Chaitanya embraced Shrivasa and showered him with tears of love and joy.
†By Lord Chaitanya's mercy Shrivasa's family and friends were all saintly. Seeing Lord Chaitanya, they raised their arms and wept.
†Now that the king of Vaikuntha had come to his home, how much bliss had suddenly taken birth within Shrivasa? Even Shrivasa himself did not know
†Carrying the nicest seat on his own head, he placed it before Lord Chaitanya, and the lotus-eyed Lord sat upon it.
†The Lord's companions sat around Him in the four directions. Moment after moment everyone sang the names of Lord Krishna.
†The saintly women devoted to their husbands sang, "Jaya! Jaya!" Shrivasa's home was filled with bliss.
†Hearing the news that Lord Chaitanya had come to Shrivasa Pandita's home, Acarya Purandara arrived.
†Seeing him, Lord Chaitanya called out, "Father!" Wild with love, the Lord embraced him.
†Seeing Lord Chaitanya, saintly Acarya Purandara wept without restraint.
†Accompanied by Sivananda Sena and many others, Vasudeva Datta also came at that moment.
†Vasudeva Datta was very dear to Lord Chaitanya. By the Lord's mercy Vasudeva Datta knew everything.
†Vasudeva Datta wanted to do good to the entire world. He was merciful to every living being. He was wild with love for Lord Chaitanya.
†He only saw the good in others. He never saw their faults. His heart was appropriately filled with love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead and for the Vaishnavas.
†Seeing Vasudeva Datta, Lord Chaitanya embraced him and wept again and again.
†Grasping the Lord's feet, Vasudeva Datta loudly wept.
†When he wept, Vasudeva Datta made even stones and dry sticks, what to speak of human beings, weep.
†Vasudeva Datta had the most exalted virtues. No one was like Vasudeva Datta.
†Lord Chaitanya dearly loved Vasudeva Datta. The Lord said, "I am the property of Vasudeva Datta. Of this there is no doubt."
†Again and again Lord Chaitanya said, "My body is Vasudsva Datta's property.
†"If Vasudeva Datta sells Me, I am sold. That is the truth. It is the truth. It is not otherwise.
†"Lord Krishna will deliver anyone who even touches the breeze that blows by Vasudeva Datta.
†"I speak the truth. Please listen, O circle of Vaishnavas. My body belongs to Vasudeva Datta alone."
†Hearing of the Lord's mercy to Vasudeva Datta, the Vaishnavas joyfully called out, "Hari!"
†Lord Chaitanya knew how to glorify His devotees.
†In this way Lord Chaitanya happily stayed for some days at Shrivasa's home.
†As two brothers Shrivasa and Ramai sang the Lord's glories, Lord Chaitanya, who was in truth the king of Vaikuntha Himself, danced in ecstasy.
†Shrivasa and Ramai were very dear to Lord Chaitanya. The two of them were Lord Chaitanya's own body. They never quarreled.
†They were always engaged in sankirtana and in reading and lecturing from Shrimad-Bhagavatam. They were always playful and witty.
†Shrivasa, in whose home the Lord manifested the best of His pastimes, greatly pleased Lord Chaitanya.
†One day, in private, Lord Chaitanya asked Shrivasa about his livelihood.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "I see that you never go anywhere. How do you maintain your family? How will you maintain them in the future?
†Shrivasa replied, "Lord, in my heart there is no desire to go anywhere. This I tell You."
†The Lord said, "You have a big family. If you don't do anything, what will happen to them?"
†Shrivasa said, "Whatever is destined will happen. That will come."
†The Lord said, "You should accept sannyasa." Shrivasa said, "I have no power to do that."
†The Lord said, "If you will not accept sannyasa, why do you not go out to beg alms?
†"How will you feed your family? I do not at all understand your words.
†"If you never go anywhere, you will not get anything.
†"If nothing comes to your door, what will you do then? Please tell Me that."
†Then Shrivasa clapped his hands three times and said, "One. Two. Three. That is my explanation."
†The Lord said, "What does, `One. Two. Three' mean? Why did you clap your hands? Please explain."
†Shrivasa said, "This is my solemn vow: If three times food does not come to me, and I must fast, then I will tie a waterpot around my neck and drown myself in the Ganga."
†Hearing Shrivasa's words, Lord Chaitanya at once stood up and roared.
†He said, "Shrivasa Pandita! What are you saying? Why should you fast three times?
†"Even if some day Goddess Lakshmi becomes poverty-stricken and has to beg alms, poverty still will not enter your house.
†"Shrivasa, have you forgotten what I said in Bhagavad-gita (9.22):
†ananyas cintayanto mam
†††† ye janah paryupasate
†††† yoga-kshemam vahamy aham
†††† "But to those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form-to them I carry what they lack and I preserve what they have."*
†"to anyone who always meditates on Me with exclusive devotion, I give alms. I carry the alms on My head, and I give it to them.
†"Anyone who meditates on Me need never leave his door. Of their own accord, all perfections will come to him.
†"Piety, wealth, happiness, and liberation will come to him. My servant need not ask for them. They will never leave My servant.
†"My Sudarsana-cakra will always protect My servant. Even when all the universes are destroyed he will not perish.
†"Anyone who remembers my devotee I will feed and protect.
†"The servant of My servant is very dear to Me. Without even trying, he easily attains Me.
†"Why should he worry? I personally bring him food. I personally feed My servant.
†"Shrivasa, you happily stay where you are. I will bring everything to your door.
†"You and Advaita are very dear to Me. Your bodies will never be devoured by old-age."
†Then Lord Chaitanya called fro Ramai Pandita. The Lord said, "Listen, Ramai. You are very dear to Me.
†"You should always serve your elder brother Shrivasa Pandita as if he were the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. That is My order to you.
†"Shri Ramai Pandita, you are as dear top Me as My own life. Please never give up serving Shrivasa."
†Hearing the Lord's words, Shrivasa and Shri Ramai both felt happiness that had no end. Their desires were all fulfilled.
†Even today, by Lord Chaitanya's mercy everything needed comes of its own accord to Shrivasa's door.
†How can I describe Shrivasa's noble and generous character? The three worlds become purified by remembering him.
†Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes at Shrivasa's home and Shrivasa sincerely served Him.
†By Shrivasa's desire, Lord Chaitanya happily stayed for some days at Shrivasa's home.
†Gazing and gazing at Lord Chaitanya, Shrivasa and his family floated in transcendental bliss.
†After staying for some days at Shrivasa's home, Lord Chaitanya went to Raghava's home in Panihati.
†Busily engaged in service to Lord Krishna, Shri Raghava Pandita suddenly found Lord Chaitanya standing before him.
†Seeing the master of his life, Raghava Pandita fell to the ground and offered dandavat obeisances.
†Tightly embracing the feet of Goddess Lakshmi's beloved husband, Raghava Pandita wept in bliss.
†Lord Chaitanya embraced Raghava Pandita and sprinkled his body with tears of joy and love.
†His body filled with bliss, Raghava Pandita did not know what he should do to greet the Lord.
†Seeing his sincere devotion, Lord Chaitanya, the king of Vaikuntha, placed His merciful glance on Raghava Pandita.
†The Lord said, "Now that I have come to his home, and now that I see Raghava Pandita, I forget all My sufferings.
†"By bathing in the Ganga one becomes happy. In the same way I become happy by entering Raghava Pandita's home."
†Smiling, Lord Chaitanya said, "Listen, Raghava Pandita. Quickly go and cook for Lord Krishna."
†Attaining this order, and now tasting the nectar of ecstati love, Raghava Pandita happily went to cook.
†Following his heart's desire, the brahmana Raghava cooked a limitless quantity of food.
†Accompanied by His associates and by Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya came to eat.
†Then Lord Chaitanya, the beloved of Goddess Lakshmi, ate. He praised every food.
†The Lord said, "How beautiful is Raghava's cooking! Never have I tasted saka like this!"
†Aware that Lord Chaitanya was fond of saka, Raghava cooked different kinds of saka in different ways and placed all these saka preparations before the Lord.
†In this way Lord Chaitanya happily ate. At last He left and rinsed His mouth.
†Hearing that Lord Chaitanya had come, Gadadhara dasa ran to Raghava Pandita's house.
†Gadadhara dasa was very dear to Lord Chaitanya. He was filled with the bliss of devotional service. Lord Chaitanya personally appeared in his body.
†Seeing him, Lord Chaitanya placed His graceful feet on saintly Gadadhara's head.
†Purandara Pandita and Paramesvari dasa, in whose bodies Lord Chaitanya also appeared, also ran there. Seeing the Lord, they both wept with love.
†Raghunatha Vaidya also came. He was a great Vaishnava. His virtues had no end.
†These Vaishnavas all came before the Lord.
†There was great bliss in Panihati-grama. Lord Chaitanya had personally come there.
†In private Lord Chaitanya revealed to Raghava Pandita a secret. The Lord said,
†"Raghava, I will tell you a secret. Nityananda is not different from Me.
†"Whatever Nityananda does, I do. This I tell to you.
†"My actions are all done by Nityananda. I do not try to trick you when I say this.
†"Nityananda and I are the same person. We are not different. Everyone in your home will come to know this.
†"What the kings of yoga attain with great difficulty is easily attained from Nityananda.
†"Therefore with great care you should serve Nityananda. Serve Him as if He were the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself."
†To Makaradhvaja Lord Chaitanya said, "You should serve Shri Raghava Pandita.
†"Please know that when you please Raghava Pandita you please Me."
†Making it glorious and fortunate, Lord Chaitanya stayed for some days at Panihati-grama.
†Then Lord Chaitanya went to a very fortunate brahmana's home in Varaha-nagara.
†This brahmana was very learned in Shrimad-Bhagavatam. At the moment when he first saw the Lord, the brahmana was reading Shrimad-Bhagavatam aloud.
†Hearing the Shrimad-Bhagavatam's description of devotional service, Lord Chaitanya-Narayana was overcome with ecstasy.
†"Read! Read!", Lord Chaitanya roared again and again.
†Plunged in bliss, the brahmana read. Forgetting the external world, Lord Chaitanya danced.
†Hearing and hearing vesres glorifying devotional service, Lord Chaitanya fell again and again to the ground.
†Seeing the Lord overwhelmed with ecstati love, and seeing Him violently fall to the ground, everyone became afraid.
†In this way nine hours of the night passed. Hearing Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Lord Chaitanya, the treasure-house of all virtues, danced.
†Finally returning to external consciousness, Lord Chaitanya sat down. He happily embraced the brahmana.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Not from any mouth have I ever heard Shrimad-Bhagavatam as you read it.
†"Your name is now `Bhagavatacarya' (teacher of Shrimad-Bhagavatam). Please do not do anything but read Shrimad-Bhagavatam."
†Hearing Lord Chaitanya's very appropriate words, everyone made a great sound of "Hari! Hari!"
†In this way, in village after village on the Ganga's bank, Lord Chaitanya stayed at the homes of different devotees.
†After thus fulfilling everyone's desires, Lord Chaitanya returned to Jagannatha Puri.
†Anyone who hears this pastime of the Lord's return to West Bengal will never suffer again.
†In all of Jagannatha Puri were born the words, "The Lord who is the crest-jewel of sannyasis has returned."
†"Jaya! Jaya!" everyone blissfully chanted. "The moving Jagannatha has come to Nilacala."
†Hearing this news, Sarvabhauma and all the Lord's associates in Orrisa at once came.
†For many days the devotees were separated from the Lord. Seeing Him, they joyfully sang kirtana.
†With great love the Lord embraced everyone. Everyone's limbs He spirnkled with tears from His eyes.
†In Jagannatha Puri Lord Chaitanya happily stayed at Kasi Misra's home.
†Overcome with ecstasy, wherever He was Lord Chaitanya always sang and danced.
†Dancing before Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya was overcome with ecstati love. He did not have even half a sesame seed's worth of external consciousness.
†Sometimes Lord Chaitanya danced in Kasi Misra's home and sometimes He danced by the seashore.
†The Lord always enjoyed pastimes like these. He did not do even half a sesame seed's worth of any other activity.
†The moment the conchshell sounded He was up. He waited at the door to see Lord Jagannatha.
†Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, He manifested the signs of ecstati love. How wonderful those signs were! They cannot be described. His tears flowed like the Ganga.
†Gazing at this wonder, the people of Orissa found that material joys and griefs no longer stayed in their bodies.
†Wherever Lord Chaitanya went, everyone chanted, "Hari! Hari!"
†King Prataparudra also heard, "Lord Chaitanya has returned to Jagannatha Puri."
†The moment he heard these words, King Prataparudra at once left Cuttack and went to Jagannatha Puri.
†The king was very eager to see Lord Chaitanya, but Lord Chaitanya never allowed him.
†The king asked Sarvabhauma and the Lord's other associates, but out of fear none of them informed the Lord.
†The king said, "If you are all afraid to do anything, at least allow me to see Him without His knowledge."
†Seeing the king's anxiety, the devotees met and decided,
†"When He dances in kirtana, the Lord is not in external consciousness.
†"That is the opportunity for this great-devotee king. Unseen, he may gaze on the Lord."
†Deciding on this, they told the king. The king said to them, "I will see Him any way I can."
†One day, by divine arrangement, hearing that Lord Chaitanya was dancing at a certain place, the king hurried there.
†Hiding, the king saw the Lord as He danced. How wonderful! Never had he seen anything like this.
†An endless stream of tears flowed from Lord Chaitanya's eyes. Moment after moment the Lord manifested trembling, perspiration, paleness, and standing up of the body's hairs.
†When the Lord violently fell the ground, the frightened king could bear to watch.
†When the Lord roared and thundered. King Prataparudra covered his ears.
†When Lord Chaitanya wept in separation from Lord Krishna, the king watched. Streams of tears flowed from the Lord's eyes.
†What were all the numberless ecstati symptoms Lord Chaitanya manifested? I have no power to write of them all.
†Raising the two maces of His arms and chanting, "Haribol!", again and again Lord Chaitanya joyfully danced.
†For some time Lord Chaitanya danced in this way.. Then, returning to external consciousness, He sat down among his associates.
†Happy to have seen the Lord dance, the king left unseen.
†Having seen the Lord's wonderful dancing and wonderful ecstati symptoms, the king felt limitless happiness in his heart.
†Then, by the Lord's mercy, a thought entered the king's mind.
†When Lord Chaitanya danced, a splendid stream of tears always flowed from His eyes, and saliva flowed from His graceful mouth.
†As the Lord was overcome with ecstati love in the kirtana, saliva flowed from His graceful mouth and covered His every limb.
†Not understanding this symptom of ectsati love, the king had a slight doubt in his heart.
†Not revealing this doubt to anyone, the king very happily returned to his home.
†Very happy after seeing the Lord, the king returned home and went to sleep.
†"Assuming the form of a sannyasi, Lord Jagannatha has descended to the earth. Now He enjoys pastimes of chanting His own holy names in sankirtana."
†Bewildered by the Lord's Maya, the king did not understand the heart of this truth. Therefore the Lord Himself retealed this truth to him.
†At night saintly Prataparudra saw a dream. In the dream Lord Jagannatha came before him.
†The king saw Lord Jagannatha, His limbs covered with dust, and from His eyes tears flowing like the Ganga.
†From His nostrils mucus flowed again and again. From His graceful mouth saliva flowed. It covered His entire body.
†In that dream the king thought in his heart, `What kind of pastime is this? Why does Lord Jagannatha enjoy a pastime like this? I have no power to understand it."
†The king went to touch Lord Jagannatha's feet. Lord Jagannatha said, "King, this is not right.
†"When you anoint them with camphor, musk, fragrances, sandal, and kunkuma, then My limbs are good.
†"But you see that now My limbs are covered with saliva and dust. How can it be right for you to touch My limbs now?
†"Today I went to dance. By My mercy you saw My limbs cotered with dust and saliva.
†"Look! My limbs are covered with dust and saliva. You are a great king. You are the son of a great king.
†"How can it be right for you to touch Me?" After speaking these words, the merciful Lord looked at His servant and smiled.
†The next moment the king saw Lord Chaitanya sitting on Lord Jagannatha's throne.
†Lord Chaitanya's graceful limbs were covered with dust and saliva. The king smiled and said, "Why is it not right?
†"You have kindly entered my heart. Therefore why should You not touch me?"
†In this way giving His mercy to Prataparudra, Lord Chaitanya sat on the throne and smiled.
†At that moment the king awakened. Now awake, he wept.
†He said, "I am a great offender, a wicked sinner. I did not know that Lord Chaitanya is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself descended to this world.
†"How can any living being have to power to understand Him? Even Brahma and all the demigods are bewildered by His Maya.
†"I am an offender. Lord, please forgive me. Please make me Your servant and give me Your mercy."
†Then the king understand that Lord Chaitanya is Lord Jagannatha Himself. They are not different.
†Now the king very earnestly yearned to see the Lord. Still, no one would arrange for him to see Him.
†By divine arrangement, one day Lord Chaitanya sat with some associates in a flower-garden.
†Going there alone, King Prataparudra fell down before the Lord's feet.
†The king trembled and wept. The hairs of his body stood erect. His ecstati symptoms had no end. He fell unconscious in ecstasy.
†Seeing the king's symptoms of pure devotion to Lord Vishnu, Lord Chaitanya said, "Rise". Then He placed His graceful hand on the king's body.
†With the touch of the Lord's graceful hand, the king regained consciousness. Grasping the Lord's feet, he wept.
†King Prataparudra prayed, "Sate me! Save me, O master of all living entities, O ocean of mercy! Please place Your glance of mercy on me, a sinner.
†"Save me! Save me, O independent Lord who enjoy whatever pastimes You wish, O ocean of mercy! Save me! Save me, O Shri Krishna Chaitanya, O friend of the poor!
†"Save me! Save me, O Lord before whom all the demigods bow, O beloved of Goddess Lakshmi! Save me! Save me, O only object of the devotees' love!
†"Save me! Save me, O Lord whose form is pure and spiritual! Save me! Save me, O Lord Krishna eager to enjoy pastimes of sankirtana!
†"Save me! Save me, O Lord whose nature, names, and virtues are beyond the understanding of mere human beings! Save me! Save me, O abode of gentleness and virtue!
†"Save me! Save me, O Lord before whose graceful feet Brahma and Siva bow! Save me! Save me, O ornament of sannyasa-dharma!
†"Save me! Save me, O Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu! O Lord, please give Your mercy to me! Please never leave me!"
†Hearing King Prataparudra's prayers spoken in a voice breaking with emotion, Lord Chaitanya became pleased and gave His mercy.
†The Lord said, "May you attain devotion to Lord Krishna. Don't do any action but devotional service to Lord Krishna.
†"Always sing sankirtana of chanting Lord Krishna's holy names. Lord Vishnu's Sudarsana-cakra will always protect you.
†"You, Sarvabhauma, and Ramananda Raya are the three. For the sake of you three I have come here.
†"I place one request before you three: Don't reveal to anyone the truth about Me.
†"If you reveal it, I will go away. That is the truth."
†Speaking these words, the Lord placed His own flower-garland around the king's neck. Pleased, the Lord gave the king permission to depart.
†Again and again offering dandavat obeisances, and placing the Lord's order on his head, the king departed.
†Having seen the Lord, the king thought all his desires were now fulfilled. Again and again he meditated on the Lord's feet.
†Anyone who hears this narration of King Prataparudra seeing Lord Chaitanya will attain a great wealth of spiritual love.
†Happily enjoying pastimes of sankirtana in this way, Lord Chaitanya stayed in Jagannatha Puri.
†The devotees who had taken birth in Jagannatha Puri all recognized Lord Chaitanya as the master of their lives.
†Shri Pradyumna Misra was an ocean of love for Lord Krishna. Lord Chaitanya personally gave His lotus feet to him.
†Shri Paramananda Mahapratra was very saintly. His body was filled with the nectar of devotion to Lord Chaitanya.
†Kasi Misra was always overwhelmed by tasting the nectar of love for Lord Krishna. Lord Chaitanya stayed in his home.
†Accompanied by His servants, Lord Chaitanya always enjoyed pastimes of sankirtana.
†One by one, the renounced servants of Lord Chaitanya all came and resided in Jagannatha Puri.
†Effulgent and wild Lord Nityananda roamed in Jagannatha Puri.
†He was always wild, intoxicated by tasting transcendental bliss. The truth of Him is beyond human understanding. I have no power to write of it.
†He always chanted japa of the name, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya". Even in His dreams no other word came from Lord Nityananda's mouth.
†As in His heart Lakshmana loved Lord Ramacandra, so Nityananda loved Lord Chaitanya.
†It is because of Lord Nityananda's mercy that even today the whole world sings of the Supreme Lord's descent as Shri Chaitanya to this world.
†In this way Lord Chaitanya and Lord Chaitanya lived like two brothers in Jagannatha Puri.
†One day Lord Chaitanya-Nrisimha sat down in a private place with Lord Nityananda.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "O noble-hearted Nityananda, please hear. Please go quickly to Navadvipa.
†"With My own mouth I vowed, `I will make every wretched, fallen fool float in the bliss of ecstati love.'
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†"If You stay like a peaceful, silent sage, and do not become wildly active, then how will You deliver the fallen fools of this world? Tell Me that.
†"You are the giver of the nectar of devotional service. If You hide that truth, then how will You fulfill Your mission in descending to this world?
†"If You think My words are right, You should go to West Bengal without delay.
†"Give devotional service to the degraded, fallen, suffering fools, and deliver them all."
†Accepting Lord Chaitanya's order, Lord Nityananda at once went with His companions to West Bengal.
†Rama dasa, Gadadhara dasa, and Raghunatha Vaidya Ojha were all filled with the nectar of devotional service.
†Krishna dasa Pandita, Paramesvari dasa, and Purandara Pandita were all filled with joy.
†These were Lord Nityananda's companions. They all accompanied Lord Nityananda.
†Saintly Nityananda, who was filled with ecstati love, walked in front as He and His companions traveled on the road.
†Everyone completely forget themselves. The ecstasies that filled their bodies had no end.
†At the beginning the great Vaishnava Rama dasa manifested the nature of a cowehrd boy.
†In the middle of the road Rama dasa manifested a threefold-bending form. For nine hours he forgot the existence of the external world.
†Gadadhara dasa manifested the nature of Shri Radha. "Who will buy yogurt?", he called out and loudly laughed.
†The saintly scholar Raghunatha Vaidya became Revati personified.
†Krishna dasa and Paramesvari dasa both manifested the natures of cowherd boys. Again and again they called out, "Hai! Hai!"
†Declaring, "I am Angada," Puranadara Pandita climbed a tree and jumped to the ground.
†In this way Lord Nityananda, who is the resting-place of Lord Ananta Sesha, made everyone wild with spiritual ecstasy.
†In half an hour they walked four or eight miles. Forgetting themselves, they went south.
†After some time on the road, they asked someone, "How can we get to the Ganga's bank? O brother, please tell us."
†The people said, "Hay! Hay! You are lost on this road. Turn from this road and travel for siÝ hours."
†Following the people's words, they turned from the road, but again they became lost in the same way.
†Again they asked some people about the right path. The people said, "Stay on this path for twenty miles. It is on the left."
†Smiling, they continued on the road. They were not aware of their own bodies, what to speak of whether they walked on the right path.
†They were not aware of their own bodies, of hunger, thirst, fear, or pain. They were filled with spiritual bliss.
†Traveling on that road, Lord Nityananda enjoyed many pastimes. Who can describe them? Who knows of them? They were all endless.
†In this way Lord Nityananda, who is the resting-place of Lord Ananta Sesha, came to Panihati-grama on the Ganga's bank.
†Cccompanied by His companions, Lord Nityananda first went to Raghava Pandita's home.
†Raghava Pandita, Shri Makaradhvaja, and their families became filled with bliss.
†In this way Lord Nityananda and His associates stayed at Panihati-grama.
†Lord Nityananda always roared with bliss. He knew nothing by the ecstasies in His body.
†In His heart He desired to dance. Suddenly all the singers converged around Him.
†Saintly Madhava Ghosha, who was very devoted to singing in kirtana, came. In the whole earth there was no kirtana singer like him.
†His songs about Vrindavana were very dear to Lord Nityananda.
†The three brothers Madhava Ghosha, Govinda Ghosha, and Vasudeva Ghosha sang while Lord Nityananda danced.
†As the powerful Avadhuta danced, the earth trembled with the weight of His steps.
†"Hari! Hari!", He roared again and again. Seeing Him violently fall to the ground, everyone became filled with wonder.
†Whoever attained Lord Nityananda's glance would dance and dance. Overcome with ecstati love, that person would fall to the ground.
†In this way Lord Nityananda, who is filled with the nectar of ecstati love, began His auspicious work of delivering the entire world.
†Manifesting limitless symptoms of ecstati love, Lord Nityananda danced.
†After some time Lord Nityananda sat on the Deity's throne on the altar and ordered everyone to perform an abhisheka.
†Raghava Pandita as his companions at once performed an abhisheka.
†They brought thousands and thousands of jars of Ganga water and scented them all with various fragrances.
†As in the four directions they chanted, "Hari! Hari!", everyone happily poured this water over Lord Nityananda's head.
†Everyone sang songs and mantras right for an abhisheka. Everyone was overcome with bliss, the hairs on their bodies standing erect.
†The abhisheka completed, the devotees dressed Lord Nityananda with new clothes and anointed His limbs with sandal paste.
†With many splendid garlands of forest flowers and tulasi they covered His broad chest.
†Then they made Him sit on a golden throne.
†As Lord Nityananda sat on the throne, Raghava Pandita held a parasol over His head.
†The devotees made great sounds of "Jaya!" Joyful instrumental musi rose in the four directions.
†"Save us! Save us!", everyone chanted with their arms raised. No one was in external consciousness. Everyone was filled with bliss.
†Filled with the bliss of accepting His true identity, Lord Nityananda showered glances of ecstati love in the four directions.
†Then Lord Nityananda commanded, "Listen, O Raghava Pandita. At once bring Me a garland of kadamba flowers.
†"I like kadamba flowers. I always stay in a kadamba forest."
†Folding his hands, Raghava Pandita said, "It is not the season for kadamba flowers."
†Lord Nityananda said, "Go to the garden and look. Perhaps there are some blooming somewhere."
†Raghava Pandita went to the garden and looked. Looking, he was filled with wonder.
†On a lime tree were many peerless kadamba flowers in full bloom.
†How wonderful was their color! How wonderful was their fragrance! Anyone who saw those flowers became at once free of all material bondage.
†When Raghava Pandita saw those kadamba flowers, his external consciousness fled far away. He became very joyful.
†Picking those flowers, he quickly made a garland and placed it before Lord Nityananda.
†Seeing the kadamba garland, Lord Nityananda very happily placed it around His neck.
†Gazing at these wonders, all the Vaishnavas were agitated with bliss by the sweet fragrance of that kadamba garland.
†After some moments another great wonder came. Everyone smelled the fragrance of wonderful damanaka flowers.
†The fragrance of damanaka flowers charmed everyone's heart. That fragrance filled the four directions of the house.
†Smiling, Lord Nityananda said, "O My brothers, what is that wonderful fragrance? Please tell Me."
†Folding their hands, everyone said, "A wonderful fragrance of damanaka flowers fills the four directions."
†Hearing everyone's words, Lord Nityananda mercifully told them a secret.
†The Lord said, "Everyone please listen to the great secret I will now reveal.
†"Hearing the kirtana, today Lord Chaitanya came here from Jagannatha Puri.
†"His every lim‚ fragrant like damanaka galrands, He came here and assumed the form of a tree.
†"This splendid fragrance of damanaka flowers that fills the four directions and delights everyone comes from His graceful limbs.
†"To see your singing and dancing, Lord Chaitanya has personally come here from Jagannatha Puri.
†"Therefore everyone please forget all other duties. Forget even your selves and always chant, "Krishna!"
†"May everyone's body be filled with the glories of Shri Krishna Chaitanya and the nectar of love for Him."
†After speaking these words, Lord Nityananda roared, "Hari!" and cast His glance of love in every direction.
†Lord Nityananda's glance of love made everyone forget their own body, their own self.
†Listen! Listen, O my brothers, to Lord Nityananda's power, the power with which to the whole world He gave pure devotional service.
†Because of Lord Nityananda the whole world attained the pure devotion the gopis felt, devotion described in Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
†Lord Nityananda sat on the Deity's throne as His companions danced.
†Someone, climbing out on the fragile branches of the trees, still did not fall.
†Someone roared in the ecstasy of spiritual love. Calling out, "Hari! Hari!", someone jumped from the trees.
†Roaring, "Hari! Hari!", someone uprooted trees and threw them about.
†Running among the betelnut trees, someone uprooted five or seven at once.
†The great power of ecstati love had entered their bodies. That is why the devotees had the power to uproot trees.
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†By Lord Nityananda's power of divine love, all the symptoms of ecstati love for Lord Krishna, symptoms described in Shrimad-Bhagavatam, symptoms beginning with tears, trembling, being stunned, perspiration, standing up of the body's hairs, thundering, speaking with a choked voice, turning pale, roaring like a lion, and fainting in bliss, were fully manifested in the devotees bodies.
†In whatever direction glorious Lord Nityananda glanced, a great shower of ecstati spiritual love fell.
†Whoever received Lord Nityananda's glanced fainted in ecstati love. No longer keeping his clothes, he fell to the ground and rolled here and there.
†He ran to embrace Lord Nityananda. Lord Nityananda sat on the Deity's throne and smiled.
†In this way Lord Nityananda's foremost associates became resting-places of all the Lord's powers.
†The devotees became all-knowing and perfect in eloquent speech. Their bodies became handsome like Kamadeva.
†Whoever was touched by the hand of any of these great devotees forgot everything and became overwhelmed with ecstati love.
†In this way for three months at Panihati-grama Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of devotional service
†For three months external consciousness was not present in any body. No one had even half a sesame seed's worth of concern for his body.
†For three months no one ate. Everyone only danced in ecstati love. They did nothing else.
†In the future the four Vedas will describe all these pastimes of ecstati love in Panihati-grama.
†Who has the power to describe all the pastimes Lord Nityananda enjoyed in even half an hour?
†Moment after moment, His companions around Him in the four directions, Lord Nityananda joyfully danced.
†Sometimes Lord Nityananda would sit in a virasana posture and have the devotees dance, one by one.
†Flooded with the nectar of ecstati love, everyone in the four directions watched as one devotee joyfully danced.
†Overcome with ecstati love, everyone collapsed. They fell like a forest of banana trees in a hurricane.
†The devotees did whatever Lord Nityananda commanded.
†Accompanied by the devotees, Lord Nityananda sang kirtanas glorifying Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya.
†Whoever came to see this wonderful display of divine love became wild and ecstatic.
†Whatever in their hearts the devotees desired at once came to them.
†Joyfully tasting the nectar of spiritual love, everyone felt the time pass like a single moment. They did not know that three months had passed.
†One day, in His heart Lord Nityananda desired many ornaments.
†Simply by His desire, many ornaments at once were placed before Him.
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†Placing before Lord Nityananda many beautiful ornaments of gold, sliver, emeralds, many different kinds of priceless jewels, and coral, and also many kinds of silk cloth, and pearl necklaces, the saintly devotees bowed down.
†How many ornaments were there! How gloriously and beautifully were they designed! Whatever ornaments the Lord desired were given to Him.
†To His heart's desire Lord Nityananda decorated His arms and wrists with golden armlets and bracelets.
†He placed rings of gold and jewels on His ten fingers.
†On His neck He placed many different beautiful glistening necklaces of jewels, pearls, coral, and other things.
†To please Lord Siva He placed on His neck two golden and silver necklaces with rudraksha and vidalaksha.
†On His ears Hew placed very beautiful earrings of gold and pearls.
†On His lotus feet He placed silver anklets and above them He placed a mala ornament that charmed the worlds.
†He wore different kinds of white, yellow, and blue silk cloth. In this way He was decorated with wonderful grace.
†Garlands of malati, mallika, yuthi, and campaka flowers playfully moved to and fro on His graceful chest.
†His graceful limbs were decorated with wonderful pictures and designs drawn in splendid and fragrant sandal paste mixed with gorocana.
†His graceful head was decorated with a turban of various colors. Above the turban was a splendid and graceful garland of different-colored flowers.
†His graceful and cheerful face defeated millions of moons. Smiling, He always chanted the names of Lord Hari.
†In whatever direction Lord Nityananda's two lotus eyes glanced, a great shower of ecstati spiritual love fell on everyone.
†In two directions the Lord held two iron rods glistening like silver and inlaid with gold.
†The Lord always held those two iron rods as if they were His mae and plow.
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†The Lord's associates decorated themselves with armlets, bracelets, malla ornaments, anklets, necklaces, horn-bugles, flutes, sticks, rope, and gunja-necklaces. These devotees were all amsa and kala incarnations of cowherd boys.
†Then Lord Nityananda enjoyed blissful pastimes with His companions.
†Accompanied by His companions, Lord Nityananda then visited, one by one, the homes of the devotees.
†Effulgent Lord Nityananda walked to all the villages on both sides of the Ganga.
†Simply by seeing Lord Nityananda, every living entity felt enchanted. Manifest in two ways, in the way of His own form and in the way of His holy name, Lord Nityananda was sweet like nectar.
†Seeing Lord Nityananda, even the blasphemers offered prayers to Him and yearned in their hearts to offer all they possessed to Him.
†Lord Nityananda, His glorious form sweet and charming, placed merciful glances on everyone.
†Whether He ate, slept, or walked, He did not waste a moment, spending it without performing sankirtana.
†When Lord Nityananda danced in the sankirtana of Lord Krishna's holy names, many many people went wild, overcome with ecstasy.
†Small children, who did not know anything, uprooted big, big trees.
†Loudly roaring, they uprooted trees and threw them about. Shouting, "I am a cowherd boy!", they ran here and there.
†So great was the power in those small children that even a hundred men could not catch them and hold them still.
†Chanting, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya Jaya Nityananda!", the children joyfully roared like lions.
†Overcoime with ecstasy, Lord Nityananda, who was naturally like a child, joined the children.
†For one month those children had not eaten anything. Therefore, when the people saw all this, they felt great wonder in their hearts.
†All the devotees became wild with ecstasy. Lord Nityananda became the protector of them all.
†Thinking they were His sons, Lord Nityananda embraced everyone. He fed them with His own hand.
†He kept them by His side. He tied them up, hit them, and loudly laughed.
†One day, to please him, Lord Nityananda went to Gadadhara dasa's home.
†Thinking himself a gopi, Gadadhara dasa was filled with bliss.
†Placing a pot of Ganga-water on his head, again and again he called out, "Who will buy cow's milk?"
†In the temple at his home was a very handsome Deity of Lord Krishna as Shri Bala-Gopala.
†Seeing this charming Deity of Bala-Gopala, with great joy and love Lord Nityananda embraced the Deity to His chest.
†With a heart filled with endless love, Lord Nityananda gazed at Lord Bala-Gopala as the devotees joyfully chanted the names of Lord Hari.
†Roaring, Lord Nityananda, the king of wrestlers, danced. In this way He enjoyed pastimes with Lord Bala-Gopala.
†Then Madhava Ghosha sang about Lord Krishna's dana-keli (pastimes of pretending to be a toll-collector). Hearing this, Lord Nityananda, the lion of avadhutas, was very pleased.
†Listening to fortunate Madhava Ghosha's voice, Lord Nityananda, the jewel of avadhutas, was overcome with ecstati love.
†In this way, with great joy and love, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes with saintly Gadadhara dasa.
†Always thinking of himself as a gopi, Gadadhara was never in external consciousness.
†Hearing the song about Lord Krishna's dana-keli pastime, Lord Nityananda danced. No one has the power to properly describe His dancing.
†He manifested all the symptoms of ecstati love. His dancing had no peer.
†His graceful motions were like lightning. How glorious were the wonderful movements of His arms!
†How wonderful were the graceful movements of His eyes! How beautiful was His smile! How wonderful were the playful and graceful movements of His head!
†He placed His feet together, and then He gracefully jumped.
†Wherever, tasting the nectar of ecstati love, He glanced, there the men and women floated in the nectar of love for Lord Krishna.
†Whoever received Lord Nityananda's merciful glance became filled with bliss. No longer did he remember his own body.
†By Lord Nityananda's mercy everyone attained the pure devotional service the sages and the kings of yogis yearn to find.
†When he does not eat for three days, a man strong like an elephant becomes thin and has no power even to walk.
†The small children there had not eaten for a month, but still they acted as if they were lions.
†This was all a manifestation of Lord Nityananda's power. Still, bewildered by Lord Chaitanya's Maya, no one could understand that truth.
†Thus tasting the nectar of ecstati love, for some days Lord Nityananda stayed at Gadadhara dasa's home.
†External consciousness was not present in Gadadhara dasa's body. Again and again he made everyone chant, "Haribol!"
†In this village lived a ferocious kazi who had limitless hatred for sankirtana.
†Wild with bliss, saintly Gadadhara dasa went to the kazi's home one night.
†Afraid of the kazi, everyone else would always run away from him. But that night Gadadhara dasa fearlessly went to the kazi's home.
†Again and again chanting the holy names of Lord Hari, Gadadhara dasa entered the kazi's home.
†Seeing him, the kazi's men sat down. No word came to anyone's mouth.
†Gaddhara dasa said, "Aha! Where is that fellow, that kazi? This moment say, `Krishna!' If you do not, I will cut off your head."
†Angry like fire, the kazi came out. Seeing Gadadhara dasa, he became peaceful.
†The kazi said, "Gadadhara, why have you come?" Gadadhara replied, "I will tell you something.
†"Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda are the Supreme Personality of Godhead descended to this earth. They make every mouth in this world speak the words, `Hari! Hari!'
†"You are the only person who does not chant the holy names of Lord Hari. Therefore I have come here to convince you to chant.
†"Please chant the supremely auspicious holy name of Lord Hari. I will deliver you from all your sins."
†Although he was a very violent man, the kazi said nothing. He was stunned.
†Smiling, the kazi said, "Listen, Gadadhara dasa. Tomorrow I will chant, `Hari!' For now, please go home."
†Hearing the holy name of Lord Hari come from the kazi's mouth, Gadadhara dasa became filled with joy and love.
†Gadadhara dasa said, "Why wait for tomorrow? At this moment the word, `Hari' has appeared on your mouth.
†"Now that you have spoken the word, `Hari!', your sins no longer exist."
†Speaking these words, Gadadhara dasa clapped His hands and wildly danced again and again.
†After some time he returned to his home. Lord Nityananda's home was in Gadadhara dasa's body.
†Gadadhara dasa's glories were well known among Lord Chaitanya's associates.
†Fearing that they would at once lose their caste-status, the pious people would not come near even the breeze that blew by the kazi.
†They thought that if they once saw the violent kazi, their caste-status would be lost. To that kazi sainlty Gadadhara dasa gave his glance of mercy.
†In this way Gadadhara dasa made everyone forget their cruel and violent sins. He made everyone be always intent on chanting, "Krishna!"
†Fires, snakes, and tigers have no power to attack a person in whose body love for Lord Krishna stays.
†Love for Lord Krishna is always manifested in the gopis. Brahma and the demigods yearn to attain this love.
†With a glance Lord Nityananda mercifully gave this love to all His dear companions.
†O my brothers, please worship Lord Nityananda's feet. By His mercy you will attain Lord Chaitanya's shelter.
†After some days, in His heart Lord Nityananda desired to see Mother Saci.
†Accompanied by His associates, He began a glorious journey to Navadvipa.
†Thus the Lord came to the temple-home of Purandara Pandita in the village of Khadadaha-grama.
†I have no power to describe how Lord Nityananda danced when He came to Kadadaha-grama.
†Now become like a wild man, Purandara Pandita climbed a tree and roared like a lion.
†External consciousness no longer present in his body, Chaitanya dasa would run like a tiger into the jungle.
†There he would jump on the tigers' backs. By Lord Krishna's mercy the tigers had no power to attack him.
†Cheerfully and feerlessly he would sit down with a python in his lap.
†He played with the tigers. All this happened by the great avadhuta Nityananda's mercy.
†Lord Nityananda is very affectionate to His servants. With a glance He allows them to taste the spiritual nectar even Brahma and the demigods cannot taste.
†Completely forgetting himself, Chaitanya dasa always spoke whatever was in his joyful heart.
†Once he stayed underwater for two or three days without any pain or discomfort in his body.
†Sometimes he would be stunned and motionless. Other times he would be ferocious like a tiger.
†I have no power to describe the symptoms of devotional ecstasy Chaitanya dasa displayed. They are all endless.
†Anyone who touches even the breeze that blows by Shri Chaitanya dasa or by Murari Gupta will attain Lord Krishna. That is certain.
†Some people who call themselves by the name "Chaitanya dasa" (servant of Lord Chaitanya) never, even in their dreams, chant Lord Chaitanya's glories.
†Shri Krishna Chaitanya is the master of life for Advaita Acarya. It is by Lord Chaitanya's mercy and by devotion to Lord Chaitanya that Advaita Acarya has become glorious in truth.
†Glory, glory to Advaita Acarya's devotion to Lord Chaitanya! By Lord Chaitanya's mercy Advaita Acarya has attained all power.
†Truly saintly people say Advaita Acarya is glorious because of Lord Chaitanya's mercy. Other people think this idea is an offense to Advaita Acarya.
†Though they may call themselves by the name "Chaitanya dasa", these people are worthless like a pile of ashes. How can sinners like them take shelter of Advaita Acarya?
†These sinners may call themselves "followers of Advaita Acarya", but they do not know what is truly in Advaita Acarya's heart.
†A cannibal may call himself by the name "punyajana" (saint). As a cannibal calls himself a saint, so these people call themselves "Chaitanya dasa" (servants of Lord Chaitanya).
†After staying for some days in Khadadaha-grama, Lord Nityananda and His associates went to Saptagrama.
†In Saptagrama is the place of the seven sages. Throughout the universe this place is known as "Triveni-ghata" (the place where three rivers meet).
†In ancient times the seven sages performed austerities at this ghata by the Ganga. There they attained Lord Krishna's feet.
†Three goddesses: Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati met at that place.
†That is why is place is famous in the three worlds as "Triveni-ghata". By seeing this holy place one destroys all his sins.
†Accompanied by His associates, Lord Nityananda joyfully bathed at this ghata.
†On the bank at this place where three rivers meet Lord Nityananda stayed at the home of fortunate Uddharana Datta.
†With his body, mind, and words Uddharana Datta sincerely worshiped Lord Nityananda's feet.
†Uddharana Datta became qualified to serve Lord Nityananda directly. What greater good fortune can anyone attain?
†Birth after birth Lord Nityananda is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Birth after birth Uddharana Datta is His servant.
†Because of Uddharana Datta all the merchants there became purified. Of this there is no doubt.
†Lord Nityananda went there to deliver the merchants. He made those merchants qualified to attain ecstati love and devotion.
†Going from house to house among the merchants there, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
†All the merchants took shelter of Lord Nityananda's feet and worshiped them in every way.
†Seeing how the merchants were worshiping Lord Krishna, everyone in the world felt wonder in his heart.
†Lord Nityananda's mercy is an ocean that has no shore. He delivered all those foolish, lowly merchants.
†Accompanied by His associates, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of sankirtana at Saptagrama.
†Even if he had a hundred years to do it, no one could describe all the sankirtana pastimes Lord Nityananda enjoyed at Saptagrama.
†As He had enjoyed in the towns and villages of Nadiya, so Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes at Saptagrama.
†Every direction was filled with the sankirtana of Lord Hari's holy names. Now there was no day or night, hunger or thirst, sleep or fear.
†From house to house, and in every village and crossroads, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
†No one had every seen anything like the ecstasy Lord Nityananda manifested. Wild ecstasy like this had never before been manifested in this universe.
†What to speak of others, even the Muslims, who hate Lord Krishna, now took shelter of Lord Krishna's lotus feet.
†Streams of tears of ecstati love flowed from the Muslims' eyes, tears that made even the brahmanas rebuke themselves for their lack of devotion.
†Glory, glory to saintly Lord Nityananda, the moon of avadhutas! By His mercy everyone became filled with bliss.
†In this way Lord Nityananda enjoyed joyful pastimes at Saptagrama and Ambika Kalna
†After some days Lord Nityananda went to dear Advaita Acarya's home in Santipura.
†Gazing at Lord Nityananda's graceful face, Advaita Acarya could not understand how much bliss had suddenly taken birth within Him.
†"Hari! Hari!" He roared. He circumambulated. He offered dandavat obeisances.
†Embracing Lord Nityananda, Advaita Acarya sprinkled His limbs with tears of joy and love.
†Gazing at each other, They both became overwhelmed. A limtiless and indescribable sweet nectar of love took birth within Them.
†Embracing each other, they rolled on the ground. They struggled to touch each other's feet.
†They roared like lions. They seemed to defeat many millions of lions. They could not restrain themselves. The two Lords were now wild with ecstasy.
†After some time the two Lords became peaceful. The two peaceful Lord sat down together.
†Folding His hands, noble-hearted Advaita Acarya joyfully offered prayers to Lord Nityananda,
†"Because You are eternal (nitya, bliss (ananda, personified, You bear the name `Nityananda'. You are Lord Chaitanya's glories and virtues personified.
†"You are the protector of all living entities. You are the cause of liberation. You are the preacher of the true religion.
†"You preach loving devotion to Lord Chaitanya. You bear all the power given by the kalpa-vriksha tree that is Lord Chaitanya.
†"You are the transcendental teacher of Brahma, Siva, Narada, and all others who bear the name `devotee'.
†"It is from You that they attained devotion to Lord Vishnu. Still, no pride even touches You.
†"You are the purifier of the fallen. You do not see the faults of others. Only the great saints understand You.
†"Your form is the resting-place of all yajnas. By remembering You, one breaks the bonds of ignorance.
†"If You do not reveal Yourself, who has the power to understand You?
†"You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, blissful and free from anger. You are thousand-faced Ananta Sesha, the first of the demigods and the holder of the worlds.
†"You are Shri Lakshmana, the killer of the rakshasas. You are a gopa's son. You are Lord Balarama personified.
†"To deliver the fallen, lowly, degraded fools You have now descended to this earth.
†"From You everyone will attain the pure devotion the sages and the kings of yoga yearn after."
†Overcome with bliss, and forgetting His own Self, Advaita Acarya glorified Lord Nityananda with these prayers.
†Advaita Acarya understood the power and glory of Lord Nityananda. Only some few fortunate souls know Lord Nityananda's heart.
†If a person knows the truth he knows that the quarrels of Nityananda and Advaita are only joyful play.
†Who has the power to understand Lord Advaita's words? Please know that Lord Advaita is not different from the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
†Exchanging auspicious talks about Lord Krishna, these two Lords enjoyed blissful pastimes.
†Lord Nityananda and Lord Advaita exchanged many secrets. Perfect love for each other was born within Them.
†Then, after taking permission from Lord Advaita, Lord Nityananda went to Navadvipa.
†First He went to Mother Saci's home and bowed down before her feet.
†Seeing Lord Nityananda, what happiness did Mother Saci feel? It had no end.
†Mother Saci said, "Son, You are truly the Supersoul staying in the hearts of all. I wished to see You, and now I do.
†"Knowing my heart, You hurried here. Who in this world knows You?
†"Son, for some days please stay in Navadvipa. Then I will see You for ten days, or fifteen days, or a month.
†"I am full of sorrow. That is why I yearn to see You. By the Supreme Lord's arrangement You have come here to deliver unhappy me."
†Hearing Mother Saci's words, Lord Nityananda smiled. He know that Mother Saci's power and glory had no end.
†Lord Nityananda said, "O mother, O mother of everyone, please listen. I came here to see you.
†"My desire to see you is very strong. With your permission, I will stay in Navadvipa."
†After talking with Mother Saci in this way, Lord Nityananda joyfully wandered in Navadvipa.
†With His companions going from house to house in Navadvipa, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
†In these kirtanas in Navadvipa Lord Nityananda became like bliss personified.
†Going from house to house with His companions, Lord Nityananda always enjoyed pastimes of sankirtana.
†Elaborately dressed as the great wrestler of sankirtana, how charming was Lord Nityananda! Simply by seeing Him, everyone attained piety and bliss.
†On His head was a turban of many different kinds of silk. Above that were many different graceful flower garlands.
†On His neck were necklaces of gold, pearls, and many kinds of jewels. On His ears were peerless earrings of pearls and gold.
†On His wrists and arms were golden bracelets and armlets. I do not know how many flower garlands decorated His body.
†His every lim‚ was anointed with sandal paste and gorocana. His pastimes were always like those of Lord Krishna as a small cowherd boy.
†With His ten fingers, each wearing a golden ring, He playfully held a wonderful iron rod.
†He was playfully and splendidly dressed in wonderful colorful yellow, blue, and white silk.
†A flute and a bamboo rod were stuck in His belt. Seeing Him or remembering Him, the people of the world felt their hearts drawn to Him.
†Silver anklets glistened on His graceful feet. His words were sublimely sweet. His walking and gestures were graceful like the king of elephants.
†In whatever direction Lord Nityananda looked, the personified nectar of pure love for Lord Krishna at once appeared.
†In this way Lord Nityananda very happily enjoyed pastimes in Navadvipa, the place of Lord Chaitanya's birth.
†Navadvipa was like the royal capital of Mathura. Many, many people lived there. I do not know how many.
†Seeing the saintly people there, a sinner would become free of the greatest sins.
†Also, touching the shadow of the sinners there would destroy all piety.
†By Lord Nityananda's mercy the people there were sincerely attracted to the path of devotion to Lord Krishna.
†Many had already been saved by Lord Chaitanya. Now Lord Nityananda would deliver everyone else in the three worlds.
†Lord Nityananda delivered many swindlers, thieves, and fallen sinners.
†Hear. Please hear how Lord Nityananda delivered many thieves.
†In Navadvipa lived a brahmana's son who had no peer among the thieves.
†He was a brahmana in name only. His heart was filled with evil. He was the commander of an army of thieves.
†There was no mercy in his body. He always happily stayed among thieves.
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†Seeing Lord Nityananda's ornaments, and glistening necklaces of gold, pearls and coral, and seeing the many valuable things that decorated His graceful limbs, the brahmana-thief decided to ro‚ them all.
†Concealing his desire to ro‚ the Lord of His wealth, the thief stayed always in Lord Nityananda's company.
†In His heart Lord Nityananda knew this wicked brahmana was not a good person.
†A good brahmana named Hiranya Pandita, lived in Navadvipa. He had no material possessions.
†Associating with no one else, Lord Nityananda now stayed in the home of this fortunate devotee.
†Meanwhile the evil-minded brahmana-thief met with other thieves and told them this plan:
†"O my brothers, why should we be unhappy any longer? Mother Durga has brought a great treasure-house of wealth to a place nearby.
†"On the limbs of avadhuta Nityananda are many ornaments of gold, pearls, and diamonds. There is nothing like these ornaments.
†"What is the money value of all these ornaments? I do not know. Mother Durga has put them all in one place.
†"Now they are all in Hiranya's house. In half an hour we will ro‚ them all.
†"Taking our swords and shields, tonight we will go there and attack."
†Agreeing on this plan, the thieves met at night.
†Armed with swords, daggers, and tridents, the thieves went to the place where Lord Nityananda stayed.
†Sending a spy ahead, the thieves waited at a certain place.
†Meanwhile Lord Nityananda was eating, and in the four directions the devotees chanted the holy names of Lord Hari.
†Lord Nityananda's companions were wild with the ecstasy of love for Lord Krishna. One devotee roared like a lion. Another made a sound like thunder.
†Another, tasting the nectar of love for Lord Krishna, wept. Another clapped his hands and loudly laughed.
†"Hai! Hai! Haya! Haya!" another exclaimed. Filled with the bliss of love for Lord Krishna, no one slept.
†The spy returned to the thieves. "The avadhuta is eating. Everyone is awake," was his report.
†The thieves said, "Let them eat. When they are asleep, we will attack."
†Happy that they would soon plunder great wealth, the thieves sat under a tree.
†One of them said, "The gold bracelets and armlets are mine." Another said, "I will take the pearl necklace."
†Another said, "I will take the earrings." Another said, "I will take the gold necklace."
†Another said, "I will take the silver anklets." Their minds became absorbed in these thoughts.
†By Lord Nityananda's wish, the goddess of sleep came and put a veil around those thieves.
†At once the thieves fell asleep. They were all unconscious.
†They were all bewildered by the Lord's Maya. The dawn came. Still they were not awake.
†When the crows cawed, the thieves awakened. They did not even see the night. They were unhappy at heart.
†They hurriedly hid their swords and shields in the forest. Then the thieves hurried to bathe in the Ganga.
†At the end the thieves returned to their own place. They violently quarreled.
†One of them said, "You fell asleep first." Another said, "You slept very soundly."
†Another said, "Why should we quarrel? Today saintly Goddess Durga rescued us."
†The wicked brahmana who was the commander of that army of thieves said, "Why should we quarrel?
†"Whatever happened was all Goddess Durga's will. One day may pass. Does that mean that all the days are gone?
†"I think Goddess Durga bewildered us. We did not worship Goddess Durga before we left. That is the reason for all this.
†"Tonight we will all worship Goddess Durga. We will offer her meat and wine. Then we will go to the same place.
†Agreeing to this plan, the thieves, offering meat and wine, worshiped Goddess Durga.
†The next day they cleaned their weapons, dressed in black clothing, and left.
†The night was very dark. Everyone slept. The thieves assembled.
†Approaching the house, the thieves saw many tall men guarding the four directions.
†Standing in the four directions, the armed guards again and again chanted the holy names of Lord Hari.
†They were giants. They were powerful and ferocious. Their weapons were raised.
†The thieves saw that each of those giants had the power to kill a hundred thieves.
†The giants had flower garlands around their necks and sandal paste on their limbs. Again and again they chanted sankirtana of the holy names.
†As Lord Nityananda slept, the giants in the four directions sang, "Krishna!"
†Seeing this, the thieves became filled with wonder. They left the house and sat down together.
†The thieves said, "From where did these guards come?"
†One of them said, "Somehow the avadh.uta must have known. He asked the guards and brought them here."
†Another said, "My brothers, this avadhuta is a great sage and a philosopher. Again and again I heard this from many mouths.
†"This saintly avadhuta has great knowledge. He can protect Himself.
†"We all saw those guards. I don't think they were human beings.
†"I think this avadhuta has great mysti powers. That is why the people call Him `Gosai' (master)."
†Another thief said, "My brother, you are a fool. How can anyone who eats as He does and decorates Himself with fancy clothes, as He does, be a `gosai'?"
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†The brahmana who was the commander of that little army of thieves said, "I know the reason.
†"Some big, big important person must have come to see the avadhuta.
†"An emissary from the king must have come. The giants were his personal bodyguards.
†"Those bodyguards were all religious fanatics. That is why they chanted, `Hari! Hari!'
†"While the guards are here, we should not come. After some days they will leave.
†"For now let us go to our homes. My brothers, for ten days let us quietly stay at home."
†When the leader had spoken these words, the thieves returned to their homes. Meanwhile Lord Nityananda, the moon of avadhutas, enjoyed pastimes as He wished.
†Whoever worships Lord Nityananda's feet and remembers them breaks all obstacles into pieces.
†Who has the power to place obstacles before Lord Nityananda?
†Who has the power to place obstacles before the Supreme Lord? Simply by remembering the Lord's servants, one breaks all ignorance into pieces.
†Ganesa and all his associates are all servants of the Supreme Lord. Siva, who destroys the worlds, is an amsa incarnation of the Supreme Lord.
†Who can bring fear to Lord Nityananda? When the Lord's amsa incarnation Ananta Sesha moves, all the worlds tremble.
†By His own will Lord Nityananda performed kirtana in all of Navadvipa. By His own will He enjoyed pastimes of eating and sleeping.
†His every lim‚ was decorated with priceless ornaments. He looked exactly like Rohini's son Balarama.
†Lord Nityananda chewed betelnuts mixed with camphor. His gentle smile charmed the heart of every person in the world.
†Fearless and blissful, and accompanied by a host of fearless and blissful devotees, He went everywhere.
†Another time the thieves made a plan and came to the house where Lord Nityananda stayed.
†By the Lord's arrangement there were great clouds. The darkness was blinding. The night was very fearsome. No person walked anywhere.
†On that very fearsome night each thief armed himself with five or ten weapons.
†They approached the house. Then every thief became blind. No one had the power to see.
†They could not see anything. All the thieves were now blind. Each one of them felt his mind, intelligence, and breath were under attack.
†One of them fell into a ditch and was ferociously bitten by mosquitoes and leeches.
†Another fell into a garbage-pit and was ferociously bitten by mosquitoes and scorpions.
†Another fell among thorns. His every lim‚ wounded by the thorns, he had no power to move.
†Another fell into a canal. His hands and feet broken, he wept.
†Another burned with fever. Every thief felt terror in his heart.
†At that moment the demigod Indra sent a great rainstorm to that very place.
†The thief bitten by mosquitoes and leeches was especially tortured by the rainstorm.
†Then hailstones fell on the thieves' bodies. They could not save their lives. Everyone was plunged in an ocean of sufferings.
†One thief became dizzy and fell down. Forgetting who he was, he was filled with terror.
†An endless rainstorm fell on the thieves. Their bodies trembled from the freezing cold.
†Now blind, the thieves had no power to see. Attacked by the freezing rain, they were on the verge of death.
†Aware that these people were enemies of Lord Nityananda, the demigod Indra became angry and tortured them very badly.
†After some moments the brahmana who was commander of that little army of thieves suddenly become fortunate. Now he understood.
†In his heart that brahmana thought, "Nityananda is not a human being. In truth He must be the Supreme Personality of Godhead Hismelf. How can anyone say He is a human being?
†"One day He bewildered us and mad us all fall asleep. Still, because of His powerful Maya, I did not understand.
†"Another day He showed us many very wonderful guards. Still I did not understand.
†"I am a great sinner. Everything I do is bad. In my heart I wanted to ro‚ the Supreme Lord of His wealth.
†"Who has the power to throw me into all these calamities? Lord Nityananda is my only shelter, I have no other shelter."
†Thinking in this way, the brahmana meditated on Lord Nityananda's feet. With great love he took shelter of them and surrendered himself to them.
†When the brahmana meditated on Lord Nityananda's feet, the calamities suddenly stopped. At that moment the brahmana became free of many millions of his past offenses.
†The brahmana prayed, "Save me! Save me! O Nityananda, O cowherd boy Krishna, O master, O protector of all living entities, please save me!
†"A person who trips and falls to the ground takes shelter of the earth.
†"In the same way a person who commits offenses against You must meditate on You. On then can he be delivered from his sufferings.
†"You forgive all offenses. You are merciful to the fallen.
†"I have killed many brahmana and many cows. O Lord, no one is a greater offender than I am.
†"Still, even the greatest sinners may find shelter in You and break into pieces the bonds that tie them to this world of birth and death.
†"From the moment of birth You protect the lives of the living entities, O Lord, and at the end of their lives You protect them also.
†"O Lord, please protect me today from these dangers. If I remain alive, I will have learned my lesson.
†"Birth after birth I am Your servant, O Lord. Whether I live or die, I only wish to be Your servant."
†Hearing these words, merciful Lord Nityananda delivered all the thieves.
†In this way the thieves became conscious again. Their eyes were suddenly released from blindness.
†By the power of the thief's surrender to Lord Nityananda, the terrible rainstorm no longer fell.
†After some moments the thieves again could see the path. They walked as if they were on the verge of death.
†They went to their homes and then bathed in the Ganga.
†The commander of that little army of thieves wept and wept. In his heart he took shelter of Lord Nityananda's feet.
†Meanwhile, Lord Nityananda, who is the master of all the worlds, sat down and placed His merciful glance on the fallen souls.
†In the four directions the devotees sang the holy names of Lord Hari. Lord Nityananda, the jewel of avadhutas, roared with bliss.
†At that moment the brahmana-thief came, lifted his arms, called out, "Save me!", and offered dandavat obeisances.
†From head to feet, the hairs of his body stood erect. From him an unending stream of tears flowed. He trembled.
†Again and again the brahmana roared and thundered with ecstati love. He was not in external consciousness. He wept.
†Gazing at Lord Nityananda's glory, the brahmana joyfully danced
†"Save me, Father Nityananda, purifier of the fallen!", the brahmana roared, his arms raised.
†Seeing this, the devotees became filled with wonder. "How did the thief become like this?"
†One devotee said, "It is a trick. It is a sham. Any moment he will attack us."
†Another devotee said, "Lord Nityananda is the purifier of the fallen. By His mercy this man has become good at heart."
†Seeing the endless symptoms of the brahmana devotional ecstasy, Lord Nityananda gently smiled and asked a question.
†The Lord said, "What has become of you? O brahmana, please tell Me. I see that your activities have become wonderful.
†"What have you seen? What have yoy heard of Lord Krishna's glories? Without worrying, and without trickery, please tell everything."
†Hearing the Lord's words, the saintly brahmana had no power to say anything. He only wept.
†He fell to the ground and rolled in the courtyard. Spontaneously he laughed, wept, danced, and sang.
†After some time the brahmana became peaceful. Then he said to Lord Nityananda,
†"Lord, my home is in Nadiya. I am a brahmana in name only. My actions are those of a hunter or a candala.
†"By always associating with wicked people, I became a violent thief. From the time of my birth I have not been anything but that.
†"When they see me, everyone in Navadvipa trembles in fear. There is not a sin that does not rest in my body.
†"When I saw Your glistening ornaments, in my heart I decided to ro‚ them.
†"One night I came with my band of thieves to ro‚ the treasures that decorate Your graceful limbs.
†"Lord, that night You bewildered us all. Bewildered by Your Maya, I did not know who You were.
†"Another night, after worshiping Goddess Durga in many ways, and armed with swords, daggers, and tridents, we came again.
†"That night we saw a great wonder. Your house was surrounded by guards.
†"Each guard was powerful like a mad elephant. Each wore a flower garland from his neck to his knees.
†"As the holy name of Lord Hari stayed in every guard's mouth, You happily slept in the house.
†"I was so sinful at heart that even then I did not understand Your glories.
†" `Whose guards are these? From where did they come?' Thinking these thoughts, I left.
†"After some days, I cam again last night, but at once my eyes were blinded.
†"When I came with my band of thieves, we surrounded Your house. Then we all became blind and we fell into different situations.
†"We were bitten by mosquitoes, leeches, and thrones. There were torrential rains and a hailstorm. We suffered badly. We had no power to move.
†"First we suffered Yamaraja's tortures. Then, at the end, we became Your devotees.
†"By Your mercy, with unalloyed love we meditated on Your feet.
†"Then You restored vision to our eyes. You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the purifier of the fallen.
†"Simply by thinking of You, we all escaped the tortures of Yamaraja. How great is Your glory!
†"Simply by remembering You, a person breaks the bonds of ignorance and easily goes to Vaikuntha."
†Speaking and speaking in this way, the brahmana loudly wept. In this way Lord Nityananda manifested His pastimes.
†Hearing these wonders, everyone bowed down before the brahmana.
†Then the brahmana said, "Lord, please give me permission to depart. No longer do I wish to keep this body alive.
†"In my heart I desired to harm You. Therefore my penance is that I will die by drowning in the Ganga."
†Hearing the brahmana's sincere words, Lord Nityananda and the devotees became pleased,
†Lord Nityananda said, "brahmana, you are very fortunate. Birth after birth You are Lord Krishna's servant.
†"If you had not attained the Lord's mercy, how could all those events have passed? How could they have passed if you were not a servant of the Lord?
†"Lord Chaitanya has descended to this world to purify the fallen. It is not otherwise.
†"Listen, brahmana. If you commit no more sins, I will accept all your karma.
†"Give up violence, theft, and all misdeeds. Do them no more.
†"Walk on the path of religion. Chant the holy names of Lord Hari. Then you can deliver others.
†"Go among the thieves and criminals. Bring them all to the path of religion."
†Speaking these words, Lord Nityananda took the garland from His won neck and happily gave it to the brahmana.
†Then there was a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" The brahmana was now free of all material bondage.
†The brahmana spoke words choked with emotion. Grasping Lord Nityananda feet, he wept and wept.
†He called out, "Lord Nityananda! Master! Purifier of the sinners! Please give the shelter of Your feet to me, a sinner!
†"In my heart I wished You harm. Who is more sinful than me?"
†Then Lord Nityananda, who is an ocean of mercy, placed His lotus feet on the brahmana's head.
†When his head received the mercy of Lord Nityananda's feet, the brahmana's offenses were all broken into pieces.
†Whenever thieves came to his door, the brahmana guided them on the path of religion. He taught them to take shelter of Lord Chaitanya.
†Renouncing theft, violence, and all misdeeds, they all became very saintly.
†They all chanted the holy names of Lord Hari hundreds of thousands of time. They all became expert in devotional service to Lord Vishnu.
†Wild with love for Lord Krishna, Lord Nityananda always sang Lord Krishna's holy names. In this way Lord Nityananda was an ocean of mercy.
†In no other incarnation did the Supreme Lord act in this way. Lord Nityananda always chanted, "Chaitanya!"
†A brahmana who does not honor Lord Nityananda becomes counted among the thieves and ruffians.
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†By Lord Nityananda's power these thieves and ruffians attained ecstati devotional service, devotional service where the devotee weeps, trembles, shouts, and finds the hairs of his body standing erect, devotional service the kings of yoga yearn to attain.
†O my brothers, please worship, please worship Lord Nityananda. By His mercy you will attain Lord Chaitanya.
†Anyone who hears these stories of Lord Nityananda will someday meet Lord Chaitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
†Anyone who with an attentive heart hears this pastime of the thieves' deliverance will someday see Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda.
†In this way Lord Nityananda fearlessly and joyfully enjoyed many pastimes.
†Wandering in village after village with His associates, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
†In this way He visited Khanacaur#a, Bar#agachi, Dogachiya, and, on the other side of the Ganga, Kuliya.
†The people of Bar#agachi were very pious. Their village was an important place of Lord Nityananda's pastimes.
†No one has the power to describe the glory and good fortune of Bar#agachi.
†Lord Nityananda associates were always very joyful at heart.
†They did nothing but sankirtana. Moment after moment they became more and more rapt in the ecstasy of being gopas.
†They carried sticks, flutes, buffalo-horns, and rope for tying cows. They wore gunja-necklaces. On their wrists were bracelets and on their ankles anklets.
†Ecstati love for Lord Krishna was always present in their bodies. They were attracted to Lord Krishna. They wept and trembled. The hairs of their bodies stood erect.
†They were very handsome. It was as if they were not different from Kamadeva himself. They always performed sankirtana.
†Accompanied by their master, fearless Lord Nityananda, these devotees were always joyful.
†Even in a hundred years I could not describe all the glories of Lord Nityananda's servants.
†Still, I will at least tell their names, as far as I know them. Simply by remembering their names one crosses beyond this world of birth and death.
†In their company Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes. They are all eternal associates of Maharaja Nanda. They are gopas and gopis descended to this world.
†Lord Nityananda has forbidden us. He said that their previous names should not be revealed or written.
†Ramadasa was one of the Lord's inmportant associates. He always spoke in the mood of the Supreme Lord Himself.
†No one had the power to understand his words. Lord Nityananda always stayed in his heart.
†Ramadasa was always in the grip of intense ecstati love. For three months Lord Krishna personally stayed in his body.
†Murari Pandita was a famous devotee of Lord Chaitanya. He would play with snakes and tigers.
†Raghgunatha Vaidya Upadhyaya was very noble-hearted. His glance made every heart fall in love with Lord Krishna.
†Gadadhara dasa always tasted the nectar of ecstati love and devotion. His glance destroyed all sins.
†The devotee named Sundarananda was like a nectar ocean of ecstati love. He was one of the most important of Lord Nityananda's associates.
†Kamalakanta Pandita was always wild with ecstasy. Lord Nityananda gave the village of Saptagriama to him.
†Gauridasa Pandita was very glorious and fortunate. With body, mind, and words he served Lord Nityananda. Lord Nityananda was his very life.
†Purandara Pandita was very peaceful and self-controlled. He was very dear to Lord Nityananda.
†Paramesvari dasa considered Lord Nityananda his very life. In his body Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes.
†Dhananjaya Pandita was very exalted. At every moment Lord Nityananda stayed in his heart.
†Balarama dasa was always wild from tasting the nectar of ecstati love. The breeze that blew past him destroyed all sins.
†Yadunatha Kaviraja was always filled with the nectar of ecstatic love. Lord Nityananda was always merciful to him.
†Jagadisa Pandita was the abode of great effulgence. Lord Nityananda and Lord Nityananda's associates were his life and his wealth.
†Purushottama Pandita was born in Navadvipa. In his heart he was a great servant of Lord Nityananda.
†In the beginning Lord Nityananda stayed in his home. His mercy makes one's heart drawn to Lord Nityananda.
†Dvija Krishnadasa was born in Radha-desa. He enjoyed pastimes with Lord Nityananda's associates.
†Kaliya Krishnadasa is famous in the three worlds. By remembering him one attains Lord Chaitanya.
†Sadasiva Kaviraja was very glorious and fortunate. His son was named Purushottama dasa.
†External consciousness was never present in Purushottama dasa's body. In his heart Lord Nityananda always enjoyed pastimes.
†Uddharana Datta was a noble and generous Vaishnava. He was very qualified to serve Lord Nityananda.
†Mahesa Pandita was very exalted. Paramananda Upadhyaya was a pure Vaishnava.
†Gangadasa was the son of Caturbhuja Pandita. In the beginning Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes in Gangadasa's home.
†Acarya Vaishnavananda was very noble and generous. In the beginning he was known by the name Raghunatha Puri.
†Saintly Paramananda Guota was very famous. In the beginning Lord Nityananda stayed at his home.
†Krishnadasa was a saintly resident of Bar#agachi. In his home Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes.
†Krishnadasa and Devananda were both very pure at heart. Exalted Acaryacandra had Lord Nityananda as his only shelter.
†Saintly Madhava Ghosha was a singer. Vasudeva Ghosha always tasted the nectar of ecstati love.
†Jiva Pandita was very noble, generous, glorious, and fortunate. Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes in his home.
†The four devotees Manohara, Narayana, Krishnadasa, and Devananda were very dear to Lord Nityananda.
†Even if I had a hundred years to do it, I would not have the power to write about all of Lord Nityananda's servants.
†Thousands and thousands of devotees were Lord Nityananda's servants. For all of them Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda were their life and wealth.
†By Lord Nityananda's mercy they all became wild by tasting the nectar of love for Lord Chaitanya.
†The little that I know I have written. Later Vedavyasa will reveal everything.
†At the end of all these servants is Vrindavana dasa, who was born from the wom‚ of Narayani, the Narayani who tasted the remnants of Lord Chaitanya's meal.
†Even today it is heard among the Vaishnavas, "Narayani tasted the remnants of Lord Chaitanya's meal."
†The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.