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Description of Lord Nityananda's Glories
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya! Glory to Lord Nityananda! Glory, glory to the Lord's devotees!
Text 2 Accompanied by His servants, Lord Nityananda enjoyed the bliss of sankirtana in this way.
Text 3 Lord Nityananda enjoyed the same pastimes He had enjoyed in Vrindavana.
Text 5 He made every heart sincerely attracted to Lord Chaitanya.
Text 5 In His company the devotees became wild with ecstasy. Lord Nityananda, the abode of great glory and effulgence, wandered in all of Navadvipa.
Text 6 His body was fully decorated with ornaments and flower garlands. His red lips glistened with betelnuts and camphor.
Text 7 Seeing Lord Nityananda-Rama's pastimes some people became delighted, but in other people faith in Lord Nityananda did not take birth.
Text 8 In Navadvipa lived a brahmana who had previous been a student of Lord Chaitanya.
Text 9 Seeing Lord Nityananda's pastimes, this brahmana felt a doubt take birth in his heart.
This brahmana had firm devotion to Lord Chaitanya. Still, he had no power to understand Lord Nityananda.
By the Lord's will this brahmana when to Jagannatha Puri, where he happily stayed for some days.
Every day this brahmana went to visit Lord Chaitanya. He had great faith in Lord Chaitanya's feet.
One day, by the Lord's will, in a private place, this brahmana asked a question that stayed in his heart.
The brahmana said, "Lord, there is one request I would like to place before You. If You wish You may grant it.
"Lord, if in Your heart You accept me as Your servant, then please tell me something with Your graceful mouth.
"Nityananda Avadhuta wanders in Navadvipa. I do not understand what kind of person He is.
"The people say He is in the sannyasa asrama. But at every moment He chews betelnuts and camphor.
"On His body He wears ornaments of gold, silver, and pearls, things a sannyasi should not touch.
"Rejecting a saffron kaupina, He wears splendid silk garments. He is always decorated with sandal paste and flower garlands.
"Why does He reject a sannyasi's danda and instead hold an iron rod in His hand? Why does He always stay in a sudra's home?
"I do not see how these actions are permitted by the scriptures. Therefore a a shoreless ocean of doubt now stays in my heart.
"Everyone says, `Nityananda is very exalted'. Why, then, does He not follow the rules of conduct proper for the sannyasa asrama?
"What is at the heart of all this? Lord, if in Your heart You accept me as Your servant, then please tell me with Your graceful mouth.
When at that auspicious moment the saintly brahmana asked this question, Lord Chaitanya, without trying to deceive him, explained to him the truth.
Hearing the brahmana's words, Lord Chaitanya smiled and said,
"Listen, O brahmana. Neither material faults nor material virtues take birth in very elevated persons.
"In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (11.20.36, Lord Krishna explains:
na mayy ekanta-bhaktanam
buddheh param upeyusham
"My pure devotees have no material faults or material virtues. They are equal to all material things. They have attained Me, who am beyond all material ideas."
"As a lotus leaf is always untouched by water, so Lord Nityananda is always untouched by material impurity.
"O brahmana, please know without doubt that Lord Krishna always stays in Nityananda's body. There He always enjoys pastimes.
"If someone not highly qualified like Lord Nityananda were to act as He does, then that person would suffer. Sins would take birth within him.
"If someone other than Lord Siva were to drink an ocean of poison, that person would perish. All the Puranas give proof of this.
"In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.33.30 and 29, it is said:
naitat samacareź jatu
manasapi hy anisvarah
vinasyaty acaran maudhyad
yatharudro 'bdhijam visham
"Conditioned followers, who are not actually in control, should never imagine imitating the uncommon activities of the controller. One should not even think of imitating Krishna's rasa dance. If out of foolishness one tries to imitate Krishna's rasa dance, he will be killed, just like a person who wants to imitate Lord Siva's drinking an ocean of poison."*
isvaranam ca sahasam
tejiyasam na doshaya
vahneh sarva-bhujo yatha
"Transgressions of religious principles by the supreme controller testify to His great power. For example, fire can consume any abominable thing. That is the manifestation of the supremacy of fire."*
"Anyone who, not knowing these truths, criticizes the actions of a very exalted person, will suffer birth after birth for his offense.
"Anyone who criticizes or mocks a great soul will perish.
"I know this truth from Shrimad-Bhagavatam. I have heard it from the mouths of the Vaishnava gurus.
"With full attention please hear what Shrimad-Bhagavatam says about persons who mock the actions of great souls.
"At the same time Krishna and Balarama left to study. When Their education was complete, they approached Their guru.
" `What dakshina shall We give?' They asked Their guru. The guru consulted with his wife.
"The guru asked Krishna and Balarama to return the guru's dead sons. Then Krishna and Balarama went to the abode of Yamaraja.
"By Krishna and Balarama's order, the karma of the dead sons was at once destroyed. Then Krishna and Balarama took the dead sons from Yamaraja's abode and gave them to Their guru.
"Hearing this very wonderful story, Devaki asked that her dead sons be given to her.
"By divine arrangement one day Devaki called for Krishna and Balarama and told them of her sufferings.
"She said, `Listen, listen, O Krishna and Balarama, O masters of the masters of yoga. Your forms are eternal, transcendental, and pure.
" `You are the two fathers of all the universes. I know that You are the two causes of all existence.
" `By a part of one of Your parts the universes are created, maintained, and destroyed.
" `To break into pieces the burden of this earth You have descended to this world and become my sons.
" `Taking them from Yamaraja's abode, You gave Your guru's sons as dakshina.
" `My heart yearns to see my sių sons that Kamsa killed.
" `Even though they had been dead for some time, You had the power to bring back Your guru's sons.
" `Please fulfill my desire in the same way. Please give me my sių dead sons.'
"Hearing Their mother's words, Krishna and Balarama at once went to Maharaja Bali's abode.
"Seeing the two Lords that were the objects of his worship, Maharaja Bali became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
"He at once placed the dead sons before the Lords' lotus feet.
"His eyes filled with tears and the hairs of his body erect, Maharaja Bali joyfully offered prayers to the Lords' lotus feet. Then he wept.
"He prayed, `Glory, glory to Balarama, who is Sankarshana and Ananta Sesha! Glory, glory to Krishna, who is the ornament of Gokula!
" `Glory, glory to Balarama, the holder of the plow, the teacher of the gopas, friendship personified! Glory, glory to Krishna, who is the wealth, thoughts, and life of His devotees!
" `Even though the demigods and sages in the mode of pure goodness find it very difficult to see You, You are merciful to me. Even though I am a demon in the mode of ignorance, You have come before my eyes.
" `For You there are neither friends nor enemies. This the Vedas say. Now I see it with my own eyes.
" `Though Putana came with poison-smeared breast to kill You, You still sent her to the world of Vaikuntha.
" `Neither the Vedas nor the kings of yoga have the power to understand Your heart.
" `Bewildered by Your Maya, even the kings of yoga do not understand You. How can I, a sinful demon, understand You?
" `O master of all the worlds, please be merciful to me! Please don't make me fall into the blind well of household life.
" `I hold Your two lotus feet to my heart. Peaceful at heart, I fall down before You, who are like a kalpa-vriksha tree.
" `Please make me Your servant. Please give me the association of Your devotees. Those are the only desires in my heart.'
"Holding Krishna and Balarama's lotus feet to his heart, Bali Maharaja prayed in this way.
"Assuming the form of the Ganga, the water that has washed Krishna and Balarama's feet purifies Brahmaloka and Sivaloka.
"By drinking that sacred water and sprinkling it on their heads, Bali Maharaja and his associates became very fortunate.
"Offering fragrances, flowers, incense, lamps, garments, and ornaments, Bali Maharaja bowed down before Krishna and Balarama's lotus feet.
"Then Bali Maharaja said, `O Lords, if in Your hearts You accept me as Your servant, then please give me a command, a command I may carry on my head.
" `O Lords, anyone who follows Your command is beyond all ordinary commands or prohibitions.'
"Hearing Bali Maharaja's words, the two Lords became pleased. Then they described the reason They had come.
"The Lord said, `Listen. Listen, O saintly Bali, to the reason We have come to your home.
" `The sinner Kamsa killed Our mother's sių sons. They died because of their past sins.
" `Grieving over her dead sons, Our mother Devaki is very unhappy. She always weeps.
" `Those sių sons are now with you. Give them to please Our mother.
" `Those sių souls were previously perfect demigods. They were grandsons of Lord Brahma. Please hear how they came to suffer.
" `Prajapati Marici was a son of Brahma. These sių souls were previously the sons of Marici.
" `By divine arrangement Brahma became bewildered, struck by one of Kamadeva's arrows. Throwing aside all shame, his heart yearned after his own daughter.
" `Seeing that, these sių souls mocked Brahma. For this offenses, they fell down at once.
" `Because they mocked a great soul, they took birth from a demonic womb.
" `Abandoning their demigod bodies, they took birth in the home of Hiranyakasipu, who hated the whole world.
" `Tortured in many ways by Indra's thunderbolt, these sių demons died.
" `Then, by the power of Yogamaya, they were brought down to earth and placed in Devaki's womb.
" `Their sin was that they mocked Lord Brahma. For this they suffered in many ways.
"Even though Devaki was his sister, King Kamsa killed them as soon as they were born.
" `Devaki does not know these secrets about her sons.
" `Taking them from your place, We will give these sių sons to Devaki.
" `When they drink Devaki's breast milk, these sių souls will at once be freed from the curse placed upon them.' "
"Then the Lords said, `Listen. Listen, O saintly Bali. Even a perfect demigod will suffer if he mocks a Vaishnava for his actions. How, then, can We describe how that offense will make an ordinary, imperfect person suffer?
" `An impious person who blasphemes a Vaishnava will suffer birth after birth.
" `Listen, O Bali, and I will teach this to you. Never blaspheme or mock a Vaishnava.
" `If he blasphemes My devotee, even a person who worships Me and chants My holy names will find many obstacles placed before him.
" `But anyone who loves My devotee will attain Me. This I say. It is true without any doubt.'
"In the Varaha Purana it is said:
siddhir bhavati va neti
nihsamsayas tu tad-bhakta-
" `They who serve the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead may or may not attain perfection. There is some doubt. But they who devotedly serve the Supreme Lord's devotees will certainly attain perfection. Of that there is no doubt.'
" `This means that the Lord says: `Anyone who worhips only Me, and does not worship My devotees also, is proud and arrogant. He does not attain My mercy.'
" `In the Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (13.76, it is said:
Tadiyan arcayanti ye
na te vishnu-prasadasya
bhajanam dambhika janah
" `Proud and arrogant persons who worship Lord Krishna but do not worship the Lord's devotees, do not attain Lord Krishna's mercy.
" `O Bali, you are My dear servant. That is why I tell this secret to you.'
"Hearing the Supreme Lord's instructions, saintly Bali became very happy at heart.
"Placing Lord Krishna's order on his head, Bali brought the sių sons before Him.
"Krishna and Balarama at once took the sių sons and brought them to Their mother.
"Seeing her previously dead infant sons, with a joyful heart and with great love Devaki at once offered them her breast.
"Drinking from the breast that had once suckled the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the sons at once attained transcendental knowledge.
"They all offered dandavat obeisances to the Lord. Then the Lord glanced at them.
"The Lord placed His glance of mercy on them. Then the merciful Lord said to them,
" `Go. Go, O demigods. Go to your own abodes. Do not again mock a great soul.
" `Brahma is empowered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is equal to the Supreme Lord Himself. He never acts badly.
" `Because you mocked him, you suffered great torments. Do not again think as you did before.
" `Go to Brahma and beg forgiveness for your offense. Then you will again have My mercy in your hearts.'
"Hearing these words, the sių souls very respectfully accepted the Lord's command.
"Bowing down before Krishna, Balarama, and their father and mother, the sių souls returned to their own home among the demigods.
"O brahmana, thus I have told you this story from Shrimad-Bhagavatam. You should give up all hostility to Lord Nityananda.
"Lord Nityananda is very exalted. But a person whose good fortune is small does not have the power to understand that truth.
"Anyone who respectfully sees Lord Nityananda's supernatural activities becomes delivered.
"To deliver the fallen souls Lord Nityananda descended to this world. He will deliver every soul.
"His actions are beyond all ordinary commands and prohibitions. Who has the power to understand Him?
"Anyone who, not understanding His fathomless virtue, criticizes Lord Nityananda, will find his progress in devotional service to Lord Vishnu is stopped.
"O brahmana, go. Go at once to Navadvipa. Repeat these words. Teach this to everyone.
"Anyone who in any way blasphemes Lord Nityananda will not be spared from Yamaraja's place.
"Anyone who loves Nityananda, loves Me. O brahmana, what I tell you is the truth. It is the truth. It is the truth.
"Even if He drinks wine, and even if He embraces an outcaste girl, Nityananda is fit to be worshiped by Lord Brahma. This I tell to you.
"This I tell you:
vised va saundikalayam
tathapi brahmano vandyam
"Even if Lord Nityananda holds an outcaste girl's hand, and even if He enters a wine-shop, His lotus feet are still fit to be worshiped by Brahma."
Hearing these words of Lord Chaitanya, the saintly brahmana became very happy.
Great faith in Lord Nityananda took birth within him. He returned to his home in Navadvipa.
Returning to Navadvipa, that fortunate brahmana at once approached Lord Nityananda.
Without deception he described his offense to the Lord. Listening, Lord Nityananda gave His mercy.
Lord Nityananda activities are like this. They are hidden from the Vedas. They are beyond the knowledge of ordinary people.
Lord Nityananda is always on the spiritual platform. He is the king of yoga. This I say: He is Lord Ananta Sesha, the first of the demigods.
He is thousand-headed Lord Ananta Sesha, whose form is eternal and pure. Without attaining Lord Chaitanya's mercy no one can understand this.
Some people say, "Nityananda is like Balarama." Others say, "He is the great abode of Lord Chaitanya's love."
Still others say, "He is the amsa incarnation of someone who is very powerful." Still others say, "I have no power to understand Him."
Some may say that Nityananda is a jiva. Others may say He is a devotee or a philosopher. Why should they not say what they like or what they think?
Why should they not speak in these ways about Lord Chaitanya's Nityananda? I only pray that Lord Nityananda's lotus feet may always stay in my heart.
He is my Lord. I am His servant birth after birth. My desires all rest in His feet.
I kick the head of anyone who insults Him or blasphemes Him.
Lord Chaitanya is the master of my master. With great faith I embrace Him in my heart.
Will the day come when I will see Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda surrounded by Their devotees in the four directions?
Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya! O Lord, please give to me Lord Nityananda. Please allow me to meet Lord Nityananda.
O Lord Chaitanya, please be merciful to me. Please allow that I will never forget You and Lord Nityananda.
O my Lords, You two have descended to this world. Please grant that I will be a fit person to serve You both.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.