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Description of Lord Nityananda's Virtues
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy! Glory to the handsome son of Saci and Jagannatha Misra!
Text 2 Glory, glory to Saci's son, Shri Krishna Chaitanya! By giving it the holy name of Lord Krishna, Lord Chaitanya has made this world fortunate and glorious.
Text 3 Accompanied by Nityananda and Gadadhara, Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes in Navadvipa.
Text 4 After striking Devananda with the stick of His words, Lord Chaitanya returned to His home.
Text 5 Devaananda Pandita returned to his home. Because of bad association, he was now unhappy.
Text 6 Even though the people may think them pious and saintly, persons like Devananda are not qualified to stand before Lord Chaitanya.
Text 7 Only by the mercy of a Vaishnava can one attain Lord Chaitanya. If a person has no love and devotion, his austerities and japa will not help him attain the Lord.
Text 8 Even if he has attained Lord Krishna's mercy, a person who offends a Vaishnava is stopped from attaining ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
Text 9 I do not speak these words. They are the Vedas' words. Saci's son proved that they are true.
Mother Saci, in whose womâ Lord Chaitanya descended to this world, once offended a Vaishnava.
Lord Chaitanya destroyed her offense, taught her, and gave her the gift of ecstati spiritual love.
Please carefully hear this story. By hearing it one's offenses to Vaishnavas are destroyed.
One day handsome fair-limbed Lord Chaitanya rose and then sat down on the throne of Lord Vishnu.
Placing on His lap His Salagrama-sila forms, Lord Chaitanya happily manifested His transcendental glories.
He said, "I am Krishna, come to the Kali-yuga. I am Narayana. I am Ramacandra, who bridged the ocean.
"I slept in the milk-ocean. Then Nar#a's loud calls broke My sleep.
"I am here to freely distribute pure spiritual love and pure devotional service. Ask, Nar#a. Ask for a boon. Ask for a boon, Shrivasa."
Seeing that Lord Chaitanya was now openly manifesting His glories, Nityananda held a great parasol over the Lord's head.
On the left Gadadhara held betelnuts. In the four directions the devotees waved camaras.
Lord Chaitanya freely distributed pure devotional service. He gave many boons. He gave whatever the devotees desired.
Someone said, "My father is sinful at heart. PLease make his heart good. That will be a great relief to me."
Some asked blessing for their teachers, some for their students, some for their children, and some for their wives. They asked whatever they wished.
Lord Chaitanya granted whatever was asked. Smiling, He gave everyone the gift of pure love and pure devotion.
Saintly Shrivasa said, "Lord, to Your mother please give the gift of ecstati love for Lord Krishna. Everyone wants You to give her that gift."
Lord Chaitanya said, "Shrivasa, I will not give it. To her I will not give the pastimes of ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
"She offended a Vaishnava. Therefore she cannot have ecstati love for Lord Krishna."
Eloquent Shrivasa said again, "Lord, these words will make us all leave our bodies.
"You are her son. You entered her womb. Why is she not qualified to attain ecstati love for Lord Krishna?
"Your mother is everyone's life. She is the mother of all the worlds. Lord, please give up Your tricks and illusions and give her ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
"Lord, You are her son, and therefore she is also the mother of us all. How can a mother offend her son? That is my opinion.
"If she has offended a Vaishnava, then please be kind and break her offense into pieces."
Lord Chaitanya said, "I have the power to teach her, but I have no power to break apart her offense to a Vaishnava.
"Only the offended Vaishnava can forgive the offense. On then is the offense destroyed. There is no other way.
"You know how Durvasa's offense to Maharaja Ambarisha was finally destroyed.
"My mother offended Nar#a. Only when Nar#a forgives her will she attain the mercy that gives ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
"When she takes the dust of Advaita's feet and places it on her head, then, by My order, My mother will attain ecstati love for Lord Krishna."
Then everyone went to Advaita and told Him all that Lord Chaitanya had said.
Hearing these words, Advaita remembered Lord Vishnu and said, "You all want to take away My life.
"Through Saci's womâ Lord Chaitanya entered this world. She is My mother. I am her son.
"It is I who should take the dust of Mother Saci's feet. I do not understand even a single sesame seed of her power and glory.
"Mother Saci is the personification of devotional service to Lord Vishnu. She is the mother of the worlds. How can you talk the way you have done?
"Even a person who, thinking it an ordinary material word, speaks the word `a-i' (mother), the power of that word `a-i' is such that the speaker will no longer suffer.
"Mother Saci is Goddess Ganga. They are not different. Mother Saci is Devaki and Yasoda. That is the nature of Mother Saci."
After speaking the truth about Mother Saci, Advaita entered an ecstati trance and fell to the ground. He was not in external consciousness.
Aware that this was her opportunity, Mother Saci came and placed the dust of Advaita's feet on her head.
Mother Saci is a great Vaishnavi. She is pure devotional service personified. She had the power to hold Lord Chaitanya in her womb.
When she took the dust from Advaita's feet, Mother Saci became overwhelmed and fell to the ground. She was no longer in external consciousness.
The Vaishnavas called out, "Jaya! Jaya Hari!" They made a great tumult of chanting Lord Chaitanya's names.
By Mother Saci's power, Advaita was not in external consciousness. By Lord Advaita's power, Mother Saci was not in external consciousness.
They were both overwhelmed by each other's power. Meanwhile the circle of Vaishnavas chanted, "Hari! Hari!"
Sitting on the Deity's throne, Lord Chaitanya smiled and laughed. Pleased, He said to His mother,
"Now you may have pure devotion to Lord Vishnu. Your offense to Advaita is no more."
Hearing these merciful words from the Lord's graceful mouth, everyone called out, "Jaya! Jaya Hari!"
Making an example of Mother Saci, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the teacher (siksha-guru, of all, taught everyone to carefully avoid offending Vaishnavas.
If even a person equal to Lord Siva offends a Vaishnava, the offender will perish. This the scriptures say.
They who will not follow these instructions and blaspheme good people are sinners. They will suffer birth after birth.
What to speak of others, even Lord Chaitanya's own mother was punished for offending a Vaishnava.
In truth Mother Saci had not committed any offense. Still, Lord Chaitanya said that she had.
Why do the people call Him "Advaita"? Why did Saci, displeased, call Him "Dvaita"?
Now I will tell this story. Please listen carefully. This is related to the story of Visvarupa.
Saintly Visvarupa was Lord Chaitanya's elder brother. Handsomeness like His was difficult to find in all the worlds. He was very powerful and glorious.
He was learned in all the scriptures. He was very saintly and peaceful. His body was not different from Lord Nityananda's body.
The people in Navadvipa could not understand His very learned lectures. Still, accepting the mood of a boy, He stayed with the boys.
One day Jagannatha Misra went to a meeting of panditas, and his very handsome son Visvarupa followed behind him.
Jagannatha Misra entered the assembly of bhattacaryas. Seeing Visvraupa, the whole assembly was filled with wonder.
Handsome, all-powerful Visvarupa, who was Lord Nityananda Himself, stole the hearts of everyone there.
One bhattacarya asked, "What are you studying?" Visvarupa replied, "A little. A little of everything."
Thinking Him only a child, no one said anything more. Only Jagannatha Misra became unhappy to hear that arrogant reply.
As They walked home on the path, Jagannatha Misra rebuked Visvarupa,
"Rascal, why did You not tell the assembly what books You study?
"You acted as if You were more learned than anyone else. Now the others will mock me and embarrass me."
Very angry with his son, very generous and fortunate Jagannatha Misra walked home.
Returning to the assembly, smiling Visvarupa said to the bhattacaryas,
"You did not ask Me any questions. Now My father is punishing Me.
"In My heart is the thought that you should ask me questions. All of you please gather together and ask Me questions."
Smiling, one bhattacarya asked, "Listen, child. Please tell a little of what You studied today."
Lord Visvarupa explained a sutra. In their hearts everyone decided that His explanations were very good.
Everyone said, "You explained the sutra well." Lord Visvarupa replied, "You did not understand anything of it. Now I will tear My own explanation into pieces."
Explaining again, He refuted all He had just proved. Wonder entered everyone's hearts.
Three times He refuted His explanations and three times He refuted the refutations and re-established the original premise.
"He is very, very intelligent," everyone said. Still, bewildered by Lord Vishnu's illusory potency, no one there could understand Visvarupa's true identity.
In this way Visvarupa stayed in Navadvipa. Seeing the people empty of devotion to the Lord, He was not happy.
The whole world was intoxicated by material things. No one understood the glories and auspiciousness of devotion to Lord Vishnu.
They lost great wealth on festivals for their children and others. No one was aware of worship offered to Lord Krishna, or the religion of devotion to Lord Krishna.
The learned teachers lectured on material logic. None of them knew anything about devotion to Lord Krishna or worship of Lord Krishna.
If someone lectured on Bhagavad-gita or Shrimad-Bhagavatam, he would not say anything about devotional service. His explanations were all dry.
Not hearing descriptions of devotional service anywhere, Lord Visvarupa became very unhappy.
The lion who bears the name Advaita and who is full of Lord Krishna's powers lectured on Yoga-vasishtha. But His explanations were all about devotional service.
Who could understand Advaita's explanations? Advaita was the foremost of the Vaishnavas in Nadiya.
Looking in the four directions, Visvarupa felt unhappy at heart. On in Advaita did He find the happiness of pure love for Lord Krishna.
Visvarupa always stayed with Advaita. Accompanied by Visvarupa, Advaita happily tasted the mellows of pure dveotion.
At this time Lord Chaitanya was still a small boy. His limbs were fair and handsome. His hair was gracefully curly. His charming form stole everyone's heart.
Mother Saci would tell Him, "Visvambhara, Quickly go, call Your brother, and bring Him home."
On His mother's order, Lord Chaitanya would run to Advaita's home.
There Advaita sat, surrounded by many devotees. Shrivasa and many other great souls were there.
Lord Chaitanya would say, "Brother, come home and eat rice. Don't delay." Smiling and smiling, the Lord would speak these words.
Lord Chaitanya stole the hearts of everyone. They all gazed at the very handsome form of the boy Lord.
Completely enchanted, Advaita gazed at the Lord. Forgetting everything, He gazed at the Lord's face.
In this way, on the preText of calling for Visvarupa on Their mother's order, Lord Chaitanya came there every day.
Gazing at Lord Chaitanya, Advaita thought in His heart, "This very handsome boy has stolen My heart.
"This person who now enchants Me must be My Lord. Who else has the power to steal My heart? That is what My heart now thinks."
Understanding Advaita's thoughts, Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supersoul in the hearts of all beings, quickly returned to His home.
Rejecting material pleasures, Visvarupa stayed always with Advaita.
Visvarupa's story was elaborately told in the Adi-khanda. In the form of Lord Nityananda, Visvarupa enjoyed limitless pastimes.
The incarnations of the Supreme Lord know the Supreme Lord's will very well. After some days, Visvarupa accepted sannyasa.
Known in this world by the name Sankararanya, He was the foremost of Vaishnavas. He walked on the path of the limitless Supreme Lord.
Accepting a sannyasi's danda, He traveled about. Mother Saci's heart was always broken with grief.
Becoming thoughtful, Saci decided in her heart, "Advaita made My son leave home."
Afraid to offend a Vaishnava, Mother Saci said nothing. In her heart she was very unhappy.
Looking at Lord Chaitanya, Mother Saci forgot her grief. The Lord made His mother's happiness grow.
After some days, by divine arrangement, Lord Chaitanya manifested His true nature. Then He always enjoyed pastimes with Advaita.
Neglecting Goddess Lakshami and leaving the happiness of His own home, Lord Chaitanya stayed at Advaita's home.
Seeing that her son no longer stayed at home, Mother Saci thought, "Advaita will take My son away."
Unhappy, she told everyone, "Who says He is `Advaita'? That Vaishnava is `Dvaita' (full of duplicity).
"He has already driven away one moonlike son. Now he will not leave my other son alone.
"I am a helpless widow. No one is kind to me. To the world He is `Advaita'. But to me He is `Dvaita-maya' (full of duplicity).
This was the entirety of her offense. There was nothing more than that. Because of this offense Lord Chaitanya would not give His mother devotional service.
A person who calls one Vaishnava a `big Vaishnava' and another Vaishnava a `little Vaishnava' may be peaceful and happy for now, but for how long will he remain peaceful and happy?
On the preText of rebuking His mother, Lord Chaitanya, the supreme teacher (siksha-guru), taught everyone to carefully avoid offending a Vaishnava.
Anyone who jumps over lionlike Lord Chaitanya's order and foolishly offends a Vaishnava will be punished for his offense.
Please give me your attention and hear why Lord Chaitanya spoke as He did.
Lord Chaitanya knows everything that happens in all three phases (past, present, and future, of time. He knows that in the future some demoni people will serve Lord Advaita.
They will refer to Lord Advaita by the name "Shri Krishna". In this way they will reject the words of the true Vaishnavas.
These sinners will thus disobey the devotees who affirm that Advaita is "the greatest Vaishnava".
Many persons will consider themselves the followers of Lord Advaita, but they will not have the power to see how in the future they will be punished.
Lord Chaitanya, the crest jewel of they who know everything, knew all this. Therefore He did something to try to stop this from happening.
By punishing His mother, Lord Chaitanya showed the result that comes from offending Lord Advaita or any other Vaishnava.
No one can protect a person who has offended a Vaishnava.
Therefore one should avoid persons who offend Vaishnava.
One should avoid an offender, even if the offender is otherwise very qualified. A little association with an offender will make one fall down.
Who has the power to understand why the Lord gives punishment? By punishing His mother, He taught everyone.
Anyone who blasphemes they who use the word `Vaishnava" to address Lord Advaita will be punished. He will perish.
Lord Chaitanya is theSupreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all. To be called His follower is very great praise.
Without any intention to deceive, Lord Chaitanya openly said that Lord Nityananda is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself.
By Lord Nityananda's mercy I know Lord Chaitanya. By Lord Nityananda's mercy I know the Vaishnavas.
By Lord Nityananda's mercy offenses are destroyed. By Lord Nityananda's mercy one attains devotion to Lord Vishnu.
Blasphemy directed to Lord Nityananda's servants never enters my mouth. Day and night I happily sing Lord Chaitanya's glories
I carefully serve Lord Nityananda's devotees. Lord Chaitanya is the life and wealth of Lord Nityananda's servants.
A person who has only a little good fortune will not become Lord Nityananda's servant, for Lord Nityananda's servant is able to see Lord Chaitanya.
Anyone who hears this story of Lord Visvarupa becomes a servant of the limitless Supreme Personality of Godhead. He feels that Lord Nityananda is his very life.
Lord Nityananda and Lord Visvarupa do not have different bodies. This Mother Saci knew. Some other great souls also knew.
Glory to Lord Nityananda, who takes shelter of Lord Chaitanya! Glory, glory to Lord Nityananda, who is thousand-faced Ananta Sesha!
O Lord Nityananda, O king of Gauda-desa, glory to You! Who can attain Lord Chaitanya without first attaining Your mercy?
Anyone who loses Lord Nityananda will not be happy in this life.
Will I some day see Lord Chaitanya, Lord Nityananda, and their associates all thogether in one place?
Lord Chaitanya is my master. With great faith and hope I meditate on Him within my heart.
I bow down before Lord Advaita's feet. I pray that he will always be dear to me and that He will always stay in my thoughts.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.