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Meeting Lord Nityananda
(Refrain)jaya jaya jagata-jibana gauracandra
anukshana ha-u smriti taba pada-dwandwa
Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of the worlds! May I remember His feet at every moment.
nityananda-sammukhe rahila biswambhar
cinilena nityananda apana iswar
Lord Chaitanya stood before Lord Nityananda. Lord Nityananda recognized His Lord.
harishe stambhita haila nityananda-ray
eka-drishti ha-i' biswambhara-rupa cay
Stunned with happiness, with unblinking eyes Lord Nityananda gazed at Lord Chaitanya's form.
rasanaya lihe jena darasane pan
bhuje jena alingana nasikaye ghran
It was as if with His tongue Lord Nityananda licked Lord Chaitanya's form. It was as if with His eyes Lord Nityananda drank the handsomeness of Lord Chaitanya's form. It was as if with His arms Lord Nityananda embraced Lord Chaitanya. It was as if with His nose Lord Nityananda smelled Lord Chaitanya.
e-i mata nityananda haiya stambhita
na bole na kore kichu sabe-i bismita
Lord Nityananda stood stunned and motionless. He neither said nor did anything. At this, everyone there was filled with wonder.
Text 5 Lord Chaitanya is the master of all living entities. He knew how to briog Lord Nityananda out of His trance.
Text 6 Lord Chaitanya hinted that Shrivasa should recite a verse from Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Text 7 Understanding the Lord's hint, Shrivasa Pandita at once recited a verse describing meditation on Lord Krishna.
Text 8 He recited (Shrimad-BhagavatamText 10
barha-pidam nata-vara-vapuh karnayoh karnikaram
bibhrad vasah kanaka-kapisam vaijayantim ca malam
randhran venor adhara-sudhaya purayan gopa-vrindair
vrindaranyam sva-pada-ramanam pravisad gita-kirtih
"They remembered how Krishna dressed, decorated with a peacock feather on His head, just like a dancing actor, and with blue flowers pushed over His ear. His garment glowed yellow gold, and He was garlanded with a vaijayanti necklace. Dressed in such an attractive way, Krishna filled up the holes of His flute with the nectar emanating from His lips. So they remembered Him, entering the forest of Vrindavana, which is always glorified by the footprints of Krishna and His companions."*
Text 9 Simply by hearing the recitation of this verse, Lord Nityananda fainted. He was no longer conscious.
Lord Nityananda had fainted in ecstasy. "Recite! Recite!", Lord Chaitanya ordered Shrivasa.
After some moments of hearing this verse repeated, Lord Nityananda regained consciousness. Touching Lord Chaitanya, He wept.
Again and again hearing the verse, Lord Nityananda became mad and roared like a lion. Hearing His roar, the universe broke into pieces.
Unseen by the others, Lord Nityananda violently fell to the ground. In their hearts everyone thought, "His bones must have broken into pieces."
Afraid that He was hurt, the Vaishnavas called out, "Krishna, save Him! Krishna, save Him!"
Lord Nityananda rolled on the ground. His body was flooded with tears from His eyes.
Gazing at Lord Chaitanya's face, He sighed. Bliss was in His heart. Moment after moment He laughed aloud.
One moment He danced. Another moment He bowed down. Another moment He slapped His arms. Another moment He jumped with both feet.
Seeing this great wonder of the mad bliss of love for Lord Krishna, Lord Chaitanya and the Vaishnavas wept.
Again and again Lord Nityananda was overcome with ecstasy. Everyone tried to hold Him still, but no one could.
When no Vaishnava could hold Him still, Lord Chaitanya embraced Him.
Lord Nityananda had surrendered His life to Lord Chaitanya. When Lord Chaitanya embraced Him, He became still.
The Lord to whom He had surrendered His life now embracing Him, Lord Nityananda became motionless.
Lord Nityananda now floated in the waters of love for Lord Chaitanya. He was like Lakshmana, who became powerless in Lord Rama's embrace.
Struck by the arrow of pure spiritual love, Lord Nityananda fell unconscious. Still embracing Lord Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya wept.
I heard that the blissful love They felt in separation was like love of Shri Rama and Lakshmana.
Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda felt the highest love. Except for the love of Shri Rama and Lakshmana, it cannot be compared to any other love.
After a few moments Lord Nityananda returned to external consciousness. Everyone shouted "Hari!" and "Jaya!"
Lord Chaitanya embraced Lord Nityananda. Thinking that Their roles were now reversed, Gadadhara smiled within his heart.
Lord Ananta Sesha, who always holds up the Supreme Lord, now rests in His Lord's embrace. Now Lord Ananta's pride is crushed into powder.
Gadadhara understood Lord Nityananda's power. Lord Nityananda understood Gadadhara's heart.
Gazing at Lord Nityananda, all the devotees felt their hearts become filled with Lord Nityananda.
Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda gazed at each other. Neither said anything. They only shed tears from Their eyes.
Gazing at each other, They felt great bliss. With tears from Their eyes They flooded the earth.
Lord Chaitanya said, "Today is an auspicious day for Me. Today I have seen the pure devotional service that is the true meaning of the four Vedas.
"How can this kind of trembling, tears, and roaring be manifested, if it is not manifested by the personal potency of the Supreme Lord Himself?
"Lord Krishna will never abandon any person who with his own eyes has once seen this kind of pure devotion.
"I think that You must be the Supreme Lord's spiritual potency. Anyone who worships You will certainly attain pure devotion to Lord Krishna.
"You purify the fourteen worlds. Your nature and activities are confidential, inconceivable, and unattainable.
"Everyone can see that You are the personification of the great treasure of pure love for Lord Krishna.
"Millions of sins and illusions cannot stay with a person who attains even half a sesame seed's worth of association with You.
"I know that Lord Krishna will deliver Me, for He has given Me Your association.
"I am very fortunate to see Your feet. Anyone who worships Your feet will attain a great treasure of pure love for Lord Krishna."
In an ecstati trance Lord Chaitanya glorified Lord Nityananda. He did not stop.
Lord Chaitanya and Lord spoke of many things, but their conversation was all in hints and gestures. They did not speak openly.
Lord Chaitanya said, "I am afraid to ask: From what direction did You make Your glorious journey to this place?"
Very agitated, Lord Nityananda became like a child. He spoke restlessly, like a child.
In His heart thinking, "My Lord has descended to this world", he folded Hi hands and spoke with great humbleness.
Hearing the prayers Lord Chaitanya spoke, Lord Nityananda became embarrassed. Now Lord Nityananda proceeded to refute every word of those prayers.
Lord Nityananda said, "I went to many holy places. There I saw many of Lord Krishna's holy places.
"I saw only the places. I was not able to see Lord Krishna. I asked the good people there,
" `I saw the Deity thrones were all covered. O My brothers, please tell Me: Where did Lord Krishna go?'
"They all told Me, `Lord Krishna went to West Bengal. He went to Gaya. But after some days He returned to West Bengal.
"Someone who had heard the great chanting of Lord Hari's names in Nadiya said, `Lord Narayana Himself has taken birth here.'
"I heard that in Nadiya even the most lowly and fallen souls are delivered. That is why I, a great sinner, have come here."
Then Lord Chaitanya said, "We are all very fortunate that a great devotee like Yourself has come amongst us.
"I think that today My life has become a great success, for today I have seen You weep streams of tears in ecstati love."
Smiling, Murari Gupta said, "We do not understand anything of what You two have said."
Shrivasa said, "What do I know? I worship these two as if They were Lord Krishna and Lord Siva."
Then Gadadhara said, "The Pandita has spoken well. I think these two are like Rama and Lakshmana."
Then someone said, "They are like two Kamadevas." Then someone else said, "They are like Krishna and Balarama."
Someone else said, "I do not know who They are for certain, but I think They are like Ananta Sesha embraced by Lord Krishna."
Someone else said, "They are two friends like Krishna and Arjuna. When I see Them I think They are filled with spiritual love."
Someone else said, "I do not understand what They say. They speak only in hints and signs."
Gazing at Lord Nityananda, the happy devotees spoke in this way.
Anyone who hears this account of the first time Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda saw each other becomes free from the bonds of repeated birth and death.
Lord Nityananda becomes Lord Chaitanya's associate, friend, brother, servant, bed, and carrier.. No one else assumes these roles.
He voluntarily serves the Lord in many ways. If He makes one qualified, a person becomes able to serve the Lord.
Even Lord Siva, who is very powerful, a great yogi, a great Vaishnava, and the first of the demigods, does not know the end of Lord Nityananda's glories.
Persons who, not understanding His very profound pastimes, criticize Lord Nityananda, find that their devotional service to Lord Vishnu becomes stopped.
Lord Nityananda is very dear to Lord Chaitanya. My heart's desire is that Lord Nityananda may always remain the master of my life.
By His mercy I always remember Lord Chaitanya. By His order I write this book glorifying Lord Chaitanya.
As "Raghunatha" (the Lord of the Raghus, and "Yadusimha" (the lion of the Yadavas, are two names for the same person, so "Nityananda" and "Balarama" are two names for the same person. This I know.
Anyone who desires to cross beyond the material world of birth and death and then dive into the ocean of pure devotional service should worship Lord Nityananda.
If a devotee repeats these pastimes, then Lord Chaitanya blesses him, his family, and his friends.
The holy name of Lord Chaitanya is very rare and difficult to find in this world. Lord Chaitanya is the life breath and the great wealth of everyone.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.