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Nityananda Charitamrita Adi Khanda Chapter 3
Lord Nityananda's Meeting With Shripada Madhavendra Puri
As Lord Nityananda traveled, by the will of providence He met Shri Madhavendra Puri. The body of Shri Madhavendra Puri was imbued with ecstatic love of God and his followers shared the same sentiments. He did not relish anything other than loving sentiments for Lord Krishna, who enjoyed His pastimes in the body of Madhavendra Puri. What can I say about the devotion of he who was the spiritual master of Shri Advaita Acarya?
Seeing Madhavendra Puri, Lord Nityananda at once fell unconscious to the ground, stunned in ecstatic prema. Seeing Lord Nityananda, Madhavendra Puri forgot himself as well and fell unconscious. Shri Gaurachandra had repeatedly said that Shri Madhavendra Puri is the original root of worship in ecstatic love. After both Lord Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri swooned, the disciples headed by Isvara Puri all began to cry. Recovering after some time, Lord Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri embraced each other and cried. Overwhelmed by ecstatic love for Krishna, they rolled on the sand and cried out loudly. The tears of love flowing from their eyes like rains soaked mother Earth making her feel gratified. Shivering, shedding tears, hair standing on end, and other ecstatic symptoms appeared endlessly on their bodies. This was because Lord Krishna personally resides in their bodies.
Lord Nityananda said, All the pilgrimage I’ve done still now has now born fruit. Today, I’ve seen the lotus feet of Madhavendra Puri. Seeing his ecstatic love of God, My life has become successful. Shri Madhavendra Puri embraced Lord Nityananda and was unable to reply as his throat choked with love. Madhavendra Puri was so pleased that he was unable to release Lord Nityananda from his embrace. Isvara Puri, Brahmananda Puri, and all the other disciples of Madhavendra Puri felt intense attachment for Lord Nityananda.
They had met many sadhus, but never before seen such symptons of prema. feeling distress mixing with materialistic people, they wandered in the forests. Now, meeting Lord Nityananda relieved their distress and aroused their krishna-prema. Lord Nityananda Prabhu traveled for a while with Madhavendra Puri relishing krishna-katha. The qualities of Madhavendra Puri were most wonderful. He would swoon just by seeing a dark cloud. Out of love for Krishna, he laughed and cried day and night, shouting, “Haya! Haya!” like a drunkard.
Lord Nityananda was intensely absorbed in the loving sentiments for Govinda. He laughed loudly, swaying to and fro. Madhavendra Puri’s disciples constantly chanted the name of Hari seeing their extraordinary symptoms of love. The two forgot whether it was day or night in their absorption of ecstatic love. Although remaining together for a number of days, Lord Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri felt that period as hardly a moment. Who knows all that took place between Lord Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri? Only Krishna knows. unable to give up the company of Lord Nityananda, Madhavendra Puri constantly remained with Him.
madhavendra bale e prema na dekhilu katha
sei mora sarvatirtha hena prema yatha
janilu krishnera kripa ache mora prati
nityananda hena vandhu painu samhiti
ye se stane yadi nityananda sanga haya
sei stana sarvatirtha vaikunthadi maya
nityananda hena bhakta sunile sravane
avasya paiba krishnacandra sei jane
nityananda yachara tilaka dvesha rahe
bhakta hai leu se krishnera priya nahe
Madhavendra Puri said, “I’ve never seen such ecstatic love. Wherever there’s such prema is my favorite holy place. I know Krishna’s given me His mercy since He’s given me such a friend as Nityananda. Wherever one finds Nityananda’s company is the most sacred and transcendental place. That devotee who hears the name of Nityananda will certainly attain the lotus feet of Krishnacandra. If one has the slightest envy for Nityananda, Krishna never favours him even if he’s a devotee.”
Madhavendra Puri showed affection for Lord Nityananda day and night with his speech and deeds. Lord Nityananda considered Madhavendra Puri nothing else than His guru. These two vastly learned personalities did not know whether it was day or night due to their ecstatic love for Krishna. After staying together for some days, Lord Nityananda left for Setubandha (Ramesvaram), and Madhavendra Puri went to see the Sarayu River. In their absorption for love of Krishna, both Lord Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri forgot their bodies. Feelings of separation for the Lord maintain a devotee’s life. Otherwise, how could one tolerate such intense feelings while lost in trance? Whoever hears about the meeting between Lord Nityananda and Madhavendra Puri will certainly achieve the wealth of love for Krishna.
After traveling in ecstatic mood for some days, Lord Nityananda arrived at Setubandha. Taking bath at Dhanushatirtha, He then went to see Lord Ramesvara. The Lord next went to Vijayanagara. He visited Mayapuri, Avanti, and the Godavari Rivers, and then He went to the abode of Jiyada Nrisimha. He visited Trumalla and Kurma-kshetra, and eventually went to see Jagannatha, the Lord of Nilacala. When He came near Shri Nilacala, He fell unconscious seeing the temple flag. surrounded by His dear devotees, He saw Lord Jagannatha as the source of the catur-vyuha: Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. Immediately on seeing Lord Jagannatha, Lord Nityananda fell in rapture with His hair standing on end. When He recovered, He fell to the ground again. Shivering, perspiring, crying, swooning, and loud roaringówho can describe these ecstatic symptoms seen in Lord Nityananda? After remaining in Nilacala for sometime, Lord Nityananda went in great jubilation to Ganga-sagara.
Who can describe the Lord’s pilgrimage? I have only written briefly by His mercy. After visiting various holy places, Lord Nityananda returned again to Mathura. He remained in Vrindavana being so absorbed in Krishna that He was unable to tell if it was day or night. He did not eat, but occasionally drank some milk if someone offered it to Him.
Lord Nityananda knew well that Lord Gaurachandra was living incognito in Navadvipa. He thought to Himself, “I will go and serve Lord Gauranga when He manifests His opulence.” He therefore did not go to Navadvipa directly, but remained in Mathura. He regularly enjoyed sporting in the water of the Yamuna and playing with the children in Vrindavana. Although Lord Nityananda is omnipotent, He did not distribute devotional service to the Lord at that time.
yabe gauracandra prabhu kariba prakasa, tanra se ajnara bhaktidanera vilasa
"When Lord Gaurachandra manifests His opulence, then He’ll begin to distribute bhakti on His order."
The devotees of Lord Gauranga did not like to do anything without His order, but this did not diminish their glories in the least. Brahma, Ananta, Siva, and other demigods create, maintain, and destroy by the order of Lord Gauranga. Sinners who do not like to hear such things are not fit to be seen by the Vaishnavas. Just see for yourself how Lord Nityananda Prabhu blessed the people of this universe with the treasure of prema. Nityananda Raya is the foremost devotee of Lord Gauranga since the glories of Lord Gauranga always dance on His tongue. Day and night Lord Nityananda chants the glories of Lord Gauranga. When one worships Lord Nityananda, he surely attains devotion for Lord Gauranga.
All glories to Nityananda Raya, the first manifestation of Lord Gauranga! The glories of Lord Gauranga become manifest only by the mercy of Lord Nityananda. One becomes attached to Lord Nityananda by the mercy of Lord Gauranga. One who knows Lord Nityananda never faces any adversities. Those who wish to cross the ocean of material existence and drown in the ocean of devotional service must worship Nitaicanda. Someone said, “Nityananda is just like Balarama.” Another person said, “He’s most dear to Lord Gauranga.” Someone may consider Lord Nityananda a sannyasi, someone may consider Him a devotee, or someone may consider Him a jnani. They may all say whatever they like. Even if Lord Nityananda were the most insignificant servant of Lord Gauranga, still I would keep His lotus feet in my heart. Therefore, I kick the head of any sinner who disregards the glories of Lord Nityananda and dares to criticize Him.
If you find any follower of Lord Gauranga who seems to say something bad about Lord Nityananda, know what they said was actually glorification. Vaishnavas are always pure and full of knowledge. So, if there is ever any quarrel between them, know it simply to be part of their pastimes. If a person takes the side of one Vaishnava and criticizes another, then certainly he is vanquished. anyone who follows Lord Nityananda without finding fault in Him will surely attain the shelter of Shri Gaurachandra. When will that day come when I will see Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda surrounded by Their devotees? Let me serve Lord Gaurachandra under the instructions of Lord Nityananda, who is my worshipable Lord in all respects.
I desire to study Shrimad-Bhagavatam under Shri Nityananda Svarupa birth after birth. All glories to the Supreme Lord Shri Gauranga! You have given me, and then taken from me, the association of Lord Nityananda. Still I beg for Your mercy so that my mind may remain absorbed on the lotus feet of You both. Nityananda Raya is Your greatest devotee. No one can attain Him without Your sanction.
Lord Nityananda wandered the forests of Vrindavana until Lord Gaurachandra displayed His opulences. Whoever hears these descriptions of Lord Nityananda’s visit to the holy places will certainly attain the treasure of divine prema.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Shri Nityananda as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet
End of Adi-khanda.