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Nityananda Charitamrita, Antya Khanda Chapter 1
Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga meet with the residents of Navadvipa
avatirnau sa-karunyau paricchinau sad isvarau
shri krishna chaitanya nityanandau dvau bhratarau bhaje
I worship the two brothers, Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda, who descended in this world as the Supreme Controllers. They appeared in covered forms as incarnations of mercy.
All glories to Shri Krishna Chaitanya and all glories to the beloved Lord of Goddess Lakshmi! All glories to Nityananda, the most intimate associate of Shri Gauranga! All Glories to the Lord of Vaikuntha, the king of sannyasi! All glories to all the devotees of Shri Gauranga! All glories to Gaurachandra, the deliverer of fallen souls! O Lord, please place your lotus feet within my heart.
Dear brothers, listen with utmost attention to the topics of sesha-khanda that describe Nityananda’s meeting with His devotees.
On an auspicious day, Lord Gauranga along with all His devotees happily departed for Nilacala. The Lord said, “Listen, magnanimous Nityananda. Go at once to Navadvipa. Try to relieve the distress of all the devotees headed by Shrivasa Pandita. Tell everyone in Navadvipa that I’m going to Nilacala to see Lord Jagannatha. On the way to Nilacala, I will visit the house of Advaita Acarya in Santipura and I’ll wait there for all of you. Immediately gather the devotees and bring them to Santipura. In the meantime, I will visit Phuliya* the place of Haridasa Thakura.
On the order of the Lord, the most powerful Nityananda happily started for Navadvipa. He was fully drunk with transcendental mellows of love of God. Overwhelmed with ecstasy, Nityananda Prabhu constantly roared like a drunken lion. His pastimes are beyond all rules and regulations.
Sometimes He climbed on a kadamba tree and sometimes He played a flute standing in threefold bending form. Sometimes He rolled in the pastures and drank milk from a cow just like a calf. He danced the entire path out of His own sweet will. He merged so deep in the ocean of bliss that He totally forgot Himself.
Sometimes He would sit down on the road and cry. Hearing His cry melted the hearts of the people. He would often laugh loudly and sometimes take off His cloth and tie it on His head. Sometimes in His mood of Ananta, He floated enchantingly on the waves of the Ganges like a snake. The glories of Nityananda Prabhu are inconceivable and unfathomable. His causeless mercy is matchless within the three worlds. Floating like this, Nityananda finally reached the bathing ghats of Navadvipa.
Controlling His rapture, Nityananda went to the home of Lord Gauranga. He found that mother Saci had been fasting for twelve days. She survived simply by the mercy of Krishna. Mother Saci was overwhelmed in the mood of Yasoda. Tears of love continuously flowed from her eyes. She asked everyone she saw, “Are you from Mathura? Tell me how are Krishna and Balarama?” Saying this, she would fall senseless to the ground. Sometimes mother Saci said, “I can hear a horn. Maybe Akrura has come again in the pastures.” Mother Saci, completely in a trance, forever merged in the ocean of separation from Krishna. Nityananda Prabhu offered his obeisances to her.
Seeing Lord Nityananda, all the devotees began to loudly cry. Mother Saci swooned on the ground saying, “O dear father, O dear father.” No one knew who fell, or on which side he fell. Nityananda picked everyone up and embraced them. Bathing everyone in His tears of love, He told everyone the auspicious news of Lord Gauranga’s journey to Santipura. He cried, “All of you quickly go and see Lord Gauranga. The Lord has gone to Advaita Acarya’s house in Santipura. I came here to take you all there.” In separation from Shri Gauranga, all the devotees had become morose and skinny. But the words of Nityananda Prabhu fully enlivened them. Overwhelmed with ecstasy, they began to happily glorify Krishna.
From the day Lord Gauranga left home to take sannyasa, mother Saci had been completely fasting. It had been twelve days since she ate. Only by the influence of Shri Gauranga was she surviving. Seeing the condition of mother Saci, Nityananda Prabhu felt very unhappy. To solace her, He spoke sweet words.
“There’s no mystery of Krishna that you don’t know. What can I tell you? Please don’t lament. Be happy. Even the Vedas will never receive the mercy that you’ve gotten. The Lord, for whom the Vedas forever seek, is your own son. He’s the life and soul of everyone. That same Lord has placed His hand on your heart and promised to take full responsibility for you. The Lord repeatedly told that all your spiritual and worldly responsibilities are on Him. He knows what’s best for you. So please surrender yourself to the Lord and live happily. O mother, go and quickly cook for Krishna. Let all the devotees honor the Lord’s remnants and be happy. Everyone hankers to relish the food cooked by you. If you fast, then Lord Krishna will fast. Quickly cook various palatable offerings for Krishna. I, too, have a great desire to eat food cooked by you.”
Hearing the words of Nityananda, mother Saci forgot her separation and quickly went off to cook. The most pious mother Saci cooked various offerings for Krishna. After offering them, she gave the remnants to Nityananda Svarupa. Then Saci served the remnants to all the Vaishnavas. Finally, after pleasing everyone, She personally honored the prasada. When mother Saci ate after fasting for twelve days, the devotees became happy and satisfied. All the devotees along with Nityananda Prabhu jubilantly got ready to go and see Lord Gauranga.
Soon all the residents of Navadvipa heard about the sannyasa of Gaurachandra. Hearing the Lord’s wonderful sannyasa name, Shri Krishna Chaitanya, everyone chanted “Hari, Hari!” and said, “May You be glorious!” Even the atheists who previously criticized the Lord went to see Him along with their families. They all repented, “We took birth as fools in Navadvipa and, unaware of the position of the Lord, we criticized Him. Now let us go and take shelter of His lotus feet. Thus we’ll counteract all our offenses.”
People ran towards Santipura in a lofty joyous mood. No one could estimate how many people went. They soon reached Phuliya and loudly chanted the names of Hari. The sound pierced the universe. Hearing the wonderful loud chanting of Hari, the Lord, the crest jewel among sannyasis, came out from His room. He incessantly chanted the maha-mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, as tears of love continuously streamed from His eyes.
All the people raised their hands and cried, “Save us! Save us!” Such were the wonderful pastimes of Gaurachandra. Beholding His enchanting face overwhelmed everyone with ecstasy. Then Nityananda Prabhu, who is the same Lord Ananta, arrived from Nadia along with many devotees. When the devotees headed by Shrivasa Pandita saw the Lord, they began to chant the names of Hari in ecstasy. All the devotees offered obeisances at the Lord’s lotus feet and began to cry profusely. Lord Gauranga embraced all the devotees, as they were all as dear to Him as His own life. The pathetic cries of the devotees purified the entire universe. Soon all the devotees began to sing the glories of the Lord. The Lord repeatedly shouted loudly, “Chant! Chant!”
What can I describe about the sweetness of that loving exchange? The Lord raised His hands and jubilantly chanted, “Hari! Hari!” The Lord’s dancing was full of sweet wonder. Seeing His dancing, all the devotees merged in great happiness. They all filled with rapture as they danced blissfully around the Lord. Somebody fell on someone and someone caught hold of another. Someone held another’s feet on his chest. Nityananda Prabhu, the abode of great effulgence, danced exuberantly around the Lord. Advaita Acarya danced and shouted loudly in ecstasy. Everyone tried to grab each other’s feet. Any fortunate person who hears this will certainly receive the service of Gaurachandra’s lotus feet.
Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu was again united with His devotees and jubilantly performed nama-sankirtana. Anyone who hears the story of this meeting will attain the treasure of krishna-prema.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.