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Nityananda Charitamrita, Antya Khanda Chapter 3
Lord Nityananda's darsana of Lord Jagannatha
Shri Visvambhara said, "All of you helped Me as a real friends since you brought Me to see my beloved Lord Jagannatha. Now please tell Me if you should go first or I should go first to see Jagannatha."
Mukunda replied "O Lord, you please go first." "Very good," saying this Shri Gauranga departed.
The Lord walked as swiftly as an inebriated lion. He soon reached Jagannatha Puri and entered the temple of Lord Jagannatha. By the Lord's will, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya was present in the temple taking darsana of Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra, when Gaurachandra, the life and soul of the universe, came to see Them. As soon as the Lord saw Jagannatha, He roared loudly and wanted to embrace Him. At that moment, the Lord fell unconscious on the ground out of ecstasy. Who can understand the unfathomable qualities of the Supreme Lord? Just by seeing Jagannatha, who is non-different from Him, Lord Gauranga fainted on the ground.
Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya personally attended to the Lord, but was unable to break His ecstatic trance. Finally, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya decided to take Lord Gauranga home. Sarvabhauma said "Brothers, servants, please pick up this jewel-like personality and bring Him to my house." All the guards and servants assisting in the ceremony of Pandu Vijaya picked up Lord Gauranga and carried Him out of the temple to Sarvabhauma's house. They blissfully carried the Lord while continually chanting the names of Hari. At the very same time, all the devotees who accompanied the Lord from Navadvipa reached the main entrance to the temple complex, the Simha-dvara, (Lion Gate). They were struck with wonder seeing this scene unfold. It appeared as if ants were carrying a particle of grain. Many people happily carried Lord Gauranga to the home of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya.
Offering obeisances to Jagannatha from the main entrance, all the devotees merrily followed the Lord. The temple servants brought the Lord to Sarvabhauma's house. As soon as the Lord was inside, they locked the door.
Seeing the devotees who had come with the Lord from Navadvipa, Sarvabhauma was especially pleased. Loudly exchanging greetings with everyone, Sarvabhauma's doubt about Lord Gauranga was removed. He became very satisfied in his heart. Who can estimate the good fortune of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya? He whose glories all the Vedas describe had personally come to the house of Sarvabhauma.
Seeing Nityananda Prabhu, Sarvabhauma Mahasaya humbly took the dust from His lotus feet. Sarvabhauma arranged a guide for them and the devotees went to see Jagannatha. The guide requested the devotees with folded hands, "Please remain peaceful while seeing Jagannatha. Don't act like the previous Gosai. I don't understand what kind of people you are. If you promise to remain peaceful, then only will I take you to Jagannatha. What can I say? The way He fell on the ground no man could survive. I request all of you to please see Jagannatha with utmost care and restraint."
Hearing his words, all the devotees began to laugh. Saying, "Don't worry," they left to see Jagannatha. They entered the temple and saw Jagannatha, the origin of the first quadruple expansion, happily manifested in the midst of His devotees. Seeing Lord Jagannatha, all the devotees began to cry. They offered obeisances to Him, circumambulated Him, and prayed to Him.
The most sober Nityananda, enraptured in love for Gauranga, became terribly agitated on seeing Lord Jagannatha. He was unable to remain steady. As soon as He saw Jagannatha, He wanted to embrace Him. The guards could not check Him. Suddenly climbing onto the golden throne of Jagannatha, Nityananda embraced the Deity of Balarama. As He climbed on the throne, the guards tried to stop Him catching hold of His hand. Nityananda simply pushed them away. Nityananda took the garland off Lord Balarama and put it on Himself. The priests took garlands from Lord Jagannatha and happily offered them to the devotees. Receiving Lord Jagannatha's mercy in the form of the garlands, all the devotees were extremely pleased. They quickly returned to the house of Sarvabhauma.
Wearing the garland of Balarama, Nityananda walked like the king of elephants. All the temple guards began to think, "This mendicant is not an ordinary man. How can anyone survive after touching Balarama? We control even mad elephants, what to speak of ordinary men. We tried to firmly catch hold of Him, but instead, he scattered us like straws." Considering this, the temple guards always showed respect to Nityananda whenever they saw Him. In His childish way, Nityananda Svarupa often embraced the Lord with loving affection.
Meanwhile, Lord Gauranga remained unconscious at the house of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya sat at the feet of the Lord while the devotees surrounding the Lord chanted the names of Rama and Krishna. The qualites of Gaurachandra are inconceivable and unfathomable. Even after nine hours, He had not regained consciousness. After a long time, Lord Gauranga, the life and soul of the universe, came to normal consciousness. All the devotees chanted the name of Hari. Becoming composed, the Lord asked everyone, "What happened to Me today?"
Lord Nityananda explained to the Lord, "When You saw Lord Jagannatha, You fell senseless to the ground. Luckily, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya was present. He picked You up and brought You to his home. In ecstatic bliss, You remained in trance for nine hours. Here is Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya offering You his respectful obeisances." The Lord hurriedly embraced Sarvabhauma.
Lord Gauranga said, "Jagannatha is very merciful. He kindly brought Me to the house of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. I had grave doubts how I would even get your good association. Today, Lord Krishna has easily fulfilled My desire." Saying this and looking at Sarvabhauma, the Lord began to smile. He continued, "Listen. Today I saw Lord Jagannatha directly. Seeing Jagannatha, I intensely desired to embrace Him. But as soon as I tried to embrace Jagannatha, I lost My consciousness and was unaware of anything after that. Fortunately, Sarvabhauma was there and I was protected from all danger. I vow that, from today, I will see Jagannatha from a distance. I will never enter inside the temple room; rather I'll see Jagannatha while standing beside Garuda-stambha column. By good fortune, I did not embrace Jagannatha. Had I done this, it would've been a serious predicament"?
Nityananda Prabhu replied, "Today You've been saved. Now it's already quite late. Please go and take bath." Lord Gauranga said, "Nityananda, You'll control Me all the time. I surrender unto You." The Lord happily bathed and sat with the devotees with a smile on His face.
Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya quickly brought various kinds of maha-prasada and placed them before the Lord. Lord Gauranga offered His obeisances to the maha-prasada and began to honor it along with His devotees. Anyone who hears the ecstatic eating pastimes of Shri Gauranga at Nilacala obtains the association of Nityananda Prabhu without a doubt. By hearing Nityananda's visit to Nilacala described in Antya-khanda, one will float in the ocean of krishna-prema.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.