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Nityananda Charitamrita, Antya Khanda Chapter 5
Lord Nityananda's meeting with Gadadhara dasa
One time, Lord Nityananda wanted to wear ornaments. As soon as He desired this, immediately various kinds of valuable and enchanting ornaments appeared before Him made of silver, gold, and diamonds. Fortunate people brought these ornaments bedecked with jewels and corals. They also brought fine cloth and necklaces of pearls, which they gave to the Lord and offered Him obeisances. Nityananda Prabhu decorated Himself with this jewelry according to His own sweet will. He decorated His two hands with golden bangles and put ten golden rings beset with jewels on His ten fingers. He decorated His neck with various divine necklaces made of jewels, pearls, and corals.
To please Lord Siva, He took a string of rudraksha and cat's eye with gold and silver respectively and tied it on His neck. He prepared two beautiful golden earrings bedecked with pearls and put them on His ears. He decorated His lotus feet with silver ankle-bells and put the most attractive rings on His toes. He dressed Himself with various fine cloths of different colors such as white, blue, and yellow. Dressed in this way, He appeared completely enchanting. He wore various garlands made of jasmine, Arabian jasmine, and campaka flowers, which continuously swung on His broad chest. He applied sandalwood paste on His beautiful limbs. He adorned His head with a turban made of various fine cloths and decorated it with different colored flowers. The beauty of His most attractive face defeated the beauty of millions of moons. He always smiled and chanted the name of Hari. In whichever direction Nityananda Prabhu glanced, His lotus eyes sprinkled showers of krishna-prema.
He took a stick of a high quality sculpted iron and plated both ends with gold. He always carried this stick in His hand in the mood of Lord Balarama who used to carry a similar stick. All the associates of Nityananda who were in the mood of cowherd boys of Vrindavana offered various ornaments such as bracelets, bangles, anklets, rings, garlands, horn, stick, flute, rope, and garland of gunja to their beloved Nityananda. Nityananda, by His own sweet will, enjoyed various pastimes with His associates.
Lord Nityananda with His associates visited the houses of the devotees. The most effulgent Nityananda traveled to all the villages on both sides of the Ganges. Lord Nityananda was full of transcendental mellows. His name and form are non-different. Simply seeing Him captivated all living entities. Even the atheists would immediately offer prayers to Nityananda as soon as they saw Him. They at once wanted to offer everything to Him. The body of Nityananda Svarupa is sweet and most attractive. He generously bestowed mercy on everyone. Whether eating, sleeping, or traveling, He did not waste a moment without doing nama-sankirtana. Wherever Nityananda did sankirtana and danced in ecstasy, He captivated hundreds of people.
Illiterate village children pulled big trees out of the ground without difficulty. They roared loudly as they uprooted the trees. They ran around shouting, "We are cowherd boys." The strength of one child was such that even seven persons together were unable to control him. The children happily roared like lions and chanted, "All glories to Shri Krishna Chaitanya! All glories to Shri Nityananda!" Nityananda Prabhu, the life and soul of everyone, captivated the hearts of even the children. Some children ate nothing for a whole month. People were struck with wonder by seeing this. All the devotees were overwhelmed with ecstatic love, as Nityananda Prabhu became their sole protector. Lord Nityananda would feed everyone with His own hands treating them like His sons. Sometimes, He tied someone with rope or even beat him, and laughed loudly out of joy.
One day, to show affection to Gadadhara dasa, Nityananda came to his house. Gadadhara dasa Mahasaya was fully absorbed in transcendental bliss in the mood of the gopis. Gadadhara dasa put a pot of Ganges water on His head and cried out, "Who will buy milk?" He had a beautiful Deity of Shri Bala-gopala at his house. The beauty and sweetness of this Deity were matchless. Seeing this enchanting Deity of Bala-gopala, Nityananda Prabhu held Him on His chest with great love and affection. When everyone saw that Shri Bala-gopala was clinging on the heart of Nityananda Prabhu, they loudly chanted the name of Hari. Absorbed in the mood of a cowherd boy, Lord Nityananda shouted loudly and began to dance. Madhavananda Ghosha sang of the pastime of Krishna demanding taxes from the gopis.
Hearing this song, Avadhuta Nityananda became very pleased. The sweet voice of fortunate Madhavananda completely captivated the heart of Nityananda. The Lord danced imitating the pastimes of Krishna in Vrindavana. The fortunate Gadadhara dasa forgot himself absorbed in the mood of the gopis. He always considered himself a gopi.
Hearing the pastimes of Krishna in Vrindavana, Nityananda Prabhu danced so emotionally that it was beyond description. He matchlessly danced exhibiting all the signs of ecstatic love and devotion. The movement of His dancing was equal to lightning. His legs and hands were most enchanting. How wonderfully He moved His eyes and smiled. The pastime of shaking His head was wonderful. He put His beautiful feet together and jumped up and down in a wonderful way.
All the men and women floated in the happiness of krishna-prema by the merciful glance of Nityananda. His merciful look was so intense that everyone forgot himself in spiritual bliss. By the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, anyone and everyone easily achieved the love and devotion aspired for by sages and yogis.
If a person as big as an elephant does not eat for three days, he will become weak and unable to walk. But when a child eats nothing for one month and acts like a lion, it is indeed the manifestation of Lord Nityananda's mercy and energy. Still, by the illusory energy of Shri Gauranga, no one could understand this fact. Being thus absorbed in love of God, Lord Nityananda stayed at the house of Gadadhara dasa.
Gadadhara dasa was fully in trance as he induced everyone to chant the name of Hari. In the Gadadhara dasa's village lived a most sinful Kazi. He was vehemently opposed to the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. Fully absorbed in spiritual bliss, Gadadhara Mahasaya fearlessly went one night to the house of the Kazi of whom everyone was afraid. Chanting the names of Hari, he entered the Kazi's house. All the guards and the servants of the Kazi saw him there, but no one dared to come forward and speak to him. Gadadhara said, "Where is the Kazi? Chant the name of Krishna right now or I'll tear off all your heads."
The Kazi came out of his room as angry as fire. Seeing Gadadhara dasa, however, he became somewhat calm. The Kazi asked, "Gadadhara, why did you come here?" Gadadhara said, "I have something to tell you. Shri Gauranga and Shri Nityananda Prabhu have appeared in this world and have made everyone chant the name of Hari. You're the only one who's not chanted the name of Hari. This is why I come to you. Now chant the most auspicious holy names of Hari. They'll deliver you from all your sins." By nature, the Kazi was the most envious person; however, he did not utter a word. Rather he was stunned. The Kazi smiled and said, "Listen, Gadadhara, tomorrow I'll chant the holy names of Hari. But today, please go home."
As soon as Gadadhara dasa heard the name of Hari from the mouth of the Kazi, he was filled with ecstatic love. "Why tomorrow?" He said, "You've just now chanted the name of Hari. Now no misfortune will ever fall on you since you've chanted the name of Hari." Saying this, Gadadhara dasa became overwhelmed with ecstasy and began to dance and clap his hands. Later, Gadadhara dasa returned home. Lord Nityananda resided in the body of Gadadhara dasa. Such was the extraordinary glory of Gadadhara dasa who is counted among the associates of Lord Gauranga.
Gadadhara glanced mercifully towards the Kazi whom the devotees avoided from a distance. He had forcibly converted Hindus into Muslims and was the most sinful person. But even a person as sinful as the Kazi gives up violence by the merciful association of devotees of Krishna. It is indeed a fact that even snakes, fire, or tigers do not threaten one who is absorbed in Krishna consciousness.
By Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, His associates easily received the love and devotion desired by Lord Brahma and the attachment for Krishna aspired for by the gopis. O brothers, please worship the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu. It is by His mercy that one obtains the lotus feet of Shri Gauranga.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.