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Nityananda Charitamrita, Antya Khanda Chapter 6
Lord Nityananda's deliverance of the merchants of Saptagrama and His meeting with Lord Advaita Acahrya
Nityananda Prabhu stayed at Khadadaha for some time and then He came to Saptagrama accompanied by His associates. Saptagrama is famous because the seven sages lived there previously. It is also known as Triveni-ghat. The seven sages did austerities there on the bank of the Ganges and achieved the lotus feet of Shri Govinda. The three rivers, namely the Ganges, Yamuna, and Sarasvati join at this place. This Triveni-ghat is well known throughout the universe. Simply seeing this holy place eradicates one's sinful reactions. With great happiness, Nityananda Prabhu bathed at the confluence with His devotees. The Lord stayed at the house of the most fortunate Uddharana Datta* on the bank of this Triveni-ghat.
Uddharana Datta faithfully served the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu with his body, mind, and words. Who can estimate the fortune of Uddharana Datta, for he received the chance to serve the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu? Nityananda Svarupa is the Lord of Uddharana Datta birth after birth and Uddharana Datta is the servant of Nityananda Prabhu birth after birth. Due to Uddharana Datta, the entire mercantile community was purified. There is no doubt about it. Lord Nityananda incarnated to deliver the merchant caste. He bestowed love and devotion to all of them. In Saptagrama, He personally performed kirtana at the house of each and every merchant. The merchants too worshipped His lotus feet with heart and soul. The people of the entire world were struck with wonder upon seeing the merchant's worship of Krishna. The glories of Nityananda are unlimited. He delivered fools, fallen souls, and the merchants.
Lord Nityananda happily enjoyed His pastimes of nama-sankirtana at Saptagrama. No one can describe these ecstatic chanting pastimes even in a hundred years. The residents of Saptagrama were now enjoying the happiness the people of Nadia had previously enjoyed. Everyone did nama-sankirtana without feeling thirst, sleep, or fear. Lord Nityananda performed kirtana in everyone's house on every street of Saptagrama. As soon as people saw the wonderful emotion of Nityananda Svarupa, they could not remain steady, but became overwhelmed.
What to speak of others, even Muslims naturally averse to Lord Vishnu took shelter of Nityananda's lotus feet. When the brahmanas of Saptagrama saw tears of love in the eyes of Muslims, they condemned themselves. All glories to Avadhuta Nityananda whose mercy makes these wonderful pastimes possible! Nityananda Prabhu happily enjoyed His pastimes throughout Saptagrama.
Some days later, He came to Santipura at the house of His dearmost Advaita Acarya. When Advaita Acarya saw the beautiful face of Nityananda Prabhu, His happiness knew no bounds. He shouted loudly and offered Him obeisances. He repeatedly circled and embraced Nityananda Prabhu, drenching His body with tears of ecstatic love. Seeing each other intoxicated both of Them. They had indescribable feelings. They rolled on the ground while holding each other, trying to touch the other's feet. Both of Them roared like lions and their madness could not be controlled. After a while, Lord Nityananda became calm and sat down in a grave mood. Then the magnanimous Advaita Acarya folded His hands and happily began to offer prayers to Nityananda,
tumi nityananda murti nityananda nama
murtimanta tumi caitanyera gunadhama
sarva jiva paritrana tumi mahahetu
mahapralayete tumi satya dharmasetu
tumi se bujhao caitanyera premabhakti
tumi se chaitanya vakshe dhara purna shakti
brahma siva naradadi bhakta nama yara
tumi se parama upadeshta sabakara
vishnu bhakti sabei payena toma haite
tathapio abhimana na sparse tomate
patita pavana tumi doya drishti sunya
tomare se jane yara ache bahupunya
sarva yajnamaya ei vigraha tomara
abidya bandhana khao smarena yahara
yadi tumi prakasa na kara apanare
tabe kara shakti ache janite tomare
akrodha paramananda tumi mahesvara
sahasra vadana adi deva mahidhara
raksha kula hanta tumi shri lakshmana candra
tumi gopa-putra haladhara murtimanta
murkha nica adhama patita uddharite
tumi avatirna haiyacha prithivite
ye bhakti vanchaye yogesvara muni gane
toma haite taha paibe jeta jane
"Your name is Nityananda and
indeed You are nityananda, eternal bliss. You are the form of Shri Gauranga's
transcendental qualities. You deliver all living beings and protect religious
principles at the time of annihilation. You descended to give Gauranga-prema-bhakti.
Indeed, You are the full potency of Lord Gauranga. You teach supreme knowledge
to devotees headed by Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, and Narada. Everyone gets
vishnu-bhakti from You, yet You're untouched by pride. You deliver the fallen
souls without seeing their faults. Only the very pious can know You. You are
the only enjoyer of sacrifices. Simply remembering You destroys the bondage of
ignorance at once. If You do not manifest Yourself then who will understand
"You are the most blissful supreme Lord, completely free of anger. You are the thousand-headed Ananta who holds the universes on His hoods. You are Shri Lakshmanacandra, destroyer of the rakshasa dynasty. You are Haladhara, the son of a cowherd.
"You descended to save the fallen, wretched, foolish, and low class people. By Your mercy, everyone easily achieves devotional service that is aspired for by great sages and mystic yogis"
While describing the glories of Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Acarya went into a trance of love of God. Advaita Acarya knew the glories of Nityananda Prabhu. Some rare great souls also know these facts. The quarreling that one sees between them is nothing but the expression of transcendental bliss. Who can understand these statements of Advaita Acarya, "Know for certain that He is non-different from the Supreme Lord."" Both Nityananda and Advaita Acarya spent their time happily discussing auspicious topics of Krishna.
After exchanging many jokes and increasing His love and affection, Nityananda Prabhu took permission from Advaita Acarya and left for Navadvipa.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing of the glories of Their lotus feet.
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