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Charitamrita, Madhya Khanda Chapter 11
Lord Gauranga discuss His sannyasa with Lord Nityananda
One day Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu was sitting surrounded by all His followers. All of a sudden, the Lord uttered a wonderful word. No one understood its meaning. They were struck with wonder. Nityananda, however, knew the Lord’s intention, that Mahaprabhu would soon leave home and take sannyasa. Nityananda Prabhu became overwhelmed with lamentation. He thought the Lord would surely accept sannyasa. Realizing that the beautiful hair of the Lord will soon be shaved, Nityananda became almost inert. After a short while, Shri Gauranga caught hold of Nityananda’s hands and sat alone with Him. The Lord said, “Listen, Nityananda. I will tell You My heart’s desires. I descended to deliver the whole world. Instead of delivering, I am simply destroying them. Instead of becoming free from bondage by seeing Me, people are entangled more and more. When they thought of beating* Me, they were at once entangled by unlimited bondage simply by this thought.
“I appeared to deliver the people, but instead I have personally ruined them all. You will see, tomorrow I will shave My head and accept sannyasa. I will beg arms door to door. Those who wanted to kill Me today, tomorrow I will go to their doors as a beggar. Seeing Me in that form, people will fall at My feet. I will thus deliver the whole world. People generally respect a sannyasi and would not dare to beat him. I will take sannyasa and wander door to door for alms. Let us see who will beat Me. So I have disclosed My heart to You. I am determined to give up My household life. Please do not feel sad about this. Rather You should encourage and help Me take sannyasa. I will do whatever You make Me do. Suggest to Me the way to take sannyasa. If You really want to deliver the whole world, then do not forbid Me. Do not even feel distress in Your mind, for You know the cause of My incarnation.
“Please hear one more thing, dear Shripada Nityananda Gosai. You should disclose this fact to only five persons. In the coming summer solstice when the sun will move from one sign of the zodiac to the next, I will certainly leave home to take sannyasa. There is a village called Katwa near the village of Indrani where the renowned Kesava Bharati lives. I am destined to accept sannyasa from him. So You should tell this to only the five following persons: my mother, Gadadhara, Brahmananda, Shri Candrasekara Acarya, and Mukunda.”
Hearing that the Lord’s attractive hair will be shaved, Nityananda’s heart, mind, body and life scattered. He was so confused He could not think what to suggest. One thing He was sure of, that the Lord would definitely take sannyasa.
Nityananda Prabhu said, “My Lord, You are supremely independent. Whatever You desire will certainly happen. Who can instruct You about the rules and regulations of accepting sannyasa? What ever You desire is the confirmed truth. You are the maintainer and the Lord of all the universes. Therefore, You know the best what is most appropriate. Who else but You knows the ways and means to deliver the fallen souls of this world? Your quality is to be supremely blissful and independent. So whatever You desire will be done. Still You inquire from Your servants out of formality just to know what they have to say. You will do whatever You desire to do. Who can oppose Your own sweet will.”
Hearing the words of Nityananda, Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu was pleased and He began to embrace Nityananda repeatedly. After discussing with Nityananda, Gaurahari returned to the assembly of Vaishnavas. Realizing the Lord would leave home and take sannyasa, Nityananda was stunned and could not utter a word. When he was peaceful, Nityananda Prabhu began to contemplate, “How will mother Saci survive after the Lord’s departure? How will she spend her cruel days and nights?” This very thought made the broad-minded Nityananda Prabhu unconscious. Thinking about the imminent miseries of Mother Saci, Nityananda Prabhu cried constantly in a solitary place.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.