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Nityananda Charitamrita, Madhya Khanda Chapter 5
Eating pastimes of Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda
Lord Visvambhara went to the place of Lord Nityananda to invite Him for lunch. Lord Gauranga said, “O Gosai, today kindly accept lunch at my house. But one thing You must remember, do not play any mischief.” Nityananda caught hold of His own ears and murmured, “Vishnu, Vishnu”. He continued like a mad man playing mischief. Then He said, “You consider me a naughty boy. Actually, You see everyone as being the same as Yourself.”
Saying this, both of Them began to laugh and They left for Visvambhara’s home discussing about Krishna on the way. When They reached the house, the relatives headed by Gadadhara welcomed them. They sat together inside the house. Isana* gave water to both Visvambhara and Nityananda for washing Their feet. Then both sat down for lunch.
Both the Lords sat down to eat. The scene resembled Shri Rama and Lakshmana eating together at the house of Kausalya. They both began to eat just like in Their former pastimes with loving exchanges. Mother Saci happily served Them food. Suddenly, the two plates of food turned into three plates right in front of her. The two Lords began to smile. Then Mother Saci returned with more food. Instead of the two Lords, she found two small boys no more than five years of age sitting there. She saw two most attractive boys with black and white colors. Both were four handed and naked. They were decorated with a conch, a disc, a club, a lotus, a plow, and a stick. They were also decorated with Shrivatsa and Kaustubha gems and wore fish-shaped earrings. She saw her daughter-in-law within the heart of her son. Then, all of a sudden, she could not see anything more. Mother Saci fell senseless to the ground. Her whole body and clothes became wet due to tears of love. The rice she was carrying in her hand scattered all over the room. Seeing this extraordinary scene made mother Saci swoon.
Mahaprabhu quickly got up and washed His hands. He picked up His mother saying, “O mother, please get up. Please calm down. Why have you suddenly fallen on the ground?” After a while, mother Saci revived and quickly tied her hair. She spoke not a word, but simply cried inside her room. Breathing heavily, her whole body shivered. She became filled with love of God and forgot everything else.
Then Isana cleaned the room, leftovers, and kitchen paraphernalia. Isana served mother Saci constantly. He was thus the most fortunate person within the fourteen worlds. Like this, various pastimes were enacted everyday. No one except the confidential servants knows the purport of these pastimes. After They finished lunch mother Saci anointed the bodies of both Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu with sandalwood paste. She then offered various items for worship such as flower garlands.
Seeing Nityananda satiated the eyes of mother Saci. She kept staring at Nityananda’s face being maddened by her affection for Him. Shri Gauranga told His mother, “You must treat Nityananda as Your own son. Take care of Him more affectionately than Me.” Mother Saci then looked on the face of Nityananda thinking Him as own son. She said, “From now on, You are my son. Please be kind to my Visvambhara. From today on, both of You are my sons.” Speaking like this, tears flowed constantly down from mother Saci’s eyes. Out of motherly feelings, she took Nityananda on her lap. Nityananda offered obeisances at mother Saci’s feet, thinking her His affectionate mother. He sweetly said to her, “Mother, what you say is true. I can declare with confidence that I am actually your son. O mother, please do not consider my offenses. Know for certain that I am without a doubt Your son*”
Filled with the emotion of being Nityananda’s mother, tears flowed from the eyes of mother Saci and her voice choked. Both Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu merged in the ocean of motherly affection. By seeing the two sons, mother Saci became pleased and pacified.
Accepting Shri Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.