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Nityananda Charitamrita Mangalacharana

ajanu-lambita-bhujau kanakavadatau
sankirtanaika-pitarau kamalayataksau
visvambharau dvija-varau yuga-dharma-palau
vande jagat priya-karau karunavatarau

I offer my respectful obeisances unto Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Shri Nityananda Prabhu, whose long arms extend to Their knees. They have splendid golden complexions, and They inaugurated the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. Their eyes resemble the petals of lotus flowers. They are the maintainers of all the worlds, the best of the brahmanas, the protectors of the religious principles for this age. They bring happiness to the people of the world and are the most merciful of all incarnations.

namas trikala satyaya jagannatha sutaya ca
sa-bhrityaya sa-putraya sa-kalatraya te namah

O my Lord! You eternally exist in the past, present, future, yet You are the son of Jagannatha Misra. I offer my repeated obeisances unto You along with Your servants, Your sons , and Your consorts. Note: In this verse servants refers to His associates. Sons refers to His gosvami disciples, or the different forms of bhakti such as chanting of the holy name. Consorts can refer to Vishnupriya as Bhu-sakti, Lakshmipriya as Shri-sakti, and Navadvipa as Nila, Lila or Durga. It can also refer to His very dear associates Narahari, Ramananda, Jagadananda and others and the two Gadadharas, Gadadhara Pandita and Gadadhara Bhatta.

Murari Gupta writes in his kadaca:

avatirnau sa-karunyau paricchinnau sad isvara
shri krishna chaitanya-nityanandau dvau bhratau bhaje

I worship the two brothers, Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda, who have descended into this world as the Supreme controllers. Concealing Their true forms, They have mercifully descended to this world.

sa jayati visuddha-vikramah kanakabhah kamalayatekshnah
vara-janu-vilambi-sad-bhujo bahudha bhakti-rasabhinartakah.

All glories to Shri Gaurasundara, whose powerful activities are supremely pure, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold, whose eyes are like lotus petals, whose six beautiful arms extend to His knees, and whose heart is flooded with loving devotional bliss as He enjoys dancing in various ways in kirtana.

jayati jayati devah krishna-chaitanya-candro
jayati jayati kirtis tasya nitya pavitra
jayati jayati bhrityas tasya visvesa-murter
jayati jayati nrityam tasya sarva-priyanam

All glories to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna Chaitanyacandra! All glories to His eternally pure fame! All glories to the servants of the great master of the worlds! All glories to the dancing of His beloved associates! First I offer my unlimited obeisances to the feet of the loving confidential devotees of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. I then offer my obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna Chaitanya. He incarnated in Navadvipa and is known as Visvambhara.

That same Supreme Personality of Godhead has declared in the Vedas and in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam:

adarah paricaryayam sarvangair abhivandanam
mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika sarva-bhuteshu man-matih

Great respect for My devotional service, offering obeisances with the entire body, worshipping My devotees more than Me, consciousness of Me in all living entities.

I therefore offered my prayers first to the devotees, as this is the secret for attaining perfection. I offer my respectful obeisances unto my worshipable Lord Shri Nityananda Raya. By His mercy, the glories of Lord Gauranga became manifest. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the thousand-headed Lord Balarama. His thousands of mouths are the abode of Lord Krishnaís transcendental glories. As valuable jewels are kept in a favorite place, so the jewel-like glories of Lord Krishna are kept in the jewelry case of Lord Ananta's mouths. I thus offer my prayers to Lord Balarama so that the glories of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu will manifest from my mouth. Lord Balarama is thousand-headed Lord Ananta, and all of His activities are extraordinary.

The Supreme Lord Balarama carries a plow and possesses a gigantic body. Although exceptionally grave, He is intoxicated by the glories of Lord Gauranga. There is no one dearer to Lord Gauranga than Lord Nityananda. Therefore, Lord Gauranga eternally enjoys pastimes with Him. Shri Krishna Chaitanya becomes most satisfied with one who hears or chants the glories of Lord Nityananda. I have thus described a portion of Lord Anantaís glories. Please, therefore, develop attachment for Lord Nityananda.

Those who wish to cross the ocean of material existence and drown in the ocean of devotional service should worship Lord Nityananda. My only desire at the feet of the Vaishnavas is that I may worship the feet of Lord Balarama birth after birth. Just as dvija, vipra, and brahmana are different names of the same person, so Nityananda, Ananta, and Baladeva are different names of the same Lord. Therefore, Shri Ananta is the embodiment of Lord Gaurangaís glories. Thus I have described a fragment of the glories of Lord Ananta. Hearing the pastimes of Shri Nityananda brings all auspiciousness. Know for certain that they are revealed only by the mercy of the devotees. Who can understand the pastimes of Lord Nityananda? They are confidential even to the Vedas. I thus write only what I have heard from the devotees.

I find no beginning or end to the pastimes of Lord Nityananda. I write whatever He inspires me to write. Just as a puppet dances only by the control of the puppeteer, whatever I describe is only by the direction of Lord Nityananda. Let me offer my respectful obeisances at the feet of the Vaishnavas, so that I may not commit any offenses to them. My dear brothers, please hear with rapt attention about the various pastimes that Lord Nityananda performs with His devotees.

The pastimes of Lord Nityananda are the abode of all happiness. These pastimes are divided into Adi-khanda, Madhya-khanda and Antya-khanda. O Lord Gaurachandra, please give me shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, who sustains the universes as Ananta Sesha. O dear brothers, please hear attentively the topics of Adi-khanda that describe the appearance of Lord Nityananda.

Accepting Shri Gauranga and Shri Nityananda as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.