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Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi Lila Chapter 5:
The Glories Of Lord Nityananda Balarama
By His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Copyright (c) The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc.
CC Adi 5.1: Let me offer my obeisances to Lord Shri Nityananda, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose opulence is wonderful and unlimited. By His will, even a fool can understand His identity.
CC Adi 5.2: All glories to Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Lord Nityananda! All glories to Advaita Acarya! And all glories to all the devotees of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!
CC Adi 5.3: I have described the glory of Shri Krishna Chaitanya in six verses. Now, in five verses I shall describe the glory of Lord Nityananda.
CC Adi 5.4: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body.
CC Adi 5.5: These two are one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Lord Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna's transcendental pastimes.
CC Adi 5.6: That original Lord Krishna appeared in Navadvipa as Lord Chaitanya, and Balarama appeared with Him as Lord Nityananda.
CC Adi 5.7: May Shri Nityananda Rama be the object of my constant remembrance. Sankarshana, Sesha Naga and the Vishnus who lie on the Karana Ocean, Garbha Ocean and ocean of milk are His plenary portions and the portions of His plenary portions.
CC Adi 5.8: Lord Balarama is the original Sankarshana. He assumes five other forms to serve Lord Krishna.
CC Adi 5.9: He Himself helps in the pastimes of Lord Krishna, and He does the work of creation in four other forms.
CC Adi 5.10: He executes the orders of Lord Krishna in the work of creation, and in the form of Lord Sesha He serves Krishna in various ways.
CC Adi 5.11: In all the forms He tastes the transcendental bliss of serving Krishna. That same Balarama is Lord Nityananda, the companion of Lord Gaurasundara.
CC Adi 5.12: I have explained the seventh verse in four subsequent verses. By these verses all the world can know the truth about Lord Nityananda.
CC Adi 5.13: I surrender unto the lotus feet of Shri Nityananda Rama, who is known as Sankarshana in the midst of the catur-vyuha [consisting of Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha]. He possesses full opulences and resides in Vaikunthaloka, far beyond the material creation.
CC Adi 5.14: Beyond the material nature lies the realm known as paravyoma, the spiritual sky. Like Lord Krishna Himself, it possesses all transcendental attributes, such as the six opulences.
Adi 5.15: That Vaikuntha region is all-pervading, infinite and supreme. It is
the residence of Lord Krishna and His incarnations.
CC Adi 5.16: In the highest region of that spiritual sky is the spiritual planet called Krishnaloka. It has three divisions -- Dvaraka, Mathura and Gokula.
Adi 5.17: Shri Gokula, the highest of all, is also called Vraja, Goloka,
Svetadvipa and Vrindavana.
CC Adi 5.18: Like the transcendental body of Lord Krishna, Gokula is all-pervading, infinite and supreme. It expands both above and below, without any restriction.
Adi 5.19: That abode is manifested within the material world by the will of
Lord Krishna. It is identical to that original Gokula; they are not two
CC Adi 5.20: The land there is touchstone [cintamani], and the forests abound with desire trees. Material eyes see it as an ordinary place.
CC Adi 5.21: But with the eyes of love of Godhead one can see its real identity as the place where Lord Krishna performs His pastimes with the cowherd boys and cowherd girls.
CC Adi 5.22: "I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor, who is tending cows yielding all desires in abodes built with spiritual gems and surrounded by millions of purpose trees. He is always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds and thousands of goddesses of fortune."
CC Adi 5.23: Lord Krishna manifests His own form in Mathura and Dvaraka. He enjoys pastimes in various ways by expanding into the quadruple forms.
CC Adi 5.24: Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha are the primary quadruple forms, from whom all other quadruple forms are manifested. They are all purely transcendental.
CC Adi 5.25: Only in these three places [Dvaraka, Mathura and Gokula] does the all-sporting Lord Krishna perform His endless pastimes with His personal associates.
CC Adi 5.26: In the Vaikuntha planets of the spiritual sky the Lord manifests His identity as Narayana and performs pastimes in various ways.
CC Adi 5.27-28: Krishna's own form has only two hands, but in the form of Lord Narayana He has four hands. Lord Narayana holds a conchshell, disc, club and lotus flower, and He is full of great opulence. The shri, bhu and nila energies serve at His lotus feet.
CC Adi 5.29: Although His pastimes are His only characteristic functions, by His causeless mercy He performs one activity for the fallen souls.
CC Adi 5.30: He delivers the fallen living entities by offering them the four kinds of liberation -- salokya, samipya, sarshti and sarupya.
CC Adi 5.31: Those who attain brahma-sayujya liberation cannot gain entrance into Vaikuntha; their residence is outside the Vaikuntha planets.
CC Adi 5.32: Outside the Vaikuntha planets is the atmosphere of the glowing effulgence, which consists of the supremely bright rays of the body of Lord Krishna.
CC Adi 5.33: That region is called Siddhaloka, and it is beyond the material nature. Its essence is spiritual, but it does not have spiritual varieties.
CC Adi 5.34: It is like the homogeneous effulgence around the sun. But inside the sun are the chariots, horses and other opulences of the sun-god.
Adi 5.35: "As through devotion to the Lord one can attain His abode, many
have attained that goal by abandoning their sinful activities and absorbing
their minds in the Lord through lust, envy, fear or affection."
CC Adi 5.36: "Where it has been stated that the Lord's enemies and devotees attain the same destination, this refers to the ultimate oneness of Brahman and Lord Krishna. This may be understood by the analogy of the sun and the sunshine, in which Brahman is like the sunshine and Krishna Himself is like the sun."
CC Adi 5.37: Thus in the spiritual sky there are varieties of pastimes within the spiritual energy. Outside the Vaikuntha planets appears the impersonal reflection of light.
CC Adi 5.38: That impersonal Brahman effulgence consists only of the effulgent rays of the Lord. Those fit for sayujya liberation merge into that effulgence.
CC Adi 5.39: "Beyond the region of ignorance [the material cosmic manifestation] lies the realm of Siddhaloka. The Siddhas reside there, absorbed in the bliss of Brahman. Demons killed by the Lord also attain that realm."
CC Adi 5.40: In that spiritual sky, on the four sides of Narayana, are the second expansions of the quadruple expansions of Dvaraka.
CC Adi 5.41: Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha constitute this second quadruple. They are purely transcendental.
CC Adi 5.42: There [in the spiritual sky] the personal feature of Balarama called Maha-sankarshana is the shelter of the spiritual energy. He is the primary cause, the cause of all causes.
CC Adi 5.43: One variety of the pastimes of the spiritual energy is described as pure goodness [visuddha-sattva]. It comprises all the abodes of Vaikuntha.
CC Adi 5.44: The six attributes are all spiritual. Know for certain that they are all manifestations of the opulence of Sankarshana.
CC Adi 5.45: There is one marginal potency, known as the jiva. Maha-sankarshana is the shelter of all jivas.
CC Adi 5.46: Sankarshana is the original shelter of the purusha, from whom this world is created and in whom it is dissolved.
CC Adi 5.47: He [Sankarshana] is the shelter of everything. He is wonderful in every respect, and His opulences are infinite. Even Ananta cannot describe His glory.
CC Adi 5.48: That Sankarshana, who is transcendental pure goodness, is a partial expansion of Nityananda Balarama.
CC Adi 5.49: I have briefly explained the eighth verse. Now please listen with attention as I explain the ninth verse.
CC Adi 5.50: I offer my full obeisances unto the feet of Shri Nityananda Rama, whose partial representation called Karanodakasayi Vishnu, lying on the Karana Ocean, is the original purusha, the master of the illusory energy, and the shelter of all the universes.
CC Adi 5.51: Outside the Vaikuntha planets is the impersonal Brahman effulgence, and beyond that effulgence is the Karana Ocean, or Causal Ocean.
CC Adi 5.52: Surrounding Vaikuntha is a mass of water that is endless, unfathomed and unlimited.
Adi 5.53: The earth, water, fire, air and ether of Vaikuntha are all spiritual.
Material elements are not found there.
CC Adi 5.54: The water of the Karana Ocean, which is the original cause, is therefore spiritual. The sacred Ganges, which is but a drop of it, purifies the fallen souls.
CC Adi 5.55: In that ocean lies a plenary portion of Lord Sankarshana.
CC Adi 5.56: He is known as the first purusha, the creator of the total material energy. He, the cause of the universes, the first incarnation, casts His glance over maya.
CC Adi 5.57: Maya-sakti resides outside the Karana Ocean. Maya cannot touch its waters.
CC Adi 5.58: Maya has two varieties of existence. One is called pradhana or prakriti. It supplies the ingredients of the material world.
CC Adi 5.59: Because prakriti is dull and inert, it cannot actually be the cause of the material world. But Lord Krishna shows His mercy by infusing His energy into the dull, inert material nature.
CC Adi 5.60: Thus prakriti, by the energy of Lord Krishna, becomes the secondary cause, just as iron becomes red-hot by the energy of fire.
CC Adi 5.61: Therefore Lord Krishna is the original cause of the cosmic manifestation. Prakriti is like the nipples on the neck of a goat, for they cannot give any milk.
CC Adi 5.62: The maya aspect of material nature is the immediate cause of the cosmic manifestation. But it cannot be the real cause, for the original cause is Lord Narayana.
CC Adi 5.63: Just as the original cause of an earthen pot is the potter, so the creator of the material world is the first purusha incarnation [Karanarnavasayi Vishnu].
CC Adi 5.64: Lord Krishna is the creator, and maya only helps Him as an instrument, just like the potter's wheel and other instruments, which are the instrumental causes of a pot.
CC Adi 5.65: The first purusha casts His glance at maya from a distance, and thus He impregnates her with the seed of life in the form of the living entities.
CC Adi 5.66: The reflected rays of His body mix with maya, and thus maya gives birth to myriad universes.
CC Adi 5.67: The purusha enters each and every one of the countless universes. He manifests Himself in as many separate forms as there are universes.
CC Adi 5.68: When the purusha exhales, the universes are manifested with each outward breath.
CC Adi 5.69: Thereafter, when He inhales, all the universes again enter His body.
CC Adi 5.70: Just as atomic particles of dust pass through the openings of a window, so the networks of universes pass through the pores of the skin of the purusha.
CC Adi 5.71: "The Brahmas and other lords of the mundane worlds appear from the pores of Maha-Vishnu and remain alive for the duration of His one exhalation. I adore the primeval Lord, Govinda, of whom Maha-Vishnu is a portion of a plenary portion."
CC Adi 5.72: "Where am I, a small creature of seven spans the measure of my own hand? I am enclosed in the universe composed of material nature, the total material energy, false ego, ether, air, water and earth. And what is Your glory? Unlimited universes pass through the pores of Your body just like particles of dust passing through the opening of a window."
CC Adi 5.73: A part of a part of a whole is called a kala. Shri Balarama is the counterform of Lord Govinda.
CC Adi 5.74: Balarama's own expansion is called Maha-sankarshana, and His fragment, the purusha, is counted as a kala, or a part of a plenary portion.
CC Adi 5.75: I say that this kala is Maha-Vishnu. He is the Maha-purusha, who is the source of the other purushas and who is all-pervading.
CC Adi 5.76: Garbhodasayi and Kshirodasayi are both called purushas. They are plenary portions of Karanodasayi Vishnu, the first purusha, who is the abode of all the universes.
CC Adi 5.77: "Vishnu has three forms called purushas. The first, Maha-Vishnu, is the creator of the total material energy [mahat], the second is Garbhodasayi, who is situated within each universe, and the third is Kshirodasayi, who lives in the heart of every living being. He who knows these three becomes liberated from the clutches of maya."
CC Adi 5.78: Although Karanodasayi Vishnu is called a kala of Lord Krishna, He is the source of Matsya, Kurma and the other incarnations.
CC Adi 5.79: "All these incarnations of Godhead are either plenary portions or parts of the plenary portions of the purusha-avataras. But Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. In every age He protects the world through His different features when the world is disturbed by the enemies of Indra."
CC Adi 5.80: That purusha [Karanodakasayi Vishnu] is the performer of creation, maintenance and destruction. He manifests Himself in many incarnations, for He is the maintainer of the world.
CC Adi 5.81: That fragment of the Supreme Lord, known as the Maha-purusha, appears for the purpose of creation, maintenance and annihilation and is called an incarnation.
CC Adi 5.82: That Maha-purusha is identical with the Personality of Godhead. He is the original incarnation, the seed of all others, and the shelter of everything.
CC Adi 5.83: "The purusha [Maha-Vishnu] is the primary incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Time, nature, prakriti (as cause and effect), the mind, the material elements, false ego, the modes of nature, the senses, the universal form, complete independence and the moving and nonmoving beings appear subsequently as His opulences."
CC Adi 5.84: "In the beginning of the creation, the Lord expanded Himself in the form of the purusha incarnation, accompanied by all the ingredients of material creation. First He created the sixteen principal energies suitable for creation. This was for the purpose of manifesting the material universes."
CC Adi 5.85: Although the Lord is the shelter of everything and although all the universes rest in Him, He, as the Supersoul, is also the support of everything.
5.86: Although He is thus connected with the material energy in two ways, He
does not have the slightest contact with it.
Adi 5.87: "This is the opulence of the Lord. Although situated within the
material nature, He is never affected by the modes of nature. Similarly, those
who have surrendered to Him and have fixed their intelligence upon Him are not
influenced by the modes of nature."
CC Adi 5.88: Thus the Bhagavad-gita also states again and again that the Absolute Truth always possesses inconceivable power.
CC Adi 5.89: [Lord Krishna said:] "I am situated in the material world, and the world rests in Me. But at the same time I am not situated in the material world, nor does it rest in Me in truth."
CC Adi 5.90: "O Arjuna, you should know this as My inconceivable opulence." This is the meaning propagated by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita.
CC Adi 5.91: That Maha-purusha [Karanodakasayi Vishnu] is known as a plenary part of Him who is Lord Nityananda Balarama, the favorite associate of Lord Chaitanya.
CC Adi 5.92: I have thus explained the ninth verse, and now I shall explain the tenth. Please listen with rapt attention.
CC Adi 5.93: I offer my full obeisances unto the feet of Shri Nityananda Rama, a partial part of whom is Garbhodakasayi Vishnu. From the navel of Garbhodakasayi Vishnu sprouts the lotus that is the birthplace of Brahma, the engineer of the universe. The stem of that lotus is the resting place of the multitude of planets.
CC Adi 5.94: After creating millions of universes, the first purusha entered into each of them in a separate form, as Shri Garbhodakasayi.
CC Adi 5.95: Entering the universe, He found only darkness, with no place in which to reside. Thus He began to consider.
CC Adi 5.96: Then He created water from the perspiration of His own body and with that water filled half the universe.
CC Adi 5.97: The universe measures five hundred million yojanas. Its length and breadth are one and the same.
CC Adi 5.98: After filling half the universe with water, He made His own residence therein and manifested the fourteen worlds in the other half.
CC Adi 5.99: There He manifested Vaikuntha as His own abode and rested in the waters on the bed of Lord Sesha.
CC Adi 5.100-101: He lay there with Ananta as His bed. Lord Ananta is a divine serpent having thousands of heads, thousands of faces, thousands of eyes and thousands of hands and feet. He is the seed of all incarnations and is the cause of the material world.
CC Adi 5.102: From His navel grew a lotus flower, which became the birthplace of Lord Brahma.
CC Adi 5.103: Within the stem of that lotus were the fourteen worlds. Thus the Supreme Lord, as Brahma, created the entire creation.
CC Adi 5.104: And as Lord Vishnu He maintains the entire world. Lord Vishnu, being beyond all material attributes, has no touch with the material qualities.
CC Adi 5.105: Assuming the form of Rudra, He destroys the creation. Thus creation, maintenance and dissolution are created by His will.
Adi 5.106: He is the Supersoul, Hiranyagarbha, the cause of the material world.
The universal form is conceived as His expansion.
CC Adi 5.107: That Lord Narayana is a part of a plenary part of Lord Nityananda Balarama, who is the source of all incarnations.
CC Adi 5.108: I have thus explained the tenth verse. Now please listen to the meaning of the eleventh verse with all your mind.
CC Adi 5.109: I offer my respectful obeisances unto the feet of Shri Nityananda Rama, whose secondary part is the Vishnu lying in the ocean of milk. That Kshirodakasayi Vishnu is the Supersoul of all living entities and the maintainer of all the universes. Sesha Naga is His further subpart.
CC Adi 5.110: The material planets rest within the stem that grows from the lotus navel of Lord Narayana. Among these planets are seven oceans.
CC Adi 5.111: There, in part of the ocean of milk, lies Svetadvipa, the abode of the sustainer, Lord Vishnu.
CC Adi 5.112: He is the Supersoul of all living entities. He maintains this material world, and He is its Lord.
CC Adi 5.113: In the ages and millenniums of Manu, He appears as different incarnations to establish the principles of real religion and vanquish the principles of irreligion.
CC Adi 5.114: Unable to see Him, the demigods go to the shore of the ocean of milk and offer prayers to Him.
CC Adi 5.115: He then descends to maintain the material world. His unlimited opulences cannot be counted.
CC Adi 5.116: That Lord Vishnu is but a part of a part of a plenary portion of Lord Nityananda, who is the source of all incarnations.
CC Adi 5.117: That same Lord Vishnu, in the form of Lord Sesha, holds the planets upon His heads, although He does not know where they are, for He cannot feel their existence upon His heads.
CC Adi 5.118: His thousands of extended hoods are adorned with dazzling jewels surpassing the sun.
CC Adi 5.119: The universe, which measures five hundred million yojanas in diameter, rests on one of His hoods like a
CC Adi 5.120: That Ananta Sesha is the devotee incarnation of Godhead. He knows nothing but service to Lord Krishna.
CC Adi 5.121: With His thousands of mouths He sings the glories of Lord Krishna, but although He always sings in that way, He does not find an end to the qualities of the Lord.
CC Adi 5.122: The four Kumaras hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam from His lips, and they in turn repeat it in the transcendental bliss of love of Godhead.
CC Adi 5.123: He serves Lord Krishna, assuming all the following forms: umbrella, slippers, bedding, pillow, garments, resting chair, residence, sacred thread and throne.
CC Adi 5.124: He is thus called Lord Sesha, for He has attained the ultimate end of servitude to Krishna. He takes many forms for the service of Krishna, and thus He serves the Lord.
CC Adi 5.125: That person of whom Lord Ananta is a kala, or part of a plenary part, is Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Who, therefore, can know the pastimes of Lord Nityananda?
CC Adi 5.126: From these conclusions we can know the limit of the truth of Lord Nityananda. But what glory is there in calling Him Ananta?
CC Adi 5.127: But I accept it as the truth because it has been said by devotees. Since He is the source of all incarnations, everything is possible in Him.
CC Adi 5.128: They know that there is no difference between the incarnation and the source of all incarnations. Previously Lord Krishna was regarded in the light of different principles by different people.
CC Adi 5.129: Some said that Krishna was directly Lord Nara-Narayana, and some called Him Lord Vamanadeva incarnate.
CC Adi 5.130: Some called Lord Krishna an incarnation of Lord Kshirodakasayi. All these names are true; nothing is impossible.
CC Adi 5.131: When the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna appears, He is the shelter of all plenary parts. Thus at that time all His plenary portions join in Him.
Adi 5.132: In whatever form one knows the Lord, one speaks of Him in that way.
In this there is no falsity, since everything is possible in Krishna.
CC Adi 5.133: Therefore Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has exhibited to everyone all the pastimes of all the various incarnations.
CC Adi 5.134: Thus Lord Nityananda has unlimited incarnations. In transcendental emotion He calls Himself a servant of Lord Chaitanya.
CC Adi 5.135: Sometimes He serves Lord Chaitanya as His guru, sometimes as His friend and sometimes as His servant, just as Lord Balarama played with Lord Krishna in these three different moods in Vraja.
CC Adi 5.136: Playing like a bull, Lord Balarama fights with Krishna head to head. And sometimes Lord Krishna massages the feet of Lord Balarama.
CC Adi 5.137: He considers Himself a servant and knows Krishna to be His master. Thus He regards Himself as a fragment of His plenary portion.
CC Adi 5.138: "Acting just like ordinary boys, They played like roaring bulls as They fought each other, and They imitated the calls of various animals."
Adi 5.139: "Sometimes when Lord Krishna's elder brother, Lord Balarama,
felt tired after playing and lay His head on the lap of a cowherd boy, Lord
Krishna Himself served Him by massaging His feet."
CC Adi 5.140: "Who is this mystic power, and where has she come from? Is she a demigod or a demoness? She must be the illusory energy of My master, Lord Krishna, for who else can bewilder Me?"
CC Adi 5.141: "What is the value of a throne to Lord Krishna? The masters of the various planetary systems accept the dust of His lotus feet on their crowned heads. That dust makes the holy places sacred, and even Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, Lakshmi and I Myself, who are all portions of His plenary portion, eternally carry that dust on our heads."
CC Adi 5.142: Lord Krishna alone is the supreme controller, and all others are His servants. They dance as He makes them do so.
CC Adi 5.143: Thus Lord Chaitanya is also the only controller. All others are His associates or servants.
CC Adi 5.144-145: His elders such as Lord Nityananda, Advaita Acarya and Shrivasa Thakura, as well as His other devotees -- whether His juniors, equals or superiors -- are all His associates who help Him in His pastimes. Lord Gauranga fulfills His aims with their help.
CC Adi 5.146: Shri Advaita Acarya and Shrila Nityananda Prabhu, who are plenary parts of the Lord, are His principal associates. With these two the Lord performs His pastimes in various ways.
CC Adi 5.147: Lord Advaita Acarya is directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although Lord Chaitanya accepts Him as His preceptor, Advaita Acarya is a servant of the Lord.
CC Adi 5.148: I cannot describe the truth of Advaita Acarya. He has delivered the entire world by making Lord Krishna descend.
CC Adi 5.149: Lord Nityananda Svarupa formerly appeared as Lakshmana and served Lord Ramacandra as His younger brother.
CC Adi 5.150: The activities of Lord Rama were full of suffering, but Lakshmana, of His own accord, tolerated that suffering.
CC Adi 5.151: As a younger brother He could not stop Lord Rama from His resolution, and so He remained silent, although unhappy in His mind.
CC Adi 5.152: When Lord Krishna appeared, He [Balarama] became His elder brother to serve Him to His heart's content and make Him enjoy all sorts of happiness.
CC Adi 5.153: Shri Rama and Shri Lakshmana, who are plenary portions of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama respectively, entered into Them at the time of Krishna's and Balarama's appearance.
CC Adi 5.154: Krishna and Balarama present Themselves as younger brother and elder brother, but in the scriptures They are described as the original Supreme Personality of Godhead and His expansion.
CC Adi 5.155: "I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who by His various plenary portions appears in the world in different forms and incarnations such as Lord Rama, but who personally appears in His supreme original form as Lord Krishna."
CC Adi 5.156: Lord Chaitanya is the same Lord Krishna, and Lord Nityananda is Lord Balarama. Lord Nityananda fulfills all of Lord Chaitanya's desires.
CC Adi 5.157: The ocean of Lord Nityananda's glories is infinite and unfathomable. Only by His mercy can I touch even a drop of it.
CC Adi 5.158: Please listen to another glory of His mercy. He made a fallen living entity climb to the highest limit.
CC Adi 5.159: To disclose it is not proper, for it should be kept as confidential as the Vedas, yet I shall speak of it to make His mercy known to all.
CC Adi 5.160: O Lord Nityananda, I write of Your mercy out of great exultation. Please forgive me for my offenses.
CC Adi 5.161: Lord Nityananda Prabhu had a servant named Shri Minaketana Ramadasa, who was a reservoir of love.
Adi 5.162: At my house there was sankirtana day and night, and therefore he
visited there, having been invited.
CC Adi 5.163: Absorbed in emotional love, he sat in my courtyard, and all the Vaishnavas bowed down at his feet.
CC Adi 5.164: In a joyful mood of love of God he sometimes climbed upon the shoulder of someone offering obeisances, and sometimes he struck others with his flute or mildly slapped them.
CC Adi 5.165: When someone saw the eyes of Minaketana Ramadasa, tears would automatically flow from his own eyes, for a constant shower of tears flowed from the eyes of Minaketana Ramadasa.
CC Adi 5.166: Sometimes there were eruptions of ecstasy like kadamba flowers on some parts of his body, and sometimes one limb would be stunned while another would be trembling.
CC Adi 5.167: Whenever he shouted aloud the name Nityananda, the people around him were filled with great wonder and astonishment.
Adi 5.168: One respectable brahmana named Shri Gunarnava Misra was serving the
CC Adi 5.169: When Minaketana was seated in the yard, this brahmana did not offer him respect. Seeing this, Shri Ramadasa became angry and spoke.
CC Adi 5.170: "Here I find the second Romaharshana-suta, who did not stand to show honor when he saw Lord Balarama."
CC Adi 5.171: After saying this, he danced and sang to his heart's content, but the brahmana did not become angry, for he was then serving Lord Krishna.
CC Adi 5.172: At the end of the festival Minaketana Ramadasa went away, offering his blessings to everyone. At that time he had some controversy with my brother.
CC Adi 5.173: My brother had firm faith in Lord Chaitanya but only a dim glimmer of faith in Lord Nityananda.
Adi 5.174: Knowing this, Shri Ramadasa felt unhappy in his mind. I then rebuked
CC Adi 5.175: "These two brothers," I told him, "are like one body; They are identical manifestations. If you do not believe in Lord Nityananda, you will fall down.
Adi 5.176: "If you have faith in one but disrespect the other, your logic
is like the logic of accepting half a hen.
CC Adi 5.177: "It would be better to be an atheist by slighting both brothers than a hypocrite by believing in one and slighting the other."
CC Adi 5.178: Thus Shri Ramadasa broke his flute in anger and went away, and at that time my brother fell down.
CC Adi 5.179: I have thus described the power of the servants of Lord Nityananda. Now I shall describe another characteristic of His mercy.
CC Adi 5.180: That night Lord Nityananda appeared to me in a dream because of my good quality in chastising my brother.
CC Adi 5.181: In the village of Jhamatapura, which is near Naihati, Lord Nityananda appeared to me in a dream.
CC Adi 5.182: I fell at His feet, offering my obeisances, and He then placed His own lotus feet upon my head.
CC Adi 5.183: "Arise! Get up!" He told me again and again. Upon rising, I was greatly astonished to see His beauty.
CC Adi 5.184: He had a glossy blackish complexion, and His tall, strong, heroic stature made Him seem like Cupid himself.
CC Adi 5.185: He had beautifully formed hands, arms and legs, and eyes like lotus flowers. He wore a silk cloth, with a silk turban on His head.
CC Adi 5.186: He wore golden earrings on His ears, and golden armlets and bangles. He wore tinkling anklets on His feet and a garland of flowers around His neck.
CC Adi 5.187: His body was anointed with sandalwood pulp, and He was nicely decorated with tilaka. His movements surpassed those of a maddened elephant.
CC Adi 5.188: His face was more beautiful than millions upon millions of moons, and His teeth were like pomegranate seeds because of His chewing betel.
CC Adi 5.189: His body moved to and fro, right and left, for He was absorbed in ecstasy. He chanted "Krishna, Krishna" in a deep voice.
CC Adi 5.190: His red stick moving in His hand, He seemed like a maddened lion. All around the four sides of His feet were bumblebees.
CC Adi 5.191: His devotees, dressed like cowherd boys, surrounded His feet like so many bees and also chanted "Krishna, Krishna," absorbed in ecstatic love.
Adi 5.192: Some of them played horns and flutes, and others danced and sang.
Some of them offered betel nuts, and others waved camara fans about Him.
CC Adi 5.193: Thus I saw such opulence in Lord Nityananda Svarupa. His wonderful form, qualities and pastimes are all transcendental.
CC Adi 5.194: I was overwhelmed with transcendental ecstasy, not knowing anything else. Then Lord Nityananda smiled and spoke to me as follows.
CC Adi 5.195: "O my dear Krishnadasa, do not be afraid. Go to Vrindavana, for there you will attain all things."
CC Adi 5.196: After saying this, He directed me toward Vrindavana by waving His hand. Then He disappeared with His associates.
CC Adi 5.197: I fainted and fell to the ground, my dream broke, and when I regained consciousness I saw that morning had come.
CC Adi 5.198: I thought about what I had seen and heard and concluded that the Lord had ordered me to proceed to Vrindavana at once.
CC Adi 5.199: That very second I started for Vrindavana, and by His mercy I reached there in great happiness.
CC Adi 5.200: All glory, all glory to Lord Nityananda Balarama, by whose mercy I have attained shelter in the transcendental abode of Vrindavana!
CC Adi 5.201: All glory, all glory to the merciful Lord Nityananda, by whose mercy I have attained shelter at the lotus feet of Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana!
CC Adi 5.202: By His mercy I have attained the shelter of the great personality Shri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, and by His mercy I have found the refuge of Shri Svarupa Damodara.
CC Adi 5.203: By the mercy of Sanatana Gosvami I have learned the final conclusions of devotional service, and by the grace of Shri Rupa Gosvami I have tasted the highest nectar of devotional service.
CC Adi 5.204: All glory, all glory to the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, by whose mercy I have attained Shri Radha-Govinda!
CC Adi 5.205: I am more sinful than Jagai and Madhai and even lower than the worms in the stool.
CC Adi 5.206: Anyone who hears my name loses the results of his pious activities. Anyone who utters my name becomes sinful.
CC Adi 5.207: Who in this world but Nityananda could show His mercy to such an abominable person as me?
CC Adi 5.208: Because He is intoxicated by ecstatic love and is an incarnation of mercy, He does not distinguish between the good and the bad.
CC Adi 5.209: He delivers all those who fall down before Him. Therefore He has delivered such a sinful and fallen person as me.
CC Adi 5.210: Although I am sinful and I am the most fallen, He has conferred upon me the lotus feet of Shri Rupa Gosvami.
CC Adi 5.211: I am not fit to speak all these confidential words about my visiting Lord Madana Gopala and Lord Govinda.
CC Adi 5.212: Lord Madana Gopala, the chief Deity of Vrindavana, is the enjoyer of the rasa dance and is directly the son of the King of Vraja.
CC Adi 5.213: He enjoys the rasa dance with Shrimati Radharani, Shri Lalita and others. He manifests Himself as the Cupid of Cupids.
CC Adi 5.214: "Wearing yellow garments and decorated with a flower garland, Lord Krishna, appearing among the gopis with His smiling lotus face, looked directly like the charmer of the heart of Cupid."
CC Adi 5.215: With Radha and Lalita serving Him on His two sides, He attracts the hearts of all by His own sweetness.
CC Adi 5.216: The mercy of Lord Nityananda showed me Shri Madana-mohana and gave me Shri Madana-mohana as my Lord and master.
CC Adi 5.217: He granted to one as low as me the sight of Lord Govinda. Words cannot describe this, nor is it fit to be disclosed.
CC Adi 5.218-219: On an altar made of gems in the principal temple of Vrindavana, amidst a forest of desire trees, Lord Govinda, the son of the King of Vraja, sits upon a throne of gems and manifests His full glory and sweetness, thus enchanting the entire world.
CC Adi 5.220: By His left side is Shrimati Radharani and Her personal friends. With them Lord Govinda enjoys the rasa-lila and many other pastimes.
CC Adi 5.221: Lord Brahma, sitting on his lotus seat in his own abode, always meditates on Him and worships Him with the mantra consisting of eighteen syllables.
CC Adi 5.222: Everyone in the fourteen worlds meditates upon Him, and all the denizens of Vaikuntha sing of His qualities and pastimes.
CC Adi 5.223: The goddess of fortune is attracted by His sweetness, which Shrila Rupa Gosvami has described in this way:
CC Adi 5.224: "My dear friend, if you are indeed attached to your worldly friends, do not look at the smiling face of Lord Govinda as He stands on the bank of the Yamuna at Kesighata. Casting sidelong glances, He places His flute to His lips, which seem like newly blossomed twigs. His transcendental body, bending in three places, appears very bright in the moonlight."
CC Adi 5.225: Without a doubt He is directly the son of the King of Vraja. Only a fool considers Him a statue.
CC Adi 5.226: For that offense, he cannot be liberated. Rather, he will fall into a terrible hellish condition. What more should I say?
CC Adi 5.227: Therefore who can describe the mercy of the lotus feet of Him [Lord Nityananda] by whom I have attained the shelter of this Lord Govinda?
CC Adi 5.228: All the groups of Vaishnavas who live in Vrindavana are absorbed in chanting the all-auspicious name of Krishna.
CC Adi 5.229: Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda are the life and soul of those Vaishnavas, who do not know anything but devotional service to Shri Shri Radha-Krishna.
CC Adi 5.230: The dust and shade of the lotus feet of the Vaishnavas have been granted to this fallen soul by the mercy of Lord Nityananda.
CC Adi 5.231: Lord Nityananda said, "In Vrindavana all things are possible." Here I have explained His brief statement in detail.
CC Adi 5.232: I have attained all this by coming to Vrindavana, and this was made possible by the mercy of Lord Nityananda.
CC Adi 5.233: I have described my own story without reservations. The attributes of Lord Nityananda, making me like a madman, force me to write these things.
CC Adi 5.234: The glories of Lord Nityananda's transcendental attributes are unfathomable. Even Lord Sesha, with His thousands of mouths, cannot find their limit.
CC Adi 5.235: Praying at the lotus feet of Shri Rupa and Shri Raghunatha, always desiring their mercy, I, Krishnadasa, narrate Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita, following in their footsteps.