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Title: Marketplace of the Holy Name has opened
User: pamho Date: 2006-09-05 12:59:28
From NITYANANDA TRAYODASI
"I am singing news of the greatest happiness! At the place known as Surabhi Kunja in Shri Navadvipa, the Marketplace of the Holy Name has now been opened-and Lord Nityananda Himself is the Proprietor.
"Such wonderful things are going on in that blissful marketplace! Shri Nityananda Prabhu is selling the pure Holy Name wholesale, merely for the price of one's faith.
"Seeing the assembly of devotees eagerly waiting to purchase the Name, Lord Nityananda first examines each of them to test their qualification; then He sells them the Name by bargaining for His price accordingly.
"O my dear friends! If you really want to buy this pure Holy Name, then just come along with me, for I am now going to meet with this Nityananda Mahajana.
"Thus, you will finally be able to acquire the pure Holy Name. I will also take my due commission, and in this way all three of us will fulfill our desires.
"Shri Nityananda Prabhu is so extraordinarily merciful-accepting only one's faith in the Holy Name, He bestows the topmost divine bliss.
"When Nitai sees a tear welling in someone's eye upon chanting the name of "Gaura!" He instantly gives His support to that person; indeed, He bestows all divine opulences.
"He gives that person genuine realization of the pure teachings of Shri Krishna as found in the Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam. While displaying all this inconceivable mercy, He pays no attention to one's caste, material wealth, mundane knowledge, or physical ability.
"Now, dear friends, please reject all of maya's entangling snares. If you are a householder, then just remain at your home; if you are renounced, then just live in the forest. Either way, nothing more will trouble you.
"We no longer need to fear the terrible Age of Quarrel, for the most merciful Lord Nityananda gives the Holy Name to anyone and everyone-even to the lowest among men.
"Bhaktivinoda loudly calls out and proclaims to all, 'OTHER THAN THE LOTUS FEET OF LORD NITYANANDA, THERE IS NO SHELTER!'"
Title: Re: Marketplace of the Holy Name has opened
User: pamho Date: 2006-09-05 23:39:28
All glories to the most merciful Gouranga Prema Datta Shri Nityananda Prabhu. All glories to His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. All glories to His Divine Grace Shrila Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji Maharaja. All glories to His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Shrila Prabhupada. All glories to His Divine Grace Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Shrila Prabhupada. All glories to Shrila Gurudeva Swami Gaurangapada. All Glories to the Devotees.
One who finds more inclination to serve Gauranga and his dhama,http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif his transcendental land, and his servants can get the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda is very much kind to one who has some special tendency towards Gaura lila.
"Take the Name of Gauranga"
Nityananda Prabhu walked from door to door in Bengal, saying, "Take the name of Gauranga! I'll become your servant. You can purchase me if you only take the name of Gauranga. I'll be sold to you without any price or condition." That was his temperament. When Mahaprabhu was in Puri, he sent Nityananda Prabhu to Bengal. At that time, he said, "Without you I don't find anyone who can spread the holy name of Krishna, or devotional service to Krishna, in Bengal. They are more engaged in the tantric method and the smrti.http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif They make too much of these trifling things. They are puffed up, thinking that they have finished all knowledge. So, Bengal is a very hard field for preaching. Without you, no one will be able to awaken the masses. Separate yourself from the higher castes and approach the masses with the holy name of Krishna. You are the fittest person for this work."
Nityananda Prabhu went to Bengal, but without trying to preach the glories of the holy name of Krishna, Nityananda began to preach the name of Gauranga. Nityananda Prabhu found that there is some danger of thinking that Krishna's pastimes are very much akin to the mundane debauchery, lying, and stealing of a degraded soul. Krishna's pastimes are of a highly confidential nature. It is very difficult for the masses to understand the purity of krishna-lila.http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif The mass mind cannot accept krishna-lilahttp://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif as the highest attainment. So, Nityananda Prabhu found it would be difficult to preach krishna-li1a,http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif but he found it would be easy to preach gaura-lila,http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif where Krishna has come to distribute himself to the public with so much capital in his mind. Gauranga means a dynamo which wants to distribute Krishna, surchared with the most magnanimous, intensified, pity and kindness for the ordinary people, with the greatest affection even for the criminals. Nityananda Prabhu wanted to bring them in connection with Gauranga, for then krishna-lila http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gifwould automatically be within their fist. So, he began to preach about Gauranga, not Radha-Krishna, as commanded by Mahaprabhu.
So, Nityananda Prabhu says, bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga, laha gauranga nama,http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif
"Worship Gauranga, speak only of Gauranga, and chant the name of Gauranga."
There is another instance of the relationship between Krishna and Balarama and Gauranga and Nityananda, which is described in the Chaitanya-bhagavata.http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gif Saci devi had a dream that Krishna and Balarama were sitting on a throne, and Nityananda was fighting with Balarama, "Come down from the throne. It is no longer Dvapara-yuga. http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/shrila_shridhara_mj/shri_guru/dot_clear.gifThe age of Kali has come and my master Gauranga must occupy your position on this throne. You come down!" Balaram began giving some opposition. "No, no, why should we come down? We have been sitting on this throne for such a long time." Nityananda Prabhu began forcibly taking him down, and Balarama submitted slightly. Nityananda Prabhu said, "My master Gauranga wants to take the position now. The age for him has come."
So Nityananda is very partial to Gauranga. He says, "Krishna is far off. My Lord is Gauranga. "
From Shri Guru and His Grace.