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Title: Nityananda and Gadadhara
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-11 19:50:00
Q. by Chandrika: Does Lord Nityananda have any pasttimes with Lord Gadadhara, did they all meet together with Lord Gauranga in Navadwip or in Jagannath Puri at some times?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
There is a beautiful pastime in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata 3.7.112-166 between Shri Gadadhara, Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga which I remember everytime I think of Lord Tota Gopinatha. One get pure love of Lord Krishna simply by hearing or reading this pastime. So here is goes:
After thus gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Nityananda and His associates joyfully went to see Gadadhara.
Who has the power to describe the love that Lord Nityananda and Gadadhara felt in Their hearts?
At Gadadhara's home was a very enchanting Deity of Lord Gopinatha. That Deity was Lord Krishna Himself. He was Nanda's own son.
Lord Gauranga personally embraced that Deity. Seeing that Deity, the blasphemers thought it only a statue.
Seeing this Deity, a threefold-bending Deity holding a flute to His mouth, Lord Nityananda shed tears of joy, tears that had no end.
Learning that Lord Nityananda had come, Gadadhara stopped reading Srimad-Bhagavatam and went to Him at once.
They gazed at each other's face. Grasping each other's necks, They wept.
They offered obeisances to each other. They glorified each other.
They both said, "Now My eyes are purified." They both said, "Noe My life has become successful."
External consciousness was no longer present in the bodies of the two Lords. The two Lord floated in an ocean of bliss and love."
Seeing this display of great love and devotion, the devotees in the four directions fell to the ground and wept.
How wonderful was the love Nityananda and Gadadhara felt! They did not say anything but words of love and devotion.
Gadadhara had no desire to see the face of anyone who criticized Lord Nityananda.
Gadadhara Pandita would not look at the face of anyone who did not love Lord Nityananda.
After some time becoming peaceful again, the two Lords sat down together and talked about the auspicious glories of Lord Gauranga.
Then Gadadhara said to Lord Nityananda. "Today please accept Your meal here."
Lord Nityananda had come there to accept a meal from Gadadhara.
From West Bengal He had brought fine white rice suitable for Lord Gopinatha.
He also brought two beautiful red cloths. He placed all these before Gadadhara.
Lord Nityananda said, "Gadadhara, cook this rice and offer it to Lord Gopinatha. He will enjoy it."
Seeing the rice, Gadadhara Pandita smiled and said, "With my eyes I have never seen rice like this.
"Master, did You bring this rice from Vaikuntha to give it to Lord Gopinatha?
"Goddess Lakshmi alone should cook this rice. Then Lord Krishna will enjoy it, and after Him, the devotees will also enjoy it."
After happily praising the rice, Gadadhara offered the two cloths to Lord Gopinatha.
He placed the splendid red cloths on Lord Gopinatha's graceful limbs. Gazing at the Lord's handsomeness, he floated in bliss.
Then he went to cook. First he gathered some saka.
Although originally no saka was there, by divine arrangement saka appeared. He gathered the saka and began to cook.
He gathered some soft leaves from a tamarind tree and placed them in a pot of salted water.
Then he prepared the bitter vegetable named "amla". In this way fortunate Gadadhara cooked.
Finally he placed the prepared foods before Lord Gopinatha. At that moment Lord Gauranga arrived.
With His graceful mouth joyfully chanting, "Hare! Krishna! Krishna!", Lord Gauranga arrived.
"Gadadhara! Gadadhara!", Lord Gauranga called out. At once Gadadhara offered obeisances to the Lord's feet.
Smiling, Lord Gauranga said, "Gadadhara, why did I not get an invitation from you?
"You and I are not quarreling. Even those I did not get an invitation, I have come anyway.
"Nityananda brought the ingredients, you cooked, Lord Gopinatha gave His mercy, and I will accept My share of the remnants."
Hearing Lord Gauranga's merciful words, Nityananda and Gadadhara became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
Gadadhara happily brought the prasadam and placed it before Lord Gauranga.
The prasadam was very fragrant. Again and again Lord Gauranga devotedly bowed down before it.
Lord Gauranga said, "Divide it into three equal parts. Then We will sit down together and honor the prasadam."
Sitting down, Lord Gauranga greatly enjoyed the rice Lord Nityananda had brought.
Sitting together, the two Lords ate. Lord Gauranga happily praised the rice and the vegetables.
Lord Gauranga said, "This food is very fragrant. It must be devotion to Lord Krishna personified. It cannot be any other way.
"Gadadhara! How beautiful is your cooking! I have never tasted saka like this.
"Gadadhara! How wonderful is your cooking, your vegetable of tamarind leaves!
"I think you must have cooked this in Vaikuntha. How can you hide that truth from Me?"
Joking and laughing in this way, the three Lords tasted the nectar of ecstati love as They ate.
The devotees who love these three Lords know Their true identities. But Lord Gauranga did not quickly tell anyone who the three Lords were.
After some time the three Lords stopped eating and left. Then the devotees took the remnants the Lords had left on Their plates.
Anyone who hears or reads of this blissful meal will attain pure devotion to Lord Krishna. He will go to Lord Krishna.
Anyone on whom Gadadhara has placed His merciful glance will have the power to understand the true nature of Lord Nityananda.
Anyone who in his heart loves Lord Nityananda will know the truth about Gadadhara.
In this way Lord Nityananda happily enjoyed pastimes with Lord Gauranga in Jagannatha Puri.
The three Lords Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Nityananda, and Gadadhara always stayed together.
Together these three gazed on Lord Jagannatha. Wild with bliss, They performed sankirtana together.
The two moons Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Sri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.