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Title: Lord Virachandra
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-11 19:23:18
Q. By Shachinandana dasa
"A child born in the house of a thief, will naturally be a thief, but how to catch this thief?"
When Lord Advaita Acharya speaks in this way, it has many meanings. One of the meanings is:
"O Lord Nityananda, You are the biggest thief in creation because you immediately steal my mind with the beauty of Your golden bodily form and Your ecstatic symptoms of love. And in the same way, your divine son Virabhadra also steals my mind with His enchanting form just like His father. So He is also a thief."
A son of a thief is trained from childhood how to steal so he is even more difficult to catch than his father. Similarly Virbhadra has been taught by His divine father Lord Nityananda how to steal and enchant the hearts of all the souls by His great devotion and mercy so it has become to catch Him now.
swamiji, would this be saying that by chanting and glorifying virachandra one can please nityananda and thus attain his mercy?
Ofcourse. Glorifying and worshiping the Associates of Lord Nityananda is the best and easiest way to get His mercy. There is a saying in English: "I can only believe that you love me, if you love my dog first."
Shrila Virabhadra Goswami is the one who propogated the chanting Nityananda Gauranga Nama widely all over Bengal and emphasized that Gauranga Kirtana is means to please Lord Nityananda.
If you notice there is beautiful combination here in this pastime. Lord Mula Sankarshana is present as Lord Nityananda, Lord Mahavishnu is present as Lord Advaita Acharya and Lord Kshirodakashayi Vishnu is present as Lord Virabhadra Goswami.
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!