Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat

Madhya Lila Chapter Twelve

All glory to Lord Visvambhara the Lord and master of all the Vaishnavas, please give us devotional service to You and make us Your surrendered devotees.

Lord Nityananda performed many wonderful pastimes with Lord Chaitanya in Nabadwip. Lord Nityananda did innumerable extraordinary deeds engrossed in the ecstasy of love of Krishna, like a little boy He went about His work with simple enthusiasm.

He spoke always very sweetly to all the devotees He met, and danced laughed and sang to Himself in bliss. Sometimes moved to outburst of ecstasy he roared loudly astonishing one and all.

He sometimes jumped and swam in the crocodile infested swelling hissing monsoon waters of the Ganga, fearless and carefree. Everyone grasped with consternation but Lord Nityananda swam about in the waters laughing and splashing. He swam about the mood of Lord Ananta Sesha feeling completely at home in the waters of the Ganga, while the spectator devotees held their breath in anxiety.

At times Lord Nityananda became so surcharged with ecstasy in love of Krishna that He went into unconscious trance lasting three to four days. These are some of the inconceivable pastimes of the Lord, they are endless and eternal and I am incapable of describing them all.

One day Lord Chaitanya was sitting alone when Lord Nityananda came to Him completely naked chuckling like a child; His eyes and pure face were twinkling and tears of limitless joy cascaded down His cheeks. He went about repeating like loud peals of thunder this sentence, "My Lord and master is Nimai Pandita of Nadia."

Lord Chaitanya smiled, amused at the sight of Lord Nityananda's large, brilliant, beautiful formed and completely bare frame. Hastily Lord Chaitanya removed the cloth from His own head and wrapped it around but Nimai continued to chuckle as if nothing happened.

Lord Chaitanya then smeared perfume on His body, decorating Him with a flower garland and began to glorify Lord Nityananda, "Your name is Nityananda and so is Your form and demeanor, always and eternally blissful. You are Nityananda now as You were Balarama before. No one can interrupt the ecstatic and unlimited joy, You experience as Your name suggests, in everything You do whether, walking, eating or otherwise. Ordinary men cannot appreciate Your transcendental potencies. You are always to be found where Lord Krishna is present, Krishna is eternal and is the Absolute Truth and so are You since You are His eternal associate.

Lord Nityananda is perpetually relishing the nectar of loving devotion to Lord Chaitanya, all His words and deeds are fulfilling Lord Chaitanya's inner most desire. Lord Chaitanya said to Him, "Since long I have one unfulfilled desire, I would like to have Your karpin loin cloth dress". Saying this He went and brought His karpin, then tore it to many long strips.

The Lord then distributed one by one these strips to the assembled Vaishnavas, telling them, "Place it on your heads, these are most precious worshipable objects even to Lord Siva, the king of the Yogis; what to speak about others. One attains the exalted position of becoming a pure devotee of the Supreme Lord only by Nityananda's grace; all of you should know that He is the embodiment of Lord Krishna's full transcendental potencies.

Lord Nityananda is identical to and is the immediate expansion of Lord Krishna. He is an eternal associate, friend and brother to Krishna, He expands Himself as Krishna's bed. Ornaments and other such paraphernalia. His character and pastimes are a mystery even in the Vedic literatures although He is every ones maintainer, Protector and friend. All His activities are full of devotional nectar to Lord Krishna; it is easy to attain the highest perfection of love of Krishna by serving Him. So all of you place these strips from His karpina on Your heads and go home and worship it with care and regard."

The Vaishnavas wrapped the Karpina strips lovingly around their heads following Lord Chaitanya's instruction. Again Lord Chaitanya spoke, "listen, all you devotees! now drink the water that has washed the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, this will immediately imbibe in your unfaltering faith in Lord Krishna's devotional service, of this there is no doubt."

Having received Lord Chaitanya's instructions the devotees washed Lord Nityananda's lotus feet and drank the water, they drank as much as possible, five times, ten times and more, Lord Nityananda who was throughout the entire episode engrossed within Himself, remained smiling benignly.

Lord Chaitanya sat down and began to distribute this water (padodaka) with utmost pleasure. The devotees drank and became intoxicated chanting, "Hari, Hari." The devotees each expressed their joy, someone said, "Today was the fulfillment of my life", another said, "All the bonds of my material entanglement were served today", another commented, "today I feel I have become a servant of Lord Krishna," still another voice said, "this water is so relishable, its sweet taste still lingers in my mouth".

This water was so unique that immediately upon drinking everyone became spiritually excited, some danced, some began to sing, others started rolling on the ground, and still others could not stop roaring out aloud in joy.

Just then a jubilant kirtana started up, some devotees sang Krishna songs and others began to dance. In a moment Lord Chaitanya rose up and letting out a thunderous cry joined in the dance. Meanwhile, Nityananda Prabhu also stood up and started dancing, unable to contain their joy the devotees encircled both their Lordships and continued their ecstatic dancing and jostling.

They were intoxicated with joy falling on each other, played little games touching each others feet and smearing their heads with the dust; some hung on to the others neck sobbing happily. They all mingled happily forgetting the mood of reverence, the Lord and His servants all danced together. Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda embraced each other ever so often and danced with blissful gestures. Mother trembled under the rhythmic dancing of Lord Nityananda and the whole world resounded with, "Hari Hari".

Drowned in the nectarine ocean of love of Godhead Gaura and Nitai the Lords of Vaikuntha danced in ecstasy with their servitors. All these pastimes are endless they simply became manifest at a certain time and place and again became non manifest, this is clearly explained in the Vedas.

After dancing the whole day, Lord Chaitanya finally sat down with all His devotees. He clapped thrice loudly and then spoke benignly, "Whoever worships Lord Nityananda in loving devotion loves Me also. His lotus feet are worshiped by Lord Siva and Lord Balarama hence always offer your love and devotion to Him.

If anyone is critical of Him or dislikes Him then even if anyone is a devotee he is rejected by Me. Whoever has even so much as received a slight touch of Lord Nityananda, Lord Krishna will never forsake him. Lord Chaitanya's words brought resounding applause from all the devotees.

Whosoever hears these transcendental narrations with faith and devotion becomes protected and maintained by Lord Chaitanya. Such activities of Lord Nityananda Prabhu are fully understood by only those who are His confidential associates and the eternal associates of Lord Chaitanya.

Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda Prabhu are my life and soul. I, Vrndavana Dasa, offer this song at Their lotus feet.

Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat

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