Nityananda Consciousness

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 22 February 2015


It happened in a place not so far from here, in a town within Gaura mandal—Jhamatpur Baharan. Every year we do Nabadwip Dham parikrama and want to go there, but time is very short... In this town Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, the composer of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, lived with his brother.

Once, his brother arranged a festival and invited a local brahmin, Gunarnava Mishra, who brought there Mahaprabhu's deity (without a deity of Nityananda Prabhu). Suddenly, Nityananda Prabhu's servitor named Minaketan Ramdas came to that place, and all the devotees gave much respect to him, but the brahmin who was worshipping only Mahaprabhu did not give him any respect—he did not even give him an asan, did not even pay his obeisance to him. Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's brother supported the brahmin. Seeing their mood, Minaketan Ramdas went to Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and asked excitedly, "What is your brother doing?! He follows and gives respect to Mahaprabhu but does not give any respect to Nityananda Prabhu! What is this?!" Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami was very upset and chastised his brother.

Later that night Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami saw a dream—Nityananda Prabhu Himself came to him and said, "Do not stay any longer with your brother in this village. Please come to Vrindavan." After getting this dream, he went to Vrindavan, and it was there where he composed Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita...

When Nityananda Prabhu went to Puri, Mahaprabhu told Him, "You can preach Krishna consciousness in Gaura-desh, Gaura Mandal." Mahaprabhu told Him to preach Krishna consciousness, but Nityananda Prabhu thought, "Krishna's Pastimes are very difficult, it is a very high conception, and these Bengali people will not be able to understand Krishna's Pastimes or follow Krishna consciousness properly, instead they will think something else; but Gaura-lila, the Pastimes of Mahaprabhu, are very nice, so instead of Krishna consciousness, I will preach Gaura consciousness, Chaitanya consciousness!" And He started preaching about Gaura-lila. He would sing,

ভজ গৌরাঙ্গ, কহ গৌরাঙ্গ, লহ গৌরাঙ্গের নাম রে ।
য়ে জন গৌরাঙ্গ ভজ সেই আমার প্রাণ রে ॥

bhaja gauranga, kaha gauranga, laha gauranga nama re
yei jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re

"Say 'Gauranga'! Tell about Gauranga! Chant 'Gauranga'! Those who chant Gauranga's Name are My heart!"

So, let us sing about Gauranga now!

[His Divine Grace starts kirtan.]




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