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His Mercy Is Essential

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham
14 February 2019, part 4


When Nityananda Prabhu came to Nabadwip to meet with Mahaprabhu, He first came to Nandan Acharya Bhavan. You know this place—when we do parikrama in Mayapur, Antardwip, we come to Nandan Acharya Bhavan. When Nityananda Prabhu came there, Mahaprabhu knew that He had come and He sent some devotees saying, "A big personality has come to Mayapur. Go and find Him." Devotees went, but they did not find anyone—they came back to Mahaprabhu and said, "Prabhu, we have not found any new personality here." Then, Mahaprabhu Himself went—He went straight to Nandan Acharya Bhavan. (There is a temple of Gaura Nityananda there now, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's temple.)

Mahaprabhu showed that it is not so easy to find this kind of personality, but Mahaprabhu found Him easily because They are very intimate—He appears in Treta-yuga as Laksman, and in Kali-yuga He comes as Nityananda Prabhu. In Treta-yuga, Laksman is Lord Rama's elder brother so He could not serve the Lord at that time, but Nityananda Prabhu comes to serve Mahaprabhu. Nityananda Prabhu's mercy is essential in our lives.

You know also the pastime of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. A brahman named Gunarnava Misra came once to the house of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, invited by his brother. When Nityananda Prabhu's servitor Ramdas Minaketan came there too, Gunarnava Misra did not give him proper respect because he was Nityananda Prabhu's servitor—he loved Mahaprabhu but did not love Nityananda Prabhu, which made Ramdas Minaketan very upset. This is called ardha-kukkuti-nyaya (অর্ধকুক্কুটী-ন্যায়, half-hen logic)—you give honour to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but not to Nityananda Prabhu. I asked Gurudev once what ardha-kukkuti-nyaya means, and he explained it. It means you have a hen (kukkuti), and you think, "Oh, I like eggs, so I will keep the half (ardha) of the hen (kukkuti) where eggs come from, and I will throw away the other half." It means you destroy everything.

Nityananda Prabhu and Balaram are non-different, They are two forms of the same body. Nityananda Prabhu is Mul-Sankarshan—from Him appear Sankarshan, Vasudev, Aniruddha, Pradyumna; from there come Garbhodakasayi Vishnu, Ksirodakasayi Vishnu, and Karanodakasayi Vishnu; from there appear the ten avatars of Vishnu (Rama avatar, Narasimha avatar, Varaha avatar, and so on), as well as all of us (jiva souls). You can read Chaitanya-charitamrita, all this is written very nicely there.

So, that day, when Gunarnava Misra made offence to Ramdas Minaketan, Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami pleased Ramdas Minaketan—he made him happy and gave good nourishment to his lotus feet. Nityananda Prabhu was very happy with him because His servitor had got proper respect. That night, Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami dreamed that Nityananda Prabhu had come in front of him and called him, "O Kavi Krishnadas! Do not stay in Jhamatpur any longer! Come to Vrindavan!" [Jhamatpur is Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's birthplace, it is near Katwa.] Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami immediately left his family life, everything and went to Vrindavan.

We know also that in his Chaitanya-charitamrita, Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami described the beauty (rupa) of Sri Nityananda Prabhu in a very nice way...


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