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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, noon class
Sri Ekachakra Dham, 25 February 2021, part 4
Translated from Bengali

 

Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami describes in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita how he received Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. I have told you about it before, and now I will only mention briefly that his brother had made an offence by having no faith in Nityananda Prabhu's servitor, and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami objected against it—he did not take the side of his brother. His brother made an offence to Nityananda Prabhu's servitor, Ramdas Minaketan, and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami did not accept his brother's position; instead, he took the side of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. That night, Nityananda Prabhu came to him in a dream and told him to go to Vrindavan. Owing to him, we now have Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. I have brought some copies here, you can get this scripture.

In the weekly Gaudiya magazine, Srila Prabhupad wrote an article in honour of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance festival. There, he quotes from Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata (3.6.30),

adhikari bai kare tahana achara
duhkha paya sei-jana, papa janme tara

"If an unqualified person imitates His behavior, he will suffer and become implicated in sin."

rudra vine anye yadi kare visa-pana
sarvathaya mare, sarva-purana pramana

"If anyone other than Rudra drinks poison, he will certainly die. This is the verdict of all the Puranas."

It says here that Siva can drink poison. Do you think you can do that? Take poison and see how you feel after that. So, those who have the right to do something, they can do it. Nityananda Prabhu can wear blue clothes, saffron clothes, He can wear anything He wants (bangles, necklace, etc.). However, you do not have the right to do what Nityananda Prabhu did. Many imitate Nityananda Prabhu and take two wives, for example. Those who have the right can do that, they can eat everything, but you do not have this right to cross the viddhi-marga.

বিষয়ীর অন্ন খাইলে মলিন হয় মন ।
মলিন মন হৈলে, নহে কৃষ্ণ-নাম গ্রহণ ॥

visayira anna khaile malina haya mana
malina mana haile, nahe krsna-nama grahana

"If you take food that comes from materialistic people, your mind becomes contaminated. When your mind is contaminated, you cannot chant the Name of Krishna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.278)

That is why we do not eat anything and everything without discrimination. If we go somewhere, we personally make the offering to the Lord, then we take prasadam. That is why, it says here,

rudra vine anye yadi kare visa-pana
sarvathaya mare, sarva-purana pramana

"If anyone other than Rudra drinks poison, he will certainly die. This is the verdict of all the Puranas."

If anyone takes poison like Lord Siva (Rudra), they will die. Therefore, one can do only what one is fit to do.

ista-deva vandon mora nityananda-raya
chaitanya-kirti sphure yanhara krpaya

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Nityananda Raya, for He is my worshipable Lord. By His mercy the glories of Lord Chaitanya become manifest."

chaitanya-chandrera priya-vigraha balai
tana-sthane aparadhe mare sarva thani

"Lord Nityananda is the dearmost object of Sri Chaitanyachandra, therefore anyone who commits an offense at His lotus feet is vanquished."

samsarera para haiya bhaktira sagare
ye dubibe, se bhajuka nitaichandere

Anyone who wants to cross the material ocean and merge in the ocean of devotional service must worship the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

vaisnava-charane mora ei manaskama
bhaji yena janme-janme prabhu balarama

"My only desire at the feet of the Vaisnavas is that birth after birth I may worship the feet of Lord Balaram."

You cannot get Krishna without Balaram, and you cannot get Gaura without Nitai. If you worship Nitai, you get Gaura, and if you worship Gaura, you can get Radha-Krishna in Vrindavan. Yet, many go to Vrindavan first before getting the Guru's mercy...

 

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