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  1. Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the village of Ekachakra, in West Bengal, India, around 1474. In the Caitanya Caritamrita and other scriptures He is declared to be the avatar of Lord Balarama, the direct expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. As a child He was called Nitai and had a close circle of friends. Together they used to imitate the pastimes of Krishna and His associates. The adults of Ekachakra were fascinated by this unique little boy and loved Him as their own. Seeing His total absorption in avatars of Krishna, they suspected that He might be some sort of incarnation Himself. Day after day he would enact a different pastime, and did it so skillfully that His neighbors wondered, "How is it that He is so talented? How does He know the stories so well? No one has explained all these details to Him." On one occasion, one of the boys dressed as Akrura and took Krishna and Balarama away from Vrindavana on the order of Kamsa. Nitai cried in grief, feeling the separation of the cowherd girls from Krishna. Tears of love flowed from His eyes. His acting was so authentic that it made all who watched question whether He was merely acting or in some way experiencing the part He played. This was true whether He was playing Krishna, Balarama, or even Vamana and other Incarnations of the Lord. When questioned, Nitai would respond: "These are My own divine pastimes, and I am allowing you to see them." Among His most convincing roles was that of Lakshmana, brother of Rama, which intimated His divine identity as Balarama. For His first twelve years, Nityananda Prabhu stayed in Ekachakra and shared loving pastimes with His neighbors. Traveling on Pilgrimage Just before His thirteenth birthday, however, a traveling mendicant came to His home and was welcomed as a guest by Hadai Pandita, Nityananda's affectionate father. With deep respect and hospitality, Hadai Pandita offered his eminent guest all that he had. "Please feel free to take whatever you like," he said. "My home is your home." The visiting ascetic explained that his was a simple life, and that his needs were minimal. However, he said, he needed a traveling companion, and young Nitai would be an appropriate person for such a service. Nitai was eager, and reluctantly, Hadai Pandita agreed to let his son go. Nitai traveled from holy place to holy place for the next twenty years, until He was thirty-two, receiving instruction and friendship from His elderly sannyasi companion. He journeyed the length and breadth of India and sanctified the subcontinent by His presence. As Nitai continued to travel, feeling the ecstasy of these sacred places, He more and more took on the character of an avadhuta, a spiritually elevated person who is aloof to material surroundings and appears crazy to the uninformed. His mode of activity and general behavior became increasingly unexplainable; no one could understand what motivated Him or why He behaved in certain ways. For example, He sometimes danced ecstatically with the cloth meant to cover His loins wrapped instead around His head. In Pandarapura (present-day Maharashtra), Nityananda Prabhu met the saintly guru Lakshmipati Tirtha. It is said that Lakshmipati Tirtha was given to intense dreams about Lord Balarama, and when he met Nityananda, he was convinced that this beautiful young personality was none other than Balarama Himself. They soon developed a deep, devotional relationship. According to some authorities, Lakshmipati initiated Nityananda Prabhu at this time, giving Him the student name "Svarupa." Lakshmipati's most famous disciple was Madhavendra Puri, who received direct instructions and gifts from the deity of Gopinatha. Because Madhavendra Puri was His senior, Nityananda Prabhu always treated him as though he were His spiritual master. Soon Nityananda Prabhu reached Vraja, or Vrindavan, the Land of Krishna. His ecstasy increased one million times. Visiting the many places associated with Krishna's pastimes, He shouted, danced, rolled around, laughed, and howled like a madman. With overwhelming intensity He cried out, "Where is Krishna? Where is My very life and soul?" As these words emanated from His anxious lips, He shivered uncontrollably and tears of love poured from His eyes like torrents of rain. At that moment, He had a startling inner vision of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who had completed His childhood pastimes and was now overtly engaged in His mission. This realization made Nityananda chortle with affection for His spiritual brother, and so from Sringara-vata He proceeded to Navadvipa to join Mahaprabhu in His pastimes. nityanandam aham vande karne lambita-mauktikam caitanyagraja-rupena pavitri-krta-bhutalam "Salutations to Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Who has a single pearl suspended from one of His ears, Who is the elder brother of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Who is the purifier of the world." Uniting With Chaitanya Mahaprabhu The year was 1506, and after arduous travel through dense forests in a trance-like state of devotion, Nityananda Prabhu reached the land of Nadiya, where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu resided. When the two Lords finally saw each other for the first time, they were immediately overtaken by waves of ecstasy. Nitai was roughly thirty-two years old, and Mahaprabhu was twenty. They each felt that their lives were now perfectly complete. Embracing, they cried what seemed like rivers of ecstasy. Nityananda Prabhu, who is identical with Lord Balarama, the first expansion of Krishna, is considered to be the original guru for all of mankind. Thus, soon after their initial meeting, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu tried to honor Nityananda Prabhu with a Vyasa-puja worship ceremony befitting a great spiritual master. However, Nityananda Prabhu protested and grabbed all of the worship articles from Mahaprabhu and worshiped Him instead. Nityananda Prabhu kept repeating, "Nimai Pandita [Mahaprabhu] is my Lord and master! Nimai Pandita is my Lord and master!" There was constant competition as to who would serve whom. Their transcendental love for one another is indescribable. From this point until Mahaprabhu left Navadvipa for Jagannatha Puri, Nityananda Prabhu was always at His side. The two biographers Vrindavana dasa Thakura and Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami clearly assert that Nityananda Prabhu holds the key to Mahaprabhu's heart. The teaching of the Chaitanya tradition is emphatic: One who thinks that he can attain love of God without first attaining the mercy of Lord Nityananda Rama is living in a hallucination. The Liberation of Jagai and Madhai Mahaprabhu asked Nityananda Prabhu and Haridasa Thakura to serve as His door-to-door preachers, spreading the message of love of God to every home in Navadvipa. It was at this point that Nityananda and Haridasa met the two brothers Jagai and Madhai. They were descendants of an illustrious priestly dynasty but had abandoned the pious ways of their forefathers for a life of debauchery. When the two emissaries of Mahaprabhu's mercy first met them, Jagai and Madhai were in a drunken stupor, creating havoc throughout the village. Nityananda felt compassion on these fallen souls and reasoned that if they could be rectified, then Mahaprabhu's mission would become even more well received in Navadvipa. Approaching the two wayward brothers on the street, Nitai begged them to chant the holy name of Krishna and to taste the sweet nectar of Krishna consciousness. But the two villains just chased Nityananda down the road, shouting profanities and calling Him foul names. Madhai threw a broken clay pot that came crashing down on Nityananda's divine head, causing Him to bleed. (Although Nityananda's body is perfectly spiritual, He manifested this pastime so that Jagai and Madhai could attain liberation.) When Mahaprabhu heard what had happened, He became infuriated and rushed to the area Himself. How could anyone harm a gentle soul like Nityananda? Summoning His divine disk-like weapon, which is flaming and radiant, Mahaprabhu was prepared to kill the two repellent brothers on the spot, forcing them to taste the wrath of God. His anger, however, was assuaged by Nityananda Prabhu, who reminded the Lord that the majority of people in this age are as fallen as Jagai and Madhai, and that it is His mission to liberate them with love, not violence. Hearing these words, Mahaprabhu was willing to forgive Jagai. But Madhai, who had perpetrated the evil deed, needed to be forgiven by Nityananda Prabhu Himself. Nityananda Prabhu's mercy knows no bounds, and He quickly forgave Madhai for all that he had done. When Jagai and Madhai saw the loving exchange between Mahaprabhu and Nityananda and, observed Nityananda's forgiving nature toward them, their hearts were changed. They resolved to become devotees and enthusiastic supporters of Mahaprabhu's sankirtana mission. Seeing their sincerity, Mahaprabhu took all of their sins on His own head. For a few brief moments, His beautiful golden body turned an unsightly blackish color. Indeed, when Yamaraja's assistant Chitragupta tried to tally Jagai and Madhai's collective sins, he could not do so, and collapsed from exhaustion. After the incident with Nitai, however, Jagai and Madhai set the highest standard of devotional service by constantly chanting the holy names of Krishna and instructing others in devotion to Him. Spreading the Sankirtana Movement After Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took on the renounced order of life, sannyasa, to spread the sankirtana movement of the congregational chanting of Krishna's holy names, the two brothers moved to Jagannath Puri, on the east coast of India. There, Mahaprabhu left Nityananda and proceeded on a tour of South India that was to last for two years. When Mahaprabhu returned, He was pleased to see that Nityananda had developed the movement in Puri with the help of the local devotees. However, the movement in Navadvipa had been sorely neglected, and so, in 1511, Mahaprabhu requested Nityananda, His most reliable sankirtana commander, to return to Bengal. When Nityananda Prabhu first returned to Bengal, He began His mission in Panihati, a village north of Calcutta. For several months He preached and gathered followers in this area, until thousands chanted and danced in ecstasy under His supervision. It was at this time that Raghunatha dasa Goswami, then a young boy, approached Nityananda Prabhu as a surrendered servant. Since Raghunatha was born into a wealthy family, Nityananda asked him to hold a huge festival in which all the devotees could have as much yogurt and chipped rice as they desired. The festival at Panihati was a grand success, drawing pilgrims from miles around to participate in various ways. This naturally enhanced the sankirtana movement and pleased Nityananda very much. In Panihati, Nityananda Prabhu used the house of Raghava Pandita as headquarters, and from there taught Krishna consciousness to thousands of people from both sides of the Bhagirathi River, a branch of the Ganges that flows in that area. From there, He moved on to Varahanagara, where he stayed in the house of Gadadhara dasa. He transformed this small dwelling into another center for the movement. It is said that He moved the people of this area so thoroughly that even children would come from neighboring villages on school days, just to join the kirtana. After a fruitful period in these places, starting preaching centers, Nityananda Prabhu arrived in Saptagrama, a town who's inhabitants were mostly considered outcastes and untouchables by Hindu standards. Lord Nityananda Prabhu viewed all souls equally and spread Mahaprabhu's teachings lovingly to everyone He met. Nityananda Prabhu traveled on to Shantipur and Navadvipa, where He went door-to-door and begged people to surrender to Mahaprabhu's sankirtana mission. He carried this request to Thanajora, Baragachi, Dogachiya, Fulia, and all villages on both sides of the Ganges. At Khardaha, He is said to have converted no less than 1,200 male and 1,300 female Buddhists. Nityananda Prabhu's most important followers joined Him at this time. With their help, He was successful in spreading Krishna consciousness throughout Bengal. Household Life and Final Pastimes When Nityananda Prabhu returned to Bengal at Mahaprabhu's request, He decided to abandon His avadhuta status and get married. A village leader named Suryadasa Sarakhel had two daughters who were great devotees; their names were Jahnava and Vasudha. As qualified girls who felt great affection for Nityananda Prabhu, they were chosen to marry Him, and He, in turn, reciprocated their affection. According to the poet Kavi Karnapura, the two girls were incarnations of Revati Devi and Varuni Devi, the wives of Lord Balarama. After some time Vasudha gave birth to two children, a boy named Virabhadra and a girl named Ganga-devi. Virabhadra later became a great leader in the Vaishnava community and continued to spread Lord Chaitanya's teachings in the mood of His distinguished father. However, soon after the birth of her two divine children, Vasudha passed away, and Jahnava vowed to raise them as her own. As the years went by, Jahnava Devi developed a reputation as a superlative Vaishnava, embodying the ideals of devotion in Lord Chaitanya's line. She initiated her son Virabhadra as well as many other male and female members of the Vaishnava community. Major figures in Mahaprabhu's lineage took shelter at her lotus feet, and personalities like Narottama Dasa Thakura, Srinivasa Acarya, and Syamananda Prabhu accepted her as the most prominent Vaishnava in Bengal. In Ekachakra, not far from his birthplace, Nityananda Prabhu established a deity of Lord Krishna known as Bankima Raya, accompanied on the right by a deity of Jahnava Devi, and on the left, Srimati Radharani. The priests of this temple say that Nityananda Prabhu merged into the form of Bankima Raya to leave the earth for His eternal pastimes in the spiritual sky. There are no other stories of Nityananda Prabhu's departure, and so this one is generally accepted by the Vaishnava community. Be that as it may, His presence is always felt in the presence of one's own guru, for the guru is considered to be a living manifestation of Nityananda Prabhu's love, and His power is what gives a disciple the ability to perform devotional service and experience the bliss of devotional life.
  2. Thursday, 20 February 1997 Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Today is a very auspicious day – the birthday of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Last week we observed the appearance day of Mahavisnu, Advaita Acarya, and today we are observing the appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. Without Nityananda Prabhu, Gaura (Caitanya Mahaprabhu) cannot do anything; He is helpless. Although Mahaprabhu is the abode of all powers (sarva-saktiman), yet, He always depends on the service of Nityananda Prabhu. When the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, wants to come into this world to sprinkle His mercy upon all jivas, He comes with Nityananda Prabhu – Baladeva Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu will always be there in some form or other. Can you say how Nityananda Prabhu was with Krsna when He came in the form of Nrsimhadeva? All His weapons, and so on were Nityananda Prabhu. When Lord Sri Rama came, Baladeva Prabhu, or Nityananda Prabhu, came in the form of Laksmana. When Krsna came, Nityananda came in the form of Baladeva. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu came, He came in the form of Nityananda Prabhu. When Krsna’s expansion as Maha-visnu sleeps within the Causal Ocean, innumerable universes are generated along with His breathing. These universes are floating, scattered all over the Causal Ocean, and they remain only during His breathing period. In each and every universal globe, the same Maha-visnu enters again as Garbhodakasayi Visnu and lies there on the serpent-like Sesa incarnation. That Sesa is an expansion of Nityananda Prabhu, and Laksmi also serves there. When Krsna wants to come in any way, anywhere in this world, or in any world, Baladeva Prabhu – Nityananda Prabhu, must surely come with Him. When Nityananda Prabhu, as His expansion Laksmana, was with Rama in Treta-yuga, Rama ordered Him to do so many things that were very painful for Him. For example, when Dasaratha Maharaja ordered Rama to go to the forest for twelve years, and said that Bharata should be the King of Ayodhya, Rama gladly accepted this, but Laksmana did not. [sri Ramacandra, along with bhagavati Sri Sita devi and His brother Laksmana, then set out to dwell in the forest for fourteen years in order to honor and protect the word of His father, Dasaratha Maharaja; yet, in the pain of separation from Rama, Dasaratha Maharaja left his body, crying, “O Rama! O Rama!” Bharata was visiting his uncle at the home of his maternal grandmother when Vasistha Muni sent word for him to return. Upon his arrival in Ayodhya, he came to know what had happened there. He then decided to bring to the forest everything needed for a coronation in order to crown Sri Ramacandra as king and bring Him back to Ayodhyä. Under the supervision of guru Vasistha, Bharata arrived in Citrakuta with the three mothers of the royal household, the royal minister Sumanta, and all the citizens of Ayodhya. In His human-like pastime, Nityananda was neither aware of his father’s death nor of the reason for Bharata’s coming. (taken from the Harmonist magazine, Srila Gurudeva preaching report by Sripad Madhava Maharaja, 2008] Laksmana took His bow and arrows and said, “Rama, please give the order; I will kill all of them, and that lusty Dasaratha as well. I think that he is not the appropriate person to be our father. You are my father and my elder brother. So please order me. I will fight against them. I will kill Maharaja Dasaratha and Bharata, and their entire army.” He was ready to shoot, but Rama said, “No, no, no. Don’t do this.” Years later, Rama told Laksmana, “Laksmana, take Sita. I have decided to leave her forever. Take her, and leave her in a very deep forest.” Laksmana wanted to question Rama, “What fault has Sita committed? Why are You acting in this way? You are going to obey the orders of very nasty persons – a lusty person like a washerman? You are not believing on the words of Maharaja Dasaratha, Vasistha, the air-god Pavanadeva, Agnideva, the fire-god, and all the rsis such as Narada, who all proclaimed her purity? What fault has she committed?” But He could not say anything. He considered, “If Rama were not my elder brother, I would not be bound to obey Him.” He had to obey, because Rama was His elder brother. So He accepted this, but it was a very painful act for Him. He then took Sita, not telling her, “I’m taking you to the forest to leave You there.” Rather he told her, “We will return tomorrow, after distributing clothes to the munis’ and rsis’ wives and their sisters. But then, when He crossed the Ganges and came near the hut of Valmiki, He began to weep loudly. Sita asked, “Why are You weeping?” He told her, “It is better that I die before telling you this. My heart is made of stone or iron, and therefore I am not dying. Rama has left You forever. You cannot return to Ayodhya as His wife.” Sita immediately fell flat on the ground, unconscious, and while She was in that unconscious state, Laksmana returned to Ayodya, weeping. Laksmana told himself, “From now on, I will come with Krsna, but not as a younger brother, with the obligation to obey Him. I must come as an elder brother. I cannot bear these greatly painful things. So He came as an elder brother in Krsna’s pastimes, and sometimes He would chastise Krsna, “Oh, You are doing wrong.” But of course, He did this only to please Krsna. He again came when Krsna appeared as Gauracandra, Sacinandana Gaurahari. He came previous to the birth of Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Gauracandra); He was about ten years elder. In His childhood He never met with Gauracandra. He went on pilgrimage with a saint. He went over the whole of India, to almost all of the holy places. When He was in South India, in Pandarapura, he met a saint named Laksmipati Tirtha, a disciple in the line of Madhvacarya. Both saw each other, and both began crying, “Krsna Krsna He,” embracing each other. Nityananda Prabhu told him, “I have not taken initiation yet. I want to take initiation from you. You are My guru.” Nityananda Prabhu asked him, “What mantra will you give to me?” Perhaps you want to give me this mantra?” That mantra was klim.…svaha,” the gopala-mantra. Laksmipati Tirtha became so happy and said, “How did you know this? How did you know this?” Nityananda Prabhu then gave him His darsana in the form of Baladeva Prabhu, at which time he fell flat at the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu took initiation by that mantra, and He became a renowned sannyasi. He then travelled everywhere alone, until He came to Vrndavana, where He was searching, “O Kanhaiya, where are You? Where are you?” Kanhaiya means Krsna. When He would see deer running here and there, He began to run after them and ask them, “Can you tell Me where is Krsna Kanhaiya, My younger brother?” When He used to see grazing cows, He would take the cows’ necks in His arms. Sometimes naked; quite naked, and weeping so much. Sometimes He would run after cowherd boys, asking “Where is Kanhaiya? I want to meet Kanhaiya.” And then He would begin to weep and roll on the ground. He once went to the temple, calling out, “Kanhaiya, Kanhaiya.” At that time He heard an aerial voice, which told Him, “Oh, Your Kanhaiya is not here now. Now He has taken birth in another form. Now He is Sacinandana, and He is in Navadvipa, Mayapura. If You want to meet Him, You can go there.” He began to travel to Navadvipa-dhama along the Yamuna River to Prayaga, and then along the Ganges, and He came, at last, to Navadvipa. Once there, He saw a solitary place on the bank of the Ganges, the house of Nandanacarya, a very good devotee. He went there and thought, “I should not go to Nimai Pandita. He should come to Me. I will believe He is Kanhaiya when He will personally meet Me. If He is Kanhaiya, then He knows everything, past, future, and present. He is all-powerful, and also sarva-jna, all-knowing. So He must know I’m here. Why should I go to find Him?” Sacinandana sent Srivasa Acarya, Srivas’ brothers, and so many other devotees to search for any mahapurusa (great personality), and told them, “A very good Vaisnava has come. Please search for Him and bring Him to Me.” They searched the whole day – here and there, on the bank of the Ganges, and in all the devotees’ houses, but they could not find Him. At last, in the evening, they returned and said, "Oh, we have not seen any newcomer sadhus, sannyasis, or Vaisnavas.” “Oh,” Nimai Pandita (Sacinandana Gaurahari) said, “Where did you go?” They replied, “To all Your associates.” Then Nimai Pandita said, “Let us go to the house of Nandanacarya.” He took all His associates and devotees and entered the house. There they saw a very beautiful person, with long arms, looking like a golden mountain, weeping and calling out, “Krsna, Krsna, Kanhaiya, Kanhaiya.” When Mahaprabhu saw Him, He at once became dumbstruck. From there, Nimai was seeing Nityananda Prabhu and Nityananda Prabhu was seeing Nimai. For a couple of minutes there was complete silence,and after that, Nityananda and Gauracandra at once ran to each other, embraced so tightly. They both began to weep, Nityananda Prabhu calling out, “Kanhaiya,” and Mahaprabhu calling out, “Balai (Balarama).” Both were weeping, with no sense at all of where They were or what they were doing. They fell flat on the earth. After some time, the devotees helped Them to come to Their external senses, and then Caitanya Mahaprabhu took the arm of Nityananda Prabhu and brought Him to His own house.
  3. Friday, 14 February 2003 Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Teresopolis, Brazil: Feb 14, 2003 [[February 1, 2015 (in India) is the appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. The following is a class given by our worshipful Gurudeva Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja on this auspicious day, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Feb 14, 2003:] Nityananda Prabhu served Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadvipa, and performed His Vyasa-puja there. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Lord Sri Krsna Himself. If one worships Krsna, Vyasa-puja is automatically done. After Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, He wanted to go to Vrndavana, but Nityananda Prabhu kindly, by trick, changed His direction and took Him to Santipura, the village of Sri Advaita Acarya. Nityananda Prabhu called all the people of Nadia, especially Mahaprabhu's mother Saci-maiya, to come and meet Him. There, Saci-maiya met with Him when He was in sannyasa dress. After that, Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Puri, and Nityananda Prabhu followed Him there. Nityananda Prabhu wanted to always serve Mahaprabhu, but because he had been initiated by Sri Laksmipati-tirtha, Mahaprabhu honored Him as a guru. Laksmipati-tirtha was the diksa-guru of Madhavendra Puri, Sri Madhavendra Puri's disciple was Sri Isvara Puri, and Isvara Puri's disciple was Mahaprabhu. In this way Mahaprabhu is in the disciplic succession two generations after Nityananda Prabhu, and He therefore used to show him great respect. Nityananda Prabhu served in so many ways at the Ratha-yatra Festival, and after the festival Mahaprabhu ordered him to return to Bengal and preach His mission there. He preached without care for caste or creed, and he especially preached to those who were inferior in caste and very poor. In the course of his preaching, he once came to the village of Ramacandra Khan, who had previously sent a prostitute to Srila Haridasa Thakura and who was always against Caitanya Mahaprabhu and bhakti. Ramacandra Khan could not understand the glory of Haridasa Thakura and had wondered, "Even though I am king of the state, nobody honors me. Instead they honor Haridasa Thakura, even though he is a Muslim." He had committed grievous offenses against Haridasa Thakura, and now Nityananda Prabhu wanted to liberate him from his sinful body. Nityananda Prabhu went to Ramacandra Khan's village at night, with hundreds of His devotees. As it was nighttime, he requested Ramacandra Khan's servant to tell him, "Today we want to take rest in your Durga Mandapa. Hearing this, Ramacandra Khan ordered his servant to tell Nityananda Prabhu there is no place for Him in the temple, but he and his disciples could go to the goshala (cowshed), and remain in that very sacred place. Again he committed an offense. Nityananda Prabhu began to laugh very loudly, and while laughing he told the king's servant, "Certainly your place is not pure enough for me. A cowshed is superior. You should tell the king, "Many Muslim generals and soldiers will come to your house. They will destroy you, your entire family, your cows and everything you possess; and they will eat meat here. You have no place for me, but you will have to make a place for them." After saying this, he left the village and went to another. The next day many Muslim soldiers came, killed the king's family, slaughtered cows and cooked them there, and then they set the entire village on fire. Those who were in favor of that king were destroyed, and thus, what Nityananda Prabhu had told was proven true. There are many pastimes, but I am only touching some. akrodha paramananda nityananda raya abhimana sunya nitai nagare bedaya ["The noble Nityananda Prabhu is never angry, for he is the personification of supreme transcendental bliss. Devoid of all false ego, Nitai wanders about the town." (Akrodha Paramanda by Locana dasa Thakura, verse 1)] The meaning is very important. Akrodha means 'not angry'. We should try to give up anger, which is the root of all kinds of evil. Even if there is a reason to be angry, we should not be angry. Nityananda Prabhu is telling us this, through the medium of this song. He is saying, "You should be like me." When Jagai and Madhai hit him and he was bleeding, he prayed to Mahaprabhu, "In this incarnation, You should forgive them, and give them krsna-prema." Thus, by the request of Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave the brothers krsna-prema. Mahaprabhu and all our Gosvamis have told us that even if there is a cause to be angry, we should not be angry. We should control our anger. If there is need, however, if someone is criticizing one's Gurudeva, or any pure devotee, or Krsna, Mahaprabhu, or Nityananda Prabhu, then we can use our anger. At that time we should be like Hanuman, who burned all of Lanka into ashes. Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura has declared: "Ati parihare jei papi nindakara tabe / lati marun tera sirera upare." Do not disobey or dishonor Nityananda Prabhu. If you do so, I will kick you on your head." Only in the highest stage of bhakti are you allowed to be angry. You should control your anger; not be controlled by it. If you are so controlled, you will be destroyed. kama esa krodha esa rajo-guna-samudbhavah mahasano maha-papma viddhy enam iha vairinam ["The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world." (Bhagavad-gita 3.37)] Those who have worldly desires for position and so on, and who have a false ego in this regard, will lose everything. If you cannot control your mind, you may also disobey your Guru, and you may even give up your Guru. That is why Lord Sri Krsna has told us not to be angry. Keep the anger finger out of your bead bag. Do not use this (pointer) finger in chanting, because it denotes anger. It says, "I will punish you! I will shoot you! Do you not know who I am?! I will break your legs!" Be careful. adhama patita jivera dvare dvare giay hari-nama maha-mantra dicchena bilaiya ["Going from door to door, to the houses of the most fallen and wretched souls, He freely distributes the gift of the harinama maha-mantra." (Akrodha Paramananda verse 2)] Taking the flood of krsna-prema, Nityananda Prabhu went door to door, to give that love and affection. Gaura-Nityananda Prabhu Ki Jaya! Gaura premanande
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