Mukham karoti vacalam pangum langayate girim
Yat kripa tam aham vande sri gurum dina tarinam
Paramananda Madhavam Sri Caitanya Isvaram

Guru maharaj first addressed the Bengali devotees from the Gita Course, in Bengali: I am very happy that devotees from the Gita Course have come with their children. I hope that they get the mercy of Viswambhar, Saci-suta during their visit to Mayapur. Haribol! In the Dvapara yuga the Lord comes as Krsna in Vraja lila and then He went to Mathura and then Dvaraka. He came and enjoyed so much in Vrajadham in Dvapara yuga. But He saw that in Kali yuga the people were deprived of this happiness. Thinking this way, He incarnated as Nimai, Viswambhar, Gaura Hari – various names. Caitanyadev, Krsnacaitanya, Caitanya Mahaprabhu – He is known by all these names. He came to Mayapur dham, to Yoga Pith. Srila Prabhupada said that in the Bhagavad-gita it says: janma karma ca me divyam – birth and activities of Mine are divine. This is the birthplace and about a couple of kilometres away is the karmasthan – the place of activities of Caitanyadev. I hope that all of you will perfect your lives by coming here. Caitanyadev says: bharata bhumi te janma hoilo jar, janma sarthaka kori koro paro upakar. This opportunity to be born in a devotee family in India is the highest form of birth. With this you have the opportunity to perfect your lives by helping the fallen people and thereby go back to Krsna after this birth. I hope that by discussing the Bhagavat-gita and Bhagavatam, you get the opportunity to go back to Krsna. Navadvip dham is the lila bhumi of the Lord. Coming here, we can easily get the mercy of the Lord. I hope that everyone one gets the divine mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu! Haribol! Hare Krsna!

So today we are reading Nityananda Prabhu meeting Lord Caitanya. Lord Gauranga glorifies Nityananda Prabhu.

Both were very happy to see each other. The earth became flooded with Their eyes’ tears.

From Murari Gupta’s Korca:

To Lord Nityananda who is the origin of Anantadeva, Lord Gaura bowed down filled with great devotion to Him. Then He began chanting Harinam sankirtan in a very melodious and sweet tone. And He began to dance in great spiritual joy and very sweetly.

Then the greatly famous Nityananda followed exactly in Lord Caitanya’s footsteps .From His divine mouth came loud roars and sometimes laughter and on His body, His hairs were standing on end.

Caitanya Caritamrita Mahakavya: Sanskrit

So this verse is in Sanskrit so I will let my repeater read the translation:

“When Mahaprabhu went there, Mahaprabhu saw Nityananda Prabhu. Gazing at Him directly, the ocean of rasa and mercy, beautiful as the moon, spoke to Him in a plaintive voice with great politeness.”

This is another verse from the Caitanya Caritamrita Mahakavya. Translation is by Bhanu Swami Maharaj:

“You are an incomparable ocean of greatness on this earth. You dry up the ocean of samsara. You give joy to the unlimited living entities and have afflicted the hearts of the pasandis without limit.”

Translation: “You have renounced the world but You always give shelter to all the people with Your lotus feet. As a renunciant, You take constantly shelter of detachment in this world. But great attachment for the Lord is seen in You.”

Caitanya Mangal:

So Lord Gauranga fell to the ground offering His obeisances to Nityananda Prabhu. He offered auspicious prayers with sweet words.

Viswambhar said, today is an auspicious day for Me, for I have seen devotional service, bhakti yoga, which is the essence of the four Vedas. The Vedas tell us many things, but the essence of the Vedas, the real purport is devotional service. The Vedas describe devotional service as the only essence. So when a living entity, a conditioned soul is spiritually awakened and his full knowledge is manifest, then devotional service is awakened as his eternal nature. So the heart which is filled with the service attitude, is qualified to receive the mercy of the Lord. And that comes in the form of divine knowledge of the Supreme Lord. After achieving that knowledge, the person becomes fixed in the service of the Lord.

This shivering or shaking of the body, such tears, such loud roaring, is it possible for anyone who is not empowered by the Lord?

Whoever sees such pure devotional service, personally, Krsna never forsakes at any time. So anyone who has seen Lord Nityananda’s transcendental ecstasy, His mental and physical transformations of pure love, Krsna can never leave such a fortunate servant. How many want to see Nityananda’s ecstatic symptoms? Haribol!

So I have understood You are the full power of Krsna and by worshiping you, a conditioned soul can get Krsna bhakti.

You are able to purify the fourteen planetary systems. Your confidential characteristics are inconceivable and unfathomable.

Caitanya Bhagavat:

Who is qualified to recognize You? You are the personified form of the wealth of Krsna, Prema Bhakti or pure loving devotional service to Krsna.

If a person has even a moment of association of You, even if he has performed millions of sinful activities, he will be delivered! So just by having a moment of Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s association, a very sinful person can also be very immediately delivered.

I have understood Krsna will deliver Me! Because, He has given Me Your association!

Out of great good fortune I have seen Your lotus feet! By worshiping You, one gets the wealth of pure love of Krsna!

Lord Gaurangasundar was completely absorbed in offering Lord Nityananda prayers! He incessantly offered prayers to Lord Nityananda. Nahi avasar. No break. So Lord Caitanya, He was fully absorbed in offering prayers to Lord Nityananda. He was glorifying how Lord Nityananda is the personification of Sandhini shakti. By serving Lord Nityananda, one’s propensity for serving Krsna is awakened. Lord Nityananda can purify the fourteen planetary systems. Seven up and seven down! Lord Nityananda’s activities are inconceivable. They are beyond the mental perception of the living conditioned, souls. His activities are incomprehensible to the living entities. In fact, no one is able to understand Lord Nityananda in truth. Lord Caitanya said, You are the direct manifestation of ecstatic love in devotional service to Krsna. So even if one is infested with tens of millions of sinful reactions but by a moment of association with Lord Nityananda, he can never be called unfortunate. Although he is sinful, he is nevertheless most fortunate! Lord Caitanya said that Krsna sent You to deliver Me! One who worships You will certainly achieve love for Krsna. Then Lord Caitanya said that by seeing Your lotus feet I have achieved great good fortune! Thus ends the chapter entitled, Lord Gauranga glorifies Nityananda Prabhu. Nitai Gaur! Nitai Gaur! Nitai Gaura! Gauuuuranga!

Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga! Jaya Nitai Gauranga! So any questions?

Question: Milan Madhava Das: Hare Krsna gurudev. PAMRO. In the Navadvip dham Mahatmaya Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura mentions that Lord Gauranga can only be approached by dasya and santa mood of worship. But here as we hear Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s dealing with Lord Caitanya in a friendly mood – does that mean that Lord Caitanya reciprocates in sakhya rasa also?

Guru maharaj: You see if you are going to quote some other scripture and saying that it says this and says that, then you should give me the scripture. I don’t know whether your interpretation is correct and so we are supposed to accept what you are saying is correct and answer that. But actually this is not a question on today’s class. So if you want to ask question on other sastra, give me the sastra. We know that those who are particularly attracted by Lord Caitanya’s pastimes, they are usually the madhurya rasa, and those who are attract by Lord Nityananda’s pastimes, they are in the maternal friendship or servitude. So any way we need the mercy of Nityananda to get the mercy of Lord Caitanya. And by the mercy of Lord Caitanya, we get the mercy of Radharani, and by Her mercy we get Krsna’s mercy. Haribol!

Q: Kaivalya Sundari from New Talavan: Dear Guru Maharaj, (Guru maharaj said: Oh, thank you!) PAMRO. If we are regularly getting to dress Sri Sri Gaur Nitai will we receive the same mercy as you are describing in these verses?

Guru maharaj: Possible, if you are dressing Them with the same intensity and attention and same loving attitude, why not? The Lord’s deity is called the arca avatar. So by worshiping the deity, one can get the Lord’s mercy. But you have to be attentive and you have to be devotional, then everything is possible!

Question: Ram Kanhai Mathuresh das. Hare Krsna dear guru maharaj. (Guru maharaj said: Hare Krsna!) PAMRO (Guru maharaj said: Accepted). All Glories to Srila Prabhupad! (Guru maharaj said: Jai!). In what ways we can serve Lord Nityananda to get His mercy?

G: Yes. Read on. And will see how to get Lord Nityananda’s mercy! His qualities! I mean, Jagai and Madhai, how they got the mercy of Lord Nityananda. Madhai hit Nityananda with a wine bottle, he caused Him to bleed. And then Lord Nityananda said just because you hit Me and caused Me to bleed, I will not give you the mercy of love of Godhead? How can you serve Lord Nityananda and not get His mercy? That is the question! He is so merciful! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Last question.

Question: Hare Krsna guru maharaj, PAMH and RO . You as our Guru Maharaj, what is the service that you strongly demand from us, that will satisfy you the best? Your eternal servant, Krishna Priya

Guru maharaj: Krishna Priya.: If I see you helping me in satisfying Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, I am very grateful, because I want to satisfy Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. But I feel incapable to do all he wants and I need a lot of help! Who is willing to help me? The Congregational Development Ministry said they want some Project directors. So if there is anyone who can help with that? You can see me after the class. One last question. Those who want help in finding their match, Sumukhi Vasuda devi dasi has recently taken up this challenge! Ha!

Q: Guru maharaj: PAMHO. Kindly guide me how I can keep my prayers strong to get devotee match when I am not able to find much hope? Yaduranai Kalindi dev dasi.

Answer was given before the question!

Now we wil take group photo.

Today is Nandapriya Nivedita devi dasi’s appearance day. We can give her a Hare Krsna mantra blessing. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!

Also Sarvajaya Madhava das Adhikari’s birthday. Let us give him a big Haribol! Haribol! Nitai Gaur Haribol! Nitai Gaura Hariiiiiiiiiiibol!

Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
20 May 2019