AJNA HAILA abhisheka
🌺 “Lord Nitai sat on a throne and ORDERED Raghava Pandita to worship and bathe Him.” (CB 3.5.265)
🌺 When Lord Nitai ordered His own Bhakti then who are we puny isignificant souls to deny the Supreme Lord His own right and become envious offenders at His lotus feet?
je tanhare priti kare,
se kare amare
satya satya satya
vipra kahila tomare
🌺 Lord Gaura proclaimed to the brahman: “The love you have for Nitai, that is the love you have for Me. This is the truth, truth, and truth.” (Caitanya Bhagavata 3.6.122)
🌺 This verse spoken by Gaura Himself clearly shows that Gaura Bhakti is actually included in Nitai Bhakti, if one is not rejecting Gaura and accepting Him as the Lord of one’s Lord in the mood of Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura. This is a direct proof of Nitai Bhakti, that worshiping Nitai one-pointedly is in fact the only way to love Gaura in a way which will truly please Him. Gaura does not feel rejected when we love Nitai with full focus. In fact, He accepts for Himself that love of ours for Nitai. He knows that we are loving Him through Nitai. Direct love is not accepted by Gaura.
🌺 Lord Gaura Instructed All To Do Bhakti Even of Nitai’s Kaupina and the Water of His Lotus Feet With MAHA-YATNA or one-pointed devotion. And some say that we can’t do even GENERAL Nitai Bhakti. How foolish? And how much it is against the direct wishes of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu?
bhakti kari ihana
kaupina vanda’ shire,
maha-yatne iha puja
kara giya ghare. 30
paiya prabhura ajna
sarva bhakta gana,
parama adare shire
karila vandana. 31
🌺 “Do Bhakti of Nitai’s kaupina, touch it to your heads, and worship it with one-pointed devotion in your home. Receiving pieces of this kaupina from Gaura and His direct order, all devotees worshiped Nitai’s kaupina with the highest love.” (Chaitanya Bhagavata, Madhya Khanda, 12th Chapter)
🌺 And our Srila Swami Prabhupada confirms this truth, which actually makes all these arguments null and void, by clearly stating that the worship of Nitai includes the worship of Gaura also:
If you worship Nityānanda Prabhu, it is as good as to worship Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. (Srila Prabhupada, 7 March 1975, Mayapur)
🌺 Why would Srila Prabhupada say this specifically if the worship of Nitai would only mean that we should follow Nitai’s instructions to worship Gaura, and not to worship Nitai directly? Why would then Srila Prabhupada separately say “if you worship Nityananda Prabhu…”?
jena haya nityananda
tanra haiya bhaji
jena prabhu gauracandra
🌺 Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura proclaims in the Adi Khanda itself: “I will make Nitai my MASTER (Swami) in ALL RESPECTS (sarva bhave) and I will BECOME HIS (tanra haiya). With that mood, I will worship Lord Gaurachandra.” (Caitanya Bhagavata 1.9.231)
🌺 What more proof can be more direct than this? SARVA BHAVE means ONE-POINTEDLY I will worship Nitai in all respects, not just by following His instructions to take Gaura Krishna’s names, but also by taking shelter of His own Name and Pastimes.
🌺 And TANRA HAIYA further strengthens that understanding if some have lingering doubts, by directly stating that “I will first become and remain Nitai’s” and only with that mood I will worship Gaurachandra. Isn’t this the true Nitai Bhakti which Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura is teaching to all of us Gaudiyas?
Lord Gaura instructed Raghava Pandita: “With extreme focus and attention, serve and worship Nityananda as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Caitanya Bhagavat 3.5.106)
This is a direct proof of Nitai Bhakti, that Nitai can be worshiped as God independently and one-pointedly to get Gaura Radha Krishna and Harinam Siddhi, not just as a Devotee or Brother of Gaura. It is not necessary that He should be worshiped every time with Gaura or Panch Tattva. The main problem is that many have never read about Nitai Bhakti from Chaitanya Bhagavata, and have always heard and read about only Krishna as the Supreme Enjoyer. So they think that worshiping Nitai individually is like offensively separating Him from Gaura or Krishna, which is not true at all. So they are not to blame so much. But what about those have read about Nitai Bhakti from Chaitanya Bhagavata, but still don’t want to accept it?
samsarera para haiya
ye dubibe se
🌺 “Those who desire to cross over the dangerous ocean of material existence and drown in the ocean of pure bhakti, must do BHAKTI OF LORD NITAICHAND.” (CB 1.1.77)
This oft-emphasized and repeated verse in Chaitanya Bhagavata with direct reference to Nitai Bhakti (BHAJUKA nitaichandere) has never come across the attention of most devotees, as such verses are not there in any other scriptures. It is mind-boggling how maya has carefully managed to hide Chaitanya Bhagavata and thus Nitai Bhakti from the present Hare Krishna devotees.
e-saba pramāṇe jāni
sakala sambhave tāṅte,
🌺 “Everything is possible for Lord Nityananda as He is the AVATARI, the source of all incarnations; and Sakshat Ishvara, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Caitanya Caritamrita 1.5.126-127, 3.7.20)
Yes, please open your eyes now. Nitai is also the Avatari Source like Gaura Krishna is. If partial Avatars like Rama, Nrisingha, etc. can have Their own worship, deities, and devotees; why can’t Avatari Nitai have His own? Why is doing His Bhakti or singing only His Name being labelled as separating Him from Gaura? Does worshiping Radha’s picture or deity alone or just saying “Radha Radhe” mean that we have rejected Krishna?
bhakti kari kara
nityananda pada puja
nityananda guna gao
na bhaviyo duja!
Lord Gaura raised His hands saying: “With Nitai Bhakti, worship His lotus feet. Sing Nitai’s glories one-pointedly without worshiping anyone else.” (Song by Lochana das)
This is a direct proof of Nitai Bhakti, that Nitai can be worshiped as God independently and one-pointedly to get Gaura Radha Krishna and Harinam Siddhi, not just as Gaura’s Devotee. This one-pointed Nitai Bhakti is Gaura’s direct order and thus it greatly pleases Him.
alpa bhagye nahi
haya nityananda das
“One who has little good fortune cannot become Nityananda das, since that induces in him or her Gaura’s manifestation.” (Caitanya Bhagavat 2.22.139)
This is a direct proof of Nitai Bhakti, that there is position like Nityananda das. Neophytes don’t mind worshiping the Lord, but they don’t have the spiritual piety to accept that the worship of His Devotee is actually higher than His own worship. When they find Nitai Bhakti, they shout that this is a concocted apasampradaya, as they can’t see this truth, because of not been favored by Lord Gaura.
tileka dvesa rahe
bhakta haile o
se amara priya nahe
“If one maintains the slightest envy for Nityananda or Nitai Bhakti, he or she can never become dear to Me (Gaura), even if he or she is My greatest devotee.” (CB 3.2.260)
If we truly love Gauranga then we will follow His orders and do what pleases Him the most, what gives the most joy to His heart. Nitai’s devotees are actually the greatest Gaura Bhaktas because they truly understand the heart and innermost desires of Their Lord which no one else can penetrate through. This devotion to Nitai is actually a higher order and direct inspiration of Gaurchandra.
mora deha haite
satya satya sabare
hahinu ei dadha
“The body of Nityananda is more important to Me than My own body. I assure you that this is the actual truth.” (CB 3.2.258)
If one carefully reads Chaitanya Bhagavat or Chaitanya Charitamrita, then it is practically impossible to not detect how Gauranga Mahaprabhu has been uncompromisingly preaching about and reiterating the importance of this topmost process of taking full shelter of Nitai Bhakti. He has continuously emphasized it on one pretext or another throughout the whole span of His worldly pastimes. In fact, if one notices closely, Gauranga Mahaprabhu actually eagerly awaits for an opportunity to establish Nityananda Prabhu’s position and the glories of taking His shelter whenever there is some favorable chance to do so.
sakala bujhaya chale
ye janaye marma
sei jana sukhe tare
Sri Gaurasundara taught everyone all of Nitai’s internal glories by this pretext. Anyone who understands this truth is blissfully delivered. (CB 3.2.214)
hao savadhana (Antya 2.257)
Gauracandra taught everyone, “You should one-pointedly and very carefully worship Lord Nityananda.”
🌺 Please read these verses from Sri Caitanya Caritamrta:
nahi jāne āna
🌺 “The twenty-second devotee of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu was Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa, who was the ninth cowherd boy. He was a first-class Vaiṣṇava and did not know anything except Nityānanda Prabhu.” (CC Adi 11.37)
🌺 There were two Kala Krishna dasa’s in the lila. The above one is the nitya-siddha associate.
hoḍa kṛṣṇadāsa —
nāhi jāne āna
🌺 “The thirty-sixth devotee of Lord Nityānanda was Hoḍa Kṛṣṇadāsa, whose life and soul was Nityānanda Prabhu. He was always so exclusively dedicated to the lotus feet of Nitai, that he knew no one else but Him.” (CC Adi 11.47)
🌺 In these verses it is clearly mentioned that these two associates of Nitai knew no one but Nitai. They were exclusively devoted to Nitai. Do you think Nitai, Gaura or Radha Krishna were displeased with them? Then you are making the biggest Vaishnava-aparadha against pure devotees.
“Forcing us to take/approach Nitainam only with Gauranam and not alone is blatantly refusing to accept that Nitai also has His own exclusive names, abode, yogapeeth, lila, associates, and worship due to subtle envy for Nitai. Gaura Himself categorically states that He is never independent but always dependent on Nitai (CB 3.5.102). But some are claiming the opposite, that Nitainam should always be dependent on Gaurnam and so They should be taken together only, otherwise we are rejecting Gaura. Whom should we believe, them or Lord Gaur Himself?”
“Even if I may be the most fallen, pitiful, wretched and duplicitous person in the whole creation, I will defend the Bhakti and Name of my Nitai from the scriptures till the end, as that is the only hope of my salvation, which is to beg kripa-siddhi from Him in exchange for defending Him.”
“Even if one believes in or talks about Nitai all the time, still his or her Nitai Bhakti is only superficial or temporary if he or she does not hear, sing, or read Nitai Lila from Chaitanya Bhagavata regularly and understand Nitai’s mercy deeply. It can thus can be easily broken by Maya at anytime because our memory is so weak in Kaliyuga.”
।। निताइ ।।
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण
कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे ।
हरे राम हरे राम
राम राम हरे हरे ।।