Prayers to Nityananda Prabhu
By the mercy of Lord Chaitanya, both Jagai and Madhai lived at Nadia as the most pious persons. They always chanted the holy names of the Lord. Remembering the causeless mercy of Lord Chaitanya, they would cry repeatedly. Particularly Madhai often cried remembering his violence to Nityananda Prabhu. Though Nityananda Prabhu forgave all his offenses, still his mind did not become peaceful.
“I made Nityananda bleed.” Lamenting constantly like this, he would beat his chest with his hands. “The body in which Sri Chaitanya enjoys His pastimes, I, the most sinful, have beaten that very same body.” Remembering this, Madhai would swoon anew.
Nityananda Prabhu happily wandered all over Nadia in the mood of a young boy. Nityananda Prabhu was naturally most ecstatic. He wandered all over Nadia without any pride. One day seeing Nityananda Prabhu alone, Madhai fell down and caught hold of His feet. He washed Lord Nityananda’s feet with the tears of love streaming from his eyes, and taking straw in his mouth, began to offer prayers, “O Lord, as Vishnu, You maintain the entire universe. As Ananta, You hold untold universes on Your hoods. You are the epitome of devotional service. Lord Siva and Parvati always remember You. You bestow Your own devotional service to all. There’s no one more dear to Lord Chaitanya than You. By Your mercy alone, the most powerful Gaura happily carries Krishna as a matter of pastimes. You chant the glories of Krishna with Your unlimited mouths. You teach people that devotional service is the highest duty. The great sage Narada forever sings Your glories. Lord Chaitanya is Your only wealth. Your other name is Divider of
River Kalindi. King Janaka received transcendental knowledge by worshipping You. You are the embodiment of all religious principles and You are the original Personality of Godhead.
The Vedas describe You as Adideva, or the Primeval Lord. You are the father of the universe and master of all mystic perfections. You are the great archer Lakshmanachandra. You are the destroyer of atheists and the master of all who savor devotional mellows. You know the internal mood and mission of Lord Chaitanya. By seeing You, Mahamaya herself became worshipable. The innumerable universes desire the shadow of Your lotus feet. You are the devotee of Lord Chaitanya and the source of pure devotional service. You are everything to Sri Chaitanya. You are the omnipotent Personality of Godhead. “You are the companion, the friend, the resting place, the umbrella, and the life and soul of Sri Chaitanya. No one is more dear to Krishna than You. You are the origin of all the incarnations of Sri Gauracandra. O Lord, You save the fallen souls and You destroy the lives of the atheists. You always protect the Vaishnavas and You teach everyone the principles of Vaishnavism. By Your mercy, Lord Brahma creates the cosmic manifestation. Your consorts Revati and Varuni eternally serve you. You are the cause of everything, yet You are aloof
from all things. You hold the Lord of countless universes on Your chest. Your transcendental body, the reservoir of all happiness, is as soft as the petals of lotuses. Lord Krishna enjoys His pastimes with your body. I have harmed such a transcendental body. There is none more sinful than I am. Shame on me!
“Lord Siva and Parvati along with millions of chaste women worship Your transcendental form as their very life. Worshipping Your form destroys one’s material bondage. It is I who injured such a body. By adoring Your divine form, King Chitraketu became the foremost Vaishnava and spent a happy and prosperous life. People in innumerable universes meditate upon Your transcendental body. I am so sinful: I tried to harm this body. Service to Your divine form freed the sages at Naimisharanya headed by Saunaka from material bondage. Being envious of this body, Indrajit was destroyed. Being envious of this body, Dvivida was killed. Jarasandha was destroyed by offenses to this body. Since I cut such a body, I have no hope of good fortune.
“What to speak of wounding, just for insulting Your transcendental personality, You crushed Rukmi, the brother-in-law of Lord Krishna. Romaharshana Suta, who had a life span equal to Lord Brahma, disregarded You by not welcoming You and was burnt to ashes. By insulting You, King Duryodhana was unable to survive; rather he died along with his entire family.
“By providence renowned devotees could easily know You as the cause of all causes. Queen Kunti, Yudhishöhira, Bhishma, Vidura and Arjuna confirm your supremacy and greatness. By neglecting You, one’s life is doomed. Then where will I, the most sinful, go?”
While praying, Madhai floated in love of God. Falling to the ground, he placed the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda on his chest and continued, “O Lord Nityananda, You are the protector of the surrendered souls. You are the wealth, life and soul of Madhai. All glories to the son of Padmavati! All glories to Nityananda, the treasure of the Vaishnavas! All glories to the most blissful Nityananda who never gets angry. It is befitting to forgive a person who has surrendered unto You. I am the most abominable dog-eater and ungrateful ass. O Lord, please forgive all my offenses.”
Hearing the humble prayers of Madhai, Nityananda Prabhu smiled and said, “Get up, get up, Madhai. You’re My servant. I’ve manifested myself in your body. Can an affectionate father feel sad if his child hurts him? I took your striking Me like this. Anyone who hears your prayers to me will definitely become devoted to My lotus feet. You’re the recipient of My Lord’s mercy. As far as I’m concerned, I don’ take even a hint of your offenses. Whoever worships Sri Chaitanya is my life and soul. I deliver such a person millennium after millennium. If someone worships Me alone without worshipping Sri Chaitanya, I will feel unbearable distress.”
After saying this, Nityananda Prabhu embraced Madhai. All Madhai’s miseries vanished at once.