Feb 06

January 19, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita.

Topic: Lord Nityananda blesses Raghunatha dasa

Here is the recording of the January 19, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • Hearing about the festival, all kinds of learned scholars, brahmanas and priests went there. Lord Nityananda Prabhu honored them and made them sit on the raised platform with Him, where everyone was offered two earthen pots for chipped rice with condensed milk, and in the other chipped rice with yogurt.
  • Some of the brahmanas, not having gotten a place on the platform, went to the bank of the Ganges with their two earthen pots, while others got down into the water and began eating their two kinds of chipped rice.
  • At that time, Raghava Pandita arrived with many kinds of prasadam. Seeing the situation, he began to laugh in great surprise. Raghava Pandita spoke to Lord Nityananda who said, “I belong to a community of cowherd boys, and therefore I generally have many cowherd associates with Me. I am happy when we eat together in a picnic like this by the sandy bank of the river.”
  • Lord Nityananda Prabhu, in meditation, brought Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to that place. When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu arrived, Lord Nityananda Prabhu stood up. In jest, Lord Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu fed each other a morsel from each pot.
  • Seeing Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu eating with Him, Lord Nityananda Prabhu became very happy and exhibited varieties of ecstatic love exclaiming “All of you eat, chanting the holy name of Hari.” When all the Vaisnavas were chanting the holy names “Hari, Hari” and eating, they remembered how Krsna and Balarama ate with Their companions the cowherd boys on the bank of the Yamuna.
  • Then Nityananda Prabhu rested before going to the temple of Raghava Pandita and began Harinama Sankirtana.
  • Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu observed Lord Nityananda Prabhu dancing, which, like the dancing of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, cannot be compared to anything within these three worlds.
  • Srimati Radharani who received from Durvasa Muni the benediction that whatever She cooked would be sweeter than nectar, personally cooked at Raghava Pandita’s house. He brought so many presentations that no one could know them perfectly. Indeed, it was a fact that the supreme mother, Radharani, personally cooked in the house of Raghava Panndit.
  • Nityananda Prabhu sat down with His associates, then Raghunatha dasa went there and worshiped Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet. Through Raghava Pandita, he submitted his desire to get the shelter of Mahaprabhu’s lotus feet.
  • After hearing this appeal by Raghunatha dasa, Lord Nityananda Prabhu smiled and told all the devotees, “Raghunatha dasa’s standard of material happiness is equal to that of Indra, the King of heaven.”  Then Lord Nityananda Prabhu called Raghunatha dasa near Him, placed His lotus feet upon Raghunatha dasa’s head and began to speak.
  • Raghava Pandita took Raghunatha dasa to his home, induced him to see the Deity, and offered him a garland, sandalwood pulp and a large quantity of prasadam to eat on his way home.
  • After taking dust from the feet of Raghava Pandita, Raghunatha dasa returned to his home, feeling greatly obligated to Lord Nityananda Prabhu because of having received His merciful benediction.

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