advaitacharya-in-ecstacy

I offer my respectful obeisances to Śrī Advaita Ācārya, whose activities are all wonderful. By His mercy, even a foolish person can describe His characteristics.

Śrī Advaita Ācārya is indeed directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. His glories are as fathomless as millions of oceans and seas and beyond the conception of ordinary living beings. Speaking of its measure is a great offense.

Intimacy of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu with Śrī Advaita Ācārya:

At Advaita Ācārya’s house:

When Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu took sannyāsa, He stayed in the house of Advaita Ācārya at Śāntipura for a fortnight. During this period Advaita Ācārya offered huge quantity of eatables to Nityānanda Prabhu and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

We can recollect one such instance where Advaita Ācārya said, “Just sit down here on these seats.” Catching the hands of Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Nityānanda Prabhu, He sat Them both down.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “It is not proper for a sannyāsī to eat such a variety of foods. If he does, how can he control his senses?” Advaita Ācārya continued, “By My great fortune You have just come to My home. Please do not juggle words. Just begin eating and do not talk.”

Although Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was thinking that the quantity of food was enormous, Nityānanda Prabhu, on the contrary, thought it not even a morsel. Indeed, He said, “Although I am invited to eat by Advaita Ācārya, today also is a fast. Such a small quantity of food will not fill even half My belly.”

Advaita Ācārya replied, “Sir, You are a mendicant traveling on pilgrimage. I am a poor brāhmaṇa, and You have come to My home. Please be satisfied with whatever little food You have received and give up Your greedy mentality.”

Lord Nityānanda Prabhu replied, “Whatever I may be, You have invited Me. Therefore You must supply as much as I want to eat.”

Advaita Ācārya said, “You are a reject paramahaṁsa, and You have accepted the renounced order of life just to fill up Your belly. I can understand that Your business is to give trouble to brāhmaṇas. You can eat ten to twenty mānas of rice. I am a poor brāhmaṇa. How shall I get so much rice? Whatever You have, though it be a palmful of rice, please eat it and get up. Don’t show Your madness and strew the remnants of food here and there.”

Again Nityānanda Prabhu jokingly said, “My belly is not yet filled up. Please take away Your food. I have not taken the least of it.” After saying this, Nityānanda Prabhu took a handful of rice and threw it on the floor in front of Him, as if He were angry.

When two or four pieces of the thrown rice touched His body, Advaita Ācārya began to dance in various ways with the rice still stuck to His body. Advaita Ācārya thought Himself purified by the touch of remnants thrown by Paramahaṁsa Nityānanda. Therefore He began dancing.

Advaita Ācārya jokingly said, “My dear Nityānanda, I invited You, and indeed I have received the results. You have no fixed caste or dynasty. By nature You are a madman. To make Me a madman like Yourself, You have thrown the remnants of Your food at Me. You did not even fear the fact that I am a brāhmaṇa.”

In this way Lord Nityānanda Prabhu and Advaita Ācārya enjoyed their transcendental pastimes.

At Guṇḍicā temple:

After Guṇḍicā–mārjana and sankirtana all devotees sat for honoring Lord Jagannath’s prasādam. At that time Śrī Advaita Ācārya and Nityānanda Prabhu sat side by side, and when prasādam was being distributed They engaged in a type of mock fighting.

First Advaita Ācārya said, “I am sitting in line with an unknown mendicant, and because I am eating with Him, I do not know what kind of destination is awaiting Me. It is not proper for householders to dine with those whose previous birth, family, character and behavior are unknown.”

Nityānanda Prabhu immediately refuted Śrīla Advaita Ācārya, saying, “You are a teacher of impersonal monism, and the monistic conclusion is a great hindrance to progressive, pure devotional service. “One who participates in Your impersonal monistic philosophy does not accept anything but the one Brahman. You are such a monist! And now I am eating beside You. I do not know how My mind will be affected in this way.”

All the devotees were honoring prasadam and at this time the mock fight between Advaita Ācārya and Nityānanda Prabhu became more and more delicious. Thus They both went on talking and praising one another, although Their praise appeared negative, for it appeared as if They exchanged ill names. 

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