05. The glories of Lord Nityananda – Chaitanya Charitamrita series
Brief introduction of the speaker: H.G. Jagannatheshwari Devi Dasi is a senior disciple of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaja. She renders various services including proof reading of Shrimad Bhagvatam(English to Marathi for the last 10 years and is continuing till date.She has reached 10th canto). She also conducts children’s programme (drama and Bhagvad Gita shloka recitation), as a mentor she trains budding devotees in Krishna Consciousness, takes active participation in annual drama’s and kirtan (loves to sing kirtan).
About Lord Nityananda:
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu drive away the five kinds of ignorance of the conditioned souls. In the Mahabharata, Udyoga-parva, Forty-third Chapter, these five kinds of ignorance are described. They are (1) accepting the body to be the self, (2) making material sense gratification one’s standard of enjoyment, (3) being anxious due to material identification, (4) lamenting and (5) thinking that there is anything beyond the Absolute Truth. The teachings of Lord Chaitanya eradicate these five kinds of ignorance. Whatever one sees or otherwise experiences one should know to be simply an exhibition of the Supreme Personality of Godhead’s energy. Everything is a manifestation of Krishna.
Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, who is famous for his poetic composition known as Prarthana, has lamented in one of his prayers, “When will Lord Nityananda be merciful upon me so that I will forget all material desires?” Srila Narottama dasa Thakura confirms that unless one is freed from material desires to satisfy the needs of the body and senses, one cannot understand the transcendental abode of Lord Krishna, Vrindavana. He also confirms that one cannot understand the loving affairs of Radha and Krishna without going through the direction of the six Gosvamis. In another verse Narottama dasa Thakura has stated that without the causeless mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, one cannot enter into the affairs of Radha and Krishna.