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Shri Nityananda Jayanti (English)

Shri Nityananda Jayanti

At today's full moon, which thanks to the clear night sky is beautiful to see here, Shri Nityananda Prabhu appeared. There is no difference between Shri Nityananda Prabhu in Chaitanya lila and Shri Balarama - the brother of Shri Krishna - in Krishna lila.

Shri Nityananda Prabhu is known inter alia as Avadhuta, because although He had entered the state of renunciation, sannyasa, He was not quite so strict with the etiquette and dress code prescribed for sannaysis. Again and again there was criticism from outsiders who felt disturbed by this.

The Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata (Antya-kanda, Part 2), for example, reports in this context of a Brahmana fellow student Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who had some doubts about Nityananda Prabhu's behaviour as a sannyasi and finally asked Chaitanya Mahaprabhu politely and humbly for an explanation of this phenomenon. Some of his complaints were as follows:

  • Nityananda Prabhu constantly chews (intoxicating) betel nuts with camphor, which is forbidden to a sannyasi!
  • A sannyasi is not allowed to wear jewellery on his body, but Shri Nityananda decorates his body with gold, silver and pearls!
  • Nityananda Prabhu has exchanged his saffron-coloured linen clothes for fine silk dresses and adorns himself with flower garlands and sandalwood paste!
  • Nityananda Prabhu has also taken off his sannyasi-danda (wooden staff) and carries an iron staff instead!

When Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu heard these doubts of the Brahmana about the behaviour of Shri Nityananda Prabhu, He smiled amusedly and replied as follows:

Listen, O Brahmana, if one is highly qualified, one is not affected by faults and virtues. As it is stated in Shrimad Bhagavatam:

na mayy ekānta-bhaktānāṁ guṇa-doṣodbhavā guṇāḥ
sādhūnāṁ sama-cittānāṁ buddheḥ param upeyuṣām

The fully dedicated devotees who see equally everywhere and who have achieved the Lord who is superior to prakriti do not have the gunas which give rise to the qualities of good and bad.

(SB 11.20.36, English translation by HH Bhanu Swami)

Nityananda Svarupa is pure, just as a lotus leaf is not wetted by water.“

Jai Shri Nityananda Prabhu!