🌷 All glories to the Vyasa of Gauranga lila – the topmost pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Nityananda Prabhu is the treasurer of Gaur Tattva, which is the most rare and hidden of all, and He first allowed this Ganga of Gaur lila to flow in this universe through the pen of Vrindavan das Thakur! Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami glorifies Vrindavan das Thakur as follows in Caitanya Charitamrita,
bhāgavate kṛṣṇa-līlā varṇilā vedavyāsa
caitanya-līlāte vyāsa — vṛndāvana dāsa
Śrīla Vyāsadeva described the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. The Vyāsa of the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu was Vṛndāvana dāsa.
Gaurangera madhur lila janra karne praveshila
hridaya nirmala bhelo taar
Anyone who hears Gaur lila, their hearts automatically start melting in prema. This Gaur lila was first revealed to the world by Vrindavan das Thakur on the order of Lord Nityananda.
🌷 The most attractive quality of Vrindavan das Thakur is that He sees every single pastime of Gauranga Raya only in connection to Nitaichandra! He prays to be present in the pastimes of Gaurhari where His Master Nitai is also present serving. Even while describing Gauranga’s glories, He dives deep to acknowledge that all this is coming only from the ultimate source of all Gaur tattva: Nitai. And He doesn’t just stop there, He then glorifies Nitai as the topmost glorifier of Gaur’s glories. Vrindavan das Thakur is the highest example of what it means to worship Gaur via the mercy of Nitai! He is the staunchest Nitai Premi who proves all the accusations of Nitaibhakts not worshipping or loving Gaur as nothing but horrendous falsities. Vrindavan das Thakur shows by His own unparalleled example of how one can please Gaur to the greatest extent and be the dearest to Nitai by having one-pointed, mad attachment for Nitai!!!
Indeed He shows by His own example of always aspiring for Nitai’s service even in Gaura lila…how devoted one should be to the service of their spiritual master even after attaining Krishna. The level of gratitude we should have for Guru Tattva is shown by Vrindavan das Thakur.
🌷 Vrindavan has Nitai’s lotus feet firmly imprinted within His heart. Nitai is always resting there. Since He possesses the wealth of having Nitai’s lotus feet to Himself, He can easily bestow this benediction to others and He does so most happily. At the end of Nityanandashtakam, Vrindavan das Thakur blesses everyone that whoever reads these verses in glorification of Nitaichandra will have Nitai’s lotus feet imprinted within their heart eternally!
🌷 Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur mentioned about Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat that it is pure suddha bhakti grantha. Pure suddha bhakti -completely causeless mercy, 100% unconditional mercy, without any dependence on reason. Just like water of Ganga devi flows from up to down…Chaitanya Bhagavat is just condensed cream of kripa siddhi pouring down. Chaitanya Charitamrita is PhD and often too esoteric even for exalted souls, but Chaitanya Bhagavat makes even the most wretched fools into Maha Bhagavats within no time. Everything is contained within it, nothing is missing. This divine literature is Nitai’s mercy in grantha form. Just like Nitai takes us to Gaur Radha Krishna, Chaitanya Bhagavat makes us qualified to understand mysteries of Chaitanya Charitamrita and other exalted granthas like Govinda Lilamrita.
The flow of mercy increases as we go down, just as the force of water in a waterfall is the greatest at the bottom. Vrindavan Das Thakur was the last disciple of Nityananda Prabhu, so He is undoubtedly the most merciful of Nitai’s associates. His intoxication for Nitai’s pastimes has no beginning or end.
Jay Vrindavan das Thakur!
🌷 Vrindavan das Thakur is always busy serving Nitai in the nitya lila of Nitai’s pastimes. He is writing not only from theoretical knowledge, but from personal experience also. All His descriptions (like Nitai’s beauty before the abhishekh at Raghav Pandit’s house) are inspired from what He is actually seeing. The Ekachakra pastimes in particular, which are explained so extensively in the beginning chapters, are very near to Him because He is personally present in those lilas assisting as Nitai’s sakha.
🌷 Vrindavan das Thakur is so mad to hear Nitai’s glorifications, that He blesses anyone who somehow engages in spreading Nitai’s glories in full abundance. Whoever spreads Nitai’s glories becomes the dearest to Vrindavan das Thakur. Vrindavan das Thakur is present wherever Nitai’s glories are being sung, and because Nitai Gaur are His jaan (like He proclaims at the end of every chapter He writes)…They must also appear where ever Vrindavan das Thakur appears. Just as Hanuman always comes whenever he hears anyone taking Ram’s name or singing His glories and happily sits down to listen, Vrindavan das Thakur- the greatest servant of Nitai, can’t hold himself from coming wherever Nitai’s glories are being propagated. He rejoices in trance, absorbing the nectar of His master’s glories. Actually Vrindavan das Thakur’s Nitaimoy presence, which is the greatest boon for Nitai Bhakti, is what empowers the Nitai Prachaar in the first place.
Without His mercy, it is not possible to glorify Nitaichandra. But Vrindavan das Thakur is such a height of humility that He considers Himself the menial servant of the servant of anyone who has slight faith in Nitai’s lotus feet, even though He Himself is the joyful granter of that rarest Nitai pada padme sraddha! Nitai charane je kore ash, vrindavan taar dasera das!
🌷 Vrindavan das Thakur possesses unlimited strength to distribute Nitai prem. Just by taking His name, Nitai is purchased. We are all eternally in debt to Him, because the ambrosial of Nitai Nam, which is the greatest secret of all secrets to attaining Goloka and Radha Krishna, was revealed by Him. Nitai always wants His pure devotees to be glorified even more than Him, so He illuminated the hidden glories of His own holy name through the lotus mouth of Vrindavan das Thakur! Now to adequately spread Nitai’s name all over the world, we require the blessings and empowerment of Nitai Nam Prakashak Vrindavan das Thakur!
Vrindavana das kripa koro more Prabhu!
Nitaisevika dasi 🙏🙏🙏