This is the final talk of Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s Vyasa puja from Sri Caitanya Bhagavata by Sri Vrindavan das Thakur
Nityānanda Prabhu’s natural propensity is to serve Gauracandra, and He is never distracted from this service even for a moment. Just as Lakṣmaṇa served Rāmacandra constantly with His mind, body, and heart; similarly, Nityānanda Prabhu constantly engages in Gauracandra’s loving devotional service. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Lord of every living entity; He is unlimited and the source of everything. Yet, He enters the material realm and causes the creation, maintenance and annihilation of the material world. According to the verdict of the Vedas, He is the Absolute Truth and the Supreme Controller; yet, He remains unaffected by the phenomena of material nature.
In spite of His supreme lordship over everything, Ananta Deva, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, is eternally engaged in rendering loving devotional service to Śrī Gauracandra. In every yuga, and in every incarnation, His natural mood is to serve His Supreme Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. As Lakṣmaṇa, He became the younger brother of Lord Rāmacandra and served Him constantly. He neglected eating, drinking, sleeping, and other such activities to constantly serve the lotus feet of Śrī Rāmacandra. Yet, He still felt unable to satisfy His intense desire to serve.
As Śrī Balarāma, He was the elder brother of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Yet, He could not forsake His attitude of service to the Lord, which springs from thedeepest core of His very Self. He was always in the mood of rendering loving devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. Such is the wonderful nature of Śrī Nityānanda, Ananta Śeṣa. Only the most foolish rascals will see a difference between Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu and Śrī Balarāma. One who disrespects a devotee who is fully surrendered to the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, Śrī Viṣṇu, commits a great offence at the very lotus feet of Lord Viṣṇu Himself.
Śrī Lakṣmī Devī, the Goddess of Fortune, is so elevated that Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva offer praise and worship to her. Yet, she isnaturally inclined to serve the lotus feet of Śrī Viṣṇu, Kṛṣṇa.
Lord Balarāma, Ananta Śeṣa, is the omnipotent Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yet, His natural inclination is to serve the Supreme Lord. Therefore, Śrī Gauracandra feels most satisfied when He can describe the glories and wonderful devotional attitude of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu. It is the nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Gauracandra, to be subservient to the devotional love of His devotees. Therefore, the Lord especially likes to glorify His own dearmost surrendered devotees.
There is a special significance in hearing the Supreme Lord glorify His own devotees. The Lord and His devotees like to glorify each other, and in this way increase their attachment for one another. I have faithfully presented that which has been propounded in the Vedas and Purāṇas about the relationship between the Supreme Lord, Śrī Viṣṇu, and His unalloyed devotees.
Lord Nityānanda has only one thought in His mind, “Lord Caitanya is My Lord in every respect, and I am His devoted servant. Whoever considers Me to be the servant of My Lord and master, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, becomes very dear to Me and receives My shelter.”
For the pleasure of Śrī Nityānanda, I have described this pastime of His seeing the six-armed form of Śrī Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Nityānanda always sees the transcendental pastimes of Caitanya within His heart, and Caitanya always exhibits His transcendental pastimes in Nityānanda Prabhu’sheart.
Certainly, the two brothers always see one another. Yet still, the specific services of Śrī Nityānanda are always in accordance with the pastimes of the Lord’s particular incarnation. Although Śrī Nityānanda is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He always serves Śrī Gauracandra. The Supreme Lord thus accepts service from Himself.
Who can understand such ecstatic pastimes?
The Vedas and Purāṇas have revealed these philosophical matters. The Vedic literature is actually a compilation of all the wonderful pastimes of the Supreme Lord. Moreover, it is the foremost objective of the Vedas to propagate the pastimes of the Lord. However, it is not possible to comprehend these spiritual pastimes without engaging in the pure devotional service of the Lord. In this material world, there are only a few who, by the mercy of Śrī Gauracandra, have realized the truth of the nectarine, unlimited, transcendental pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
The Vaiṣṇava devotees of the Lord are eternally pure and realized souls.Sometimes there are differences of opinion amongst them, which might appear like arguments. However, in fact, there is an amazing relationship between devotees. Foolish rascals, who do not understand this exchange, praise one Vaiṣṇava and denounce the other. Such a mentality will lead to destruction of faith and knowledge.
The scriptures state that when a foolish wretch worships the lotus feet of a brāhmaṇa and then strikes him on the head, he will be sure to go to hell. Similarly, when someone worships the Deity of Śrī Viṣṇu, but disrespects or disregards Śrī Viṣṇu within everyone’s heart, he also goes to hell. What to speak of committing offence and violence to a Vaiṣṇava devotee! If someone offends or tortures even an ordinary living entity, yet worships Śrī Viṣṇu, the Lord of every living entity, then all his worship is worthless, and he suffers great pain. To worship Śrī Viṣṇu on one hand, and be ignorant about Śrī Viṣṇu being the Supersoul in everyone’s heart on the other, is like touching a brāhmaṇa’s feet for a blessings with one hand, and then beating him on the head with the other.
Such foolish persons do not know what is most beneficial for them. To criticize a Vaiṣṇava devotee is a thousand times more sinful than offending an ordinary living entity. The person who faithfully worships the Deities, but has no love and respect for the devotees, also does not possess any compassion for the ignorant and fallen conditioned souls. He accepts one incarnation of the Supreme Lord and worships Him, while he rejects another. He treats Śrī Kṛṣṇa differently from Śrī Rāmacandra, seeing a difference between Them. He does not show any respect or devotion for Balarāma or Śiva. Such persons are described in the scriptures as the lowest and weakest of devotees.
The Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.2.47. states: “A devotee who faithfully engages in the worship of the Deity in the temple, but does not behave properly toward other devotees or people in general is called a prākṛta-bhakta, an impure materialistic devotee, and is considered to be a kaniṣṭha-adhikārī in the lowest position. In the course of discussion, I have just briefly mentioned the symptoms of a neophyte devotee incidentally.
Upon seeing the six-handed form of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Nityānanda was overwhelmed. Whoever hears this wonderful pastime of Śrī Nityānanda is immediately released from material bondage. When Nityānanda came out of His ecstatic trance, He began to cry profusely, tears flowing from His eyes like rivers. Lord Caitanya then said to everyone, “The Vyāsa-pūjā worship has been completed. Now let the kīrtana begin!”
From Caitanya Bhagavat, Madhya khanda, chapter 5, “The Vyāsa-pūjā of Nityānanda Prabhu”