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Āmuyā-muluka

Śrīpāṭ of Nakula Brahmacārī

 

 

 

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ŚĀSTRA PRAMĀṆA

It is described in Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Antya-līlā, 2/16-22):

āmbuyā-muluke haya nakula-brhmacārī
parama vaiṣṇava teṅha baḍa adhikārī

gauḍa-deśera loka nistārite mana haila
nakula-hṛdaye prabhu ‘āveśa’ karila

graha-grasta-prāya nakula premāviṣṭa haiñā
hāse, kānde, nāce, gāya unmatta haiñā

aśru, kampa, stambha, sveda sāttvika vikāra
nirantara preme nṛtya, saghana huṅkāra

taiche gaura-kānti, taiche sadā premāveśa
tāhā dekhivāre āise sarva gauḍa-deśa

yāre dekhe, tāre kahe, – ‘kaha kṛṣṇa-nāma’
tāṅhāra darśane loka haya premoddāma

caitanyera āveśa haya nakulera dehe
śuni’ śivānanda āilā kariyā sandehe

As translated by Srila Prabhupada-In Āmbuyā-muluka there was a person named Nakula Brahmacārī, who was a perfectly pure devotee, greatly advanced in devotional service. Desiring to deliver all the people of Bengal, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu entered the heart of Nakula Brahamacārī. Nakula Brahmacārī became exactly like a man haunted by a ghost. Thus he sometimes laughed, sometimes cried, sometimes danced and sometimes chanted like a mad man. He continuously exhibited bodily transformations of transcendental love. Thus he cried, trembled, became stunned, perspired, danced in love of Godhead and made sounds like those of a cloud. His body shone with the same luster as that of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and he showed the same absorption in ecstatic love of Godhead. People came from all provinces of Bengal to see these symptoms. He advised whomever he met to chant the holy names Hare Kṛṣṇa. Thus upon seeing him, people were overwhelmed with love of Godhead. When Śivānanda Sena heard that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu had entered the body of Nakula Brahmacārī, he went there with doubts in his mind.

Mahāprabhu entered the body of Nakula Brahmacārī. All the devotees came to visit him. So many devotees were coming and going. Śivānanda Sena had a doubt in his mind at Kāṅcḍāpāḍā, “Is it true that my Prabhu has entered the body of Nakula?” Then he came with this doubt in his mind to visit him. He thought, “Mahāprabhu is all-knowing. Surely He will know that I have come to see him.” Then he thought, “I will test him in two ways. I will not go straight to Nakula Brahmacārī; I will stand little away from him. If all knowing Prabhu calls me through the devotees and if he can tell my worshipable mantra, only then I will understand that my Prabhu has entered the body of Nakula.”

Thinking in this way, Śivānanda Sena stood near the house of Nakula Brahmacārī. Then Nakula Brahmacārī told the devotees, “Śivānanda Sena is standing outside, call him and bring him in front of me.” Immediately some devotees ran and called loudly, ‘Is anybody there by the name Śivānada Sena? Brahmacārī is calling you.’ By hearing this, Śivānanda Sena quickly came near the Brahmacārīi and offered obeisances to him. At that time Nakula Brahmacārī told him, ‘Śivānanda, why do you have any doubt? Your worshipable Gaura-Gopāla mantra is composed of four syllables.’ Śivānanda Sena thereupon developed full confidence in his mind that Nakula Brahmacārī was filled with the presence of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.