● It may be falsely claimed that we are displeasing Nityananda by worshiping Him with the help of misquoting the following verse spoken by Nityananda in Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.15.69:
“Anyone who worships Me but does not worship Lord Gauranga, brings pain to Me. Such a person suffers birth after birth.”
In the above verse, Nityananda is disliking only and only those who worship Him but at the same time totally reject Gauranga or those who don’t worship Gaura at all.
● 1. Let us first of all see how Gaura is worshipped. As per Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura:
Vrajanatha: Since Shri Gauranga is the original complete Absolute Truth, how should one worship Him?
Babaji: As one worships Lord Krishna by chanting the name and mantra of Lord Krishna, so one should worship Lord Gaur by chanting the name and mantra of Gauranga. One may worship Lord Gaur by chanting Krishna mantras, or for that matter one may worship Lord Krishna by chanting Gaura mantras. They are all the same. Anyone who thinks Lord Krishna and Lord Gaura are different is a fool. He is a servant of Kali-yuga.”
You may object that since we don’t specifically chant in japa Gauranga’s Name, we have left out the worship of Gaura. But we always do Gauranam and Gauralila Kirtan along Harinam Kirtan. Also, as per the above quote from Jaiva Dharma, it is quite clear that one may worship Gaura by chanting Krishna’s mantra (krishna-mantre gaurapuja va gaura-mantre krishnapuja-sakalai eka).
So, Gaura’s worship is possible by the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as authorized by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Thus, nobody can say that we are worshipping only Nityananda and not Gaura because we are diligently following Gaura’s most important order to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Also, we are worshiping Radha Krishna in the topmost way by the japa and kirtan of the Hare Krishna mahamantra.
● 2. Nityananda gets extremely displeased with those who perceive Him as independent of Gaura. That can be so displeasing to Nityananda that He may curse someone to suffer birth after birth for that. We know that there were sects in Bengal who used to worship Nityananda, Gaura, or even Advaita as separate Gods, without paying attention to the relation They had with each other.
However, we perceive Nityananda as the topmost servant of Gaura, His dearmost associate and brother, and also as Avatari Himself, completely non-different from Him. Nityananda is our Prabhu and Gaura is Nityananda’s Prabhu. As long as we have this understanding of Vrindavana das Thakura in Chaitanya Bhagavata 1.17.153 and 1.9.231, there is no problem at all.
**amara prabhura prabhu
e bada bharasa citte
jena haya nityananda
tanra haiya bhaji
jena prabhu gauracandra**
Nityananda will never mind if we worship Him more as long as we accept in our heart that Nityananda is Gaura’s dearmost servant and serves Gaura in many ways. Remembering Nityananda means remembering Gaura and Radha Krishna as stated in Chaitanya Bhagavata. When we perceive Nityananda as Gauranga’s topmost servant and do Gauranam Kirtan, then both Nityananda Gauraanga are happy. And when we practice Nityananda Gunjan, Nityananda Lila Kirtan, or Nityananda Namlekhan, then also both Nityananda Gaura are happy.
Thus, we are making both the Brothers happy. We know that Nityananda is the Adi-Guru, the Guru of all Gurus. If He gets displeased with anyone then that devotee cannot advance an inch in devotion. In fact, one will lose whatever Bhakti one has. (yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ‘pi).
However, our devotees are showing contrary results by getting more and more realizations, taste, and bliss in devotional service and Harinam. And as Srila Prabhupada says, phalena paricīyate: one’s success or defeat in any activity is understood by its result. Therefore, it is a certain truth that Nityananda is not at all displeased with us for doing Nityananda's worship.
It is also important to remember that if one displeases Gaura, one can be forgiven by Nityananda's Worship, but if one displeases Nityananda then even Gaura Bhakti does not help, as stated by Srila Jiva to Lord Nityananda in Navadvipa Dham Mahatmya 4.34,35:
vina gaura nahi paya,
shata janma bhaje yadi
“Even if someone worships Gauranga whole-heartedly for a hundreds births, without Your mercy Nityananda, they will never attain Him.”
gaura danda kare yadi
tumi raksha kara,
tumi jare danda kara
gaura tara para.
“If Gaura punishes someone, O Nityananda, You always protect that soul. But, if You punish a soul, the person will never attain Gauranga eternally.”
● 3. Another point to note is that our philosophy is not to worship only Nityananda. We simply try to focus more on Nityananda so that attainment of Gaura Radha Krishna becomes a greater reality. Focussing more on Nityananda does not exclude the bhajan of Gaura Radha Krishna.
It is known that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is worshipped by sankirtana yajna. And we do worship Mahaprabhu by performing daily sankirtana of Gauranam, Nityananda Nam, and Harinam as an offering to Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Additionally, our Bhaktiratna Sadhu, has personally recommended many times to remember Gauranga even while singing or chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
● 4. It was Bhaktiratna Sadhu who established singing of the Gaura Gopala Mantra – “Gauranga”, which is composed of four syllables (gau-ra-a-nga) for the first time so openly in this world, when very few knew about it and almost no one talked about it. It is due to his untiring efforts that many devotees all over the world have felt attracted to Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
He published Chaitanya Bhagavata and Caitanya Caritamrita (the prominent biographies of Nityananda Gauranga) and distributed them widely at cost price in order to spread the glories of Nityananda Gauranga. He has also written and published an explanatory translation of Chaitanya Chandramrita (a book that contains the exclusive glories of Gaura) and the book Our Eternal Home Navadvipa, extensively translating the most hidden verses from Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya Pramana and Parikrama Khandas (books that contain the exclusive glories of Gaura’s Abode). He also has recorded hundreds of YouTube videos each exclusively on Gaura Tattva and Harinam Tattva, and he still practices and teaches those same teachings. So how can someone say otherwise? May good sense prevail!
Moreover, he published small booklets containing the 100 Names of Gaura and Scriptural Evidences in support of Gaura’s Godhood. For more than a decade, He has been taking devotees on Navadvipa Parikrama, many times throughout the year.
Even today, his students all over the world are spreading the glories of Gauranga by establishing that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead on the basis of the Vedic Scriptures. How can anyone claim that we are worshiping only Nityananda and not Gauranga? Can’t they understand how much Nityananda must be pleased with all these efforts to glorify Gauranga and vice versa?
● 5. Bhaktiratna Sadhu has never stopped anyone from worshiping Gauranga through the singing of His name and has no intention to ever do so. In fact, He Himself is very pained by those who stop others from singing the holy names of Nityananda and Gauranga along with Harinam.
He has written, “Even if they are devotees, I will never forgive deep within my heart, those who discourage or stop others from singing the names of Nityananda and Gauranga along with Harinam, because they mercilessly strip those souls from the only chance to offenselessly chant Harinam.”
● 6. Please read these verses from Sri Caitanya Caritamrta:
nahi jāne āna
“The twenty-second devotee of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu was Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa, who was the ninth cowherd boy. He was a first-class Vaiṣṇava and did not know anything except Nityānanda Prabhu.” (CC Adi 11.37)
There were two Kala Krishna dasa’s in the lila. The above one is the nitya-siddha associate.
hoḍa kṛṣṇadāsa —
nāhi jāne āna
“The thirty-sixth devotee of Lord Nityānanda was Hoḍa Kṛṣṇadāsa, whose life and soul was Nityānanda Prabhu. He was always so exclusively dedicated to the lotus feet of Nityananda, that he knew no one else but Him.” (CC Adi 11.47)
In these verses it is clearly mentioned that these two associates of Nityananda knew no one but Nityananda. They were exclusively devoted to Nityananda. Do you think Nityananda, Gauranga, or Radha Krishna were displeased with them? Then you are making the biggest Vaishnava-aparadha against pure devotees. Do you think Nityananda will make them suffer birth after birth?
● Let us summarize. The verse quoted in the beginning from Chaitanya Bhagavata can never be even remotely applicable to us because of our staunch faith and worship for Lord Gauranga through our Doyal Nityananda.
In fact, the basic reason for emphasizing more on Nityananda is to WIN THE HEART OF GAURA as it is the shortest and surest way to do so. This stress on Nityananda’s worship was an offering by Bhaktiratna Sadhu to Lord Gauranga on His Appearance Day (Gaura Purnima, 2015). Offerings are given to those whom we adore and whom we wish to please.
He wrote this on that day, “I promise to Gaura today on His appearance day that I will try to practice hearing and singing of Nityananda's glories even more vigorously than before, since it the only hope for the conditioned souls to quickly become favorable towards Shuddha Harinam and Gaura Radha Krishna bhakti, according to all our beloved acharyas.