One day in Nilachala, Sri Mahaprabhu called Nityananda Prabhu to a solitary place, and while discussing with Him about the preaching of pure devotional service in Bengal, the Lord sent Nityananda Prabhu along with His associates to Bengal to fulfill His mission there. During their journey to Bengal the eternally perfect Vraja associates of Sri Baladeva Nityananda manifested their self-evident sentiments of Vraja. Sri Nityananda Prabhu went to the house of Raghava Pandita in Panihati, where Nityananda Prabhu heard a kirtana performed by the expert kirtana leader Madhava Ghosa and became absorbed in wonderful ecstatic love. As Sri Nityananda Prabhu climbed on the throne of Lord Vishnu, the devotees headed by Raghava Pandita performed the Lord’s abhiseka ceremony. When Nityananda Prabhu ordered Raghava Pandita to quickly bring a garland of kadamba flowers, Raghava Pandita saw that by the will of Sri Nityananda many kadamba flowers had blossomed out of season in the lime tree situated in his courtyard. Raghava Pandita prepared a garland from those kadamba flowers and offered it to Nityananda. Shortly thereafter, the ten directions were suddenly filled with the aroma of damanaka (Artemisia indica) flowers, and Nityananda explained that Sri Gaurasundara had put on a garland of damanaka flowers and come from Nilacala to hear the kirtana. Then Nityananda and His associates all manifested transformations of ecstatic love. Sri Nityananda stayed in Panihati for three months and exhibited various pastimes of devotional service. Lord Nityananda Prabhu used to decorate His body with various ornaments. Along with His associates, Nityananda visited the houses of the devotees situated on both sides of the Ganges. The children were showered with His mercy.
One day Sri Nityananda went to the house of Sri Gadadhara dasa. In the course of this narration there is a description of Sri Gadadhara Dasa’s eternal mood as a gopi. Sri Nityananda took the Bala-gopala Deity from Sri Dasa Gadadhara Prabhu’s temple and embraced put Him to His chest. When Sri Nityananda heard Sri Madhavananda’s song describing the dana-khandalila, the pastimes of taking taxes, symptoms of ecstatic love manifested in His body.
In Gadadhara Dasa’s village lived one Kazi, who was very envious, cruel, and opposed to kirtana. One day while intoxicated by love of God, Dasa Gadadhara Prabhu fearlessly went at night to the house of the Kazi while chanting the name of Hari and said, “Where is that fellow Kazi? He better chant the name of Krishna quickly, or I will break his head.” When the Kazi came before Dasa Gadadhara and asked why he was coming to the house of an atheist like him, Dasa Gadadhara replied, “During the incarnation of Sri Chaitanya and Nityananda everyone in the world has chanted the name of Krishna, only you have remained aloof. I have come to make you chant the name of Hari.” The Kazi replied, “Gadadhara, you go home today, I will chant the name of Hari tomorrow.” On hearing the Kazi say the name Hari, Gadadhara said, “Why tomorrow? You have already chanted the name of Hari. Since you have uttered the name of Hari, all your inauspiciousness has been immediately vanquished.” After speaking these words, Gadadhara clapped his hands and danced wildly intoxicated with ecstasy. After some time Gadadhara returned to his house. Nityananda always resided in his body
Thereafter Nityananda with His associates departed for Navadvipa to see mother Sachi, and on the way they stayed at Purandara Pandita’s temple in Khadadaha. While describing at this point the most wonderful transformations of loving devotional service manifested by Sri Chaitanya’s servant Murari Pandita. After spending a few days at Khadadaha, Sri Nityananda and His associates went to the village of Saptagrama and took bath there at the Triveni bathing ghata on the banks of the Ganges. He stayed on the bank at the Triveni in the house of Uddharana Datta, and He inspired the entire mercantile community to worship Krishna by preaching the holy names of Krishna from door to door. Even godless Yavanas took shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda, the deliverer of the fallen souls
After some time Sri Nityananda came to Sri Advaita’s house in Shantipura. Sri Advaita Acharya offered prayers to Nityananda Prabhu, and then the two spent the entire day in great ecstasy discussing topics of Krishna. From Shantipura, Sri Nityananda Prabhu went to Navadvipa and went straight to Sridhama Mayapur to meet mother Sachi. Sri Nityananda and His associates enjoyed ecstatic kirtana pastimes in Navadvipa and enacted pastimes of delivering the fallen souls.
In Navadvipa there was a particular young brahmana, who was the leader of the dacoits. That leader of dacoits saw the opulent ornaments on the body of Sri Nityananda and desired to steal them. Thinking in this way, he began to travel with Nityananda with a desire to steal His ornaments. Realizing that Sri Nityananda was living alone at the house of Hiranya Pandita, that leader of dacoits along with his fellow dacoits waited at night fully prepared in a solitary place near the house of Hiranya Pandita. They began to contemplate who would take which ornament of Nityananda. But by the will of Sri Nityananda, the dacoits soon fell asleep. When they woke early the next morning to the sound of the crows, they hastily hid their weapons at some place and returned to their respective home while blaming each other.
On the next night the dacoits first worshiped goddess Chandi with great pomp by offering her wine and flesh, and after collecting various weapons and wearing kavacas, or protective amulets, they surrounded the house of Nityananda at the dead of night. But contrary to their expectations they found innumerable, fully prepared, fierce-looking soldiers who were constantly chanting the name of Hari were guarding the house of Nityananda. They became greatly astonished to see this and after making various arguments among themselves they concluded that there is no hope of their success on that particular night and left.
When on the third night the dacoits entered into the residence of Sri Nityananda, they immediately lost their sight and started falling into filthy pits and thorny bushes. At that moment Lord Indra began to shower heavy rain and storm there by making the lives of the dacoits miserable. After this incident the leader of the dacoits had a change of heart, so he took shelter at the lotus feet of Nityananda and prayed for his own deliverance while offering prayers to Nityananda. Sri Nityananda bestowed mercy on the leader of the dacoits by forbidding him to again engage in sinful activities while misusing his independence. Moreover, Sri Nityananda delivered other dacoits through this leader of the dacoits
— From the chapter summaries to Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata by Srila Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Thakura Translated by Bhumipati Dāsa Edited and Published by Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi dāsa, Vrajraj Press ·