An excerpt from the life of Srila Narottama Das Thakura
Ganganarayana Chakravarti was a famous and highly learned brāhmaṇa living in Gambhila Grama ( presently in Bangladesh). He heard with great attention the siddhānta of the Goswamis from the lips of Srila Narottama Thakura. Thus he took shelter of the lotus feet of Narottama, under whose guidence he later studied the scriptures of the Goswamis very deeply. There was another brāhmaṇa named Jagannatha Acarya who was a worshipper of Durga. One day in a dream Durga appeared to him and said, “O you simple hearted brāhmaṇa, go to Narottama Thakura. Take shelter of his lotus feet.
Practice kṛṣṇa-bhajana ( devotional service to Lord Krishna) and you will achieve the highest good fortune. Krishna is my master and my guru. Not a blade of grass moves without His wish.” After his afternoon bath, Jagannatha Acarya, went to Kheturi Grama and offered his danḍavats at the lotus feet of Narottama Thakura, explaining all that Durga had told him in the dream. Hearing this, the Thakura smiled slightly and said, “You are very fortunate to have attained Krishnas mercy.” On the next auspicious day Thakura Mahasaya initiated him into a Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa mantra. Sri Jagannatha Acarya became a very dear and confidential disciple of Narottama Thakura.
Seeing the glories of Srila Narottama Thakura, the society of smarta brāhmaṇas burned with envy. A large faction of them went to the Raja Nrsimha and petitioned him for redress. They told him: “O Mahārāja, if you don’t rescue the brāhmaṇas, your reputation will be ruined and your death will be imminent. The son of Raja Krishnananda Datta, Narottama Thakura, is a śūdra, and yet he dares to make disciples of the brāhmaṇas. If this goes on, we shall all be drowned like the members of the Yadu dynasty.” Raja Nrsimha assured them, “I shall protect you. But please tell me, what is to be done?”
The brāhmaṇas said; “Let us all go to Kheturi Grama along with the great and famous, mahā-digvijaya-paṇḍita Sri Rupa Narayana and defeat Narottama. With that great Paṇḍita as our leader, Narottama will not be able to say anything. O King we request you to please assist us in this matter.” The King, Raja Nrsimha said, “I myself shall accompany you every step of the way.”
In this way, that group of brāhmaṇas along with the great and learned world conquering Paṇḍita Rupa Narayana began their journey to Kheturi Grama. As they were traveling on the road someone heard the news and went to Kheturi Grama where he informed Srila Ramachandra Kaviraja and Narottama dasa Thakura. When Srila Ramachandra Kaviraja and Sri Ganganarayana Chakravarti heard this news, they became very disturbed in mind.
Subsequently, after some inquiry, the two of them came to know that the party of smarta paṅḍitas, were about to arrive in the marketplace of a town called Kumara Pura. They were informed that after resting there for one day, they would reach Kheturi Grama on the following day. Ramachandra and Ganganarayana quickly went to that marketplace in Kumara pura and the two of them set up two different shops. Srila Ramachandra Kaviraja set up a stall for selling clay pots and Ganganarayana Chakravartī set himself up in a stall selling pān and betel-nut.
The smarta Paṇḍitas, along with Raja Nrsimha, arrived in the marketplace of Kumāra-pura and set up their camp near the shops. The disciples of the Paṇḍitas went to buy some clay pots for cooking with, and went to the pottery shop. The ” potter ” they met was Ramachandra Kaviraja. He began speaking to them in pure Saṅskrit. The disciples of the Paṅḍitas similarly replied in Saṅskrit, and soon they began to debate. However, the disciples of the Paṇḍitas were defeated. In the same way, when the students went to purchase pān and betel-nuts from the shop of the panseller (Ganganarayana Chakravarti) he spoke to them in pure Saṅskrit. They again began to argue. Gradually their teachers arrived at the place where the argument was going on and found themselves unable to reply to the arguments of the betel seller and potter.
Finally King Nrsimha arrived there with the great Paṇḍita Rupa Narayana. At that time a great uproarious argument was heard from all directions. In the presence of the king, the potter and the pān-walla defeated all the smarta brāhmaṇas, including Rupa Narayana. Raja Nrsimha made some inquiries and came to know that the pān-walla and the potter were disciples of Srila Narottama dasa. At that time he said to the Paṇḍitas: “When you are unable to defeat a common, ordinary disciple of Narottama in the matter of siddhānta, how will you defeat Narottama himself?” The smarta Paṇḍitas were dumb struck. Dismayed, they realised their defeat and solemnly made preparations to return to their home villages. That evening, King Raja Nrsimha and Sri Rupa Narayana saw Durga Devi in a dream. She threateningly told them, “If you don’t accept the shelter of Narottamas lotus feet, I will cut you all to pieces with my razor-sharp sword.” The following morning Raja Nrsimha and Rupa Narayana hurried to the place of Narottama Thakura. Thakura Mahāsaya received them with great affection and with due respect and cordiality, offered them all a seat. He said, “I am very fortunate to have the company of such highly learned and noble personages such as your good selves.” Raja Nrsimha and Rupa Narayana were overwhelmed at Narottamas polite and gentle Vaisnava behaviour. Thus they prostrated themselves at his lotus feet begging forgiveness for their offenses. They explained all that had happened.
Upon hearing of the warning that Durga Dev had given them, Narottama mildly smiled. Thereafter, within a few days, he initiated them into the mantra of Śrī Rādhā- Kṛṣṇa mantra.
—Excerpt from the Prema Vilasa of Nityananda das , Adopted from Prarthana, Prayers of Loving Devotion by Srila Narotaama Dasa Thakura, Isvara Dasa (Editor, Introduction), Bhumipati Dasa (Translator), Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Translator).