jaya jaya nadīyā-bihārī gaura-candra
jaya ekacakrā-pati prabhu-nityānanda 
All glory to the reveller of Nadīyā, Gaura-candra! All glory to the Lord of Ekacakrā, Nityānanda Prabhu!
jaya śāntipura-nātha advaita īśvara
rāmacandrapura-vāsī jaya gadādhara 
All glory to the Lord of Śāntipura, Advaita Ācārya, and the resident of Rāmacandrapura Gadādhara Paṇḍita!
jaya jaya gauḍa-bhūmi cintāmaṇi-sāra
kali-yuge kṛṣṇa yathā karilā bihāra 
All glory to the land of Gauḍa, made of pure spiritual gemstone, where Kṛṣṇa performed Pastimes during Kali-yuga!
śrī-jāhnavī pāra haye padmāra nandana
kichu-dūre giyā bale, “dekha bhakta-gaṇa 
Nityānanda Prabhu crossed the Gaṅgā, went a little ways ahead, and said, “O devotees, look!
bilvapakṣa nāma ei sthāna manohara
bela-pukhariyā bali’ bale sarva-nara 
“This enchanting place is named Bilvapakṣa. Everyone calls it Bel Pukhariyā.
vraja-dhāme yāre śāstre bale bilvavana
navadvīpe sei sthāna kara daraśana 
“See here in Navadvīpa the place which the scriptures call Bilvavan in Vraja Dhāma.
pañca-vaktra bilvakeśa āchhila hethāya
eka-pakṣa bilva-dale ārādhiyā taṅya 
brāhmaṇa sajjana-gaṇe tuṣila taṅhāre
kṛṣṇa-bhakti vara dila tāhā sabākāre 
“Śiva, the lord of bael, resides here. After a group of noble brāhmaṇas satisfied him, having worshipped him with bael leaves for a fortnight, Śiva gave them the boon of devotion to Kṛṣṇa.
sei vipra-gaṇa madhye nimbāditya chila
viśeṣa kariyā pañca-vaktre ārādhila 
“Amongst the brāhmaṇas was Nimbāditya, who worshipped Śiva exceptionally well.
kṛpā kari’ pañca-vaktra kahila takhana
‘ei grāma-prānte āchhe divya bilvavana 
“Mercifully, Śiva said to him, ‘On the edge of this village is a divine bael forest.
sei vana madhye catuḥsana āchhe dhyāne
taṅdera kṛpāya tava habe divya-jñāne 
“‘The four Kumāras are meditating in that forest, and by their grace, you will attain divine knowledge.
catuḥsana guru tava taṅdera sevāya
sarva-artha lābha tava ha-ibe hethāya’ 
“‘The four Kumāras are your Gurus, and through their service, you will attain everything here.’
eta bali’ maheśvara haila antardhāna
nimbāditya anveṣaṇa kari’ pāya sthāna 
“Saying this, Śiva disappeared. Nimbāditya then searched and found the place.
bilvavana madhye dekhe vedī manohara
catuḥsana basiyāchhe tāhāra upara 
sanaka sananda āra ṛṣi sanātana
śrī-sanat-kumāra ei ṛṣi cāra jana 
vṛddha-keśa sannidhāne anya alakṣita
vastra-hīna sukumāra udāra carita 
“In the bael forest, he saw the four Kumāras—the sages Sanaka, Sananda, Sanātana, and Sanat Kumāra—seated on a beautiful platform beside Śiva, unseen by others. They were unclothed, very young, and of noble character.
dekhi’ nimbādityācārya parama kautuke
‘hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa’ ḍāki’ bale sukhe 
“Greatly excited upon seeing them, Nimbāditya Ācārya happily called out, ‘Hare Kṛṣṇa! Hare Kṛṣṇa!’
hari-nāma śuni’ kāne dhyāna bhaṅga haila
sammukhe vaiṣṇava-mūrti dekhite pāila 
“Hearing the Name of the Lord, their meditation broke, and they saw the form of a Vaiṣṇava in front of them.
vaiṣṇava dekhiyā sabe haye hṛṣṭa-mana
nimbāditye krame krame deya āliṅgana 
“Seeing the Vaiṣṇava, they were pleased, and one by one they embraced Nimbāditya.
‘ke tūmi kena vā hethā bala paricaya
tomāra prārthanā morā purāba niścaya’ 
“‘Who are you? Why have you come here? Please introduce yourself. We will certainly fulfil your prayers.’
śuni’ nimbāditya daṇḍavat praṇamiyā
nija paricaya deya vinīta ha-iyā 
“Hearing their words, Nimbāditya prostrated and humbly introduced himself.
nimbārkera paricaya kariyā śravaṇa
śrī-sanat-kumāra kaya sahāsya vadana 
“Upon hearing Nimbārka’s introduction, Śrī Sanat Kumāra spoke with a smiling face.
‘kali ghora ha-ibe jāniyā kṛpāmaya
bhakti pracārite citte karila niścaya 
“‘Knowing that Kali-yuga would be dark, the merciful Lord decided to preach devotion.
cāri-jana bhakte śakti kariyā arpaṇa
bhakti pracārite viśve karila preraṇa 
“‘He empowered four devotees and sent them to preach devotion throughout the world.
rāmānuja, madhva, viṣṇu—ei tina jana
tumi ta caturtha hao bhakta mahājana 
“‘Rāmānuja, Madhvācārya, and Viṣṇu Swāmī are three of them. You are the fourth of these great devotees.
śrī-devī karila rāmānuje aṅgīkāra
brahmā madhvācārye rudra viṣṇuke svīkāra 
“‘Lakṣmī Devī accepted Rāmānuja, Brahmā accepted Madhvācārya, and Śiva accepted Viṣṇu Svāmī.
āmarā tomāke āja jāninu āpana
śiṣya kari’ dhanya ha-i ei prayojana 
“‘Today, we have met you personally. We will make you our disciple and thus become fortunate. This is our purpose.
pūrve morā abheda-cintāya cinu rata
kṛpā-yoge sei pāpa haila dūra-gata 
“‘Previously, we meditated on non-duality, but by the grace of the Lord such sin has left us.
ebe śuddha-bhakti ati upādeya jāni
saṁhitā racanā kariyāchhi eka-khāni 
“‘We now understand that pure devotion is supremely relishable, and we have written a scripture about it.
sanat-kumāra-saṁhitā ihāra nāma haya
ei-mate dīkṣā tava ha-ibe niścaya’ 
“‘Its name is Sanat-kumāra-saṁhitā. You will certainly be initiated into its teachings.’
guru-anugraha dekhi’ nimbārka dhīmāna
avilambe āilā kari’ bhāgīrathī snāna 
“Seeing the grace of his guru, the wise Nimbārka immediately bathed in the Gaṅgā and returned.
sāṣṭāṅge paḍiyā bale sadainya vacana
‘e adhame tāra nātha patita-pāvana’ 
“He prostrated himself and humbly said, ‘O lord! Saviour of the fallen! Deliver this lowly soul.’
catuḥsana kaila śrī-yugala-mantra dāna
bhāva-mārge upāsanā karila vidhāna 
“The four Kumāras gave him a mantra to worship the Divine Couple and taught him how to worship on the path of love.
mantra labhi’ nimbāditya siddha pīṭha-sthāne
upāsanā karilena saṁhitā-vidhāne 
“Receiving the mantra, Nimbāditya performed worship in this holy place according to the teachings of the Sanat-kumāra-saṁhitā.
kṛpā kari’ rādhā-kṛṣṇa tāre dekhā dila
rūpera chaṭāya catur-dika ālo haila 
“Mercifully, Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa revealed Themselves to him, and the lustre of Their forms illuminated the four directions.
mṛdu mṛdu hāsi’ mukhe balena vacana
‘dhanya tumi nimbāditya karile sādhana 
“Gently smiling, They said, ‘O Nimbāditya, you are fortunate: you have performed worship here.
ati priya navadvīpa āmā doṅhākāra
hethā doṅhe eka-rūpa śacīra kumāra’ 
“‘Navadvīpa is very dear to Us. Here, We are present in one form as the son of Śacī Devī.’
balite balite gaura-rūpa prakāśila
rūpa dekhi’ nimbāditya vihvala ha-ila 
“As They spoke, They revealed Their form as Gaurāṅga. Seeing this form, Nimbāditya was overwhelmed.
bale, ‘kabhu nāhi dekhi nāhi śuni kāne
e hena apūrva rūpa āchhe kona-khāne’ 
“He said, ‘I have never seen or heard of this extraordinary form anywhere.’
kṛpā kari’ mahāprabhu balila takhana
e-rūpa gopana ebe kara mahājana 
“Mahāprabhu then mercifully said, ‘O great soul, for now, keep this form a secret.
pracāraha kṛṣṇa-bhakti yugala-vilāsa
yugala-vilāse mora atyanta ullāsa 
“‘Preach devotion to Kṛṣṇa and the Pastimes of the Divine Couple. Their Pastimes are My greatest joy.
ye samaye gaura-rūpa prakaṭa ha-ibe
śrī-vidyā-vilāse tabe baḍa raṅga habe 
“‘When I appear in the form of Gaura, I will find great pleasure in Pastimes of scholarship.
se samaye kāśmīra pradeśe janma laye
bhramibe bhārata-varṣa digvijayī haye 
“‘At that time, you will take birth in Kāśmīr and travel throughout the land of Bhārata, conquering all directions.
keśava kāśmīrī nāme sakale tomāya
mahāvidyāvāna bali’ sarvatrete gāya 
“‘Everyone, everywhere, will call you Keśava Kāśmīrī and praise you for being highly learned.
bhramite bhramite ei navadvīpa-dhāme
āsiyā thākibe tumi māyāpura-grāme 
“‘While travelling, you will come to Navadvīpa Dhāma and stay in the village of Māyāpura.
navadvīpe baḍa baḍa adhyāpaka-gaṇa
tava nāma śuni’ karibeka palāyana 
“‘Hearing your name, the greatest scholars in Navadvīpa will flee.
āmi ta takhana vidyā-vilāse mātiba
parājiyā tomā sabe ānanda labhiba 
“‘At that time, immersed in Pastimes of scholarship, I will defeat you and feel great pleasure.
sarasvatī-kṛpā-bale jāni’ mama tattva
āśraya karibe more chāḍiyā mahattva 
“‘By the grace of Sarasvatī, you will understand My identity, take shelter of Me, and give up your pride.
bhakti dāna kari’ āmi tomāre takhana
bhakti pracārite punaḥ kariba preraṇa 
“‘Then, I will give you devotion and send you to preach devotion again.
ataeva dvaitādvaita-mata pracāriyā
tuṣṭa kara ebe more gopana kariyā 
“‘So for now, satisfy Me by preaching the conception of dualistic non-dualism and keep My identity secret.
yabe āmi saṅkīrtana ārambha kariba
tomādera mata-sāra nije pracāriba 
“‘When I start My saṅkīrtana Pastimes, I will preach the essence of your conception.
madhva ha-ite sāra-dvaya kariba grahaṇa
eka haya kevala-advaita nirasana 
“‘I will accept two essential principles from Madhva Ācārya. One is his refutation of exclusive non-dualism.
kṛṣṇa-mūrti nitya jāni’ taṅhāra sevana
sei ta dvitīya sāra jāna mahājana 
“‘O great soul, know the second essential principle to be serving Kṛṣṇa’s Deity form, knowing the Deity to be eternal.
rāmānuja haite āmi la-i dui sāra
ananya bhakati bhakta-jana sevā āra 
“‘From Rāmānuja, I will take two essential principles: exclusive devotion and service to the devotees.
viṣṇu haite dui sāra kariba svīkāra
tadīya sarvasva bhāva rāga-mārga āra 
“‘From Viṣṇu Svāmī, I will accept two essential principles: surrender to the Lord and the path of love.
tomā haite laba āmi dui mahāsāra
ekānta rādhikāśraya gopī-bhāva āra’ 
“‘From you, I will accept two most essential principles: taking shelter of Rādhārāṇī exclusively and serving in the mood of the gopīs.’
eta bali’ gaura-candra haila adarśana
preme nimbāditya kata karila rodana 
“Saying this, Gaura-candra disappeared, and Nimbāditya cried profusely with divine love.
guru-pāda-padma nami’ cale deśāntara
kṛṣṇa-bhakti pracārite ha-ilā tatpara” 
“Nimbāditya then bowed at the lotus feet of his Guru and travelled elsewhere, intent upon preaching devotion to Kṛṣṇa.”
dūra haite rāma-tīrtha jīvere dekhāya
kolāsure haladhara badhila yathāya 
karilena gaṅgā-snāna laye yadu-gaṇa
rukmapura bali’ nāma prakāśa ekhana 
From afar, Nityānanda Prabhu showed Rāma Tīrtha to Jīva, where Balarāma killed Kolāsura and bathed in the Gaṅgā with the Yadus. This place is now known as Rukmapuar.
navadvīpa-parikramā ei eka-śeṣa
kārtika māsete tathā māhātmya viśeṣa 
It is at one end of the route to circumambulate Navadvīpa. It is especially glorious during the month of Kārttika.
bilvapakṣa chāḍi’ prabhu laye bhakta-gaṇa
bharadvāja-ṭilā grāme kare ārohaṇa 
Leaving Bilvapakṣa, Nityānanda Prabhu and the devotees went to Bharadvāja Ṭilā.
nityānanda bale, “ei sthāne muni-vara
āilena dekhi’ tīrtha śrī-gaṅgā-sāgara 
Nityānanda said, “The best of the sages, Bharadvāja Muni, visited Śrī Gaṅgā Sāgara and then came here.
hethā śrī-gaurāṅga-candra kari’ ārādhana
rahilena kata-dina muni mahājana 
“The great sage stayed here for some time worshipping Śrī Gaurāṅga-candra.
taṅra ārādhane tuṣṭa haye viśvambhara
nija-rūpe dekhā dilā sadaya antara 
“Satisfied by the worship of the sage, Viśvambhara revealed His form to the sage with a compassionate heart.
munire balila, ‘tava iṣṭa siddha habe
āmāra prakaṭa-kāle āmāre dekhibe’ 
“He said to the sage, ‘Your desire will be fulfilled: you will see Me at the time of My appearance.’
ei kathā bali’ prabhu haila antardhāna
bharadvāja mahāpreme ha-ila ajñāna 
“Saying this, the Lord disappeared, and Bharadvāja Muni fainted with intense divine love.
kata-dina thāki’ ei ṭilāra upara
anya-tīrtha daraśane gelā muni-vara 
“The great sage stayed here for some time on this hill and then went to visit other holy places.
lokete bhāruiḍāṅgā bale ei sthāne
mahātīrtha haya ei śāstrera vidhāne” 
“People call this place Bhāruiḍāṅgā. The scriptures say that it is a great holy place.”
balite balite sabe yāya māyāpura
āgubāḍi laya sabe īśāna ṭhākura 
While speaking, the party arrived in Māyāpura. Īśāna Ṭhākura came forward and received them.
mahāpreme nityānanda karena nartana
sakala vaiṣṇava meli’ karena kīrtana 
Nityānanda Prabhu danced with intense divine love, and all the Vaiṣṇavas joined together and chanted.
nāma saha yathā śrī-gaurāṅga-avatāra 
The home of Jagannātha Miśra, where Śrī Gaurāṅga descended with His Name, is the best of all holy places.
sei dina prabhu-gṛhe prabhura jananī
vaiṣṇava-gaṇere anna khāoyāna āpani 
That day, the Lord’s mother personally fed the devotees in the Lord’s home.
ki ānanda haila tathā nā haya varṇana
mahāsamārohe haya nāma-saṅkīrtana 
What sort of joy arose there? It was indescribable, and the nāma-saṅkīrtana erupted tumultuously.
nitāi-jāhnavā-pada-chāyā yāra āśa
e bhaktivinoda gāya nadīyā-vilāsa 
Bhaktivinoda, whose aspiration is the shade of Nitāi and Jāhnavā’s feet, chants the Pastimes of the Lord in Nadīyā.