🌿🌷 It is a generally accepted rule that ‘one attains that, what one meditates on one-pointedly’. Let us analyse its applicability in regard to Nitai Bhakti which entails one-pointed focus on Nitai as the only means for sure-shot deliverance.
samsarera para hai’ bhaktira sagare
ye dubibe se bhajuk nitai-candere
Anyone who desires to cross to the farther shore of the ocean of birth and death, and then dive into the ocean of devotional service, should worship Nitai Chand.
(Cb. Adi 1.77)
🌿🌷 When one performs Nitai Bhakti, one not only attains Nitai but also gets accepted and embraced by Gaur Radha Krishna undoubtedly. This is what makes Nitai a special Lord who stands out among all other forms of Godhead. The foremost reason for this is that He is the Servitor Personality of Godhead. He is the topmost devotee as well as the topmost Lord completely non-different from Avatari Shri Krishna.
🌿🌷 Truth be told, even if one attains Nitai then that is not a small thing. It is equal to attaining Gaur-Krishna as they are completely non-different. Those who think that attainment of Nitai is inferior to that of Gaur-Krishna are themselves men of inferior spiritual quotient.
🌿🌷 Shrila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami (Kasturi Manjari) has written in Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 8.23 :
‘nityananda’ balite haya krsna-premodaya;
aulaya sakala anga,asru-ganga vaya.
“Simply by chanting the name ‘Nityananda’ one awakens his love for Krsna. Thus all his bodily limbs are agitated by ecstasy of love of God, and tears flow from his eyes like the waters of the Ganges.”
In the above verse it is quite clearly mentioned that one who talks about Nitai or chants His Name will get Krishna Prem even when one is not directly meditating on Radha Krishna. If Kasturi Manjari is writing like this that then what is left for further clarification?
🌿🌷 Also, Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur writes in Chaitanya Bhagawat Adi 9.218:
aharnisa caitanyera katha prabhu kaya
tan’re bhajile se caitanye bhakti haya
“Day and night Nitai speaks about Lord Chaitanya. A person who worships Nitai attains devotion to Lord Chaitanya.”
These (and many more) are 2 direct proofs of the fact that Gaur Radha Krishna are also obtained by Nitai Bhakti.
🌿🌷 Let us have a look at the indirect ones:
Narrotam das Thakur mentions that only by Nitai’s mercy can one attain Radha Krishna. Thus, He recommends us to hold the Lotus Feet of Nitai very tightly. How can you do that? By performing uninterrupted Nitai Bhajan. Holding very tightly means uninterrupted Bhajan.
🌿🌷 Narrotam das Thakur also writes in Sabarana Sri Gaura Mahima Song 1:
gaurāńga-gunete jhure, nitya-līlā tāre sphure,
se jana bhakati-adhikārī
If one appreciates the transcendental qualities of Lord Gauranga and feels ecstasy and sometimes cries, this process will reveal the eternal pastimes of Gaur Radha-Krsna in one’s heart and make one truly qualified for loving devotional service. Do you know who is the Abode of Lord Gauranga’s Transcendental qualities? Let us see how Advait Acharya glorifies Nitai in the 6th Chapter of Sri Nityananda-caritamrta,
tumi nityananda murti nityananda nama
murtimanta tumi caitanyera gunadhama
“Your name is Nityananda and indeed You are nityananda, eternal bliss. You are the personfied Abode of Shri Gauranga’s transcendental qualities.”
Considering both the above verses, it can be easily inferred that Gaur Radha Krishna’s eternal pastimes are revealed to even that person who feels ecstatic in Nitai Bhakti as Nitai is Himself the Abode of Gaur’s qualities.
🌿🌷 One more point needs to be made. If hypothetically one assumes that by Nitai Bhajan one will attain Nitai only then my question to you would be- “where will You attain Nitai?” Nitai resides in the Navadvip division of Golok along with Gauranga Mahaprabhu. I hope you can guess by now what I am trying to say. If one attains Nitai then it is but natural that one will attain Gaur as well as both of Them stay in the same Abode. It takes common sense to understand this. Isn’t it? As far as attainment of Radha Krishna is concerned, it can be ensured by offenseless chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, which is once again only possible by Nitai Bhakti.
🌿🌷 All things considered, the claim that one attains only Nitai by performing Nitai Bhakti is completely unfounded. Those who are too impatient to wait for the results can only give birth to such counterfactual allegations on Nitai Bhajan. All these allegations are already denied by the previous Acharyas. I do not understand why the evidences are seen but not really seen. It is true that love makes one blind. But the blindness that arises out of ignorance and envy is what causes our greatest loss. Neglecting Nitai Bhakti is the height of ignorance and disregarding Nitai Bhaktas is the pinnacle of envy.
🌿🌷 In the end, let us meditate on the following Nitai Bhakti Tattva secrets mercifully revealed by Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur in His Maha Audarya Granth Sri Chaitanya Bhagawat and Shrila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami in His Maha Madhurya Granth Sri Chaitanya Charitamrit,
🌺 CB Adi 1.18
tanhara caritra yeba jane shune, gaya
shri krishna chaitanya-tanre parama sahaya
“Sri Krsna Caitanya is most satisfied with one who chants or hears the characteristics of Lord Nitai.”
🌺 CB Madhya 12.29
ihara vyabhara saba krishna-rasamaya
ihane sevile krishna-pemabhakti haya
“Nitai’s dealings are full of transcendental mellows for Krsna. Just by serving Him one obtains devotional service in love of Krsna.”
🌺 CC Ādi 5.200
jaya jaya nityānanda, nityānanda-rāma
yāṅhāra kṛpāte pāinu vṛndāvana-dhāma
“All glory, all glory to Lord Nityānanda Balarāma, by whose mercy I have attained shelter in the transcendental abode of Vṛndāvana!”
🌺 CC Ādi 5.201
jaya jaya nityānanda, jaya kṛpā-maya
yāṅhā haite pāinu rūpa-sanātanāśraya
“All glory, all glory to the merciful Lord Nityānanda, by whose mercy I have attained shelter at the lotus feet of Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Sanātana!”
🌺 CC Ādi 5.202
yāṅhā haite pāinu raghunātha-mahāśaya
yāṅhā haite pāinu śrī-svarūpa-āśraya
“By His mercy I have attained the shelter of the great personality Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, and by His mercy I have found the refuge of Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara.”
🌺 CC Ādi 5.204
jaya jaya nityānanda-caraṇāravinda
yāṅhā haite pāinu śrī-rādhā-govinda
“All glory, all glory to the lotus feet of Lord Nityānanda, by whose mercy I have attained Śrī Rādhā-Govinda!”
🌺 CC Antya 6.131
tomāra kṛpā vinā keha ‘caitanya’ nā pāya
tumi kṛpā kaile tāṅre adhameha pāya
“No one can attain the shelter of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu without Your (Nitai’s) mercy, but if You are merciful, even the lowest of men can attain shelter at His lotus feet.”