Lord Caitanya’s mood is like that, bhurida, Nitai Gaur’s mood is simply giving out the mercy. That is the meaning of audharya : simply compassion, simply mercy. Even a person has no possibility for becoming Krishna consciousness without the mercy of Lord Caitanya, they can get the mercy of Lord Caitanya and can be delivered. So this mood – in fact even when Lord Nityananda, when he was attacked by Madhai ( Jagai and Madhai), at that time Lord Caitanya became so impatient, He was calling out Sudarshan chakra. Sudarshan was coming down. It was just ready to strike and kill the two brothers for their offense to Lord Nityananda. And then Lord Nityananda stopped Lord Caitanya and said, “What are You doing? What’re you… have you forgotten? This is not Your mood now. You promised that You’re not going to take up any weapon in kali yuga ; You are supposed to simply give out mercy. He said, I can’t control when My devotee is being attacked, that goes over all other promises. But Nityananda was pleading, in this kali yuga if You hit these two, You’re going to have to get everyone. They’re just symptomatic of so many people. So finally, Jagai Madai, they came to their senses and paid their obeisances, they begged for forgiveness that “Please, please, forgive us.” Lord Caitanya said, “I will pardon you if you promise not to commit sinful actions again, you see. So even though they were so sinful, because they promised not to commit again, once He gave them sehelter, they wouldn’t againg do the same things, then they were completely pardoned and forgiven, you see.
Of course, even after some time, Lord Nityananda was approached by Madhai, where he said that “My Lord, You’ve pardoned me, You’ve given me Your mercy, but I am haunted by the idea that with my hand, I have struck You and I have caused You to bleed. And I am just obsessed with this thought that I have committed this offence to You and how can I actually be forgiven. Even though You’ve pardoned me officially, still I was thinking that I am so rotten, I am so fallen, I am so envious that I could have done such a thing. Then Nityananda, He picked him up, He gave him the shelter of His lotus feet, He said that ” I never took any offense, because I took just like you are My child. If a baby hits the father, does the father take any offence. So I am thinking like that, you are My baby ; so what offence can you do to Me? You didn’t do any offence. Out of foolishness, you did that. So in this way Madhai couldn’t get any… Nityananda didn’t’ accept any offence ; that was His mood that “All right, they’re all my children. All right, they do some nonsense. Won’t take any offense. So then Madhai said all right, but I committed so many offences to other living entities. I did so much sinful activities, how will I be forgiven for those offences? I was so envious. So many living entities– dogs, cats, man, women, children. Who wasn’t I …? I was torturing and persecuting and I was committing so many sinful activities over so many of those people. How will I be forgiven for my offenses against all living entities? Then Nityananda, He considered that. So then He told him that “You can construct a bathing ghat with your own hands on the Ganges. And that way so many people, living entities, so people will be able to go and take bath. And because of that, they will be forgiven for their sinful reactions. By your building the ghat, you will be instrumental to them for that and you will be forgiven for your sinful reactions, for your offences to the other living entities. So Madhai, of course he could have had other people help, but Madhai, he was so enthusiastic that he himself, he took the digging implements and he cut out the ghats, and he personally laid out the stones and everything and built out a beautiful ghat and steps. Ghat is like stairways, you know steps..ghat. I don’t know what you call it in English ; beside the river, call it ghat. You build a stairway right into the water, because if you go ordinarily on the riverside, you get your foot stuck in the mud and then you go wash and come out and again you’ve got to step into mud and then you get dirty again. So they may build stairways right into the water, so that way, you know, it’s very convenient for taking a bath ; otherwise it is difficult on the side of the river. So it goes right down, deep into the water. So Madhai personally dug the, built the, constructed it and then had great devotees inaugurate it and so it became famous as Madhai ghat.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1982, Dec, 15 SB @ Honolulu, Hawaii.