The drop of ecstasy

hā hā prabhu nityānanda premānanda-sukhī kṛpāvalokaṇa koro āmi baḍo duḥkhī. “Give me Your mercy now Lord Nityānanda. Lord Nityānanda You are premananda sukhi, You are completely the personification of transcendental happiness, ecstasy and love for Godhead. Just like Miniketana Rāmdāsa, He is the devotee we find in Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, we find that even though he touched somebody with his flute he started becoming ecstatic. The fisherman when Caitanya Mahaprabhu ran into the ocean and was floating, he picked up Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, just he touched Him. And then all the associates of Caitanya Mahaprabhu were looking up and down the beach looking, “Where is Lord Caitanya?” for miles, and then they saw this man completely afraid,

“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare”

“What is the matter?” they asked

and he said, “I have been possessed, There is a ghost there,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna”

So then Swarup Damodar he could see that, “Where is this ghost? It must be Lord Caitanya.”

“No, no, I have seen Lord Caitanya,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Rama

I have seen Lord Caitanya. This is some terrible thing about 9 feet long, skin is all loose, bones are all hanging everything and is going chuga chug chuga chug, is making this terrible sound.” They know that Lord Caitanya in ecstasy, He stretches out, says, “Jagannātha Jagannātha” just comes out as a gargling sound. So then uh, Swarup Damodar said “I know how to cure these things.” Just whack, whack, whack, slapped him three times. “Alright, the ghost is gone.”

Just cause the guy was so hysterical you see, he was overwhelmed with love for Krishna but he was ignorant so he was all afraid. So when he slapped him three times, then said, “Now you are alright. He was still chanting and anyone possessed by a ghost, they don’t chant Hare Krishna like that.” So then… like this, so… Of course then they bathed Lord Caitanya, chanted Hare Krishna and He came back together. So like that Lord Nityananda when He would meet someone, easily give them ecstasy. Ha Ha premananda sukhi. So that is the point if we get that drop of ecstasy, if it fills our heart, when the heart is filled with a lake of Krishna prema, Krishna bhava, ecstatic love for Krishna, you see, then the room for… the room for material attachment is not there, the room for falling into illusion is not there.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 3rd October SB Class @ Atlanta, USA