I first of all offer my obeisance to all the Vaisnavas aspiring to serve our beloved Spiritual Master, Om Visnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. I then offer my obeisance at his lotus feet, holding in my heart the faith that he is Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s nondifferent manifestation mercifully extending his shelter to the wayward souls of this world such as my fallen self.
By the grace of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and the inspiration of Srila Govinda Maharaj, this year’s Nityananda Trayodasi festival marks the inauguration of the newly constructed Sri Hadai Pandit Padmavati Devi Smrti Kunja of the Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha in Birchandrapur, West Bengal, the divine appearance place of Lord Nityananda Prabhu.
At the request of the devotees organising the festivities, this English edition of Sri Sri Nityananda Mahimamrtam has been compiled for the satisfaction of our Spiritual Master, the Vaisnavas, and all those who aspire for the all-important mercy of Nityananda Prabhu. Expanding upon the Math’s Bengali publication Sri Sri Nityananda Mahimamrtam, I have collected an English representation of its original contents and added a novel compilation of Nityananda Prabhu’s divine glories as they have been expressed by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Moreover, in an effort to represent the ontological method of understanding Nityananda Prabhu’s transcendental identity and Pastimes as taught by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, I have structured the compilation so as to draw attention to a particular sequence of conceptualisation beginning with spiritual revelation and culminating in loving dispensation. To further this end, also included is a summary study of the revealed scriptures delineating the essential truths about Nityananda Prabhu according to the progression of thought stressed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in his Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam, and explained by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. My hope is that the attentive readers will imbibe this progressive, faith-yielding, understanding and thereby be moved to invite Nityananda Prabhu’s profound grace and super-excellent gift further into the core of their hearts.
As I present this offering I must plainly state that any faults or unbecoming aspects of this presentation should only be attributed to my inevitably flawed efforts in compilation, and need never give rise to disrepute for the expressions of our divine guardians. Furthermore, any and all redeeming quality and dedication-inspiring beauty appreciated herein is to be considered the exclusive property of our divine guardians, and all honour must be offered to their self-revealing lotus feet.
In closing, I must appeal to His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj for his mercy, his mercy being the only capacity with which I have the potential to be successful in my heart’s endeavour to please him. Moreover, I invoke the blessings of the Vaisnavas and our revered readers with whose goodwill my prayer for the grace of our Spiritual Master may be enriched and realistically realisable. May all be satisfied with this offering.