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krishna-lila bhagavate kahe vedavyasa,
chaitanya-lilara vyasa — vrindavana dasa

Vedavyasa has described the pastimes of Krishna in his Bhagavat. The Vyasa of Chaitanya Lila is Vrindavana dasa.
Shri Narayani devi, the niece of Shrivasa Pandita was the mother of Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura. In his Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Vrindavana dasa has described how his mother attained the affection of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

"Narayani devi received the entire remnants of Mahaprabhu's meal. Though she was only an insensible child He bestowed His mercy on her in this way."

As a result of this mercy, Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura, whose life and soul was Shri Gaura-Nityananda took his birth from her womb.

While Shri Narayani devi was still carrying the child in her womb, she lost her husband. After his death she stayed in the house of Shri Vasudeva Datta Thakura, at Mamgachi, where she helped with the housework. Here Vrindavana dasa began his studies.

Shrila Vrindavan Das Thakur wrote Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata. First it was called Shri Chaitanya Mangala. In this book he writes about the Pastimes of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates. He has written a lot about the early lila of the Lord.

In the preface to Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Shri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati has written, "Narayani devi raised her child in the home of the father of Shri Malini devi where she had accepted shelter."

Vrindavana dasa was born four years after Mahaprabhu took sannyasa. When Mahaprabhu disappeared Vrindavana dasa was about twenty years old. He was initiated by Shri Nityananda Prabhu. He accompanied Shri Jahnava Mata to the Kheturi maha-mahotsava.

jaya jaya nityananda premamaya dhama
svabhave parama suddha nityananda nama
jagata tarana hetu yanra avatara
ye jana na bhaje sei papera akara

- "Shri Nityananda Charitamrita", Antya Khanda, Chapter 13:

"All Glories to Lord Nityananda Prabhu who is supreme abode of the astonishing mellows of pure love for Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Thus by the very nature, the Holy Name of Lord Nityananda is supremely pure and transcendental. Lord Nityananda and His Holy Name have advented to deliver the whole creation. Thus one who does not worship Lord Nityananda through the chanting of His Holy Name is the personified form of all sin."
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