Q. I know Nitai does not consider any of the ten offenses in Harinam. Does Nitai Also Forgive Vaishnava Aparadha?
A. by Bhaktiratna
Jagai Madhai’s Offenses
Jagai Madhai became the biggest hatimata Vaishnava Aparadhis when they hurled abuses and then the pot towards Nitai. In Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, it is described that that they would hear the kirtan sounds coming from Shrivas Angan and think that all the Vaishnavas were also drinking and dancing like them – atmavat manyate jagat. This itself is quite a big Vaishnava Aparadha, apart from wanting to hurt Nitai and Haridasa.
Gaura Stayed Far From Them
That is why Gaura never wanted to see them or go anywhere near them. No one who is sinful can remain totally aloof from Vaishnava Aparadha in some subtle way or the other for very long in this world. Actually Krishna, Gaura, Narayana (in Ambarish Lila), etc can’t deliver the Vaishnava blasphemers because They are God and the offense is against Their devotee not Them directly.
How Nitai Forgives Ninda?
But Nitai being the Akhanda Vaishnava Tattva in addition to being God is thus the only Personality in creation who forgives Vaishnava aparadha even if that person does not beg forgiveness from the offended Vaishnava due to pride. This is also confirmed in Chaitanya Bhagavata by the verse – nityananda prasade ninda haya kshaya (Sri Caitanya Bhagavata, Madhya 22.135-136) – “Vaishnava Aparadha is totally 💯 obliterated only by Nitai’s mercy. And only by Nitai’s mercy can we truly know the devotees.” So Nitai certainly forgives the Vaishnava aparadhis otherwise His mercy cannot be called truly unconditional.
The Vaishnava devotee one has offended is also within the body of Nitai as He is Akhanda Vaishnava Tattva. So Nitai forgives even if the offended devotee is not present to beg forgiveness to. But one has to one-pointedly approach Nitai first.
Does Nitai Forgive Sinning on Strength of the Name
If Nitai does not consider the topmost Vaishnava Aparadha, how can He ever consider the lower Aparadha of sinning on the strength of His Name, which is very strongly considered in Krishna Nama? Even if a soul uses Nitainam as a license to commit more sin, Nitai certainly forgives that too even before one commits it again and again.
By worshipping Nitai, with a repentful and humble heart, is the only worship of Bhagavan that cn absolve the most heinous Vaisnava Aparadha.
Advaita Ninda Only Forgiven by Nitai
“The efforts of those who identify Śrī Advaita Prabhu as Kṛṣṇa rather than accept Him as a “Vaiṣṇava” certainly transform into blasphemy of Śrī Advaita Prabhu. The destruction of such blasphemers is guaranteed. By the mercy of Śrī Nityānanda, the offenses committed by those wicked persons who eulogize Advaita are destroyed. Simply by the mercy of Śrī Nityānanda, one’s inclination towards the service of the Supreme Lord is increased.” (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Madhya-khaṇḍa 22.133,137)