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Lord Chaitanya's Eternal Associates

Sangopangastra-Parsadam

[Accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions]

 

Table Of Contents

Abhiram Thakur 196           Gopal Guru     312            Paramananda          309

Acyutananda    237           Hari das           129                 Paramesvari           209

Adwaita Acarja   4             Isan                 234              Prataparudra           306

Bakreshwar Pan 175           Isvar Puri        124                   Pundarik                  82

Baladeb Bidya    347                   JagaiMadhai    258            Purusottam             207

Bamsi Thakur   235           Jagadish           164                 Raghab Pandit          177

Basudeb Datta  169           Jahnava Mata  245            Raghunandan          241

Basudeb Ghosh  183          Joydeb  Gos.   123           Raghunath Bhatta     284

Bhagvan Acarja  294          Jiva Gosvami   287            Raghunath Das Gos.  281

Bhagvat Acarja  253           Kala Krishna      214                   Ramacandra Gos.     329

Bhugarbha Gos. 264           Kamalakar       211                   Ramacandra Kabi     320

Bircandra           243                Kasisvar           293                 Ramananda Ray      298

Bisnupriya          228                Kabi Karnapur  315            Rasikananda Deb     337

BiswanathThakur340           Krishnadas Kabi   314                  Rupa Gosvami         273

Brindaban das  317            Lakkipriya      223            Sanatan Gosvami     265

Candrasekhar   148           Locan das        318                  Saranga Murari       215

Debananda Pan. 255           Lokanath Gos.   261                   Sarbabhauma Bhatta  300

Dhananjoy Pan. 213            MadhabGhosh  183            Sikhi Mahiti           311

Gadadhar das   185           Madhabendra P.   1           Sita Thakurani       220

Gadadhar Pan.   93            Madhu Pandit   291            Sivananda Sen                 166

Gangadas Pan.  162           Mahesh Pandit  208            Shridhar                  188

GangaMata        248                 Mukunda Datta  169           Shribas Pandit         103

Gauridas Pan.  200             Murari Gupta   144            Sundorananda        204

Gobinda Ghosh  183          Nandan Acarja  179            Swarup Damodar  295

Gobinda Kabi   324            Narahari Sor.  217             Shyamananda      330

Gopal Bhatta   277            Nayanananda    327          Uddharan Datta   205

 

.c.Invocation;

 

vande tan nitya siddhan nikhilaguna mayan chanta mukhyan sada ham

nityam chaitanya candra sakala rasa maya premabhakti pravahan

ye shri gaurasvarupanubhava suvihitah sarva vighna pranasa

stesam drstva mahitam hitacaritayutam tarakakhyan smarami

 

[Brindaban das Thakur /

 Shri Chaitanya Candrodoy]

 

"I continually worship and adore those eternally liberated souls, who possess all of the transcendental qualities of Shri Krishna Himself. They are receptacles full of sweet nectar which they have imbibed through the reflection of the rays of the Moon of Shri Chaitanyacandra, Who is the personification of the limitless reservoir of nectarean mellows, the Embodiment of all emotions. Thus their moods and sentiments are always in relation to the phases of that transcendental Moon. It is they who engage all souls in the flow of the current of loving devotion. Their conduct is always graced with all auspiciousness since they have perfectly perceived the true nature or identity of Shri Gaursundor. They are the destroyers of all obstacles. Their glories have caused them to appear as bright stars, eternally united with the transcendental moon, Shri Chaitanyacandra. They have no material desires and are thus always peaceful, working for the benefit of all. I offer my salutations and praises at the feet of the eternal associates of Shri Chaitanyacandra."

krishna-lila amrta-sar, tar sata sata dhar, das-dike bahe jaha hoite

se chaitanya lila hoy, sarovar akkoy, mano-hamsa caraha-tahate

nama bhaver bhakta jon, hamsa cakravaka gon, jate sabe 'koren bihar

krishna-keli sumrnal, jaha pai sarva kal, bhakta hamsa karoy ahar

(Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita/ Madhya 25.269-270)

"The pastimes of Shri Krishna are the essence of nectar from which flow hundreds and hundreds of springs and streams in all the ten directions. The pastimes of Shri Chaitanya constitute an inexhaustible and eternal lake within which the swan like minds of the devotees dive and sport. These devotees who are possessed of various moods and sentiments, play within those waters like so many swans and cakravakas (ruddy geese). Within that tank of nectar, Shri Krishna's playful sports are existing in the form of the stems of lotus and lily flowers, which these swan-like devotees are always able to relish and savour as their prime foodstuffs.

All devotees should hear about Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes with faith and love. By the grace of the Lord, one can thus attain shelter at His lotus feet. By understanding the pastimes of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one can understand the truth about Krishna. By understanding Krishna, one can understand the limit of all knowledge described in various revealed scriptures."

 

"One should relish the pastimes of Shri Krishna by approaching them through the medium of the pastimes of Shri Gauranga. For this reason such a sadhak (practitioner of devotional service) should remember the pastimes of Shri Gaursundor and follow in the footsteps of His associates. Though Shri Rupa Goswami is an eternally liberated associate of Shri Gaursundor, who is eternally engaged in the service of Shri Krishna as Shri Rupa manjari, still in his external physical body he considers himself to be a sadhak (devotee) and plaintively prays to be able to attain some service at the lotus feet of Shri Krishna. Thus it sometimes comes to pass that while in this consciousness he becomes internally aware of his identity as Shri Rupa manjari. Therefore those who are ardently desirous of attaining direct service to Shri Shri Radha Krishna, and who thus submit themselves as followers of the residents of Braja, are duty bound to follow in the footsteps of Shrila Rupa Goswami, with their external physical body (sadhak deha). Those who however, renounce these activities which are meant for the aspiring devotee (like accepting a spiritual master, etc.), become the perpetrators of the principles of irreligion and the sahajiya tendencies instigated by their oversimplified understanding of these matters. At no time will it ever be possible for such persons to become perfect in their loyalty and subservience to the residents of Brindaban (Brajabasis)."

[translated from Shri Biswanath Cakrabartipad's

Shri Shri Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu Bindu]

.C.Preface

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gaura-mandala bh–mi yeba jane cintamoni, tar hoy brajabh–mi bas

gauranger sangi gane nitta siddha kore mane, sei jay brajendra suta pas

The person who has realised that, Gaur mandala bh–mi, [the tract of land in Bharatvarsa where Shri Gaursundor displayed His eternal pastimes], is a fully transcendental land composed of touchstone; he has become an eternal resident of Brajabhumi. And whoever considers the associates of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to be eternally liberated souls; he attains a place by the side of the King of Braja.

 

In the Nectar of Devotion (Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu) it is explained that in order to enter into Krishna's pastimes in Brindaban, one has to become a follower of one of the residents there.

We are also praying to Shrimati Tulasi devi, to be engaged in Braja in the service of Radha Krishna and to become a resident within the groves of Brindaban, where we will be able to continuously see the pastimes of the Divine Couple.

Whoever takes shelter of Tulasi devi has all of his desires fulfilled. Braje Radha Krishna seva pabo, ei abhilasi; je tomar ‘ara“ loy, tar bancha purna hoy, kripa kori koro tare, brindabana basi; mor ei abhilas, vilas kunje dio bas, nayane heribo sada, jugal rupa rasi. We are humbly offering ourselves in the capacity of one of the maidservants of the sakhis, ei nibedan dharo, ‘akhir anugata koro, seva adhikar diye, koro nija dasi. Then only will we have the right, or be duly sanctioned to render service. "Please make me your own servant", we pray to Shrimati Tulasi devi.

 

So it is seen that in order to approach Shri Shri Radha Krishna one has to do so through Their associates, either the sakhis or sakhas, or parents or servants. Similarly, in order to approach Shri Shri Gaur Gadadhar or Shri Shri Nitai Gauranga, we have to do so through Their associates. It is also explained that some people are more attracted to Gaur lila and thus they enter into the eternal pastimes of Shri Gaursundor at the time of achieving full perfection. Whereas others are more attracted to Krishna lila and therefore enter into the pastimes of Shri Krishna. While others are attracted equally by both and thus enter into the pastimes of both. Krishna means all-attractive. His name, form, qualities and especially His pastimes (which differentiate the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan, from some impersonal void) are irresistibly attracting us. So this meagre attempt at presenting some further pastimes is simply an attempt to attract us to become further attracted.Û