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Lord Chaitanya's Eternal Associates
[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
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]
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