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Shri Narahari Sarkar Thakur;

 

"Shriman Narahari premras vihval manasah"  Adwaita Acarja

Shri vrndavanavasino rasa vati radha ghan syamayo rasollasa rasatmika madhumati siddhanuga ya pura | seyam shri Sorkar thakkur iha premarthitah premadah premananda mahodadhir vijayate shri khanda bhukhanda ke ||

Shri Rupa Gosvami

Avani suravara shri panditakhyo yatindrah sa khalu bharati radha shrila gauravatare | Narahari Sorkar syapi damodarasya prabhunija dayitanam tacca saram matam me ||

Shri Swarup Damodar

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabho rati krpa madhvik sadbhajanam sandra prema prarspara kavalitam vaca praphullam muda | shri khande racita sthitum niravadhi shri khanda carccarccitam vande shri madhumatyupadhi vallitam kancin maha premadam ||

Shri Kavi Karnapur

vrndaranye vrajaramaninam madhye khyatahi madhumati ya |

tam shri gaura priyatamamasesam vande shrila narahari dasam ||

prati din amanukulam hyastakam Baisnabnam paripathati sudhiryah sraddhayedam sa dhirah | narahari ratipatre prema bhaktim labhate prakatita yugamantre gauracandre swatantre ||

Shrinibas Acarja

pranam mantra:

Gaur-prem pradayaiva sarvatra samadarsine |

narayana sutaya shriman naraharaye namah ||

Shri Narahari Sorkar Thakur was born at Shri Khanda. Shri Krishnadas Kabiraj Gosvami describes that the residents of Shri Khanda formed a branch of the desire tree of love of God. "Shri Khandabasi (the residents of Shri Khanda) Mukunda and his son Raghunandan, Narahari, Ciranjib, and Sulocan were all big branches of the all-Merciful tree of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. They distributed the fruits and flowers of love of Godhead anywhere and everywhere".                                                                                     [C.C.Adi 10.78-9]

 

Narahari had two brothers, Mukunda and Madhab. Their father's name was Shri Narayandeb and mother's name, Shri Goyi debi. Madhab passed on to the next world in his youth. When their father passed away, Mukunda, who was the eldest, admitted his younger brother Narahari into a tol (school) in Nabadwip and then went to attend upon the Badsa's (king's) household as the royal physician.

Narahari very quickly became a proficient scholar conversant in the science of the mellows of devotion. Even before he met Shri Gaursundor he used to compose songs in Sanskrit and Bengali about the pastimes of Shri Shri RadhaGobinda.

Once attaining the association of Shri Gaursundor, he and Gadadhar used to remain with Him constantly. While Gadadhar would supply Prabhu with tambul (pan) Narahari would fan Him with a camara.

 

Shrila Jagannath das Babaji Maharaj once stated, "Nabadwip is the abode of devotees, Brindaban is the abode of gopis and Shri Khanda is the abode of pleasure (rati)."

Bhakti Ratnakar states, "Shri Sorkar Thakur's glories are most uncommon. In Braja he is known as Madhumati, whose good qualities are unlimited."

 

In Krishna lila, Narahari is the sakhi Madhumati, whose service is to supply honey for Shri Shri RadhaGobinda and Their associates.

A very nice story which the local inhabitants (descendants of Raghunandan Thakur) tell goes as follows.

One day, Nityananda Prabhu arrived at Shri Khanda and said to Narahari, "All right, we know who you are. So where's the honey?"

Narahari went to a nearby pond and filled some pots with water which immediately turned into honey. Nityananda Prabhu and His associates then drank this honey to their full satisfaction.

This pond still exists there and is called Shri Madhumati Puskarini.

 

Shri Locan das Thakur was the dear disciple of Shri Narahari Sorkar. In his book Chaitanya Mangal, he introduces his guru in this way, "My Thakur (spiritual master) is Shri Narahari das Thakur, who is very influential amongst the medical caste. He is continuously absorbed in Krishnaprem, and in fact his body knows nothing but Krishna. To his followers he speaks about nothing other than love of Krishna. He was previously known in Brindaban as Madhumati, and was a storehouse of sweetness (honey), very dear to Radharani. Now he is present in Kaliyuga with Shri Gaursundor, as Shri Narahari. He is the keeper of the storehouse of love of Radha and Krishna."

[Shri Chaitanya Mangal / Sutrakhanda]

Shrila Bhaktivinod Thakur, in his Gaura arati kirtan, sings, "Narahari is fanning Gaursundor with a yak-tail fan."

 

Shri Narahari Sorkar Thakur was a very expert singer as well as poet. Namamrta Samudra is a collection of songs composed by him. Narahari's songs are exquisitely sweet and touching. He has composed many songs about the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda and a Sanskrit work entitled Shri Bhajanamrta. Gaurviraha gitapadakalpataru is also attributed to him, although some scholarly devotees doubt whether it is really his own composition.

Most of Narahari Sorkar Thakur's songs have gotten mixed up with Narahari Cakravarti Thakur's compositions (Narahari Cakravarti Thakur is the author of Bhaktiratnakara). Therefore it is difficult to ascertain which are actually his.

 

"As the Gosvamins enriched the Sanskrit literature in all its branches, so the poets of Bengal created and developed Pada literature (songs and poems) in singing the glories of Shri Chaitanya and Shri Shri RadhaKrishna. The literary field of Bengal from the sixteenth century onwards, for the next three centuries, was almost exclusively in the possession of the

Baisnabas."                                                                                  [Sambidananda das]

Narahari Thakur compiled the following books: Bhakti candrika Patal; Shri Krishna Bhajanamrta; Shri Chaitanya Sahasranam; Shri Shachinandana€````@P@``€``PP@P€°`° `@```š`@°°`°°  @@P` ` P@ °P`0@````@`` P`€@ `P€PP```@`PP`°°°Ppppppp p````@@@@€p€€€€€€€pppp````````` P````    ```````€````````_›8œȰ_Ȱ_粜娈粜が粞〼粞stak; Shri Radhastak, etc.

 

Before the appearance of Shri Gaursundor he also composed many songs about the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna. Narahari was the only devotee who had the adhikar (right) to perform Gaura kirtan in Shri Gaursundor's presence. Ordinarily, if anyone would praise Mahaprabhu in His presence, or chant His Holy Name, He would block His ears and call out "Bisnu! Bisnu!"

Narahari however, enjoyed the special privilege of being able to sing about Mahaprabhu in a very unique mood and with sweet descriptions of His transcendental beauty. Narahari's worshipful Deity of Shri Gaursundor and the Gopinath Deity worshipped by Raghunandan Thakur are still worshipped in Shri Khanda with great devotion. Shri Khanda is only a few minutes away from Katwa by bus or train.

 

Narahari was the guiding light of Shrinibas Acarja Prabhu. It was he and Raghunandan who gave Acarja Prabhu his initial inspiration and continued to bridge the gap between Mahaprabhu's generation and the new generation of preachers following in the wake of that tidal wave of Krishna prem.

 

Narahari Sorkar Thakur's disappearance is on the eleventh day of the dark fortnight, in the month of Agrahayon. His disappearance festival, presided over by Shrinibas Acarja Prabhu, was attended by many Baisnabas and stalwart preachers such as Birbhadra prabhu.