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Shri Ramcandra Kabiraj;
In his song, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu, Shrila Narottam das Thakur Mahasoy says that he always desires, in fact he is begging for the association of Ramcandra. Ramcandra sanga mage narottam das.
Shri Ramcandra Kabiraj was the disciple of Shrinibas Acarja Prabhu and the very intimate friend of Narottam das Thakur. His father was Ciranjib Sen and mother Shri Sunanda. Ciranjib was originally an inhabitant of Kumarnagar but after marrying the daughter of Shri Damodara Kabi he moved to Shri Khanda.
"Ciranjib Sen was a pure devotee very much loved by Narahari Sorkar and the other residents of Shri Khanda. He was extremely learned in all matters and his wife was very chaste and gentle. Her activities were completely transcendental." [C.C.Madhya 11.92]
Shri Mukunda, Narahari, Raghunandan, Sulocan and Ciranjib, who were all residents of Shri Khanda, were of one mind and one purpose. Every year they would come to Nilacal to have darshan of Mahaprabhu and to chant and dance in front of Lord Jagannath during Rath Jatra.
Ciranjib was from a family of physicians. His two jewel like sons were Ramacandra and Gobinda. Later they both became disciples of Acarja Prabhu and came to reside at Teliya Bhudarigram in Murshidabad.
Ramacandra was very handsome, intelligent, well behaved and perseverant. His maternal grandfather, Shri Damodara Kabi, was a well known poet and a worshipper of Krishna's energy (sakta).
After their father passed away, the two brothers Ramacandra and Gobinda came to live with their grandfather, who practiced the Sakta religion. Being influenced by him, both became inclined to worship the various personified forms of maya, Krishna's external deluding potency. At this time Ramacandra practiced medicine and was also quite well known as an accomplished poet.
After his marriage, Ramcandra was being carried in a palanquin with his new bride to his home at Kumarnagar. As the procession passed Shrinibas Acarja Prabhu's house at Jajigram, he saw the Acarja seated in the shade on the banks of a pond, discussing Krishna katha with some of his disciples. Simply upon seeing the Acarja he felt a strange new emotion dawn in his heart. It was as though he was seeing a very dear friend after long time of separation. Similarly, Acarja Prabhu, upon seeing Ramacandra seated in the palanquin, was struck by his exceptionally handsome features and remarked that if such a person, appearing as like a demigod, could be engaged in Krishna's service then that would be his triumph and ultimate perfection. But instead they have gone to a considerable expense simply to place the noose of Maya about his neck. What is most inauspicious they are celebrating as auspicious by the recitation of so many songs and hymns. To execute such a ceremony they feel that their life is now successful.
He thus inquired from those who were present, "Who is he? What is his name? Which barna (caste) does he belong to? Where does he reside?"
His associates replied, "He is a great scholar by the name Ramacandra. He is a very excellent poet and as well a physician who resides at Kumarnagar."
Acarja Prabhu simply smiled. Ramacandra Sen, still seated within the palanquin, heard Shrinibas's sweet voice and the import of his words penetrated into his heart. He became extremely anxious to meet him.
After a short time the procession reached Ramacandra's house where much pomp and celebration took place. Everyone was overjoyed to see the new bride, Ratna Mala, and a great din and bustle ensued in welcoming her and her bridegroom into their new home. Ramacandra's mind however was still back at Jajigram where he had seen that divine personage. With great difficulty he somehow or other passed the day there, but with the fall of night he returned to Jajigram, where he passed the night in the house of one brahman.
With the approach of morning he came to Shrinibas Acarja's house and fell down at the Acarja's feet to offer his prostrated obeisances. Shrinibas Acarja Prabhu had also been thinking of Ramacandra ever since he'd seen him the day before. Upon seeing Ramacandra again, prostrated before him, he picked him up and embraced him in deep ecstasy. He told him, "Birth after birth, you are my most dear friend. In the same way that the Lord caused my meeting with Shri Narottam das Thakur at Brindaban, He has also reunited me with another dear friend."
Ramacandra stayed with Acarja Prabhu and studied the literatures of the six Gosvamis under his tutelage. Acarja Prabhu was extremely pleased to see his gentle and polite behaviour and his deep spiritual nature. On the next auspicious day he initiated Ramacandra with RadhaKrishna mantra.
[Bhakti Ratna 8]
After some time, Ramacandra returned to his house. When the Saktas saw that he had been initiated into the Baisnab religion they became very upset. Ramacandra, however, was undaunted. With tilak on his body in twelve places and a jap mala in his hand, he sat down in front of them and began to chant the holy names.
One day, as Ramacandra was proceeding to his house after having taken his bath, his Sakta neighbour called him over, "Kabiraj. Without worshipping Lord Siva, how is it that you are going home? Your grandfather was a great devotee of Lord Siva. Have you given up Lord Siva's worship?"
Ramacandra replied, "Lord Siva and Brahma are incarnations of two of the material modes created by Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna Himself is the source of all incarnations. Therefore, by worshipping Lord Krishna everyone's worship is performed, just as by watering the roots of a tree all the leaves and branches become nourished. Prahlad, Dhruba, Bibhisan and others were dear devotees of Shri Krishna. Therefore Lord Siva and Brahma were naturally favourably disposed to them, whereas Raban, Kumbakarna, Banasur and other demons were only devotees of Lord Siva and not devotees of Lord Krishna. Thus their ultimate end was to simply be destroyed.
"The sastras say that Lord Brahma was able to create this world due to having successfully worshipped Shri Bisnu. Similarly, Lord Siva has become qualified to invoke auspiciousness in this world due to having received the foot wash water of Lord Bisnu (Ganges) on his head."
Those ignorant persons, though they were respected as scholars, remained speechless after having heard these various statements from the sastras.
Ramcandra became very anxious to have darshan of Shri Brindaban and the Gosvamis there. He petitioned Shri Raghunandan and various other Baisnabas for their permission which they readily gave. On the next day he set out for Shri Brindaban Dham. After passing through Gaya, Kasi and Prayag, he finally arrived at Mathura. There he took bath and some rest at Bisramghat. After taking darshan of the Adi Keshab Temple, he started for Brindaban. At this time his guru, Shrinibas Acarja, was present at Brindaban. Ramacandra offered his prostrated obeisances at the lotus feet of his guru and Shri Jiva Gosvami and then conveyed the good news from the devotees of Gaurdesh.
As ordered by Shri Jiva Gosvami, Ramacandra took darshan of Shri Gobinda, Shri Gopinath, Shri MadanMohana and Shri Sanatan Gosvami's samadhi. Then he offered his respects to Shri Gopal Bhatta, Shri Lokanath and Shri Bhugarbha Gosvami, who were very pleased with him and who offered him their benedictions. After hearing some samples of his great poetic ability, everyone wanted to present him with the title Kabiraj.
After remaining in the Gosvami's association for some days, they finally instructed him to return to Gaurdesh. So he returned, visiting Shri Khanda, Jajigram, Khardaha and Kalna on the way. Finally he came to Shri Mayapur, where he received the blessings of Shri Isan Thakur.
One time, some smarta brahmanas made a conspiracy to defame the name of Shrila Narottam das Thakur Mahasoy. They were very upset that though he was only a kayastha by caste, he accepted those born in brahman families as his disciples. They enlisted Raj Narsimha and the conquering pandit, Shri Rupnarayan in a crusade to somehow expose Narottam das as a fraud. In a large party they made their way to Kheturi, where Narottam had his headquarters.
Shri Ramcandra and Shri Ganga Narayan Cakravarti came to know of this conspiracy and so came forward to meet the challenge. They journeyed to Kumarpur where they each set up two small shops in the market; one a pan and betel nut shop and the other a store selling clay pots. When the party of smarta brahmanas arrived at Kumarpur they sent their disciples out to purchase the wares for cooking. When they approached those two particular shops, the `shopkeepers' (actually Ramcandra and Ganga Narayan in disguise) spoke to them in Sanskrit and began to raise a philosophical dispute with them. Seeing the profound learning of those two shopkeepers, the students were dumbfounded but nevertheless took up the challenge. After a short time, however, it became obvious that they were no match for these `shopkeepers.'
Those foolish students called for their foolish gurus, who arrived on the scene with Raj Narsimha and Rupnarayan. Rupnarayan himself was drawn into the debate but was soundly defeated by the arguments of Ramacandra and GangaNarayan. When the king requested their introduction, those two shopkeepers informed him that they were two extremely insignificant disciples of Shrila Narottam das Thakur Mahasoy.
Having met defeat in this village marketplace, Rupnarayan and the smarta brahmanas were no longer interested in proceeding on towards Kheturi. Their crusade evaporated as they all decided to return immediately to their respective homes.
That night, after RajNarsimha had returned to his house, he had a dream in which Durgadebi told him, "Narsimha! You have committed a great offence at the feet of Narottam das Thakur. As a result of this baisnabaparadh, I will have to cut you all to pieces with this chopper. If you want to save yourself, then you had better immediately go and take shelter at Narottam das Thakur's lotus feet."
When his sleep broke the king quickly took his bath and set out for Kheturi. Rupnarayan had had a similar dream and was also proceeding towards Kheturi at the same time. They met upon their arrival there and approached the temple of Shri Gauranga in order to meet Narottam Thakur. Thakur Mahasoy was absorbed in his bhajan, but when a disciple informed him of the arrival of the two guests, he came out to meet them. Simply by seeing his transcendental form imbued with Krishna prema, the two offenders became purified and fell down to offer their obeisances at Thakur Mahasoy's feet. Thakur Mahasoy very humbly presented himself as being a fallen soul. Finally he initiated them with RadhaKrishna mantra.
Many sinful atheists were delivered by Shri Ramcandra Kabiraj. He was present at the Kheturi festival. He came to Brindaban a second time on the order of Shrinibas and Narottam, but this time he couldn't have darshan of the Gosvamis as they had all departed this world for Golok Brindaban. Feeling separation from them, he was very distressed at heart. Unable to tolerate that pain, he joined them in their eternal pastimes there in Brindaban.
In Braja lila his name is Karuna manjari. His disappearance is on the third day of the dark fortnight in the month of Paush. His principal disciple was Hariram Acarja. The Deities worshipped by Ramcandra and Gobinda Kabiraj have been brought from TeliyaBhudarigram to Bhagavan Gola, where they are at present being worshipped by the followers of Ram das Babaji. There is a station at Bhagavan Gola on the Sealdah-Lal Gola rail line.