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THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.THE EPISODE OF WRITING THIS BOOK

 

 

Oh wise listeners!  Hear how this book, Shyamananda Prakash, has come into existence.

One day I met a saint who read the book Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu to me.  While listening a deep feeling of indifference towards the material world (vairagya) took birth within me and the desire to go to Vrndavana arose in my heart.  Previously I had never found the time to meditate upon the merciful lotus feet of Krishna.  My mind had always been preoccupied with sinful activities.  My body, mind and life was filled with passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and mundane emotions.  Pride gave rise to vanity and jealousy.  Thus my life passed in vain. Not a scent of devotion to Krishna entered my heart.  Even in the sphere of family life I was a failure.  What was the use of such a worthless life?  Absorbed in maintaining my wife and children all the golden opportunities of life passed me by.  Fully engaged in material activities I found no time to remember the lotus feet of Govinda, or to perform any sadhana.  In this way my life passed uselessly and death was quickly  approaching.

But after hearing Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu from that saint I began to realise that the lotus feet of Krishna are the only resort for all of mankind.  I decided to give up all material attachments and live in Vraja.  Although my heart ached to leave for Vrndavana, the opportunity to go did not arise.  I became very disturbed and began meditating on Shyamananda Goswami(?). Absorbed in this way I went to bed and fell asleep thinking of Shri Vrndavana Dhama.

In my dream I met some sannyasi's who were going to Vraja and I traveled along with them.  Arriving in Vraja I took darshan of the Jamuna (?), then went to the kunja of Shri Shyamananda Goswami.  I washed my hands and feet and sat down in the kunja. After some time Shri Shyamananda, having completed the circumambulation of Vraja, returned to his kunja, and all the devotees there fell at his feet.  They washed his feet and happily drank the water.  I asked one vairagi who the Goswami was and he replied , "This is Shyamananda Goswami".  Hearing his name I shed tears of love.  Noticing me, Goswami called me before him and I fell flat offering obeisances.

"Where do you come from," he asked, "What is your name, whom do you serve, and how many devotees are with you?"

"I am Krishnacarana dasa", I said. Please be merciful and allow me to serve you.  I came to Vrndavana with four vairagi's who have gone for a tour of Vrndavana.  I use to live in Orissa with my wife, but she became a burden to me so I left her and came alone to Vrndavana."

"Your wife must be in a state of depression," Goswami replied.  "Who will look after your son?  Why have you given up material life and become a vairagi?"

"Prabhu, My wife is also very indifferent to family life", I explained.  Out of love for Krishna I have come to Vraja."

"Do not leave your wife, "Prabhu said.  Return to your home and perform the sadhana of Krishna, along with your wife.  What type of sadhana are you doing by leaving a helpless vaisnavi?"

I humbly explained to Prabhu, "I know nothing about sadhana or smarana worship.  I have come to you because I have not understood Krishna yet, please be kind and fulfill my desire."

"You will obtain my mercy, as well as the mercy of Radha Krishna, if you obey my order.  Now go back to your house and engage, along with your wife, in worshipping Krishna and singing my glories.  Write something about my auspicious activities and sing the praises of my devotess."

"But I know nothing about your eulogies," I protested.  "I know only the letters but I do not know their meanings.(?)  How can I describe your glories?

"Due to my wish you will be able to understand everything", Prabhu said.  "If you remember me everything will become clear to you."

"I am an illiterate and ignorant person", I said.  "What can I write?  And even if I write, what intelligent man will accept it?"

"My fame is known throughout the three worlds", Prabhu replied.  Anyone who does not accept it is quilty of flouting Shri Chaitanya.  These words cannot be false.  After completing the book you should show it to my disciple, Nayananda.  He will be very happy to receive a book about me.  Out of love for me he will distribute the book.  Since the people have confidence in Nayananda they will gladly accept the book.  He who sings the glories of Krishna and of myself will attain salvation.  He will also get my association as well as the feet of Krishna.  Don't hesitate to write this book."

Hearing this I fell prostrate on the ground at the feet of Goswami.  He placed his feet on my head and blessed me to attain devotion to Krishna.  He went to his kunja and I returned home.

Just then I awoke from my dream, but everything remained crystal clear in my mind.  I contemplated my good fortune in having the darshan of Vrndavana in my dream.  For a few days I hesitated to carry out the order I had received.  Then again my Prabhu mercifully appeared before me in my sleep.  He sat at my head and said, "You have flouted my order.  This will only bring harm to you.  I was sorry to see your distressed condition so I came here to save you from sin.  Begin the work of writing a book in my name and remember that I am always with you.  Go take your bath and start the book after worshipping Radha Krishna."

Obeying his order I began writing, meditating on my spiritual master.  In this way by the desire and mercy of my guru I received the ability to write this book, otherwise it was not possible.

I fall flat at the feet of Shri Shyamananda Goswami offering my obeisances millions of times.  If there is any mistakes in my writing or any incidence of rasavasa I humbly beg forgivemenss. It is impossible for a worthless person like myself to fully describe the glorious qualities of Shri Shyamananda.  

I hold the feet of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda and all the devotees on my head.  I have sold my head at the feet of Shri Radhamohana, the bestower of love and devotion.  Taking the lotus fet of Shyamananda prabhu in my heart I, Krishnadasa, have compiled this book Shri Shyamananda Prakash.