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All glories to Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is the moon of Navadvipa and the son of Saci mata. He is the Lord of the distressed and the life and soul of the devotees.1


All glories to Nityananda Prabhu who is the son of Padmavati and who is the deliverer of the entire world and is extremely merciful.2


All glories to Gadadhara who is the son of Madhava and all glories to Shrivasa Thakura and other devotees of the Lord.3


All glories to those who listen to Mahaprabhu's pastimes for they are the reservoir of all good qualities.4


Shrinivasa's visit to Navadvipa

When he came to the border of Navadvipa and observed the holy dham Shrinivasa cried with eagerness.5


He sat for awhile beneath a tree and pacified himself with great difficulty.6


Then he remembered the wonderful pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadvipa and he grew impatient.7


He directly entered Navadvipa and to his great surprise he saw Mahaprabhu himself performing pastimes with his devotees.8


While singing the wonderful glories of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, damsels of Navadvipa were moving here and there.9


An auspicious kirtana resounded from every house and it seemed as though a river of ecstatic joy flowed through the city.10


Who can describe the ecstasy into which Shrinivasa himself became absorbed.11


Then in a moment the vision changed and he saw everyone drowning in an ocean of misery.12


In amazement Shrinivasa went forward asking, "Where is the house of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?"13


But his question seemed to deepen their agony and no one could answer him. With a perplexed mind he continued on.14


His lamentation for Shri Gaura, Nityananda and Advaita

Lifting both his arms he shouted, "O my dear Gauranga Mahaprabhu. My dear Gadadhara Prabhu. You are my heart and soul, but where have you gone?"15


He called out the names of Prabhu Nityananda and Advaita and sank into the depth of misery.16


His lamentation was so intense that even the stones seemed to crack. Suddenly a man appeared before him. 17


He seemed surprised to see the beautiful boy Shrinivasa and he showed him the path which led to Chaitanya's house.18


When he reached the house, Shrinivasa looked all around and then became inert, standing like a wooden doll. 19


Meeting with Shri Vansivadan

Although Shri Vansivadan Thakura did not know Shrinivasa, when he saw the young boy he recognised him.20


Still Vansivadan asked Shrinivasa identity and Shrinivasa told his entire history.21


Vansivadan embraced Shrinivasa and bathed the boy with his tears.



Shrinivasa wanted to offer his obeisances on the ground but Vansivadan Thakura would not let him do so.23


Vansivadan then went to Shri Vishnupriya Iswari to tell her of Shrinivasa's arrival.24


The dream of Shri Vishnupriya devi

Just then Shri Vishnupriya devi was telling her favorite maidservant that she had had a dream which she would describe.25


Her Lord, who was the attractor of the entire creation, had appeared before her in an enchanting pose.26


Since his beauty could defeat the pride of Cupid she could find no similie to describe him. Even lightning was not comparable to his brilliance.27


His body was smeared with sandal wood paste and he glowed as though he were bathed in the light of the autumn moon.28


His beautiful dress attracted the young girls who abandoned their shyness and fear upon seeing him. 29


Who could forget the fragrance of his long curly hair?30


His large beautiful eyes exceeded the beauty of a lotus petal, and whoever caught his glance could not retain his composure.31


His arms extended to his knees, his movements were beautiful, and the sight of his broad chest could attract the world.32


The smile on his moon like face showered nectar.33


In his affectionate way Chaitanya made Vishnupriya sit down and he spoke to her in a soft sweet voice.34


"A brahmin boy named Shrinivasa has suffered indescribably.35


"Today he will come to see you. Knowing him to be a dear devotee, you should bestow your mercy on him."36


Chaitanya continued to delight her with his pleasing words, and then suddenly disappeared and she awoke in distress. 37


She knew that Shrinivasa was dear to her Lord and she eagerly awaited his arrival.38


Shrinivasa to Vishnupirya devi

While Vishnupriya was relating the dream, Vansivadan Thakura appeared with the news of Shrinivasa's arrival from Nilacala.39


Vishnupriya devi wanted to see him and Shrinivasa came eagerly to meet her.40


Tears of ecstasy flowed from his eyes as he prostrated on the ground while offering her his obeisances.41


Shri Iswari Vishnupriya devi heard that Shrinivasa was offering obeisances from a distance, and remembering Shri Chaitanya she rose to greet the boy.42


Though she had suffered intensely from the separation from her Lord, upon seeing Shrinivasa she felt joyful relief.43


With sweet affectionate words she greeted him and placed her feet on his head.44


She ordered him to take mahaprasad and then stood silent, soaked with her own tears.45


Someone brought the boy prasad and he honored it. He was also soaked with tears.46


Hard stoicism of Vishnupriya devi

Each day Shrinivasa visited Shri Vishnupriya devi and observed her exceptional activities.47


Because of separation from Chaitanya, she never slept at night. If at all she slept, she would lie on the hard ground.48


Her golden complexion had grown pale like the new moon.49


While chanting the names of Hari she would set aside a grain of rice for each mantra. Later in the day, only those grains would be soaked and offered to the Lord.50


The offering was very small and yet she would eat only a portion of it. No one could understand how she sustained life on so little food. 51


Day be day her health dwindled, yet she always mustered energy to attend to Shrinivasa during his visit.52


Soon it was obivious that she remained alone simply to bestow her mercy on Shrinivasa.53


His unique fortune was acknowledged by everyone.54


Mother Saci also appeared to Shrinivasa in a dream and favored him with indescribable mercy.55


The favors of the devotees of Navadvipa toward Shrinivasa

News spread throughout Navadvipa that Shrinivasa, the favorite disciple of Chaitanya, had arrived.56


Shri Murari Gupta, Shrivasa Pandita, Damodara, Sanjay, Vijay, Suklambhara Brahmacari, Gadadhara Dasa, and others who were dear associates of Mahaprabhu, came forward to bless Shrinivasa.57-58


Although they were all but dead from lamentation from Mahaprabhu's separation, by meeting Shrinivasa they felt some happiness.59


Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had kept his dear most devotees alive simply so they could bless Shrinivasa.60


The wife of Shrinivasa and the wives of the other associates of Prabhu behaved affectionately with Shrinivasa.61


After a few days they allowed Shrinivasa to continue his trip to Vrndavana.62


Shrinivasa's visit to Santipura

With a sad heart Shrinivasa took leave of the residents of Navadvipa and headed for the house of Advaita Acarya in Santipura.63


As he sadly entered Santipura, Shrinivasa suddenly saw Advaita Acarya coming forward to console him.64


Shrinivasa was struck at the sight of Advaita Acarya and wondered if he was hallucinating.65


But his doubts were dispelled by divine instruction and he became extremely happy. Drenched with tears from his own eyes Shrinivasa observed the beauty of Advaita Acarya and entered into the Acarya's house.66-67


When the residents of Santipura heard that Shrinivasa had arrived they came forward eagerly to meet him.68


Because of separation from Chaitanya Mahaprabhu they had all grown very thin and weak.69


The blessing of Sita devi

It seemed that Sita devi lived only to bless Shrinivasa, and when he arrived she called him into the house.70


When he entered the house he offered his obeisances to Sita devi and she placed her feet on his head.71


Tears flowed constantly from her eyes and with a choked voice she began to speak to Shrinivasa.72


"My dear Shrinivasa, I have been waiting for you to come. Your arrival is the source of my happiness.73


"Live eternally on this earth; by your presence the loving entities will receive great benediction.74


"Distribute well the devotional love of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and preach the scriptures which contain the entire science of devotion.75


"In due course of time you will meet someone and your distress will be mitigated in his association.76


"You will have many followers and you will constantly float in the ecstasy of sankirtana.77


"Go directly to Vrndavana where you will be duly initiated and your desires will be fulfilled."78


Thereafter Sita devi offered Shrinivasa to her worshipable deity Madan Gopala and introduced him to her sons and servants.79


The affection she bestowed on Shrinivasa is beyond description. After consoling him and instructing him in various ways, she allowed him to leave Santipura.80


Shrinivasa's visit to Khardaha

After offering his obeisances to the residents of Santipura Shrinivasa left for Nityananda Prabhu's house in Khardaha.81


Although Shri Parameswari Dasa had been living in abject misery, he became very happy on seeing Shrinivasa.82


Although inwardly he recognised Shrinivasa, as the boy approached Parameswari inquired about his identity.83


Thorughout the village of Khardaha, news spread that Shrinivasa from Cakhandi had arrived.84


People throughout the village came forward eagerly to meet him.85


Parameswari Dasa took Shrinivasa to the house of Nityananda Prabhu. 86


Drenched with the tears from his own eyes, Shrinivasa offered his obeisances at the lotus feet of the Eternal Consort of Nityananda, Shri Jahnava devi.87


Favor of Shri Vasuda, Jahnava and Virabhadra towards Shrinivasa

When Shri Vasuda devi, Jahnava devi and VIrabhadra met Shrinivasa they became very happy.88


Although they had suffered unbearable pain since the separation of Nityananda Prabhu, still they experienced joy upon seeing Shrinivasa.89


Shrinivasa remained there for four or five days as no one would allow him to leave.90


Devotees like Surya Dasa, Pandita Gauri Dasa, Mahesh Pandita and others bestowed their mercy upon him.91


At last Jahnava devi, Virabhadra Prabhu and the other devotees advised Shrinivasa to go to Vrndavana. 92


Shri Vasuda and Jahnava told him affectionately that he should first visit the house of Abhirama Gopala.93


His eyes overflowing with tears, Shrinivasa offered his obeisances to them both and took his leave.94


Remembering the wonderful qualities of Nityananda Prabhu, he became perplexed and by the mercy of the Lord he saw many miraculous things.95


Shrinivasa's visit to Khanakula

Having witnessed Shri Nityananda Prabhu's wonderful pastimes in a mystic vision, Shrinivasa floated in a ocean of ecstasy as he started for Abhirama Thakura's house in Khanakula.96


As he travelled eagerly towards the house of Viraloka, a travelling companion joined him.97


He was an old brahmin from a village called Khanakula and he eagerly questioned Shrinivasa.98


"What is your name my dear son? Where are you going?" Shrinivasa offered his respects to the old brahmin and told him who he was and where he was going.99


The brahmin was overjoyed and told Shrinivasa that he had already heard about him while in the village of Khardaha.100


"My dear son, Shrinivasa, please come with me." The brahmin embraced him and soaked Shrinivasa with tears from his eyes.101


The character of Abhirama

The brahmin told Shrinivasa that Abhiram Thakura was an ocean of all transcendental qualities and that he would definitely bestow his mercy upon the boy.102


"Abhirama Thakura is an extremely spirited person. Upon seeing him the atheist demons tremble with fear.103


"Affected by the potency of Nityananda Prabhu, Abhirama Thakura remained mad in ecstasy, yet his wonderful mercy is known throughout the world.104


"My dear Shrinivasa, what shall I tell you about him? In order to deliver mankind from damnation, he appeared in the house of a brahmin family.105


"He is not only a genius in all scriptures but is an expert in dancing, music, and all musical instruments.106


"According to the desire of Nityananda-Balarama, Abhirama married the daughter of a wise brahmin.107


"The wife of Abhirama Thakura is Shri Malini devi and her qualities are beyond description.108


"My dear Shrinivasa, this Abhirama thakura was Shridhama, the famous friend of Krishna in the Vrndavana lila.109


"Abhirama Thakura is the image of divine love, is adored by the whole universe.110


"Shri Thakura Abhirama the image of divine love, is adored by the whole universe.111


In the verses composed by Shri Vedagarbha Acarya (a disciple of Shri Abhirama Thakura). That same person who was Shridham, the cowherd boy friend of Krishna in the Vrndavana lila, is now the husband of Malini and the manifestation of divine love, Shri Abhirama Thakura. I offer my obeisances to the lotus feet of Shri Abhirama Thakura.112


The process of serving Gopinatha by Thakura Abhirama

"My dear Shrinivasa, how wonderful are the activities and eagerness of Abhirama Thakura in the worship of his Lord.113


"Gopinatha once appeared t Abhirama Thakura in a dream and pointed out the place where he was hidden.114


"After digging in that same place Abhirama unearthed the beautiful deity of Gopinatha. 115


"People from all directions came to see the deity after which their miseries were entirely eradicated.116


"People bathed in and drank the celestial water of the pond where Gopinatha had revealed himself.117


"That pond became famous as Ramakunda and innumerable people visited there.118


"Shri Malini devi and Shri Abhirama Thakura and their associates began to serve Gopinathji in great ecstasy.119


"From time to time, Nityananda Prabhu and his associates would visit the house of Abhirama Thakura.120


The sport of flute playing by Abhirama Thakura


"One day Abhirma Thakura began to dance in the madness of this ecstasy of love for the Lord and the beauty of that dancing was beyond description.121


"In the transcendental mellow of friendship for Krishna, Abhirama wanted to play a flute, but despite his eager attempts he could not find his flute.122


"Then Abhirama saw a huge log which hundreds of people could not have lifted. He easily picked up th log and held it in his hand like a flute.123


"In this way Abhirama Thakura used to surprise the residents of his village with his display of transcendental pastimes.124


"However, in the absence of Nityananda Prabhu, Abhirama remained alone. He sighed heavily and refused to speak to anyone.125


"Abhirama Thakura's activities are difficult to understand. Although only the extremely fortunate people can understand him, I know that you will understand everything personally my dear son. But please be very careful."126


The brahmin spoke to Shrinivasa affectionately as he led him to the house of Abhirama Thakura.127


Shrinivasa offered his obeisances at the lotus feet of the brahmin and remembered his Lord Nityananda Candra.128


Shrinivasa in the house of Abhirama in Khanakhula

Remebering the instructions of Jahnava devi, Shrinivasa approached the house of Abhirama Thakura.129


Standing outside the front door of the house he offered his obeisances. Everyone in Virolok witnessed the arrival of Shrinivasa.130


Due to seperation from Shri Nityananda Prabhu Abhirama Thakura remained in ecstatic love for the Lord and never spoke to anyone.



The test of Shrinivasa by Abhirama Thakura who later on favored Shrinivasa

Understanding that Shrinivasa had arrived, Abhirama Thakura smiled to himself and decided to test the boy.132


He gave Shrinivasa ten cowries, (a coin of the smallest denomination) in order to prepare his food and Shrinivasa bought the necessary ingredients.133


Shrinivasa took the ingredients to the bank of the Dwarkeswara river and cooked something which he offered to Lord Krishna.134


At the time of the offering Abhirama Thakura sent four men to Shrinivasa and Shrinivasa greeted them gladly.135


He offered his obeisances to those four persons and fed them the prasad from Lord Krishna's offering. He also took some of the mahaprasad. 136


The four men returned to Abhirama fully satisfied by Shrinivasa's behavior.137


Abhirama Thakura had tested Shrinivasa simply as an example of others. Then he invited Shrinivasa to sit beside him.138


Abhirama Thakura had a whip named Jayamangal with which he touvhed Shrinivasa's body three times.139


In his ecstasy he hit Shrinivasa with the whip and laughed loudly while speaking.140


When he raised the whip again to touch Shrinivasa, Malini entered and took hold of his hand.141


Malini devi said, "My dear Lord, please control yourself now. You have bestowed sufficient mercy upon him."142


"Shrinivasa is only a boy. If he looses control of himself inecstatic love of God, then how will he perform his duty?"143


Malini and Abhirama Thakura were both satisfied and they placed their hands on the head of Shrinivasa.144


Shrinivasa fell down at their feet and as they lifted him up they soaked him with tears from their eyes.145


I am unable to describe the affection that they showed for Shrinivasa.146


After offering Shrinivasa to the lotus feet of Radha Gopinatha, they instructed him to go to Vrndavana.147


The people of Krisnagar and Khanalhul village felt increasing affection for Shrinivasa.148


Shrinivasa visits Shrikhanda

After taking leave from the Vaishnavas, Shrinvasa returned to Shrikhanda with a perplexed heart.149


Narahari Thakura, Shri Raghunandana and the others were happy to see Shrinivasa and they embraced him with deep affection. 150


They asked Shrinivasa the news from the places he had visited and with tears flowing from his eyes he described very slowly.151


Afterwards Shri Narahari Thakura and Shri Raghunandana allowed him to leave for Vrndavana. 152


Narahari Thakura held Shrinivasa in his lap and cried because he did not want to let the boy go. He told Shrinivasa how to go to Vrndavana but at the time of departure his heart broke.153-154


After offering obeisances to Narahari and Raghunandana, Shrinivasa selected an auspicious moment and set out for Vrndavana.155


His Vrndavana tour via Jajigrama

The manner in which Shrinivasa travelled cannot be described. On his way he passed through Jajigrama and met his mother.156


After describing everything to her he asked her permission to go to Vrndavana.157


Although his heart broke, upon his requests, she could not refuse.158


She kept her son with her for one week and cared for him affectionately, but after consoling her he at last took his leave.159


Again and again he bowed at the feet of his mother, and after meeting all of the people of the village he left for Vrndavana.



In the month of Agrahayana, on the second day of the new moon, he left his home.161


Visit to Kantakanagar, Maureswara, Kundalidalila and Ekchakra on the way

After meeting all the devotees in the village of Agradwip Shrinivasa went to Kantakanagar where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had taken sannyas. Out of love he shed profuse tears.162-163


From there he went to Maureswara where he was pleased by the darshan of Lord Siva.164


The people of Maureswara told him that once the village had been overrun by snakes from which Nityananda Prabhu had saved them.165


Thereafter the place had been named Kundalidaman. Kundali meant coiled and daman meant subdued. It was remembered as the place where Nityananda had subdued the snakes. Shrinivasa sighed heavily while remembering the house of Harai Panidta the father of Nityananda Prabhu.166


The wise Shrinivasa attracted the hearts of all people of Ekchakra when he visited the house of Harai Pandita the father of Nityananda Prabhu.167


He looked at the birth place of Nityananda to his heart's content.168


In the ecstasy of love for Shrinivasa visited the place where Nityananda Prabhu had performed the pastimes of Balarama.169


Raising both arms in the air he sang the glories of Nityananda Prabhu while tears flowed from his eyes.170


He rolled on the ground until his body was covered with dust and at last fell asleep by the desire of the Lord.171


The appearance of Shri Nityananda and his associates in a dream of Shrinivasa

Shri Nityananda Mahaprabhu and his associates appeared in the dream of Shrinivasa.172


Seeing Nityananda Prabhu and the other devotees, Shrinivasa's ecstasy increased and his eyes and mind became satisfied.173


The Lord instructed him to go to Vrndavana, but when he awoke he felt very sad.174


Shrinivasa paid his respects to the village of Ekchakra, and remembering the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu, he set out for Vrndavana.175


As he travelled the road for Vrndavana, people from all of the villages came out to meet him.176


They all took care to him andhe responded in a way that made them all happy.177


Visit to Gaya, Kashi, Ayodhya, Prayaga and Mathura

After a few days he arrived in Gaya and upon seeing the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu he became filled with ecstatic devotional love.178


It was in Gaya that Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had met Shri Iswarapuri and remembering that glorious pastime, Shrinivasa shed profuse tears.179


Whoever saw Shrinivasa - both men and women - became perplexed by his continous crying.180


Yet whoever saw his beautiful features could not leave his association.181


Attracting the hearts of everyone he met on his journey, Shrinivasa at last arrived at Kashi where he saw the house of Candra Sekhar Acarya.182


A disciple of Candra Sekhara Acarya came forth with a joyful heart to meet Shrinivasa.183


When he learned of Shrinivasa's identity the disciple fell into ecstatic love and embraced Shrinivasa with tears in his eyes.184


After showing Shrinivasa the place where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had stayed, he cared for Shrinivasa for a few days.185


Shrinivasa alos met the associates of Mahaprabhu who lived in Kashi.186


From Kashi he travelled quickly to Ayodhya and Prayaga, two places which impressed him deeply.187


From there Shrinivasa moved towards Vrndavana, and his heart overflowed with previously hidden distress.188


With the memory of the lotus feet of Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami fixed in hid heart, he entered the city of mathura.189


He stopped first in Vishramaghata where Krishna had taken rest after killing Kamsa.190


Some brahmins were simultaneously passing through Vishramghat while discussing about Vrndavana.191


One man said, "It is not possible for them to bear so mush suffering. For what do they continue to live?192


"No one can understand the desire of the Lord," said another. "Gradually Vrndavana is becoming devoid of gems.193


Shrinivasa gets the news of the disappearance of Mahaprabhu and his associates

"In Nilacala Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu disappeared from the world.



"After hearing that unbearable news, Kashiswara Gosvami also left the world.195


"Raghunatha Bhatta, the great Bhagavatam reciter, also disappeared when he heard about the disappearance of Mahaprabhu.



"A few days ago Shri Sanatana Gosvami also left this world.197


"Now Shri Rupa Gosvami is also gone.198


"Shri Gopal Bhatta Gosvami and Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami constantly burn in the fire of seperation.199


"They are the most unfortunate as they have had to see so much misery.200


When he heard the brahmins lamenting in that way Shrinivasa Thakura inquired about the cause of their unhappiness.201


Crying bitterly they related the story of the disappearance of Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami.202


Shrinivasa also began to cry and fell on the ground in a faint.203


Gaining consciousness he rose up crying, "Alas! What have I heard! What have I heard! and again he fell to the dusty ground in a faint.204


Again he cried out, "my dear Lord Rupa Gosvami. My dear Lord Sanatana Gosvami why have you been so unkind to an unfortunate soul like myself?205


"I will never see your lotus feet and my desires will never be fulfilled." As he cried he tore the skin on his chest with his nails.206


A Mathura brahmin consoles Shrinivasa

Observing Shrinivasa's miserable condition a brahmin from Mathura held his hand and tried to console him in various ways just to save his life.207


All the inhabitants of Mathura also came forward to console him but it was of no use.208


Shrinivasa offered obeisances at the feet of that Mathura brahmin and started for the road leading back to Gauda.209


"The Vaishnava devotees of Gauda adviced me to go quickly to Vrndavana," he thought.210


"Now I understand why they wanted me to go quickly, but I was not fortunate enough to reach here in time.211


"Although cruel destiny has forced me to suffer in this way, my sinful life continues."212


As he contemplated his miserable plight tears flowed constantly from his eyes and from time to time he shouted in acute agony.213


"My dear Sanatana my dear Rupa Raghunatha Bhatta, Shri Kasiswar Pandita you were the ocean of devotional qualities," he shouted.



"I have heard that you were all extremely kind hearted, so why have you been so unkind to a poor soul like me?"215


With that Shrinivasa decided to give up his life and he fell to the ground with no further concern for his own condition.216


With the dark hours of the night after travelling quite a distance Shrinivasa rested beneath a tree.217


His lamentations were so pitiful that even a stone or a piece of wood would crack upon hearing them.218


The inhabitants of the nearby village grew morose when they heard Shrinivasa's continous crying.219


Throughout the night he sobbed until he finally fell asleep by the desire of the Lord.220


Rupa Sanatana and other Gosvamis appear in Shrinivasa's dream

Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami and other merciful Gosvamis appeared before Shrinivasa in a dream.221


All the Gosvamis were extremely beautiful and seeing them, Shrinivasa's heart filled with ecstasy.222


Feeling symptoms of ecstasy his eyes filled with tears and he fell at the feet of the devotees.223


They placed their feet on his head and embraced him, consoling him in various ways.224


They carassed his ematiated body and bathed him with tears from their eyes.225


Again seeing Shrinivasa's face, Sanatana Gosvami spoke to him in ecstatic love.226


"My dear son Shrinivasa, this is not the time for you to lament.



"Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami is no different from me. Go and take initiation from him."228


Sanatana also directed Shrinivasa to take the books of the Gosvamis to Gauda in order to propagate the Gosvami philosophy.



By directing Shrinivasa in various ways they blessed him and then remembering Chaitanya Mahaprabhu they disappeared.231


By observing the Gosvamis and hearing their nectarine instructions Shrinivasa's ecstasy verflowed. The next day he reversed his course and started for Vrndavana.232


That same night Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami appeared in a dream of Jiva Gosvami's to give some instruction.233


The orders of Shri Rupa Sanatana to Shri Jiva and Shri Gopala Bhatta

"Previously I told you that on the 20th day of the month of Vaisakh you will obtain wonderful association.234


"That devotee will reach Vrndavana today, and after meeting him you will become very happy.235


"At the time of the arati of Govinda deva, when the crowd is thin, you should search for him.236


"His complexion is like a golden champa flower and his is very thin. He is young and tears constantly flow from his eyes.237


"In great pain he left Gauda and he has already gotten news of our disappearance.238


"He decided to give up his life but we appeared before him to console him.239


"We cannot describe his affliction but when you see him you will understand.240


"You should arrange his initiation from Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and when his study is completed give him all the books.241


"Send him to Gaudadesha where he will distribute the transcendental jewels of literature to the masses.242


"What more can we tell you about him? Through this Shrinivasa Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will perform many activities."243


After instructing Shri Jiva Gosvami they appeared to Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami.244


"Your Shrinivasa has come from Gauda but his suffering is beyond description.245


"Accept him as your disciple." Then Shri Rupa Sanatana disappeared. 246


In the early morning Gopala Bhatta awoke and cried out the names of Rupa and Sanatana.247


At that very moment Shri Jiva Gosvami arrived there and Gopala Bhatta controlled himself.248


Shri Jiva Gosvami bowed at the feet of Gopala Bhatta with tears in his eyes and Gopala Bhatta embraced Jiva Gosvami in deep emotion.



He soaked Shri Jiva with tears from his eyes and both of them broke down in emotional crying.250


They discussed the instructions they had got in the dream but their state of mind at that time is beyond my ability to describe.251


After sometime Shri Gopala Bhatta checked himself, composed himself nd composed Shri Jiva aftr much consolation.252


Shri Gopala Bhatta himself with Radharaman Singhasana Yatra.253


Jiva Gosvami offered his obeisances to Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and returned to his village.254


In anxious anticipation for Shrinivasa's arrival he began to tell everyone about the event.255


He waited eagerly for Shrinivasa and from time to time he looked down the path hoping for his arrival.256


Observation of the beauty of Shri Vrndavana

Meanwhile Shrinivasa very happily entered Vrndavana, taking pleasure in the exclusive beauty of the land.257


Bumble bees flew here and there from flower to flower while peacocks and peahens danced.258


Cuckoos and other birds chirped and cooed and everywhere deer and other animals roamed freely.259


The place was filled with various kinds of trees and creepers and tears streamed down from Shrinivasa's eyes as he observed their beauty.260


He saw the cottages of the Vaishnavas of Vrndavana and then he went to the temple of Govinda dev.261


Seeing Govinda dev in the evening, his heart became ecstatic and he began to weep in joy.262


In ecstatic love he rolled on the ground and then by the desire of the Lord he waited patiently in one place.263


The meeting of Shri Jiva and Shrinivasa

During the timeof Sandhya Arati there was a huge crowd, but Shri Jiva Gosvami was looking for Shrinivasa.264


Shrinivasa was lying in one corner when Shri Jiva found him.265


Observing Shrinivasa's ecstatic symptoms, Shri Jiva was convinced of his identity and he simply stood there.266


When Shrinivasa became somewhat normal, Shri Jiva Gosvami lifted him up from the ground affectionately.267


Being soaked with tears from his own eyes Shrinivasa fell down at the feet of Shri Jiva Gosvami and offered his obeisances.268


Jiva Gosvami held Shrinivasa affectionately to his chest and spoke to him sweetly.269


Embracing him very tightly Shri Jiva addressed the boy as his friend. Without even inquiring about his identity Shri Jiva knew who he was.270


Their jubilation upon meeting each other was boundless.271


The affection of Shri Krishna Pandita for Shrinivasa

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's associate Krishna Pandita, was very glad to meet Shrinivasa.272


His excellent qualities as the caretaker of Govindaji were beyond description.273


He offered the mahaprasad of Govindaji to Shrinivasa and also gave him the prasad of Govindaji's betel laf and flower garland.274


Who can describe the affection that Shri Krishna Pandita showed for Shrinivasa. He announced Shrinivasa's arrival to everyone.275


Shri Jiva Gosvami took his dearest Shrinivasa to his own cottage.276


By that time Shri Shri Radha Damodara was already asleep and they could not get the darshan of that deity.277


Shri Radha Damodara darshan

Much to Shrinivasa's pleasure Shri Jiva Gosvami gave him a quiet place to stay.278


The beauty of that full moon night in the month of Vaisakha was exquisite and the sweet scent of various blooming flowers filled the air.279


Shrinivasa passed the entire night engrossed in the beauty of the trees and creepers and was still awake when morning dawned.280


He rose and performed his routine morning duties like bathin and then went to offer his obeisances to Shri Jiva Gosvami.281


Shri Jiva treated him like a friend and took him for darshan of Shri Radha Damodara.282


The happiness of Shrinivasa knew no bounds and he fell ont he ground again and again to offer obeisances to Jiva Gosvami. To his hearts content he observed the beauty of Shri Radha Damodara, the life and soul of Shri Jiva Gosvami.283-285


Rupa Gosvami had mainfest the deity of radha Damodara and had offered it to Jiva Gosvami in a dream.286


No one can describe the character of Shri Jiva Gosvami; his life, soul, and everything was the lotus feet of Shri Rupa Gosvami.287


These aspects have been described elaborately in Sanskrit by a famous poet in Sadhana Dipika.288


In Sadhana Dipika it is said:"Glory to Shri Jiva Gosvami who always keeps the lotus feet of Shri Rupa Gosvami within his mind. He was a Vrajavasi who conquered even the non-philosophical persons by his philosophical views."289


Shri Shri Radha Damodara became manifest through the mercy of Shri Rupa Gosvami and the ocean of mercy, Rupa Gosvami, gave the deity to Shri Jiva for his service.290


I have only briefly described the appearance of Shri Shri Radha Damodara, the life and soul of Shri Jiva Gosvami.291


Radha Damodara Vilasa darsana by Shri Jiva

Seeing the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Damodara, Shri Jiva Gosvami remained always in an ecstatic mood.292


Sometimes the Lord would ask Shri Jiva for some food and Shri Jiva would watch the Lord eat it.293


One day, when the Lord was playing his flute with a smile on his face, he called Shri Jiva to come and watch.294


Shri Damodara was very young and was decorated with enchanting ornaments. Upon seeing the Lord Shri Jiva Gosvami immediately fainted.295


When he gained consciousness his heart was filled with ecstatic love and his long, large eyes overflowed with tears.296


I have told only a few of the activities, butthere were many episodes in the pastimes of Radha Damodara which attracted everyone towards him.297


Shrinivasa visits the tomb of Shri Rupa Gosvami

Shri Jiva Gosvami benedicted Shrinivasa with great mercy and offered him at the lotus feet of Shri Radha Damodara.298


Then he took Shrinivasa to visit the tomb of Shri Rupa Gosvami.299


Shrinivasa began to cry when he saw the tomb and fell down on the ground to offer his obeisances.300


The meeting of Shrinivasa with Shri Bhatta Gosvami

After consoling Shrinivasa, Shri Jiva took him directly to meet Gopala Bhatta Gosvami.301


Shri Gopala Bhatta was sitting in a quiet place, crying miserably.



Shrinivasa lost control of himself and fell on the ground in front of Shri Bhatta Gosvami.303


Tears flowed constantly from his eyes as he offered obeisances while Jiva Gosvami introduced him to Gopala Bhatta.304


Although Gopala Bhatta was burning in the fire of seperation, he became joyful upon seeign Shrinivasa.305


He affectionately placed his feet onthe head of Shrinivasa and asked him to sit down.306


He inquired about different types of news and Shrinivasa described everything from beginning to end.307


But hearing the news Gopal Bhatta again became morose.308


He told Shrinivasa about the instructions he had received from Rupa and Sanatana in his dream and he praised Shrinivasa's good fortune.309


Shri Jiva Gosvami also began to speak about Shrinivasa.310


He told Gopala Bhatta that Shrinivasa was eager to take initiation from him. Gopala Bhatta Gosvami agreed that initiation would be held on the second day of the moon.311


The episode of the appearance of Shri Radha Raman

Shri Jiva Gosvami very happily introduced Shrinivasa to Shri Shri Radha Raman.312


The deity of Radha Raman was extremely beautiful and only the most fortunate people were allowedhis darshan.313


The beautiful expression of Radha raman became famous throughout the world and the residents of Vrndavana were delighted at the time of the deity's installation.314


Now I will tell you in brief how Radha Raman of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami became manifest.315


Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to find Lord Hari in Salagrama Sila.316


Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami told Shri Rupa Gosvami about the instruction of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and Rupa Gosvami lovingly replied, "Shri Govinda dev is everything to you, yet it is his desire that you serve him seperately."317-318


After a few days Lord Hari became self manifest from the Salagrama Sila.319


Who can understand the great fortune of Shri Gopal Bhatta Gosvami by which Radha Raman became self manifest in a beautiful form.320


In Radha Raman's beautiful form the face was like Govinda dev's, the chest was like Shri Gopinath's and the feet were like Shri Madan Mohan's.321


The three Lords were all manifest in the form of Radha Raman, a combination that Gopala Bhatta Gosvami had cherished before the Lord's self manifestation.322


Sanatana Gosvami Bhugarbha Gosvami and other Gosvamis were very satisfied to see the system by which Gopala Bhatta served Radha Raman.323


On the auspicious day of the full moon in the month of Vaisakha Radha Raman was installed on the Singhasan.324


A great festival was held to mark the installation of the deity and since then Radha Raman has become famous throughout the world as the Lord who was bound by the love of Gopala Bhatta. 325


These self-manifestation of Radha Raman has been described in Sanskrit in Sadhana Dipika.326


There it is stated:"I worship Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami whose life and soul were the lotus feet of Shri Govinda deva of Vrndavana, but who accepted the task of serving Him seperately according to the instruction of Shri Rupa Gosvami.327


"The worshipable object of that seperated service was Shri Radha Ramana dev. Govinda dev, who became manifest by the great love of Shri Rupa Gosvami, was the same as Radha Raman. The reason behind the seperate service of Gopala Bhatta has been learned from different reliable persons.328


"I worship that inhabitant of Vraja, Shri Gopala Bhatta, son f Shri Venkata Bhatta who was the elder brother of Tridandi Swami Shrila Prabhodananda Saraswati."329


If one can see Shri Madan Gopala with Shri Radhika, Shri Govinda with Vrndavaeswari, and Shri Gopinatha with Shri Virshabanu Kumari, his life will surely be successful.330-331


While serving seperately, Shri Gopala Bhatta's eagerness increased and he understood that it was the Lord's desire to be served in this seperate way.332


One day Shri Radha Raman wanted to reveal himself to Gopala Bhatta.333


Understanding the desire of Shri Gopala Gosvami, Shri Radha Raman showed Shri Bhatta that he and Gopala were the same being.334


The intimate assocaites of Gopala Bhatta performed the ceremony of Abhiseka of Radha Raman and thus the worship of Radha Raman became established.335


The deity made his own temple and helped Gopala Bhatta Gosvami begin his worship.336


Establishment of the identity of Shri Gopala Bhatta

We have briefly described the manner in which Shri Radha Raman bacame manifest, this knowledge is the source of all happiness.



Shri Radha Raman was the life and soul of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, and while sleeping or awake he knew nothing but the service of his Lord.338


Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami drank the nectar of the beauty of Radha Raman to his heart's content. In Krishna's pastimes in Vrndavana Gopala Bhatta had previously appeared as the Ananga Manjari or Guna Manjari.339


In Gaura Ganoddesha Dipika  it has been described that Ananga manjari of Krishna's Vrndavana pastimes has appeared as Gopala Bhatta in Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes. Other experts on the topics of Krishna's lila have also described that Gopala Bhatta was the Guna manjari in Krishna's lila.340


Being enchanted by the beauty of his deity, Shri Gopala Bhatta decorated the Lord with different flower ornaments according to Radha Raman's choice.341


While serving radha Raman, Gopala Bhatta's joy increased moment by moment andhe constantly remembered his service to Shri Gaura Candra.342


He could hardly retain his composure and he remembered the way he had served Gaura Candra in his own house on the instruction of his father.343


He became moved by the memory of that service and shed tears profusely while looking at his beautiful Radha Raman.344


Shri Radha Raman reveals himself as Shri Gaura

Shri Radha Raman, who was ever bound by the love of Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, took pleasure in revealing himself in the form of Shri Gaura Sundara.345


He was young and dressed so beautifully that he enchanted the entire universe. His beauty was more exquisite than that of Madana (Cupid).346


Seeing the beauty of Shri Gaura Candra his heart overflowed with joy and he called out, "What have I seen" as he fainted on the ground.347


With tears straming from his eyes he joyfully glorified Shri Radha Raman and Shri Gaura Candra.348


Whatever desire found a place in the heart of Shri Gopala Bhatta would immediately be satisfied by Radha Raman. 349


Throughout the world the wonderful activities of Radha raman, the life and soul of Gopala Bhatta were known.350


Dedication of Shrinivasa to the feet of Shri Radha Raman

Shrinvasa offered his obeisances to Radha Raman, prostrating himself on the ground. 351


Words came rushing to his lips but he could not utter them due to his perplexed state of mind.352


Offering himself totally to the lotus feet of Shri Radha raman, Shrinivasa simply sat and looked at the deity.353


Shrinivasa meets Lokenatha and Shri Bhugarbha Gosvami

After offering obeisances to Shri Radha Raman. Shri Jiva GOsvami took his very deatr Shrinivasa out of the temple.354


He went to meet Shri Lokenatha Gosvami and Shri Bhugarbha Gosvami and told them about the arrival of Shrinivasa.355


Althouth they were terribly aggreived due to seperation, nevertheless they became happy upon seeing Shrinivasa.356


Shrinivasa worshipped their lotus feet and both of them embraced him in great affection.357


Due to their loving ecstasy they would not relaease Shrinvasa from their embrace and soaked him with tears from their eyes.358


They offered Shrinivasa at the lotus feet of Shri Radha Vinod and they both bestowed their compassionate mercy upon him.359


Who can describe the loving ecstasy that Shrinivasa experienced after seeing Shri Radha Vinod?360


Shrinvasa absorbs the deity of Shri Gopinatha

Then Shri Jiva took Shrinivasa Thakura to see Shri Gopinathji.361


Absorbing Shri Gopinath, Shrinivasa became ecstatic and tears streamed from his eyes.362


Paranadana Puri and Shri Madhu Pandita became very happy to meet Shrinivasa.363


The compassion they showed upon him was beyond description. From there they went to see Shri Madan Mohan.364


Shrinivasa could not control his emotions in front of Madan Mohan and his heart overflowed with love for the Lord.365


Again and again he offered obeisances to Shri Madan Gopala as tears rolled down from his face and soaked his chest.366


After Shrinivasa composed himself, Jiva Gosvami introduced him to other devotees.367


Krishnadasa Brahmacari and others who were absorbed in loving ecstasy of the Lord embraced him very tightly.368


Shrinivasa offered his obeisances to all of them and they bestowed their mercy on him.369


Visit to the tomb of Sanatana Gosvami

Shrinivasa and many other devotees went to see the samadhi of Shri Sanatana Gosvami.370


When he reached the samadhi Shrinivasa fell down on the ground.371


Shrinivasa felt so happy that he began to cry and the others also cried with him.372


They affectionately consoled him with sweet words.373


Shrinivasa's initation from Shri Gopala Bhatta

At last Shri Jiva Gosvami joyfully brought Shrinivasa to his own residence.374


It became known that the next morning Shri Gopala Gosvami would initiate Shrinivasa.375


Shrinivasa thanked his own good fortune ans spent the remainder of that day discussing various topics.376


The next morning after taking a bath Shrinivasa went with Jiva Gosvami to the place of Shri Gopala Bhatta. Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was in the process of worshipping Shri Radha Raman.377-378

Shri Jiva Gosvami offered obeisances to Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and joyfully told him about Shrinivasa.379


Shrinivasa offered obeisances at the lotus feet of Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami who was very satisfied with Shrinivasa's behavior.



In a plasant atmosphere in the presence of Shri Radha Raman Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami made Shrinivasa his disciple. 381


He dedicated Shrinivasa to the service of Shri Radha raman and Shri Gaura Candra and taught him earnestly the process of austere ascetic practice.382


Shrinivasa humbly fell at the feet of Shri Gopala Bhatta with tears streaming from his eyes.383


Also shedding tears of joy, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami blessed Shrinivasa and wished him every success in his devotional life.384


He requested Shri Jiva to care affectionately for Shrinivasa. Both Shri Jiva and Shrinivasa bowed to the feet of Shri Bhatta Gosvami.



Shri Jiva Gosvami embraced Shrinivasa affectionately and both of them cried out of joy.386


The news of Shrinivasa's initation by Gopala Bhatta spread and everyone felt affection for the young boy.387


Many Vaishnavas came to see Radha Raman and to meet Shrinivasa as well.388


A great festival took place there and everyone was very satisfied to meet Shrinivasa.389


On the next day Jiva sent Shrinivasa to Shri Kunda to meet Dasa Gosvami.390


Shri Dasa Gosvami was very happy to see Shrinivasa.391


Shri Raghava, Shri Krishnadasa Kaviraja and others were very jpyful to accept Shrinivasa amongst themselves.392


Shrinivasa stayed at radha-Kunda/Govardhan for three days and after that returned to Vrndavana with the permission of the devotees.393


On an auspicious day, with the permission of all respected persons, Shrinivasa began his studies.394


To the delight of everyone he easily mastered Shrimad Bhagavatam and the Gosvami scriptures.395


Shri Jiva bestowed the title of Acarya on Shrinivasa

One day Shri Jiva took interest in explaining the verses of the book Uddipana Divaha.396


The following verse is from the book Shri Ujjvalanilmani Uddipana Vivaba: "Addressing her friend, Shri Radhika said that once a young Kadamba plant with only two leaves had been planted by lotus eyed Shri Krishna near the entrance of Gokula. Th etree had now become full grown and was covered wtih countless leaves and flowers. She complained that the full grown kadamba tree had become the cause of pain of the Gopis who were already suffering from seperation of Krishna.397


Unfortunately, Shri Jiva Gosvami failed to explain this adequately and he asked Shrinivasa to make it clear.398


Shrinivasa had been empowered by Shri Rupa Gosvami and explained the verse successfully. Whoever listened to it became satisfied and happy.399


The commentator on the book Shri Ujjvalanilmani had given a beautiful and elaborate explaination of that particular  verse.



Everyone was astonished by the genius of Shrinivasa and they admired him in various ways.401


With the permission of everyone Shri Jiva delightedly gave Shrinivasa the title of Kaviraj.402


Although Shri Jiva saw that Shrinivasa felt very humble in the midst of this praise, he discarded that humility by addressing Shrinivasa as Acarya.403


With the permissionof Shri Jiva, Acarya Shrinivasa began to educate the Vaishnavas of Vraja.404


As Shrinivasa set in a secluded place one day, a thought crossed his mind.405


Although he had heard the nameof Narottama he had never gotten the opportunity to meet him.406


He decided that if he ever got the opportunity to meet Narottama he would not allow him to leave his association.407


He began to weep over these thoughts because he did not know if or when he would ever get the opportunity to meet Narottama.408


According to the wish of Mahaprabhu, Shrinivasa fell asleep and Rupa Gosvami appeared in his dream.409


Shri Rupa Gosvami informed him that he would meet Narottama te followingday. Thereafter he disappeared.410


Shrinivasa Acarya was overwhelmed with joy and on the next day Narottama truly came to meet him.411


While looking at each others faces, they fell into ecstatic joy and love, and both of them began to weep.412


Shrinivasa told Narottama that he felt fortunate to get Narottama's gem-like association.413


In the same mood Narottama spoke many pleasing things to Shrinivasa and the ears of every listener was soothed.414


Shrinivasa embraced Narottama affectionately and would not release his hands.415


Suddenly the memory of Mother Sita's words came to mind and Shrinivasa at once controlled his emotions.416


Narottama humbly paid his respects at the feet of Shrinivasa.417


The divine loving relationship between Shrinivasa Acarya and Narottama was discussed throughout Vrndavana.418


Shri Narottama's initiation by Lokenatha Gosvami

Narottama was overwhelmed by unfathomable joy and he dedicated himself to the feetof Prabhu Lokenatha.419


Prabhu Lokenatha was extremely pleased with the sincereity of Shri Narottama and gladly gave him diksha.420


Shri Jiva bestows the title of Thakura Mahasaya on Shri Narottama

Shri Gopala Bhatta and other devotees bestowed extensive mercy on Narottama, and Shri Jiva Gosvami began to educate him.421


Within a short time Narottama completed his eduaction in the different scriptures. The devotees were astonished by his capacity to comprehend the scriptures and they began to admire him as a scholar.422


Because his ability to learn was far greater than anyone else's, Jiva Gosvami gave Narottama the title of Thakura Mahasaya.423-424


Shrinivasa Acarya and Thakura Narottama became the favorite pupils of Jiva Gosvami

Everyone in Vrndavana happily observed the great affection Shri Jiva showed for Shrinivasa and Narottama.425


Shrinivasa and Narottama lived so intimately with Shri Jiva that it seemed they had become the two hands of Shri Jiva. With the memory of Shri Rupa and Sanatana always fresh in his mind Shri Jiva Gosvami spent his days discussing religious and devotional topics with Shrinivasa and Narottama.426-427


Anyone who showed sincere interest in hearing these topics was sure to get the blessings of Prabhu Visvambhara.428


Taking the feet of Shrinivasa Acarya as his only refuge, Dasa Narahari takes pleasure in writing the book Bhaktiratnakara.429