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Shrinivasa Acarya's Travels to and from Vrindavana. Great Festivals at Shri Kathoya, Yajigrama, and Srikhanda
1. Glory, glory to Shri Saci's son Gaurachandra! Glory to Padmavati's son Nityananda!
2. Glory to Nabha-devi's son Advaita! Glory to Ratnavati's son Gadadhara!
3. Glory to Lord's dear devotees headed by Shrinivasa Pandita!
4. Glory, glory to my hearers, who are abodes of virtue! Please kindly listen to the words I will now speak.
King Birahambira's Repentence and Consolation
5. In his heart King Birahambira of Vana-Vishnupura yearned to see Shrinivasa Acarya.
6. Thinking and thinking, the king always worried in his heart, "After how many days will Prabhu Shrinivasa return to Vishnupura?
7. "I am helpless and without a master, Shrinivasa is my maste, and no other. Without Prabhu Shrinivasa, moment after moment I see only blinding darkness.
8. "Having performed actions like mine, who would not attain suffering? I gave pain to all the Gosvamis of Vrindavana.
9. "No one has committed an offense like mine. Will the great Gosvamis be merciful to me?"
10. Thinking in this way, the king remained silent. he struggled to check the floods of tears that flowed from his eyes.
11. Seeing the king's anxiety, the friends and royal counselors sweetly said:
12. "After a few days Shrinivasa will return. This we know. He is only delayed a little.
13. "You should not worry. Shrinivasa Acarya has been conquered by your devotion. Your fame is spread everywhere.
14. "If Shrinivasa Acarya is merciful to you, then all the great devotees will be merciful to you. O great king, this you should not doubt.
15. "If you say, 'The Lord's dear devotees in Vraja will bring suffering to me.' then we say, 'Please do not think in this way.'"
16. As the friends and counselors spoke in this way, two, men, bearing letters from Shrila Jiva Gosvami, arrived from Vraja.
17. Seeing these two men, the king anxiously fell to the ground and offered respectful obeisances to them.
18. Seeing the king's actions, the two men were stunned. To the king they sweetly said:
19. "In Vrindavana everyone praises you. Now that we see you with our own eyes, we feel great bliss in our hearts.
20. "Bearing letters from the Gosvamis, we have come here. This letter is for Shrinivasa Acarya, and this letter is for you.
21. Speaking these words, they gave the two letters to the king. Taking the letters, the king held them to his eyes and head.
22. Again and again he joyfully praised his good fortune. He read the letter addressed to him. A flood of tears flowed from his eyes.
23. As he heard Shrila Jiva Gosvami's sweet words, his heart became restless.
24. After he had read the letter, the king very joyfully said, "Everyone is very merciful to a very lowly person like mysself.
25. "The devotees of the Lord do not see the faults of others." Speaking in this way, he could not check the tears.
26. The fortunate people observed the king's wonderful actions. The king gave great honor to the two messengers.
27. The king had the other letter from Shrila Jiva Gosvami sent to Yajigrama. At once the king wrote a letter describing his own actions.
28. Thus the king gave two letters to two of his own men. Arriving at Yajigrama, the men gave the two letters to Shrinivasa Acarya.
29. Touching to his head, Shrinivasa Acarya carefully offered respectful obeisances to the letter from Shrila Jiva Gosvami. As he read it, a flood of tears of bliss flowed from his eyes.
30. After many moments, Shrinivasa Acarya Thakura became peaceful again. Then the men gave him the letter from the king.
31. Reading the king's letter, Shrinivasa Acarya felt compassion in his heart. In that letter the king revealed his great yearning again to see Shrinivasa.
32. Shrinivasa at once wrote a letter to the king. In the letter he said his return would be somewhat delayed.
33. He wrote of many different things. Then he placed the letter in the messenger's hand.
34. Taking the letter with him, the messenger went to Vana-Vishnupura. Reading the letter, the king felt great bliss.
35. Teaching his students and saying, "Devotional service is the best of all spiritual paths", Shrinivasa Acarya roared like a lion.
36. Shrinivasa Acarya always worried, "Lord Chaitanya's personal associates have almost all disappeared from this world.
37. "Those who remain will not remain for long." Thinking in this way, he became sorrowful at heart.
38. Still, with a steady heart he thought the devotional scriptures. The power of Shrinivasa Acarya's learning became spread throughout the world.
39. From diligent study he became learned. He taught everyone. He gave them the jewel of pure devotional service.
40. He taught others the Gosvamis' books. One day two brahmanas from Jagannatha-kshetra came.
41. Accompanied by some others who had already come, they approached Shrinivasa Acarya Prabhu.
42. The two brahmanas devotedly offered respectful obeisances to Shrinivasa Acarya. Shrinivasa Acarya then offered respectful obeisances to them, and then hugged them.
43. Shrinivasa asked them the news from Jagannatha-ksetra. They both replied, "We have no power to describe the sufferings present there.
44. "The Lord's personal associates at Nilacala are now almost all beyond the vision of our eyes.
45. "Syamananda, who is filled with spiritual love, went there. He could not describe the condition of the devotees whom he saw.
46. "The few great souls he was able to see were all on the verge of death.
47. "Hearing Syamananda weep, even the hard rocks and the dry wood became ripped apart with grief. Only by the Lord's will does Syamananda somehow remains alive.
48. Some of the great devotees tried to console him. Overcome with feelings of separation, Syamananda went to Vrindavana."
49. When Shrinivasa Acarya heard these words, a flood of tears flowed from his eyes. Seeing his condition, what person would not feel his heart ripped into shreds?
50. After some moments Shrinivasa Acarya made himself peaceful again. Then he taught the Gosvamis's books to those two brahmanas.
51. From Navadvipa a Vaishnava came. Very sorrowful, he met Shrinivasa Acarya.
52. Agitated, Shrinivasa Acarya asked him, "Please tell me the news from Navadvipa."
53. The Vaishnava replied, "In the last few days Suklambara Brahmacari and other great devotees disappeared from this world.
54. Then another person came and said, "Today Gadadhara dasa has disappeared from this world."
55. Hearing this news, Shrinivasa Acarya could not remain peaceful. He fainted falling unconscious to the ground.
56. Seeing his condition, everyone became anxious. By the Lord's will Shrinivasa regained conciousness.
57. Loudly he lamented and wept. A tumult of weeping arose from Shrinivasa Acarya's house.
58. Hearing this weeping, the birds and beasts also wept. Many witnesses saw this happen then.
59. When he became peaceful, Shrinivasa Acarya said to everyone, "At once I will go to Vrindavana.
60. "You all continue studying the Gosvamis' books. Prabhu Rupa and Prabhu Sanatana will make the meanings clear to you."
61. Speaking these words, he taught his disciples the way they should continue their study of the Gosvamis' books. Then Shrinivasa Acarya gave blessings to everyone.
Shrinivasa Acarya Goes to Vrindavana
62. One day, Shrinivasa Acarya thought in his heart, "Almost everyone has left sad me and gone away."
63. As he was thinking in this way, someone call out, "Shri Narahari Thakura has disappeared from this world!"
64. Struck by the thunderbolt of these words, Shrinivasa could not remain peaceful. He rolled on the ground. Calling out, "Now I am all alone!", he wept.
65. he wept until night's end. "I will bid farewell to life." he firmly decided in his heart.
66. By the Lord's will, Shrinivasa suddenly fell asleep. On the pretext of a dream, two persons at once came before his eyes.
67. These persons were Gadadhara dasa Prabhu and Narahari Prabhu. Hugging Shrinivasa, they consoled him, saying:
68. "What you have decided in your heart is not right. We will always stay near you."
69. After speaking these words, they affectionately hugged Shrinivasa. Then they disappeared.
70. When they disappeared Shrinivasa became filled with sorrow. Awakening, Shrinivasa wept for the remainder of the night.
71. In a secluded place, what did Shrinivasa say then to Ramacandra? I do not know, that morning Shrinivasa began his journey to Vrindavana.
72. Very quickly he entered Mathura City. At Vishrama-ghata he bathed in the Yamuna.
73. Seeing Shrinivasa from far away, a certain Mathura brahmana was overcome with affection for him.
74. In his heart thinking, "Why has he returned so soon from Gauda-desha?" That brahmana felt anxiety take birth within his heart.
75. Approaching, the brahmana asked about the news (from Gauda-desha). After offering respectful obeisances, Shrinivasa recounted the news.
76. Then Shrinivasa asked about the welfare of the devotees in Vraja. Letting out a long sigh, the Mathura brahmana said.
77. "You have come in the month of Magha. Had you come ten days ago you would have seen him.
78. "How full of surprises was the Kishna ekadashi days of the month of Magha! On that day Haridasa Acarya disappeared from this world."
79. Hearing these words, Shrinivasa floated in the flood of tears from his eyes. Saying, "I could not see him," he rolled on the ground.
80. Seeing Shrinivasa condition, the saintly brahmana consoled him in many ways. At last Shrinivasa became peaceful.
81. Departing from Mathura, Shrinivasa went to Vrindavana. There he saw the feet of all the Gosvamis.
82. That day was Vasanta-pancami, therefore all had gathered at Shri Govinda's temple.
83. Shri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Shri Bhugarbha Gosvami, Shri Lokanatha Gosvami, Shri Jiva Gosvami, and many other dear devotees of the Lord were there.
84. Suddenly seeing Shrinivasa, they all hugged him with great affection.
85. Falling to the ground, Shrinivasa offered respectful obeisances. Seeing Shrinivasa's wonderful activities, everyone became joyful.
86. They asked Shrinivasa about the welfare (of the devotees in Gauda-desha). He told them everything from beginning to end.
87. Hearing that the dear personal associates of the Lord had disappeared from this world, they all wept with sorrow.
88. Someone said, "Seeing Shrinivasa, in my heart I thought, "Why has he returned so soon?'
89. "He has suffered great sorrows. That is why he has come." Speaking many words, everyone consoled Shrinivasa.
90. They informed him of Haridasa Acarya's disappearance. Who has the power to describe what they all felt?
91. Shrinivasa and the others then became peaceful again. Then they watched Shri Govinda's raja-bhoga arati.
92. I cannot describe how, gazing at the Deities of Shri Radha-Govinda, Shrinivasa was overcome with feelings of spiritual love.
93. Then dear Shrinivasa and all the Gosvamis respectfully ate the maha-prasadam.
94. Then the devotees returned to their own homes. Taking Shrinivasa with him, Shri Jiva Gosvami returned to his home.
Shri Shyamananda Prabhu Arrives in Vrindavana
95. At that time Syamananda arrived from Jagannatha-ksetra. Falling to the ground, he offered respectful obeisances to the Gosvamis.
96. With great affection the Gosvamis hugged him. They spoke to him words sweet like nectar.
97. Who has the power to describe the affection they felt for Syamananda? His presence made their hearts peaceful.
98. They informed Syamananda of Shrinivasa Acarya's arrival. For some time they sat with Syamananda in a secluded place.
99. Seeing Shrinivasa Acarya, Syamananda fell to the ground and offered respectful obeisances with a joyful heart.
100. Acting with proper ettiquete, Shrinivasa hugged Syamananda and made him sit at his side.
101. Talking amongst themselves, they told everything. They could not check the floods of tears that flowed from their eyes.
102. In their hearts they remembered the words of consolation the Gosvamis had spoken. After some moments they both became peaceful again.
103. As Syamananda stayed at that place Shrinivasa Acarya quickly went and bathed in the Yamuna.
104. After bathing he conversed with the Gosvamis. then he went and offered respectful obeisances at the feet of Shri Gopala Bhatöa Gosvami.
105. In this way he traveled everywhere in Vraja. Then he studied books under Shri Jiva Gosvami's guidance.
106. Seeing Shrinivasa Acarya's great power of scholarship, Shri Jiva Gosvami became very pleased at heart.
107. Then he began to teach Shrinivasa the book Shri Gopala-campu. He showed him all that was in that book.
108. Shrinivasa Acarya was now blissful at heart. He always studied the Gosvamis' books.
Shri Ramacandra Kaviraja's Journey to Vrindavana
109. As Shrinivasa Acarya stayed in Vrindavana, everyone in Gauda-desha became sorrowful in his absence.
110. One day, at Shrihanda, Shri Raghunandana very sweetly said to Ramacandra:
111. "This place is now empty like a desert. What more need I say? Go at once to Vrindavana. That is what you should do."
112. After speaking these words, Raghunandana described the path one should seek for Vrindavana. At that very moment Ramacandra departed for Yajigrama.
113. Again and again everyone said to Ramacandra, "Without Shrinivasa Acarya, we are all covered with blinding darkness.
114. "Don't delay. At once go to Vrindavana. Please bring Shrinivasa Acarya back to this place and save our lives."
115. Taking permission from everyone, Ramacandra joyfully returned to his own home.
116. In his heart Ramacandra thought and thought, "After how many days will I attain Narottama's company?
117. "When I am in his company all sufferings flee. If I cannot see him happiness will not take birth in my heart.
118 and 119. "Even at the Lord's temple I will not stay without Narottama. Whenever Narottama comes and goes with his companions, there I will be happy in very way." This Ramacandra humbly decided in his heart.
120. Who understands the power that rests in the great devotees' hearts? To whom will they not reveal the thoughts in their hearts?
121. Ramacandra's younger brother, Shri Govinda, was very learned. He was handsome and expert. He was first in everything.
122. In a secluded place Ramacandra very affectionately told Shri Govinda, "Tomorrow morning I will depart for Vrindavana.
123. "Nowadays it is not good to reside at this place. This thought has always stayed in my heart.
124. "With your own eyes you can see the calamities that for many days have come to his place.
125. "At once you should leave this place. It is best that without hesitating you make your home somewhere else.
126. "In the region between the Ganga and the Padmavati is a holy village named Teliya-budhari.
127. "It is a good village where saintly people make their homes. If in your heart you think it is right, you should make your home there.
128. "Coming and going, our maternal grandfather often visited that village. Everyone knows that. It is known everywhere.
129. "If you reside in that village many happiness will come to you." Govinda then replied, "I will certainly make my home there."
130. Ramacandra was happy with Govinda's words. Ramacandra gave him many instructions on the supreme goal of life.
131. The next morning Ramacandra bid farewell to his brother and began his journey to Vrindavana.
132. Shrinivasa Acarya went to Vrindavana at the end of Margashirsha month. Ramacandra went there at the end of Pausha month.
The Previous Activities of Shri Ramacandra's Brother Govinda