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Shrinivasa Acarya Travels From Vrindavana To Gauda-desha
1. Glory, glory to Shri Gaura-Govinda, who is the jewel of virtues! Glory to Shri Nityananda, who is a mine filled with the jewels of ecstatic spiritual love!
2. Glory to Advaitacandra, who is an ocean of mercy! Glory to Gadadhara, the life's friend of the learned devotees!
3. Glory, glory to merciful Shrivasa Pandita! Glory to Vakresvara, Shri Murari, and Haridasa!
4. Glory, glory to Shri Svarupa Damodara, Shri Rupa Gosvami, and Shri Sanatana Gosvami! Glory, glory to all the devotees of Lord Gaurachandra!
5. Glory, glory to the hearers of this book, hearers who are the abode of spiritual virtue! Now I will speak. Please kindly listen.
6. Shrinivasa Acaraya and Narottama dasa Thakura very happily resided in Vrindavana.
7. One day Shrinivasa Acarya Thakura sweetly, said to Narottama:
8. "Today I have seen auspicious omens moment after moment. My right eyes and right hand tremble.
9. "Suddenly I feel great happiness take birth in my heart. I am certain that soon I will meet a great Vaishnava."
10. Narottama then said, "I have heard the news that soon we will meet Duhkhi Krishnadasa."
11. With joyful heart they spoke of this news. Then they went to see Shrila Jiva Gosvami.
12. At that moment Shyamananda arrived at Shrila Jiva Gosvami's home. Shrila Jiva Gosvami was very pleased by Shyamananda's saintly activities..
13. Although I have already told Shyamananda's story, now I will tell something that will bring great benefit.
The Story of Shyamananda Prabhu in Vrindavana
14. On the full moon day of Caitra month Shyamananda was born. As the waxing moon grows day by day, so young Shyamananda grew.
15. In his boyhood he played at home. As a teenager he became aloof from home-life.
16. Then, during the month of Phalguna, saintly Shyamananda thought in his heat, "I will leave home."
17. At Dandesvara-grama he bid fareweel to his mother and father and went to Ambika-grama.
18. There he became a disciple of Hrdaya Chaitanya Thakura. He completed surrender himself to the lotus feet of that saint.
19. At an auspicious moment in Phalguna (February-March), he became Hradaya Chaitanya's disciple. With his guru's permission he went to Vrindavana.
20. For some days he visited many holy places. Then he very happily entered the circle of Vraja.
21. With a happy heart Shyamananda went from Govardhana to the shore of Radha-kunda.
22. As he gazed at Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda, he was overcome with ecstatic spiritual love. He floated in the tears from his eyes.
23. Watching Shyamananda's activities a devotee named Vrajavasi dasa floated in bliss. He asked many questions of Shyamananda.
24. He took Shyamananda to Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami and told the Gosvami the story of Shyamananda's arrival.
25. Falling to the ground, Shyamananda offered obeisances again and again. A flood of tears flowed from his eyes.
26. Shrila Raghunatha dasa was very merciful. He made Shyamananda sit down close by. He asked about Shyamananda's welfare.
27. Shyamananda told everything. Listening, Shrila Raghunatha dasa felt great joy in his heart.
28. That day Shrila Raghunatha dasa had Shyamananda as his guest. Then he sent Shyamananda to Vrindavana witha group of devotees.
29. The devotees took Shyamananda to Shrila Jiva Gosvami. They told the Gosvami all of Shyamananda's story.
30 Shyamananda feel to the ground before the Gosvami's feet. Shyamananda was very humble. He floated in the tears from his eyes.
31. With a father's love Shrila Jiva Gosvami hugged Shyamananda and made him sit at his side.
32. Shri Jiva asked about Lord Gaura's devotees' activities. He asked how they served their two Lords.
33. He asked of Shri Hrdaya Chaitanya's activities. Shyamananda told everything, one thing after another.
34. He humbly told his own story. "How will I study the devotional scriptures?" he asked.
35. The Gosvami replied, "Do not worry. In the company of Shrinivasa and Narottama you will taste the nectar of the scriptures."
36. When Shyamananda heard the words "Shrinivasa and Narottama", the hairs of his body stood up. His heart was filled with joy.
37. Again and again he begged the Gosvami, "Please give the command that I must go to see them."
38. As these words were spoken, Narottama and Shrinivasa happily approached the Gosvami.
39. With a happy heart Shrila Jiva Gosvami said to Shrinivasa, "This is Duhkhi Krishnadasa (Shyamananda). He has come from Gauda-desha.
40. "He is a disciple of Hrdaya Chaitanya Thakura. He has told us of his guru's uncommon glories.
41. "After some time he came here from Radha-kunda. He told us many wonderful stories of the devotees in Gauda-desha.
42. "He is very eager to meet you both." Speaking this words, Shri Jiva introduced Shyamananda to Shrinivasa and Narottama.
43. Falling to the ground, Shyamananda offered respectful obeisances. Shrinivasa hugged him and would not let him go.
44. Then Shyamananda offered respectful obeisances to Narottama. With great affection Narottama hugged him.
45. I cannot describe the great spiritual love they all felt. As they met Shyamananda everyone was filled with bliss.
46. Who knows how to describe the wonderful glories of the three saints Shrinivasa, Narottama, and Shyamananda?
47. Shrila Jiva Gosvami was very pleased with him. He began to teach him the devotional scriptures.
48. He gave Shyamananda as a student to Shrinivasa. For some days Shrinivasa taught Shyamananda.
49. Shri Syamananda's devotional activities were wonderful. From time to time he sent news back to Ambika-grama.
How He Received the Name Shyamananda
50. In his heart Shyamananda yearned to become a maidservant of Shri Radhika. With his guru's permission this desire was fulfilled at Shri Jiva's house.
51. Shrila Jiva Gosvami was merciful to Shyamananda. He made Shyamananda qualified for manasa-seva (devotional service in meditation).
52. Understanding that because of him happiness had taken birth in the Deities Radha-Shyamananda, Shri Jiva gave Duhkhi Krishnadasa the name Shyamananda.
53. Day by day Shyamananda's devotion grew more and more. All the people of Vraja became pleased with him.
54. Shyamananda had pure devotion to Shrila Jiva Gosvami's feet. Shyamananda always stayed in the company of Shrinivasa and Narottama.
55. In the company of the devotees, Shyamananda always sang the glories of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda. Wild with bliss, he did not know his own identity.
56. Raising his arms and calling out, "Shri Guru! Shri Hridaya Chaitanya Prabhu!" he regularly danced on the Yamuna's banks.
57. Unaware to the activities of a devotee who has reached perfection, foolish souls criticized Shyamananda. For this they attained great sorrow.
58. Shyamananda was always as if intoxicated by tasting the nectar of pure devotion. The sigh of him made a shoreless ocean of bliss fill every direction.
59. Shyamananda gazed st the Deities Shri Radha-Gopinatha, Shri Radha-Madanamohana, and Shri Radha Gopinatha, he dedicated his life to Their service.
60. How wonderful was the handsomeness of those three sets of Deities! Who, gazing at Them, could remain peaceful at heart?
61. These three sets of Deities were not always together. Only on ekadashis, full-moon days, and new-moon days were They together.
62. When They were together on the simhasana, these three sets of Deities were glorious without peer.
The Story of How The Deities Shri Govinda and Shri Madana-mohana Attained Their Consorts.
63. When the Deity Shri Govinda was manifested, there was no Shrimati Radhika Deity with Him.
64. The Deity Shri Madana-mohana was also manifested alone. Now I will briefly say how They got Their consorts.
65. Maharaja Prataparudra's son was named Purushottama-jana. He was handsome in every limb.
66. Hearing that the two Deities had no consorts, with care he sent two Radha-Thakurani Deities to Them.
67. After some days these two Deities arrived in Vrndavana. Hearing this news, everyone in Vrndavana was filled with bliss.
68. On the pretext of a dream Lord Madana-mohana appeared before His priest and with a happy heart said:
69. "Two Shri Radhika Deities were sent, but the sender does not know that one Deity is Radha and the other is Lalita.
70. "Quickly go and bring Them both here. The smaller Deity is Shri Radhika. Place Her on My left.
71. "The larger Deity is Lalita. Place her on My right." Hearing these words, the priest at once departed.
72. With a very joyful heart the priest returned with both Deities. At once he placed Them as Lord Madana-mohana had commanded.
73. In Shrila Visvanatha Cakravarti's Shri Stavamrta-lahari (Shri Madana-Gopaladevashtaka Text 8) it is said: "On the Yamuna's shore is a shady kadamba grove and a glorious jewel palace where You eternally play with Radha and Lalita. O Madana Gopala, please protect me, for I am now Your home."
74. When these pastimes of the Deity Madana-mohana were revealed, the vaishnavas became filled with wonder.
75. Hearing this wonderful news, Purushottama-jana was overcome with bliss. He did not know even his own self.
76. Now he wished to send a Radha-Thakurani Deity to Lord Govinda. Many times he attempted, but he could not see a way to do it.
77. Anxiously thinking of this, one day he fell asleep. On the pretext of a dream, Shri Radhika then came before his eyes.
78. Softly, softly She said to Purushottama-jana, "At once send Me to Shri Govinda.
79. "The people see Me within Lord Jagannatha's circle, (cakrabeda) but they do not suspect that I am Shri Radha.
80. "For a long time I have stayed in that circle, and everyone affirms that I am Goddess Lakshmi,
81. "In truth I am Radhika. This no one knows." After speaking these words, Shri Radhika suddenly disappeared.
82. When his dream broke, Purusottama-jana was very frightened. Quickly he went to Cakrabeda and saw the Deity with his own eyes.
83. Now I will briefly tell the story of how the Radhika Deity stayed at Cakrabeda.
84. The Deity Gopala personally walked to South India from the place of the Deity Govinda (in Vrndavana), and activity described in these words of Sadhana-dipika:
85. "Walking with His own feet, the Deity Gopala, who is an ocean of mercy, and who has stayed in Shri Govinda's place, came to bear witness for a brahmana.
86. "Even today that Deity, who dearly loves His devotees, is splendidly manifest in Orissa. Lord Hari is the all-powerful Supreme Personality of Godhead. He can do anything, or avoid doing anything. Certainly He can walk."
87. The Deity Shri Gopala's journey is elaborately described in other books. Now I will say something of the Deity Shri Radhika's journey.
The Story of the Arrival of the Shri Radhika Deity from Cakrabeda in Orissa.
88. Controlled by Her devotees' love, that Radhika Deity at one time came to Orissa from Vrndavana.
89. In Orissa is a village named Shri Radha-nagara. In that village lived an exalted brahmana from South India.
90. That exalted vaishnava was named Brhadbhanu. He was learned in all the scriptures. This was known everywhere.
91. Shri Radhika thought of Herself as Brhadbhanu's daughter. With a happy heart She enjoyed pastimes as a Deity in his house.
92. In Sadhana-dipika it is said: "Please hear a beautiful story. There was a saintly South-Indian vaishnava-brahmana named Brhadbhanu.
93 and 94. "He resided in the village of Radha-nagara in Orissa. For many years he served Shri Radha Deity. Shri Radha thought of Herself as his daughter. By Her mercy nothing is impossible."
95. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. With only one mouth how can I describe the great vatsalya love the brahmana Brhadbhanu felt for Shri Radhika?
96. If for half a sesame seed's worth of time he did not see the Deity Shri Radha, Brhadbhanu felt that moment as long as a yuga. Radha was the be-all and end-all of his life. He thought only of Radha. He thoght of none but Her.
97. After some days the brahmana left this world. This news the king heard from the people's mouths.
98. The king at Puri dearly love Lord Jagannatha. Coming to Radha-nagara, that king gazed at the glorious Radha-Deity.
99. In his head the wise king thought and thought. In a dream Shri Radhika commanded him:
100. "At once take Me from here and keep Me at Lord Jagannatha's abode." The joyful king obeyed that command.
101. With great care the king kept Shri Radhika at Lord Jagannatha's delightful abode of Cakrabeda.
102. After many days at Cakrabeda everyone came to say, "This Deity is Lakshmi."
103. Saying the Deity is Lakshmi, everyone worshipped Her in that way. In truth Shri Radhika is the perfect and complete original form of Goddess Lakshmi.
104. Who has the power to understand the pastimes Radha enjoyed in that way in Cakrabeda?
105. When it was time for Her to go to Vrndavana, She informed Purusottama-jana.
106. In a dream she commanded prince Purusottama-jana to send Her to Vrndavana with many people.
107. Everyone in Orissa and Gauda-desha knew the Radha Deity had travelled from Puri to Vrndavana.
108. The day that Radha-Deity entered Vrndavana was a day filled with an overflowing ocean of happiness.
109. Radha was placed at Lord Govinda's left on the simhasana. The two of Them felt wonderful happiness in meeting again.
110. What person with only one mouth can describe the glorious handsomeness of Radha and Govinda?
111. The past poets have all described Radha Thakurani's arrival in Vrndavana.
112. Anyone who hears of Her arrival, as it is elaborately described in Sadhana-dipika and other books, will attain pure spiritual love and devotion (prema-bhakti).
113. The past poets have described how the Deities Radha-Gopinatha were manifested near Vamshivata.
114. The three Deities Shri Govinda, Shri Gopinatha, and Shri Madana-mohana are the life's treasure of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
115. Everyone knows these three Deities are the be-all and end-all of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas' lives. These three Deities have absorbed the heart and soul of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
116. In Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami's Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita (Adi 1.19) it is said: "These three Deities of Vrndavana (Madana-mohana, Govinda, and Gopinatha) have absorbed the heart and soul of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas (followers of Lord Chaitanya). I worship Their lotus feet, for They are the Lords of my heart."*
117. Shyamananda gazed at the wonderful glory of these three Deities. Even for a half a sesame seed's worth of time he could not keep his heart peaceful.
118. As they gazed at the Deities Shri Radha-vinoda, Shri Radha-ramana, and Shri Radha-Damodara, Shyamananda's eyes bloomed with happiness.
119. Lokanatha Gosvami, Bhugarbha Gosvami, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, and the other devotees all gave limitless mercy to Shyamananda.
120. No one can describe what Shyamananda felt when he saw the samadhis (tombs) of the Gosvamis.
121. From time to time Shyamananda went to Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda, where he saw Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.
122. Who can elaborately describe Shri Shyamananda' s activities in Vrndavana?
123. Always happily stayed with Shrinivasa Acarya Thakura and Narottama dasa Thakura Mahashaya.
124. Watching Shrinivasa's extraordinary spiritual activities, activities beyond the grip of this material world, Shrinivasa Acarya became very happy.
125. How wonderful were Shrinivasa Acarya's activities! With only one mouth who has the power to describe them?
126. Shyamananda meditated on the Lord's pastimes in Navadvipa and Vrndavana.
127. Who can elaborately describe Shyamananda's meditation on the Lord's Navadvipa pastimes?
Shrinivasa Acarya's Rapt Meditation on Lord Chaitanya's Pastimes in Navadvipa
128. One day, in a very secluded place, Shrinivasa meditated on the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya, who is like a moon shining in Shri Navadvipa.
129. Brahma and the demigods offer obeisances to beautiful Navadvipa where the six seasons personified, with Springtime personified as their leader are always manifest.
130. In Navadvipa the flower-filled trees and vines are beautiful and glorious. The cooing of the cuckoos and other birds attracts every heart.
131. In the middle of Navadvipa is a wonderful placed called Mayapura. A person who sees that place finds that all his sufferings flee far away.
132. Surrouned by His dear associates, Lord Chaitanya enjoys wonderful blissful pastimes as He sits on a wonderful simhasana in that place.
133. Shrinivasa gazed at all these wonderful glories. By the Lord's command he stood at the Lord's side.
134. With great care He annointed the Lord's graceful limbs with wonderful fragrant sandal paste.
135. A garland of many different flowers he placed around the Lord's neck. With a joyful heart he fanned the Lord's with a camara.
136. Sipping the nectar of the sight of the moon that is Lord Gaurasundara's face, Shrinivasa was overcome. No longer did he know his own identity.
137. He trembled. He could not keep his body still. From his large eyes flowed tears of spiritual love.
138. May symptoms of ecstasy were manifest on his body. Observing Shrinivasa's actions, Lord Chaitanya was very pleased.
139. Lord Chaitanya took the garland from His own neck and gave it to His devotee. When the garland touched him Shrinivasa felt he was swimming in an ocean of bliss.
140. At that moment Shrinivasa Acarya returned to external consciousness. On his neck he saw the garland the Lord gave him.
141. The garland was beautiful and fragrant without limit. From every direction bumblebees flew to it.
142. Shrinivasa Acarya at once hid the garland. Even when it was hidden, someone still saw it.
143. Always always Shrinivasa Acarya concealed his activities. Day and night he was plunged in meditation on Lord Chaitanya's pastimes in Navadvipa
144. Overcome with the bliss of spiritual love, Shrinivasa always floated in the waves of the ocean of Lord Krishna's Vrndavana pastimes.
145. On a Spring day Shrinivasa meditated on Lord Krishna's holi pastimes.
146. There is a place called Phagunastha-lila. Today everyone calls this place Phagutala.
147. This place is very secluded and gloriously beautiful. A gentle gentle breeze blows there always.
148. In the four directions are forests of newly blossoming kadamba trees.
149. Humming bees fly amongst the many different blossoming flowers. Thousands and thousands of peacocks and peahens dance.
150. Deer does wildly pran??. Standing, Radha and Krishna and Their gopi friends watch all this.
151. Then, accompanied by many thousands and thousands of maidservants, Vrnda happily makes many arrangements for the holi festival.
152. She gathers colorful phaga and many vines and other musical instruments.
153. Accompanied by Their gopi friends, with joyful hearts Radha and Krishna begin the holi pastimes in a forest grove.
154. Surrounded by Her gopi friends, Radhika joyfully throws wonderful phagu on Krishna's limbs.
155. Signalled by the gopis, Shrinivasa, now in the form of a gopi maidservant brings more phagu and gives it to Radhika.
156. How wonderful are these pastimes of Radha-Syama! Gazing at Radha-Syama's splendour, many millions of Kamadevas faint with biss.
157. They know phagu. Now They are covered with red. Music from many different instruments fills the ears.
158. The peerless jester Krishna, who is the crown of rasikas, without stop shows a monsoon of red phagu on all the gopis.
157. The gopis are drenched with liquid phagu. Now the musk, kunkuma and other scents that adorn them run in streams. On various pretexts Krishna kisses and embraces the gopis. He enjoys pastimes with them in many ways.
160. In this way the divine couple enjoys peerless holi pastimes. Lalita and the sakhis are filled with bliss. The hairs on their bodies stand erect.
161. After some time they all become peaceful again. Radha and Krishna sit together on a simhasana.
162. Shrinivasa, now a gopi maidservant, fans the divine couple with a camara and makes Their fatigue flee far away. Now the dasi Shrinivasa's desires are all fulfilled.
163. His service now completed, Shrinivasa returns to external consciousness. He sees that his body is now anointed with phagu. He cannot hide it.
164. The phagu glisten with great splendor. It is a shoreless ocean of sweet fragrance. When the fragrance touches his nose he cannot remain peaceful.
165. Always always Shrinivasa's heart was overcome with ecstatic spiritual love. Who has the power to describe his limitless spiritual love.
In Meditation Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura Serves the Divine Couple
166. Seeing Shrinivasa Acarya's activities of ecstatic spiritual love, Narottama could not contain the bliss within his heart.
167. What person with only one mouth can describe the manasa-seva (devotional service performed in meditation) performed by Narottama?
168. One day accompanied by their gopi friends with great bliss and love, Radha and Krishna enjoyed pastimes in a forest grove.
169. To a gopi friend Shri Radhika happily says, "Quickly bring a great abundance of foods."
170. Now very joyful, Lalita and the sakhis carefully bring many kinds of foods.
171. Narottama now has the form of a gopi-maidservant. On a sakhi's signal the maidservant Narottama begins to prepare some milk.
172. Seeing the boiling milk is about to overflow, with his bare hands Narottama takes the milk-pot from the fire.
173. His hands are scorched. He does not notice. He gives the warm milk to a sakhi.
174. With blissful hearts Radha and Krishna enjoy the milk. Narottama accepts the remnants they leave behind. Then Narottama returns to external consciousness.
175. Seeing that his hand is now actually scorched, he quickly hides it. Still, someone else understands the secret of these pastimes.
176. Who can elaborately describe the devotional service Narottama performed in meditation?
177. In meditation he always wandered in Navadvipa and Vrndavana. In Shrinivasa Acarya's company he was overcome with bliss.
From Time to Time Shrinivasa and Narottama Stay on Govardhana Hill
178. Taking Narottama with him, from time to time Shrinivasa Acarya would go and stay on Govardhana Hill.
179. One day, in a cave on Govardhana, they heard flute music, music that enchanted the three worlds.
180. Hearing the flute music, they were overcome. They trembled. They could not contain their bliss.
181. When they entered the Govardhana cave, the sweet fragrance of Lord Krishna's body entered their nostrils.
182. Smelling that sweet fragrance, they felt unconscious to the ground.
183. After some moments they became conscious again. Now they saw a cowherd boy standing before them.
184. A wonderful turban decorated His head. His form was handsome. He held a stick in His head. He was vey gentle and peaceful.
185. Gazing at the cowherd boy, with a joyful heart Shrinivasa respectfully asked:
186. "Please tell, tell, O cowherd boy. Why have you come to this place?" The cowherd boy replied, "I have come to protect you both."
187. "You do not know the many dangers in this place. Because we heard the cows here, we cowherd boys know all the dangers.
188. "From far away I saw that you both had fallen unconscious to the ground.
189. "Leaving My companions I quickly came here. For many moments I stood in this place.
190. "With a heart free of worries I will now go and herd My cows." Speaking these words, the cowherd boy disappeared.
191. In his heart Shrinivasa Acarya thought and thought, "From where did that cowherd boy come?"
192. "He sprinkled us with the nectar of His words and then He suddenly disappeared. Because of my past sinful deeds I had no power to know His true identity."
193. Shrinivasa and Narottama sat under a tree and talked. They deeply sighed. They floated in the tears from their eyes.
194. With sad hearts they passed that day. By Lord Krishna's wish, at night they were pulled into sleep.
195. On the pretext of a dream Vraja's prince Krishna appeared before them. His form was dark and handsome. He enchanted all the worlds.
196. He wore the colorful garments of a dancer. A flute glistened in His hand. The effulgence of the moon of His face made Kamadeva faint in bliss.
197. He sweetly sweetly smiled. He gently, gently said, "You were charmed by My flute music."
198. "The sweet fragrance from My body made you faint. Running, I came before you.
199. Pretending to be an ordinary cowherd boy, I allowed you to see Me. When you became conscious again I made an excuse and went away.
200. First you attained Me and then you became distraught. Now I allow you to see Me again. Look at Me and be happy."
201. Lord Krishna spoke these words. Then, after some moments, He disappeared, then the dream broke. Shrinivasa and Narottama could not stop the flood of tears that streamed from their eyes.
202. After some moments they became peaceful again. Then morning came and they performed their morning duties.
203. With joyful hearts they always talked of Lord Krishna's glorious pastimes on Govardhana Hill.
From Time to Time Shrinivasa and Narottama Stayed at Radha-kunda
204. From time to time Shrinivasa and Narottama stayed at Radha-kunda. Seeing Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, they became joyful.
205. I have no power to describe the mercy Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami gave to them.
206. I cannot describe the affection Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami and the other devotees bore for Shrinivasa and Narottama.
207. Overcome with spiritual love and bliss, Shrinivasa and Narottama gazed at Radha-kunda. They decided that now they had attained the goal of their lives.
208. At the middle of a certain day Shrinivasa and Narottama walked in various forest groves.
209. Shrinivasa said to Narottama, "Let us go to the Surya temple Radhika used to visit. There we will worship the demigod Surya."
210. As he spoke these words the sound of jingling anklets suddenly entered their ears. That sound had no source anyone could see.
211. Shrinivasa and Narottama then became wild with bliss. I cannot describe all their activities in detail.
212. Who can describe the bliss they felt as they visited Nandagrama, Yavata, Varshana, and other holy places?
213. When they visited Vrndavana they became plunged into an ocean of bliss. I do not know how to describe all the secret things they saw.
214. Fearing this book will become very large. I will not describe how all the Gosvamis' gave mercy to them.
Description of Shrinivasa Acarya Prabhu's Journey to Gauda-desha with the Devotional Scriptures.
215. Gathering together, all the Gosvamis in their hearts decided that Shrinivasa should at once be sent to Gauda-desa.
216. Everywhere in Vraja the news spread, "Shrinivasa will carry the books to Gauda-desha.
217. "He will distribute the jewellike books in place after place. On the bright fortnight of Aghrayana (November-December) he will depart."
218. After Shrinivasa had departed how would the dear devotees of the Lord remain peaceful?
219. As they said, "How will we remain peaceful at heart?" tears flowed from their eyes.
220. The wise Vrajavasis could not remain peaceful. Shrinivasa Acarya was everyone's very life.
221. Who was not delighted by Shrinivasa's activities. Even the wretched and fallen people honoured him.
222. Seeing how Shrinivasa walked on the path of devotional service, Shrila Jiva Gosvami always felt limitless joy in his heart.
223. On a certain day, with joyful hearts Shrila Jiva Gosvami and the other devotees assembled at Shri Govinda's temple.
224. To Shri Govindadeva they prayed with sweet words, "Please give Shrinivasa the power to distribute the holy books."
225. As the devotees spoke this prayer the garland around Shri Govinda's neck broke and fell to the ground. The Lord wished to give that garland to Shrinivasa.
226. With haste, care, and tears of spiritual love, the pujari gave that garland to Shrinivasa.
227. Shrinivasa respectfully accepted the garland. Gazing at Shri Govinda's face, Shrinivasa became wild with spiritual love.
228. Again and again he fell to the ground to offer his respects. He could not check the flooding river of tears that flowed from his eyes.
229. Seeing how Lord Govinda gave His mercy to him, with very joyful hearts everyone praised Shrinivasa.
230. At that time Shrila Jiva Gosvami and the others decided on the day when Shrinivasa would depart for Gauda-desha.
231. Everyone agreed that in the month of Agrahayana, on the fifth day of the bright fortnight, Shrinivasa would begin his journey.
Shrinivasa Bids Farewell to Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami
232. Shrila Jiva Gosvami sent Shrinivasa to bid farewell to Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.
233. No one can describe Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's condition. His heart always burned in flames of separation from Lord Krishna.
234. Saying, "Where are Shri Svarupa, Shri Rupa, and Shri Sanatana?" He floated in the tears from his eyss. He rolled in the dust.
235. His body was emaciated. Moment after moment he was very weak. Only once every two or four days would he eat a little bit.
236. Although his withered body trembled when the breeze blew, he always completed his spiritual duties.
237. If he fell to the ground to offer respectful obeisances, he had no power to stand up again. If someone tried to forbid him to bow down, Shri Raghunatha dasa would not agree.
238. Anyone who was friendly or helpful he would praise again and again. Observing his activities of sadhana, the demigods were filled with wonder.
239. He served the Govardhana-shila and gunja-necklace Lord Chaitanya had given him. How wonderfully was the happiness he felt!
240. Rapt in chanting the holy names, he did not know if it were day or night. His eyes did not close in sleep. A flooding river of tears flowed from his eyes.
241. Who has the power to understand Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's activities? He was always plunged in meditating on the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya and of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna.
242. Sitting in a secluded place, Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami was studying the devotional literatures. At that moment Shrinivasa Acarya arrived.
243. Seeing Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Shrinivasa fell before his feet. Shrinivasa considered himself fortunate.
244. Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami hugged Shrinivasa, asked of his welfare and had him sit down close by.
245. At that moment Narottama and Shyamananda arrived. They offered respectful obeisances at Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's feet.
246. With great kindness Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami asked of their welfare. Then he glanced at Shrinivasa.
247. Shrinivasa explained that they would travel to Gauda-desha. Hearing this, the Gosvami happily gave his permission all blessings.
248. He advised Shrinivasa to be careful in every way. He hugged Shrinivasa. Then he floated in the tears that flowed from his eyes.
249. Then he hugged Narottama and Shrinivasa. Carefully they all offered respectful obeisances at Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's feet.
250. Then the devotees said their farewells. No one has the power to describe the affection Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami felt for these great devotees.
251. Who, seeing these great devotees taking their leave of Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, would not float in the tears from his eyes?
252. Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami and other wise devotees quickly took these thre devotees to Vrndavana.
253. Hearing these news, vaishnavas from many places gathered at Vrndavana.
254. Shrila Jiva Gosvami respectfully welcomed all the Vrajavasi vaishnavas and gave them all places to stay.
255. To a fortunate saintly devotee from Mathura Shrila Jiva Gosvami kindly gave this command:
256. "In two or four days Shrinivasa Acarya will, taking many devotional books with him, begin a journey to Gauda-desha.
257. "Please make arrangements so his journey will be quickly completed." Hearing these words, that great soul considered himself fortunate.
258. He quickly arranged a cart, horseman, footman, and an expert guide.
259. He gave the guide money for the expenses of the journey. Then he reported all this to Shrila Jiva Gosvami.
260. Seeing that all the arrangements had been made, Shrila Jiva Gosvami packed the devotional books in four bundles and placed them in a wooden chest to protect them from the rains.
261. That chest was filled with the devotional literatures of the Gosvamis. Anyone who simply saw these books found all his sufferings flee far away.
262. Before the books were placed in the chest, the titles of all the books were anounced.
263. Into the chest Shrila Jiva Gosvami placed the books he wrote, books of vaishnava-siddhanta (philosophy) and other devotional topics. Glancing at Shrinivasa's face, he gently gently said:
264. "Some books I must still polish and revise. When they are completed I will send them."
Shrinivasa Bids Farewell to the Deity Shri Madana Gopala
265. After speaking these words Shrila Jiva Gosvami took Shrinivasa to see the Deity Shri Madana-Gopala.
266. Gazing at Shri Madana-Gopala, Shrinivasa could not remain peaceful. His heart was flooded with spiritual love.
267. Shrinivasa could not check his tears. By certain hints Lord Madana-Gopala bid farewell to His devotee.
268. The pujari gave Shrinivasa garland-prasadam from the Deity. Everyone spoke many words to console Shrinivasa, words that had no end.
Description of Shrila Sanatana Gosvami Prabhu
269. Who can describe what Shrinivasa felt when he gazed at Shrila Sanatana Gosvami's samadhi?
270. Shrinivasa called out, "O Sanatana, O Prabhu who is distressed by the sufferings of others!" Shrinivasa could not control his emotions. Overcome, he rolled his body in the dust.
271. Shrinivasa was plunged in thinking of Sanatana Gosvami's activities. Others could not understand Shrila Sanatana Gosvami' s heart.
272. At Nilacala Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya very joyfully said to Ramananda Raya (Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya 1.200-201):
273. "Shrila Rupa Gosvami's elder brother, whose name is Sanatana Gosvami, is such a wise and learned scholar that no one is equal to him.*
274. "Sanatana Gosvami's renunciation of material connections is just like yours. Humility, renunciation, and excellent learning exist in him simultaneously."*
275. In place after place the devotees affirmed that Shrila Sanatana Gosvami was very dear to Lord Chaitanya.
276. Shrila Sanatana Gosvami was distressed by the sufferings of others. There was none like him. He was like a shoreless ocean of mercy manifest in this world.
277. In Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's Shri Vilapa-pusamajjali (Text 6) it is said: "I was unwilling to drink the nectar of devotional service possessed of renunciation, but Sanatana Gosvami, out of his causeless mercy made me drink, even though I was otherwise unable to do so. Therefore he is an ocean of mercy. He is very much compassionate to fallen souls like me, and thus it is my duty to offer my respectful obeisances unto his lotus feet."*
Description of Shrila Rupa Gosvami
278 and 279. Shrila Rupa Gosvami is the topmost part of the Shrila Sanatana Gosvami branch (of the Chaitanya tree). Shri Rajendra Gosvami, Krishna Brahmacari, Krishna-mishra Gosvami, whose activities are wonderful, and Shri Bhagavata-dasa Gosvami are also prominent in Shrila Sanatana Gosvami's branch.
280. Shrinivasa Acarya was plunged in chanting Shrila Sanatana Gosvami's glories. He could not check the flooding rivers of tears that flowed from his eyes. How wonderful were his activities!
281. Pacifying him in many ways, Shrila Jiva Gosvami took Shrinivasa with him as he returned to his home.
282. Carefully struggling to remain peaceful, Shrinivasa went to see Shrila Rupa Gosvami's samadhi.
283. Falling to the ground, he offered respectful obeisances. He asked permission to depart on his journey. A flood of tears flowed from his eyes. He could not remain peaceful.
284. Meditating on Shrila Rupa Gosvami's glorious activities, Shrinivasa Acarya felt his heart was overcome with emotion.
285. Ah! Ah! A person who described the shoreless ocean of Shrila Rupa Gosvami's glories himself becomes known every where.
286. In Shrila Kavi-karnapura's Shri Chaitanya-candrodaya (9.43) it is said: "Indeed, Shrila Rupa Gosvami, whose dear friend was Svarupa Damodara, was an exact replica of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and he was very, very dear to the Lord. Being the embodiment of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's ecstatic love, Rupa Gosvami was naturally very beautiful. He very carefully followed the principles enunciated by the Lord, and he was a competent person to explain properly the pastimes of Lord Krishna, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu expanded His mercy to Shrila Rupa Gosvami just so he could render service by writing transcendental literatures."*
287. In Sadhana-dipika it is said: "Devotees who walk on the path of raganuga-bhakti should not associate with persons who reject the philosophy of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, who is an ocean of mercy."
288. It is also said in Sadhana-dipika: "Again and again I offer my respectful obeisances to the lotus feet of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, by whose mercy even a fool can become learned in the vaishnava philosophy."
289. In Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura's Shri Prema-bhakti-candrika it is said: "When will Shrila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Shri Chaitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet?"*
290. In Shri Sadhana-dipika it is said: "Please always chant, O my tongue, the name Shri Rupa. Please remember, O my heart, Shri Rupa, who is mercy personified. Please bow down, O my head before Shri Rupa, whose glance is filled with mercy, and whose second form is Raghunatha dasa."
291. How wonderful are Shrila Rupa Gosvami's glories! The wise devotees have described his glories in many ways.
292. A song in Bibhasha-raga:
(refrain) yau kali rupa sharira na dharata
tau bhu-tala braja-prema-maha-nidhi kauna kapata ugharata
If Shrila Rupa Gosvami had not accepted a body in Kali-yuga, who on this earth would have opened the door to the great treasure house of Vraja's spiritual love?
293. ko saba tyaji' bhaji' brindabana
ko saba grantha bicarata
mishrita kshira nira binu hamsana
kauna prithak kari' payata
Who would have renounced everything, worshipped Vrindavana, and written many books (describing devotional service)? Who but a swan can drink only the milk from a mixture of milk and waters?
294. ko janata mathura-brindabana
ko janata braja-rita
ko janata radha-madhaba-rati
ko janata saba nita
Who would have understood Mathura and Vrindavana? Who would have understood the ways of Vraja? Who would have understood the love of Radha and Krishna? Who would have understood the rules of devotional serive?
295. yake carana-prasada sakala jana
ga-i ga-i sukha pa-ota
ki rati bimala shunata jana
madho-hride ananda badhayata
When someone happily sings and sings of the mercy of Shrila Rupa Gosvami's feet, and when others happily hear his songs. Lord Madhava's heart becomes filled with bliss.
296. What to speak of others, even Shri Krishna-Chaitanya Himself felt His heart become wild with bliss when He heard of Shrila Rupa Gosvami's glories.
297. This is known everywhere. No one can come to the end of describing Shri Rupa's glories. Shrila Rupa Gosvami is the life's breath of Lord Chaitanya's dear devtoees.
298. O my brothers, no one can find the end of Shrila Rupa Gosvami's glories.
299. A song in bebhasha-raga:
(refrain) jaya mora prana sanatana-rupa
agatinke gati do-u bhaga
(refrain) Glory to Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shrila Sanatana Gosvami! They are my breath of life. To the last they give the supreme spiritual destination. O my brothers, they are the yupa in the yajNa of Bhakti-yoga.
300. brindabanake sahaja madhuri-
prema sudhake kupa
bhakta sabhahe bhupa
They are Vrindavana's two wells filled with the sweet nectar of pure spiritual love. They are two oceans of mercy. They are the two friends of the lost souls who have no master. They are the two kings on the assembly of devotees.
301. bhakti bhagabata matahi acarana
bhubana-caturdasha-bidita bimala yasha
They are the two great generals leading the army of preachers who expertly speak of bhakti and Bhagavatam. Their pure glories are known in the 14 worlds. Their glories are nectar for the tongue.
302. carana-kamala komala-rajuh-chaya
bijasa-upasaka sada upase
The dust of their lotus feet has become the Vaishnavas' fragrant tilaka. They worship Vyasa. They always worship Shri Radha's peerless feet.
303. Another song in Bibhasa-raga:
(refrain) jaya more sadhu-shiromani rupa-sanatana
jinke bhukti eka rasa-nibahi
(Refrain) Glory to Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shrila Sanatana Gosvami! They are the crest jewels of saintly devotees. They are filled with the nectar of devotional love for Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.
304. brindabanahi sahaja madhuri
rauma rauma sukha gatana
saba teji' kuNja-keli bhaji'
ahar-nishi ati anuraga radhatana
Tasting the sweetness of residing in Vrindavana, they are filled with bliss. The hairs of their bodies stand up. Renouncing everything, they worship Vraja's forest groves. Day and night they meditate on Radha's love for Lord Krishna.
305. karuna-sindhu krishna-chaitanyake
kripaphali dau bhratana
tina binu byasa anathana ye
se sukhe taru-bara patana
These two brothers brought the mercy of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy, without these two brothers I am helpless and without a master. Without these two brothers, the tree of my happiness has broken and fallen to the ground.
306. Who has the power to describe all the glorious activities of Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shrila Sanatana Gosvami? I have briefly described only some of their activities.
307. Begging for Shrila Rupa Gosvami's mercy, and bidding farewell, Shrinivasa departed from the samadhi.
Shrinivasa Bids Farewell to Shri Shri Radha-Damodara
309. Gazing at the Deities Shri Shri Radha-Damodara, who are Shrila Jiva Gosvami's life's treasure, Shrinivasa could not remain peaceful at heart.
310. The Deities Shri Shri Radha-Damodara, who are two abodes of sweet nectar, were very merciful to Shrinivasa.
311. I have no power to describe how Shrinivasa bid his farewell to those Deities. Shrila Rupa Gosvami gave the Deities' garland prasadam to Shrinivasa.
312. Seeing how Lord Damodara was merciful to Shrinivasa, Shrila Jiva Gosvami felt his heart become wild with bliss.
313. Staying with Shrinivasa for some moments, Shrila Jiva Gosvami affectionately said to him:
314. "Taking Narottama and Shyamananda with you, quietly go to visit Shrila Gopala Bhatöa Gosvami.
315. "Now I will go to Lord Govinda's temple. There are some duties I must perform at once.
316. "A few moments after my duties are done, I will go to everyone and request permission for you to depart today."
317. After speaking these words, Shrila Jiva Gosvami went to Shri Govinda's temple. From there he brought out the cart laen with books.
318. Quickly completing his duties, Shrila Jiva Gosvami went to Shrila Gopala Bhaööa Gosvami.
The Story of Dvija Haridasacarya
319. Taking Narottama and Shyamananda with him, Shrinivasa went to Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to bid him farewell.
320. On the pathway they took, under a tree in a secluded part of the forest, Dvija Haridasa floated in the tears that flowed from his eyes.
321. Calling out, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya!" he gave out long sighs. His body was emaciated. He had no wish to stay alive.
322. Seeing him, Shrinivasa approached and offered respectful obeisances. Dvija Haridasacarya hugged him.
323. With sweet words and great affection, Dvija Haridasacarya said to Shrinivasa:
324. "Tomorrow morning you will depart for Gauda-desha. There is something I must tell you.
325. "Shridasa and Gokulananda are my two sons. They are your disciples birth after birth.
326. "When you arrive in Gauda-desa you must give them initiation (diksha-mantra) and teach them the vey rare devotional scriptures."
327. Hearing these words, Shrinivasa was stunned. Dvija Haridasacarya reassured him,
328. "You do not know your onw powers. Do not worry in your heart.
329. "Carry out my request. You will not be at fault." Speaking these words, he encouraged Shrinivasa.
330. Haridasacarya' virtues were wonderful. I will describe how he went to Vraja.
331. While Lord Chaitanya was present in this world, by His order the devotees travelled, coming and going between Gauda-desha, Vraja, and Nilacala.
332. Jagadananda Pandita went to Vrindavana and Gauda-desha and then went to Lord Chaitanya at Nilacala.
333. The devotees in Gauda-desha, Nilacala, and Vraja always floated in an ocean of spiritual happiness.
334. When by Lord Advaita's wish Lord Chaitanya concluded His earthly pastimes, the whole world became plunged in an ocean of sorrows.
335. When Lord Chaitanya was no longer visible in this world, Dvija Haridasacarya thought in his heart, "I will leave this material body."
336. Even for a half a sesame seed's worth of time Dvija Haridasacarya could not be peaceful. He always swam in the tears from his eyes.
337. Nothing pleased him. His heart burned in flames. Calling out, "O Lord, where have You gone!", he rolled on the ground.
338. "Tomorrow morning I will enter a lake of fire. Without Lord Gaurachandra I will not protect the breath of my life."
339. As he decided in this way, Dvija Haridasacarya was drawn into sleep. On the pretext of a dream, Lord Gaurasundara appeared before him.
340. How wonderful was the Lord's handsomeness! He enchanted al the worlds. The effulgence of His body filled the world with light.
341. How can even gold or lightning be compared to His splendor? The pride of millions and millions of Kamadevas He broke into pieces.
342. The moon of His face defeated the full moon shining in the sky. His gentle sweet smile showered a monsoon of mectar.
343. How charming were His eyes, arms, and broad chest! His graceful motions rebuked the graceful elephants.
344. Gazing at the Lord, Dvija Haridasacarya became agitated at heart. He rolled in the dust. He grasped the Lord's feet and held them to his head.
345. With His two arms Lord Chaitanya, who is the life of the devotees, picked up Dvija Haridasacarya and embraced him.
346. Subservient to His devotees, the Lord had no power to remain peaceful. With the tears from His eyes the Lord sprinkled His devotee. Gently, gently the Lord said:
347. "When I hear of your sorrows My heart breaks. Still, what you have decided in your heart is not right.
348. "Shrinivasa who is dear to Me, and who is like spiritual love personified, in Gauda-desa will distribute jewellike devotional books.
349. "I tell you this so you will know everything in advance. When you meet Shrinivasa please give your mercy to him.
350. "Have your two sons accept mantra-initiantion from him.
351. "By Shrinivasa's mercy your sons will attain all perfection. The power of their devotion will become famous in this world.
352. "In Vrindavana Shrinivasa will come before your eyes. Don't delay. Quickly go there.
353. "I will be near you always. From time to time you will have the power to see Me."
354. After speaking these words, and after tightly embracing His devotee, Lord Chaitanya, who dearly loves His devotees, suddenly disappeared.
355. Then the dream broke. Dvija Haridasacarya was very agitated. Seeing it was morning, he performed his morning duties.
356. Calling his sons, he sweetly told them, "Today I will depart for Vrindavana.
357. "You are both fortunate. This I say. Lord Chaitanya is very merciful to you.
358. "Dear sons, after some days you will accept initiation from Shrinivasa, who is dear to the Lord.
359. "Shrinivasa will go to Vraja and then return to Gauda-desha. He will circulate priceless books describing devotional service.
360. "When you see him you will understand his great power. From him you will attain the jewel of pure devotion, a jewel even the demigods find difficult to attain."
361. After speaking some words with them, he bid farewell to his sons and on Shri Krishna Chaitanya's wish, left home.
362. After some days he entered Vrindavana. There he passed some days with great joy.
363. But after that he became plunged in an ocean of sorrows. As I tell his story I feel my heart break into pieces.
364. Remembering the glories of Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shrila Sanatana Gosvamis, he would weep. Seeing his condition, no one could remain peaceful.
365. What shall I say? Anyone who meditate on Haridasacarya's activities will attain pure devotion.
366. I will not describe in detail his activities in Vrindavana, for I fear this book would then become very large.
367. Again and again Dvija Haridasacarya mercifully embraced Shrinivasa.
368. Restless with spiritual love, Dvija Haridasacarya bid farewell to Shrinivasa. Haridasacarya floated in the tears flowing from his eyes.
369. Tighly he embraced Shri Narottama, I cannot describe all the words he spoke.
370. Mercifully he embraced Shyamananda and wished him all good fortune.
Shrinivasa Acarya Prabhu Meets with the Vrajavasi Kana-i
371. With agitated hearts Shrinivasa and his companions bid farewell to Dvija Haridasacarya. They floated in the tears from their eyes.
372. On the Yamuna's bank, by a solitary tree, was a charming and very secluded place, a place beyond the knowledge of outsiders.
373. A vrajavasi brahmana named Kana-i stayed under that tree and worshipped Krishna.
374. Shrinivasa approached Kana-i and offered respectful obeisances. Kana-i hugged Shrinivasa and would not let him go.
375. Sprinkling Shrinivasa with tears from his eyes, again and again Kana-i said, "Now I see you. I will not see you again.
376. "You are full of spiritual love. You will circulate the devotional books in Gauda-desha. Easily you will destroy the conditioned soul's sins.
377. "You are Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana's object of mercy. How shall I describe your good fortune?"
378. As he described the activities of Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana, Kana-i was overcome. He could not remain peaceful.
379. I will briefly describe Kana-i's spiritual love for Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana. I have no power to describe it in detail.
380. Kana-i's mother was like an abode of great spiritual love. She loved Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana as if they were her sons.
381. Who has the power to understand Kana-i's activities? He always stayed with Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana.
382. From time to time he very respectfully took Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana to his own home and offered alms to them.
383. Fruits, roots, shak, or whatever was in his house, he respectfully gave to them.
384. Manifesting Kana-i's form, one day Lord Krishna Himself gave alms to Sanatana Gosvami.
385. Pretending to be Kana-i, Lord Krishna enjoyed pastimes in this way. Kana-i's virtues were known everywhere.
386. No one could leave Kana-i's association for even a single sesame seed's worth of time. He was very dear to Shri Sanatana and Shri Rupa.
387. When Shrila Sanatana Gosvami and Shrila Rupa Gosvami were no longer to be seen in this world, in his heart Kana-i firmly decided to give up his life.
388. Only by the wish of Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana was Kana-i' life saved. Renouncing his home, Kana-i then wandered in Vraja.
389. He resided under that tree by the Yamuna's banks. He always rolled in the dust. He always floated in the tears from his eyes.
390. Calling out, "Rupa! Sanatana!" he gave out long sighs. Without them he did not wish to live.
391. Seeing Kana-i's condition, Shrinivasa could not remain peaceful. As he bid Kana-i farewell, tears of spiritual love streamed from Shrinivasa's eyes.
Shrinivasa Bids Farewell to Shri Bhugarbha Gosvami
392. Approaching Shri Bhugarbha Gosvami, Shrinivasa offered respectful obeisances. He rolled on the ground.
393. Filled with spiritual love, Shri Bhugarbha hugged Shrinivasa. Shrinivasa told him all that had happened.
394. The gosvami consoled him and said, "Tomorrow I will go to Lord Govinda's temple. When you depart I will be there.
395. "Then I will but you farewell, then my life's breath will be broken into pieces." As he spoke those words flood of tears flowed from his eyes.
396. How great was Shrila Bhugarbha Gosvami's spiritual love! Who has the power to describe it? To Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya he surrendered everything.
397. Again and again the three devotees offered respectful obeisances at Shrila Bhugarbha Gosvami's feet. Then, very agitated and sorrowful, they departed.
Shrinivasa and the Others Approach Shrila Gopala Bhaööa Gosvami
398. As they went to visit Shrila Gopala Bhaööa Gosvami, the three devotees saw other Vaishnavas on the path.
399. They spoke respectful prayers glorifying these Vaishnavas. Then, with their permission, they continued on the forest path.
400. On the path they then met Shrila Jiva Gosvami. With him they proceeded to Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami's place.
401. Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was sitting in a secluded place. His eyes were closed. His heart was rapt in meditation on Shri Radha-ramana.
402. That moment in a sweet voice he recited a stanza he had composed. Who, hearing the holy names in that stanza, could remain peaceful?
403. He recited:
bhandiresha shikhanda-mandana-vara shrikhanda-liptanga he
kalindi-priya nanda-nandana paranandaravindekshana
shri-govinda mukunda sundara-tano mam dinam anandaya
O master of Bhandiravana, O Lord decorated with a peacock feather, O Lord whose limbs are anointed with sandalpaste, O Lord fond of the Yamuna, O son of Nanda, O blissful Lord with lotus eyes, O Shri Govinda, O handsome Mukunda, please give spiritual happiness to poor me.
404. No one can describe Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami's activities. Hearing of Shrila Jiva Gosvami's imminent arrival, he watched on the path.
405. Accompanied by Shrinivasa and the others, Shrila Jiva Gosvami approached Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami.
406. Bowing down before Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Shrila Jiva Gosvami said, "Please give all powers to Shrinivasa,
407 and 408. Please place your lotus feet on Shrinivasa's head so no obstacle will hinder his journey to Shri Gauda-mandala, so he can crush the non-devotee pandita's pride, and so he can distribute the devotional literatures."
409. Hearing these words, Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami said he would pray to Shri Radha-ramana.
410. I have no power to describe how Shri Radha-ramana gave His mercy to Shrinivasa and bade him farewell.
411. Seeing the mercy Shri Radha-ramana gave to Shrinivasa, Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami affectionately gave Shrinivasa garland-prasadam from the Deity.
412. Again and again Shrinivasa fell to the ground to offer respectful obeisances. A flood of tears flooded from his eyes.
413. Speaking gentle words, Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami made Shrinivasa peaceful. Then he dedicated Shrinivasa at the feet of Shri Radha-ramana.
414. Bestowing limitless mercy on Shrinivasa, Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami blessed him, saying, "May you quickly attain all perfection."
415. With sweet words he then said to Narottama, "May Shri Radha-ramana fulfill your desires."
416. Again and again he affectionately said to Shyamananda, "May Shri Radha-ramana be merciful to you.
417. After speaking these words he embraced them all. They all carefully offered respectful obeisances at his feet.
418. To Shrila Jiva Gosvami, Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami said, "Tomorrow morning I will go to Shri Govinda's temple."
419. After offering respectful obeisances, Shrila Jiva Gosvami and the others went to visit Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami.
They Bid Farewell to Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami
420. Sitting in a secluded place, Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami kept his eyes on the moonlike face of the Deity Shri Radha-vinoda.
421. I cannot describe how Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami worshipped with affection when he saw Shrila Jiva Gosvami had come.
422. Offering respectful obeisances, Shrila Jiva Gosvami said, "Tomorrow they will depart for Gauda-desha."
423. Lokanatha repeated this news to Shri Radha-vinoda. Then Lokanatha gave garland-prasadam to Shrinivasa.
424. Here I will not recount all that Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami affectionately said to Shrinivasa and the others.
425. Falling to the ground, the three devotees Shrinivasa, Narottama, and Shyamananda offered respectful obeisances at Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami's feet.
426. Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami could not keep his heart peaceful. Embracing each one of them, he sprinkled them with the tears from his eyes.
427. Becoming peaceful again, Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami said to Shrila Jiva Gosvami, "The burden of protecting them rests all on you."
428. Speaking many humble words and offering his respectful obeisances, Shrila Jiva Gosvami departed with the others.
Bidding Farewell to Shrila Nadhu Pandita and the Other Devotees at Shri Shri Gopinatha's Temple.
429. Then they went to see the Deity Shri Gopinatha. How wonderful was Shri Gopinatha's graceful handsomeness! He enchanted all the worlds.
430. What person with only one mouth has the power to describe what the devotees felt in their hearts as they gazed at the handsomeness of Shri Gopinatha?
431. To Shri Madhu Pandita and the other devotees Shrila Jiva Gosvami said, "Please pray that no obstacle will stop Shrinivasa's journey."
432. Shri Madhu Pandita prayed in this way before Lord Gopinatha. Then he brought garland-prasadam from the Deity and gave it to Shrinivasa.
433. Again and again falling to the ground, Shrinivasa offered respectful obeisances. As he bid farewell a flood of tears flowed from his eyes.
434. Everyone made Shrinivasa peaceful again. Then they commanded him, "You must return to Vrindavana."
435. I have no power to describe what the devotees said as they gave their mercy to Narottama and Shyamananda.
436. Filled with spiritual love, everyone embraced. Falling to the ground, they offered obeisances to each other.
437. To Shrila Jiva Gosvami they all said, "Tomorrow morning we will all assemble (at Shri Govinda's temple)."
438. Hearing these words, Shrila Jiva Gosvami advised Shrinivasa, "Now you should all go to Shri Gopishvara's temple."
They All Bid Farewell to Shri Shri Gopishvara.
439. Shrinivasa Acarya and the others went to Shri Gopisvara, but Shrila Jiva Gosvami went to Shri Govinda's temple.
440. I cannot describe the prayers Shrinivasa spoke as he gazed at Shri Gopisvara.
441. Shri Gopisvara was very pleased with Shrinivasa. Unknown by anyone, Lord Gopisvara assumed the form of a brahmana and personally bid Shrinivasa farewell.
442. Narottama and Shyamananda were overcome. Anyone who heard the prayers they spoke before Shri Gopisvara felt his heart melt.
443. Carefully offering respectful obeisances to Shri Sankara-Gopisvara, Shrinivasa Acarya and the other devotees slowly, slowly departed.
The Story of Shrila Kashishvara Gosvami
444. Gazing at Shri Kashishvara Gosvami's samadhi, the devotees rolled in the dust and offered respectful obeisances.
445. Who can describe the glories of Shrila Kashishvara Gosvami, who brought the Deity Shri Gaura-Govinda to Vrindavana?
446. He placed Lord Gaura at Lord Govinda's right. Gazing at the glory of these two Deities, Shrila Kashishvara Gosvami felt his heart become flooded with bliss.
447. Conquered by Kashishvara Gosvami's pure love, Shri Chaitanya came in this Deity form to that place in Western Bharata.
448. In Shri Sadhana-dipika it is said:
pashcimam desham agatah
"I offer my respectful obeisances to Shrila Kashishvara Gosvami. Conquered by his pure love, Lord Chaitanyadeva mercifully came to Western Bharata."
449. Shri Kashishvara Gosvami was dear to Lord Chaitanya, this is known in all the world. Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana were plunged in praising Shri Kashishvara's glories.
450. Thinking of all these truths, Shrinivasa Acarya became restless. He could not make his heart peaceful.
451. Again and again he fell to the ground and offered respectful obeisances. After the bid everyone farewell, what would be the state of his heart? He did not know.
The Story of Shrila Raghunatha Bhaööa Gosvami
452. Gazing at Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami's samadhi, Shrinivasa floated in the tears from his eyes. His heart was breaking.
453. Whose heart will not become filled with cooling bliss when Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami's glories enter his ears?
454. Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami was a teacher of all the scriptures. He was deeply learned in the four Vedas. His learned discourses brought joy to Brhaspati's heart.
455. His lectures on Shrimad-Bhagavatam had no peer. Hearing them, Vyasa and the great sages became joyful.
456. Seeing Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami's devotional activities, the demigods were filled with wonder. In this way Shrinivasa described Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami's glories.
457. After falling to the ground and offering respectful obeisances, Shrinivasa and the other devotees bid farewell to the Gosvami and went to Shri Govinda's temple.
Anuraga Spiritual Love on Gazing at the Deity Shri Govinda at Shri Govinda's Temple.
458. Gazing at the Deity Shri Govinda, Shrinivasa was overcome with spiritual emotion. Then, he returned to his home.
459. The spiritual love (anuraga) he felt increased moment after moment. He sang a song he himself had composed. Overcome with ecstasy, he forgot himself
460. In this song Shri Radhika again and again tells a gopi-friend, "I saw Govinda's form, which is like an ocean of nectar."
461. A song in Saha-iraga:
badana-canda kun kundare kundila go
ke na kundila du'ti ankhi
dekhite dekhite mora parana yemana kare go
se-i se parana ta'ra sakshi
What sculptor created the moon of Govinda's face? Who sculpted Govinda's two eyes? Only my life-breath sees what my life-breath feels as I gazed on Govinda.
462. ratana kaöiya keba yatana kariya go
ke na gadha-iya dila kane
manera sahita mora e panca parane go
yogi haila uhari dhiyane
Who created those jewel earrings? Who placed them on those ears? Now my mind and five life-airs have become yogis. They are rapt in meditation on Govinda.
463. nasika-upare shobha e gaja-mukuta go
sonaya mandita ta'ra pashe
bijuni-jadita kiba candera kalika go
meghera adale thaki' hase
On Govinda's nose is a pearl ornament studded with gold, an ornament like a crescent moon and lightning smiling from behind a cloud.
464. sundara kapale shohe sundara tilaka go
tahe shobhe alakara panti
hiyara majhare mora jhalamala kare go
cande yena bhramarara panti
Beautiful tilaka glistens on Govinda's beautiful forehead with its glistening locks of black hair. In my heart Govinda's forehead glistens like a moon and a swarm of black bees.
465. madana-phanduyana cudara öalani go
uha na shikhiyachila kotha
e buka bhariya mukha dekhite na panu go
e badi marame mora byatha
From where did Govinda's face learn how to become Kamadeva's trap? As I gaze at Govinda's face and chest, my heart becomes agitated.
466. kemana madhura se na rola-khani khani go
hatera cipare lagi pana
temana kariya yadi bidhata gadhita go
bhangiya bhangiya taha khana
How sweet as the sound of Govinda's voice! Cupping my hands, I sip the nectar of that sound. If the creator Brahma allows. again and again I will taste the ambrosia of that sound.
467. kari-bara-kara jini' bahura balani go
hingule mandita tara age
yaubana-banera pakhi piyase maraye go
tahari parasha-rasa mage
Decorated with red hingula, His powerful arms defeat the elephant's trunk. This bud in a newly-blossoming forest is dying of thirst. This bird prays to taste the nectar of Govinda's touch.
468. öhamaki thamaki yaya teraca nayane caya
yenamata gaja-raja mata
shrinibasa-dasa kaya o-rupa lakhila naya
rupa-sindhu gadhila bidhata
Gracefully, gracefully Govinda walks. He casts crooked glances from His eyes. He is graceful like an intoxicated elephant. Shrinivasa says: I have seen Govinda in this way. The demigod Brahma has no power to create the ocean of handsomeness that is Shri Govinda.
469. Overcome with spiritual love (anuraga), Shrinivasa could not remain peaceful! Saying, "What sweet sweetness have I seen!" , he wept.
470. In many ways Shrila Jiva Gosvami tried to make Shrinivasa peaceful. With great affection he took Shrinivasa to his own cottage.
471. Shrinivasa thus stayed in his own home. Narottama and Shyamananda also went to their own homes.
472. The whole day he had passed in seeing all the devotees. That night his sorrow had no end.
473. Raising His arms, he said again and again, "Destiny has cheated me of any happiness!
474. "Will fallen I ever again see Shri Govinda, Shri Gopinatha and Shri Madana-mohana?
475. "Will I ever again see Shri Radha-vinoda, Lord Radha-ramana, or Lord Radha-Damodara?
476. "Will Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami bring me back to Vraja-pura and again allow me to serve his lotus feet?
477. "Will Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami, who is mercy personified, again give his mercy to fallen me?
478. "Will merciful Shrila Bhugarbha Gosvami kindly grab sinful me by the hair and drag me back to Vraja?
479. "Will Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, who is an ocean of mercy, again fulfill my desires?
480. "Will I again see the feet of Shrila Jiva Gosvami, who is the life of the poor?
481. "O, O dear devotees of the Lord, will you bring a wicked person like me back to Vraja and keep me near you."
482. Speaking and speaking in this way, at last he could speak no more. His throat became choked. He swam in the tears from his eyes.
483. I cannot describe Narottama's lament. Hearing it, even the stones and dry wood melted.
484. Shyamananda was very sorrowful at heart. Who has the power to describe his lament?
485. These three devotees had no power to remain peaceful. Anguished at the thought of separation (from the devotees and Vraja), they stayed awake the whole night.
486. Merciful Shri Govinda understood the distress that had taken place birth in Shrinivasa's heart.
In a Dream Shri Govinda Bids Farewell to Shrinivasa and Gives Him Instruction
487. By Shri Govinda's will, sleep entered Shrinivasa as night was coming to its end.
488. On the pretext of a dream, Shri Govinda, gracefully walking like the king of elephants, left His temple and came before Shrinivasa Acarya.
489. The splendour of His body defeated sapphires, monsoon clouds, and black aNjana. Millions of Kamadevas worshipped Him.
490. His body was decorated with a variety of jewel ornaments. A very graceful peacock feather crown rested on His head.
491. The glory of wonderful handsomeness was in His every limb. What similes or metaphors can I speak to describe it? His graceful large eyes made all the worlds wild with bliss.
492. The moon of His face defeated thousands and millions of moons (in the sky). Smiling, He very happily said to Shrinivasa:
493. "O Shrinivasa, please stop your lament. If I must hear your lament, how will I be able to stay alive? That I do not know.
494. "You are the personified form of spiritual love for Me. That you do not know. I stay with you always.
495. "Through Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana in many ways I have revealed the desires in My heart.
496. "Through you I will distribute the jewellike books (Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana wrote). In this way I will give to the conditioned souls the treasure of spiritual love. I will take away the conditional souls' sorrows.
497. "I will certainly accept anyone who takes shelter of you.
498. "Anyone who becomes your disciple will become fortunate. Taking all your disciples with you, you will taste the nectar of sankirtana.
499. "In your heart do not worry about anything. From time to time you will see Me."
500. After speaking these words and giving to Shrinivasa His mercy, Lord Govinda manifested the wonderful form of Shri Gaura.
501. Gazing at the Lord, Shrinivasa could not remain peaceful. To destiny he prayed for the gift of thousands and millions of eyes.
502. Falling to the ground, Shrinivasa offered respectful obeisances at Lord Chaitanya's graceful feet, Lord Chaitanya placed His feet on Shrinivasa's head.
503. Embracing Shrinivasa, the Lord bid him farewell on his journey to Gauda-desha, then, concealing His fair form of Lord Gaura, Lord Govinda entered His temple.
504. No longer able to see Shri Govinda, Shrinivasa became agitated at heart. Awakening, he saw that it was dawn.
505. Deeply wise Shrinivasa made himself become peaceful. Sitting down in a secluded place, he performed his morning duties.
506. Then Shri Narottama and Shri Shyamananda arrived, they were wise and learned in every way.
507. Accompanied by them, Shrinivasa Acarya approached Shrila Jiva Gosvami.
508. Accompanied by Shrinivasa and the others, Shrila Jiva Gosvami at once went to Shri Govinda's temple.
509. All the great mahantas came there. To bring auspiciousness, I will now speak the names of them all.
The Great Vaishnavas Assembled at the Time of Shrinivasa's Departure
510-515. These Vaishnavas were very merciful: Shrila Gopala Bhaööa Gosvami, Bhugarbha, Shri Lokanatha, who was the abode of virtues, Shri Madhava, Shri Paramananda Bhaööacarya, Shri Madhu Pandita, whose activities were wonderful, Premi Krishnadasa, Krishnadasa Brahmacari, Raghava Pandita, who was very learned in prema-bhakti, Yadava Acarya, merciful Narayana, Shri Pundarikaksha Gosvami, Govinda, Ishana, Shri Govinda, Vani Krishnadasa, who was vey generous, Shri Uddhava, who from time to time travelled to Gauda-desha, Dvija Haridasa, Krishnadasa Kaviraja and Shri Gopala dasa, whose activities were beyond the world of matter.
516. I cannot give the names of all the Vaishnavas that came there. A great host of Vrajavasis, who were like abodes of transcendental bliss, came.
517. Shrila Jiva Gosvami, Krishna Pandita, and others brought the jewellike books and placed them before everyone.
518. With everyone's permission, they then placed the books on the cart.
519. The chest filled with books was carefully secured in the cart. Then everyone gave permission for the cart to proceed.
520. At an auspicious moment the drivers started the cart. Walking on foot, many fortunate souls followed it and walked before it.
521. A person qualified in every way carefully accompanied the cart.
522. In this way the cart proceeded on the path to Mathura. All the Gosvamis followed it for a certain distance.
523. Speaking many words, with sorrowful hearts they bid farewell to Shrinivasa Acarya.
524. Shrinivasa, Narottama, and Shyamananda were very sorrowful. Offering respectful obeisances to everyone, they began their journey.
525. Shrila Jiva Gosvami and some other wise devotees followed them up to Mathura.
526. Then every person returned to his home. Who can describe the sorrow they felt in separation?
527. When the devotees arrived in Mathura, the people of Mathura became very joyful.
528. Fearing this book will become very large, I will not describe the joy that filled Mathura City on that day.
529. That day and night was passed in tasting the nectar of talks about Lord Krishna, the next morning the devotees rose and departed from Mathura.
530. For some distance Shrila Jiva Gosvami accompanied them. When he finally bid farewell to them, he floated in waves of sorrow.
531. He hugged Shrinivasa Acarya Thakura. He sprinkled him with tears from his eyes.
532. Entrusting Narottama and Shyamananda to Shrinivasa's care, very sorrowful Shri Jiva bid them all farewell.
533. Tighly he hugged Narottama. What he said then I cannot describe.
534. Affectionately he entrusted Shyamananda to Shrinivasa' s protection. Hugging Shyamananda, Shri Jiva could not remain peaceful.
535 and 536. At the time of bidding farewell, Krishnadasa Kaviraja, Raghava Pandita, Shrila Gopala Bhatta, Madhava and the others could not remain peaceful. With tears from their eyes they splashed Shrinivasa and the others.
537. They hugged each other. They offered respectful obeisances to each other. Who can describe their wonderful activities?
538. The saintly Vaishnavas-householders of Mathura all wept.
539. Weeping and weeping, Shrinivasa and the others greeted everyone in an appropriate way.
540. Bidding farewell to Shrinivasa Acarya, the learned devotees all returned to their own homes.
541. Shrila Jiva Gosvami and the others returned to Vrindavana. Moment after moment they worried about the travelling devotees' safety.
542. Taking the jewellike books with them, Shrinivasa Acarya and the others carefully continued on their journey to Gauda-desha.
543. Anyone who hears this story of Shrinivasa Acarya's journey to Gauda-desa will find the precious jewel of pure devotional service.
544. Thinking of Shrinivasa Acarya's feet, Narahari dasa speaks this Bhakti-ratnakara.