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Fifth Extract


The king requested Shri Ramacandra to explain the Gosvami writings to be followed by Ramacandra and others. Ramacandra agreed to explain why he and others received the writings from Shri Jiva. Formerly Shri Jiva Goswami sent his book Gopala Champaka to Shrinivasa. Shrinivasa became very enchanted to go through the whole book of Shri Jiva. Shri Jiva dealt with pure parakiya lila in his book which thrilled Shrinivasa. The inner meaning in this book was so difficult to grasp that everybody tried to understand only the described slokas of the book. Shrinivasa wondered? to find that as if Shri Jiva had found a precious gem and he tried to conceal it from the eyes of others. As the extracts of rasa lila in this book were beyong other's limitation of knowledge that Prabhu Shrinivasa directed them to worship the book as a deity.

By providence, Shrinivasa Chakravarty was forced to change his character. He did not understand the inner meaning of the book. He thought that the subject matter of the book only dealt with swakiya tattva. Formerly he was very proud of his knowledge but now luckily he became a changed person.

Formerly when Prabhu Shrinivasa was in Yajigrama, he orderd Ramacandra's brother to describes Krishna lila. He described it as a purely parakiya tattva which maddenel the people who ever read it. Shri Thakur Mahasaya became ecstatic in tasting the juice of it at Khetari. Ramacandra and his two brothers also accompanied them. In the meantime Shri Vyasa Chakravarty came to join them and they together used to spend their time there. One day Shri Vyasa badly criticised some points which greatly hurt Ramacandra and his brothers. He crossed Ramacandra about the real meaning of parakiya tattva and told them that from them he had heard that parakiya bhajana could be found in swakiya bhajana. What would be its real meaning? Ramacandra replied him that Shri Vyasa could not understand his Prabhu. He with his brothers began to think anxiously that what would be its answer. They all the time began thinking about the solution and the person from whom they could get the right solution. While thinking for a long time they wrote a letter to Shri Jiva. They began to think of a bearer who would take the letter with him to Vrndavana and to give it to Shri Jiva Gosvami. They found Rai Vasanta who was a devoted Bhagavata and very eagerly wanted to visit Vrndavana. He delivered the letters to Shri Jiva Gosvami and his companions. Rai reaching Vrndavana gave the letters to Shri Jiva Gosvami. Then he gave the letters to the companions of Shri Jiva and told them everything elaborately what had happened there. After a few days Gosvami gave a reply to Shrinivasa. Shri Jiva Gosvami wrote the letter criticising Vyasa and wanted to know where Vyasa recently had remained. He also wrote "I do not understand why Acharya had asked me about Vyasa. I am under his favour and his opinior is my opinion." From the letter it could be realised that the gain which could be got from sadhana, depended upon the nature of sadhana one had been performing. Shri Gosvami Krishnadasa had discussed this tattva in his book. In his opinion, if one worshipped for a particular motive in Vraja, one could reach his goal and could get the favour of Krishna. Shri Jiva Gosvami formerly wrote a letter to Shrinivasa. When Rai Vasanta reached Vrndavana, Shri Jiva Gosvami asked him about Shrinivasa. Shri Rai Vasanta made him acquainted with all the news of Shrinivasa. Shri Jiva sent a letter for Shrinivasa who by getting it touched it by his head. After reading the letter Prabhu understood everything and began to weep. From there Rai came to Gauda and Ramacandra and his companions became very glad to get their letters. When Ramacandra asked Rai what was the purpose of this letter, Rai replied that the letter was written on comment of Sarma. Rai said that while Gosvami heard the reason of sending the letter he opined that there was no other person but Sarma who could comment in this way. No Vaishnava devotee could dare to ask such type of questions. Only a brahmin pandit could do that.

Having heard about the letter the king was overwhelmed with joy and was in a state of ecstasy. He began to shed tears and out of ecstasy he fell to the ground and cried loudly by holding the feet of Ramacandra. Ramacandra lifted him from the ground and embraced him and began to weep loudly by throwing his hands round the king's reck. Ramacandra thanked him for his good luck because he had got favour of his Prabhu. The king most humbly told Ramacandra that he only depended upon the favour of the latter because from him he was able to know so much beautiful theories and events of Vaishnava philosophy. Ramacandra warned him by saying that he should keep all the things in his own mind and should not disclose them to others. Ramacandra also advised the king that he should give up worldly activities and should try to absorb in this philosophical theories. One could not attain anything from worldly activities. The king then requested Ramacandra to make him acquinted with the episode of the meeting of Bhatta Gosvami with Mahaprabhu. Ramacandra told him that this episode had been written in the Shri Chaitanya Caritamrita when Mahaprabhu had been visiting the holy places of South India. The episode of pilgrimage to South India can be found in the ninth chapter of the middle position of the above-mentioned book.

One Venkata Bhatta, a devout Vaishnava, cordially invited Mahaprabhu to his place. While Mahaprabhu reached his house, Venkata washed Mahaprabhu's feet with water and he and his family drank that water as caranamrita. While visiting the holy places of South India, Mahaprabhu accidentally went to visit Shri Rangaksetra. There was a man named Tailanga Vipraraja better known as Trimalla Bhatta of a brahmin society. After finishing His bath at noon, Mahaprabhu with His companions came to visit the house of Trimalla Bhatta and the brahmin by coming in touch with the Vaishnava group became overwhelmed in happiness. He washed the feet of Mahaprabhu and drank the water as caranamrita with all the members of his family. He completely surrendered to the grace of Mahaprabhu. Prabhu got some pleasure there and spend a few more days in his house. Mahaprabhu used to beg bhiksha from him. While Mahaprabhu finished His eating, Trimalla Bhatta took the scraps of His food and ate gladly with all the members of his family. He offered Mahaprabhu betel-leaf and humbly requested Him to stay in his place during the four months of the rainy season as it had been difficult for Prabhu to go on a pilgrimage in the rainy season. Prabhu gladly agreed to his request which very much pleased Bhatta and his family members. During the period of Prabhu's staying there, Malla most sincerely and carefully nursed Him. Prabhu spent most gladly these four months in his house by taking bath in the Kaveri river, visiting the temple of Ranganatha and singing and dancing with His companions. The little son Venkata, Shri Gopala Bhatta, most sincerely and devotedly nursed Mahaprabhu this time. His father finding him a sincere devotee, engaged him in this task. Gopala's sincere duties towards Prabhu were beyond any saying. The boy had a fair complexion and had enough knowledge. He spoke very gently and was very graceful in looking. His arms were long reaching down to the knees, navel was deep and he was very gentle in his nature. His eyes looked like petals of lotus and his chest was broad. His palms and feet were red in colour. He used to do every task before Prabhu told him to do this or that. Prabhu was very much impressed to find him so dutiful. Prabhu was so satisfied by his nursing that He favoured his whole family along with the servants and maid servants. One day while Mahaprabhu was taking rest, Shri Bhatta Goswami was massaging His legs. Being fully satisfied by their massaging, Mahaprabhu told something to the boy confidentially. While Prabhu addressed him as a confidante of Shri Radha, Bhatta addressed him as Vrajendranandana Himself who this time appeared taking the origin of Radha and who by giving up the blue colour of Krishna appeared in the golden colour. While talking about all these things, they both absorbed in ecstasy. Returning back to their senses, Prabhu advised him that he should take care of his parents for some days and then he should go to Vrndavana where he could meet Rupa and Sanatana and would get much pleasure there.

Mahaprabhu gifted him a kaupina (a small piece of loin cloth worn after the fashion of a suspensor by Indian ascetics) and a bahirvasa (a thin scarf for the upper body). Gopala took these with reverence by touching them by his head and bowed to the feet of Mahaprabhu by stretching himself on the ground. Prabhu lifted him and embraced him in his bosom. He directed him some important things and told him to take them as His order. He told him that a brahmin young man would come to Vrndavana from Gauda whose name was Shrinivasa who was empowered by Mahaprabhu. Gopala should hand over this kaupina and bahirvasa to him and should give him one lakh of books and should send him back to Gauda. Gopala must tell Rupa Sanatana to give Shrinivasa the book Vraja Vilasa and should tell them that he was also empowered by Mahaprabhu. Bhatta at once agreed to obey his order and bowed to His feet. Prabhu also advised him that he would return back to here very soon after completing his South India tour and that time Bhatta would go to Vrndavana. Prabhu assured him that he would send one asana (anything used for sitting upon) and one dora (a holy thread) to him. He would sit on the asana and wear the dora round his neck and took Shrinivasa into his confidence. Gopala Bhatta concealed all the things given to him by Mahaprabhu in a hiding place with utmost care. Shri Bhatta Gosvami went to Vrndavana and met Shri Rupa Sanatana and remained with them. Shri Kaviraja Gosvami described all these things in his book Shri Chaitanya Caritamrita. So Shri Gopal Bhatta was one of the most significant branches of Mahaprabhu. Shri Gosvami Kaviraja wrote in his book the hymns praising Shri Bhatta Gosvami who had great devotion for Hari and who had no interest in riches. Kaviraja Gosvami spoke highly of Gopala Bhatta who always used to shed tears in the name of Krishna, he began to sweat when dancing in sankirtana and he used to sing always Hare Krishna nama. Kaviraja Gosvami tried to prove that famous Shri Guna Manjari, the confidante of Shri Radha in Vrndavana and Shri Gopala Bhatta were the same features. To emancipate the mankind of the Kali yuga, he appeared in this world to distribute prema rasa to all. The hymns which Kaviraja Gosvami had written in his book would help to expel darkness. Those who read them sincerely and devotedly were sure to be included in the group of confidantes of Radha and sure to get the blessing of Radha Krishna. Sanatana Gosvami in his book Hari-bhakti Vilasa exposed everything of Gopala Bhatta. Gosvami in his book Vaishnava Tosani said that Gopala Bhatta and Raghunatha Dasa were specially favoured by Radha and Krishna. If these two great devotees gave shelter to anybody, he was sure to succeed in his spiritual life.

Ramacandra wanted the give the proof of this assumption very carefully. He described another topic to the king which has been mentioned in Karna Rasayana. It says that if anyone nourished any reverse impression about these three great devotees, one should be guilty of a lot of vices. The meaning of this comment would be clear only to one who knew Sanatana Gosvami and got kind love from him, to one who had a good friendly relation with Shri Rupa who had no other than Shri Radha Ramana in his mind and to one who would be inclined to worship Gopala Bhatta who accompanied always Rupa Sanatana in Vrndavana.

Now Ramacandra told him about the promise of Prabhu which helped one to forget all the miseries. He cited hymns from Navaratna and advised the king to take all these hymns in his heart seriously. The king was very glad to hear this. For this purpose Yadunandana Dasa wrote Karnananda which tried to exhance the devotional spirit of mankind.