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Title: Ramananda Raya's Glories for his Appearance & Disappearance Days

User: Damodara Svarupa dasa      Date: 2005-02-27 21:07:22


Ramananda Raya, most confidential devotee of Lord Chaitanya -- By Swami Gaurangapada



Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told Bhavananda Raya, "Your five sons are

all My dear devotees. Ramananda Raya and I are one, although our

bodies are different."


The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika states that Ramananda Raya was formerly

Arjuna. He is also considered to have been an incarnation of the gopi

Lalita, although in the opinion of others he was an incarnation of

Visakha. He was a most confidential devotee of Lord Chaitanya

Mahaprabhu. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught His principles through

four chief followers. Among them, Ramananda Raya is exceptional, for

through him the Lord taught how a devotee can completely vanquish the

power of Cupid. By Cupid's power, as soon as one sees a beautiful

woman he is conquered by her beauty. Shri Ramananda Raya, however,

vanquished Cupid's pride. Indeed, while rehearsing the Jagganatha-

vallabha-nataka he personally directed extremely beautiful young

girls in dancing, but he was never affected by their youthful beauty.

Shri Ramananda Raya personally bathed these girls, touching them and

washing them with his own hands, yet he remained calm and

passionless, as a great devotee should be. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

certified that this was possible only for Ramananda Raya. Shri

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Although I am a sannyasi, My mind is

sometimes perturbed when I see a woman. But Ramananda Raya is greater

than Me, for he is always undisturbed, even when he touches a woman."

Only Ramananda Raya was endowed with the prerogative to touch a woman

in this way; no one should imitate him. Unfortunately, there are

rascals who imitate the activities of Ramananda Raya. We need not

discuss them further.


In Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's final pastimes, Ramananda Raya and

Svarupa Damodara always engaged in reciting suitable verses from

Shrimad-Bhagavatam and other books to pacify the Lord's ecstatic

feelings of separation from Krishna. It is said that when Lord Chaitanya

went to southern India, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya advised Him to meet

Ramananda Raya, for he declared that there was no devotee as advanced

in understanding the conjugal love of Krishna and the gopis. While

touring South India, Lord Chaitanya met Ramananda Raya by the bank of

the Godavari, and in their long discourses the Lord took the position

of a student, and Ramananda Raya instructed Him. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

concluded these discourses by saying, "My dear Ramananda Raya, both

you and I are madmen, and therefore we met intimately on an equal

level." Lord Chaitanya advised Ramananda Raya to resign from his

government post and come back to Jagganatha Puri to live with Him.


Shri Ramananda Raya was one of the three and a half personalities

with whom Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu discussed the most confidential

topics of Krishna consciousness. As Subala always assisted Krishna in His

dealings with Radharani in krishna-lila, so Ramananda Raya assisted

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in His feelings of separation from Krishna.

(CC Adi-lila 10:134, 10:84 pur.)


I offer ten million obeisance's unto the lotus feet of Shri Ramananda

Raya because from his mouth much spiritual information has been

expanded by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. (Shrila Krishnadasa goswami CC

Madya-lila 8:311)