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Title: Shrila Abhirama Thakura

User: Bhushan         Date: 2006-10-01 18:18:59


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 Shri  Abhirama  Thakura was  known as   Abhirama Gopala  and also as Rama  dasa Bhirama dasa. "Who was previously known as Shridama, a gopa during  Krishna-lila, is  now renowned  as Abhirama   or Rama  dasa.   He was the favorite of Nityananda  Prabhu.

 One day,  Krishna, Balarama and their cowherd friends were playing a game of hide and seek.  In the middle of Their game, Krishna decided to go  to Nadia to enjoy  His pastimes there,  and so, taking  with Him Balarama and all Their  friends, He advented  Himself in Navadwipa.  Somehow or other, He forgot Shridama, who  remained in his hiding place in a   cave.  After a while Krishna noticed  that Shridam had been left behind and   sent Balarama as Nityananda, Who found Shridam and told him: "Come on!  We've all gone to Nadia to play there!" Shridama asked, "Who are You?" "I'm your  Lord Balarama. Can't you recognize me?"

 "You can't be  my  Lord Balaram. You're too  small."

 "If you don't  believe Me, then take off running. If I can't catch  you within ten paces, then you'll know I'm  not Balarama." "All right! Catch me if You can!"

 Shridama  took  off running,  but Nityananda  Prabhu immediately  caught him. But now  Shridama told Him,  "Now lookee here,  You dudes left  me behind,   so  I  ain't   goin'  to  yer   Nuddia or whatever the joint is called."

 Nityananda  Prabhu kept coaxing him but Shridama was adamant. Finally he manifested an  expansion of himself,  Rama dasa, who  agreed to  go. But Shridam still wanted to  remain behind as his feelings were greatly hurt.

 Rama  dasa   was  also  dissatisfied   and  very  prone   to  anger. When Nityananda  Prabhu's  first child  was born,   Abhirama Thakura  came to offer  his obeisances to the child, who died on the spot. In this  way, seven of  Nityananda's children  had to   depart from  this world  just after   taking  birth.  Finally   a  daughter,  Ganga-devi,   was born to Nityananda   Prabhu  and  Vasudha    devi.  When,  after   offering   his obeisances  to   the  child,  Abhirama   Thakur  saw  that   the baby was unaffected he exclaimed, "This time we havn't been  deceived!"  Then he immediately composed  one hundred verses in praise of Gangadevi.   When Viracandra Prabhu  took  his  birth, Abhirama  again came   to offer his obeisances. When he   saw that Viracandra  was  unaffected, he  composed Shri  Birbhadrastakam.

 If Abhirama  Thakura would offer his obeisances to any stone other then a salagram-sila, that  stone would crack. One time, Abhirama Thakur came to Shri Khanda, wanting to meet  Raghunandana Thakura. Mukunda dasa was aware of his reputation and thus told the  Thakura that Raghunandana wasn't there. Feeling disappointed, Abhirama departed.  When Raghunandan heard that Abhirama Thakura had come to meet him, he ran to  catch up with the Thakura. Finally he met him at Bor Danga, where they danced  together in ecstasy. When Raghunandana was dancing his nupur (ankle bracelet)  came off and fell down at Akaihat, where Kaliya Krishna dasa used to do his  bhajan. This nupur is still being worshiped along with Kaliya Krishna Thakura's  Deity at Karvi, not far from Katwa.

 Gopala guru  Gosvami was also similarly tested by Abhirama Thakura when he was only a small  boy living with Mahaprabhu in Puri. By the mercy of Mahaprabhu, Who invested His  potency in Gopala guru, the boy emerged unscathed.  Abhirama Thakura's Shripat is at Khanakhul  Krishnanagar. Khanakhul Krishnanagar can be reached by bus from Tarakeshwar, which  is connected by train from Bandel station. It can also be reached by bus from  Atapur, the Shripat of Patameshvari dasa Thakura.  His wife's name was Shri Malini-devi. His  worshipable Deity Shri Gopinathji Who, after first appearing to him in a dream,  manifested Himself at Khanakhul Krishnanagar. The legend is that He appeared in a  dream to Abhirama Thakura and said, "I am within the earth here. Please take Me  out and worship Me." Abhirama dasa excavated in that place and found within the  womb of the earth the all-enchanting form of Shri Gopinathji.  That place where the deity was found became  known as Ram Kund. "In the place where Shri Gopinathji advented Himself a lake  was formed, and the water contained therein was sweet as nectar.  Whoever bathed in or drank that water became  beside himself with ecstasy. Thereafter, this land has become famous as Ram  Kund. Having heard of these divine pastimes of Shri Gopinathji an incessant flow  of people descended on that place like the waters of the Ganges River."   

 One day while  in a state of rapture in rememberance of Shri Krishna, Abhirama Thakura, in the  mood of cowherd boy, desired to play the flute. In the madness of ecstatic love  he began to search in all directions for one. Then he saw before him a large  trunk of a tree which not even sixteen men could lift. Out of this he fashioned  a flute and began to play it. "Rama dasa, one of the chief branches, was full of  fraternal love of Godhead. He made a flute from a stick with sixteen knots." 


 Shri Abhirama  Thakura had a celebrated whip, whose name was Jaya-Mangala. Whoever was touched  with that whip had the symptoms of love of Krishna awakened within their  person.  One day,  Shrinivasa

 Acarya came to  meet Abhirama Thakura. After touching him three times with his whip, his wife  Malini-devi exclaimed, "Thakura, don't beat him anymore! Restrain yourself! He  is just a boy. He'll become overly excited by the touch of your whip."  Meanwhile, Shrinivasa had become completely drowned in Krishna-prema.  When Shri

 Gaurasundara  ordered Nityananda prabhu to preach in Gaudadesa (Bengal), he sent with him Shri  Rama dasa, Shri Gadadhar dasa and others. The atheists trembled in fear at the  sight of Abhirama Thakura. He was a learned scholar of the scriptures. According  to the desire of Nityananda Prabhu he married. His disappearance is on the  seventh day of the dark fortnight of the month of Caitra.

 The  descendents of the disciples of Abhirama Thakura are still living within the  districts of Hugli and Bankura, at Krishnanagar, Amta, Vishnupur and  Kotalpur.




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Bhushan Nityananda dasa


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