Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-10-28 18:46:38
Sanatana Goswami’s samadhi in Vrindavan, situated next to the Madan Mohan temple.
The Bhakti Ratnakara records how once Sri Sanatana Goswami was alone in the forest on the banks of the Pavana Sarovara performing his bhajan in a secluded place. He had been fasting from food and drink. As he is the supersoul in all living beings, the Lord could understand everything. He thought, "My devotee is starving. I cannot tolerate this." In the dress of a gopa, Krishna entered the forest where Sanatana was staying, carrying a pot of milk. He came before Sanatana and said, "Baba! I have brought you some milk." Sanatana said, "Why have you brought me milk?" "You are not eating properly, that's why." "How did you know that I am not eating anything?" "Many gopas have come and gone by here. They told me you have not been eating." "Why didn't they come?" "They have much work at home, so they sent me." "You are such a little boy, why have you taken so much trouble for me?" "No, no, father. It is no trouble at all." Taking the pot of milk, Sanatana said, "Sit down, little boy. I will finish the milk and give you back your pot." "No baba. I cannot sit with you. I have to milk the cows. I will come and fetch the pot tomorrow." Saying this, the boy vanished, and Sri Sanatana became speechless. He could understand that all this was the work of Krishna. He began to drown in the tears that poured from his eyes as he drank the milk. From that day on he ate by practicing madhukari, or only accepting a tiny bit from many different residents of Vrindavana. Gradually the residents of Vrindavana built him a kutir so that he could stay there.