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26. Last Days

AFTER taking to the renounced order of life, the Thakura accepted some disciples, and one of them, Krishna dasa Babaji, continued to serve him as he had in Jagannatha Puri. Feeling a strong desire to be fully absorbed in the spiritual plane, the Thakura shut himself up in Bhakti Bhavan in the year 1910, so that he could remain uninterruptedly engaged in the divine service of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna. Feigning paralysis before the eyes of common people, he entered into a state of total samadhi (spiritual trance).

On June 23, 1914, the sun began its southern course. It was the same day that Gadadhara Pandita, the incarnation of Shrimati Radharani, had left the world some 450 years before. Precisely at noon, the Thakura entered the eternal pastimes of the Lord, far beyond the vision of the conditioned souls of this world.

The Thakura's samadhi ceremony was delayed until the sun began its northern course. At that time his last remains (his ashes) were taken from the Bhakti Bhavan and brought to his home in Godruma-dvipa. There they were placed in a silver urn and buried in the midst of a huge kirtana and festival held in his honor by his disciples and friends. Hundreds took part, and his direct presence was experienced by everyone. Truly, the Thakura's great stanza composed in glorification of Shrila Haridasa Thakura applies to him:

He reasons ill who tells that Vaishnavs die

When thou art living still in sound.

The Vaishnavs die to live and living try

To spread a holy life around!