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Shri Vasudeva Datta's Mandir
Shri Vasudeva Datta was an intimate associate of Mahaprbhu. He was extremely generous and would spend all his money to serve the Deity. He would never save for the future. Thus as a householder, he at times ran into financial difficulties. In every way he was a superior Vaishnava, even among Mahaprabhu's associates. Lord Chaitanya used to always glorify him by telling His associates that His body belonged to Vasudeva Datta. "Wherever he sells Me," the Lord said, "I will be sold."He was the younger brother of Mukunda, who was a resident of Chattagram. The initiating guru of Shrila Raghunath das Goswami, Yadunandanacarya, was himself a disciple of Shri Vasudeva Datta. Appreciating the generous and magnanimous nature of Shri Vasudeva Datta in rendering service to Lord Krishna and the Vaishnavas, Lord Chaitanya instructed Shivananda Sen to manage the accounts of Vasudeva Datta to regulate his expenditures so that his family would not be put in difficulty.
One famous lila Vasudeva Datta shared with Mahaprabhu is acclaimed by saintly souls all over the universe. In Jagannath Puri, Shri Vasudeva Datta once told Lord Chaitanya that his heart was breaking by seeing the endless suffering of the conditioned souls. He then humbly requested the Lord to transfer all their sinful reactions to him. Hearing this, all the Vaishnavas were pleased. It is not possible for materialists, fruitive workers, or speculators to understand the consciousness of a Vaishnava. Shrila Saraswati Thakur comments that in the Christian religion, their guru, Jesus Christ, appeared in order to eradicate all the sins of his disciples. Jesus Christ was prepared to accept the sins of those human beir^s that followed him, and in the process he was crucified. But we see that Shri Vasudeva Datta was prepared to accept the sins of every human being on the earth without conditions or exceptions!
When Lord Chaitanya heard Vasudeva Datta's sincere request, His heart became as soft as butter. Tears flowed from His eyes. Trembling, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revealed that Shri Vasudeva Datta was an incarnation of His dear devotee Prahlad Maharaj. Then the Lord spoke as follows:
tomara iccha-matre habe brahmanda mocana
sarva mukta karite krsnera nahi kichu srama
"Simply by your desire all living entities within the universe will be delivered. Lord Krishna does not have to labor even a little for liberating all the living entities of this universe." (Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 15, Verse 171) Shri Vasudeva Datta was a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna, and being a Vaishnava he naturally was much aggrieved to see others suffer. A Vaishnava is so magnanimous that he is prepared to risk everything to rescue the lost and suffering conditioned souls from material existence. But the Supreme Lord Krishna always protects His pure devotees in every situation, and thus the Lord accepted upon Himself, out of His causeless mercy, all the sinful reactions that Shri Vasudeva Datta was prepared to take. Actually no one, man or demigod, at any age, at any time, in any world, can compare to Shri Vasudeva Datta. Shri Vasudeva Datta exemplifies the compassion of a Vaishnava. Hare Krishna!