Presentation on theme: "In the Gaura-ga ṇ oddeśa-dīpikā (90), Śrīvāsa Pa ṇḍ ita (Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura) is described as an incarnation of Nārada Muni, and Śrī Rāma Pa ṇḍ ita,"— Presentation transcript:
In the Gaura-ga ṇ oddeśa-dīpikā (90), Śrīvāsa Pa ṇḍ ita (Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura) is described as an incarnation of Nārada Muni, and Śrī Rāma Pa ṇḍ ita, his younger brother, is said to be an incarnation of Parvata Muni, a great friend of Nārada’s. Śrīvāsa Pa ṇḍ ita’s wife, Mālinī, is celebrated as an incarnation of the nurse Ambikā, who fed Lord K ṛṣṇ a with her breast milk, and his niece Nārāya ṇ ī, the mother of Ṭ hākura V ṛ ndāvana dāsa, the author of Śrī Caitanya- bhāgavata, was the sister of Ambikā in k ṛṣṇ a-līlā. We also understand from the description of Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata that after Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s acceptance of the sannyāsa order, Śrīvāsa Pa ṇḍ ita left Navadvīpa, possibly because of feelings of separation, and domiciled at Kumāraha ṭṭ a. (purport CC Ādi 10.8)
All of Navadvīpa was surcharged with His sa ṅ kīrtana movement, and His headquarters were situated at the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura and Śrī Advaita Prabhu, two of His chief householder disciples. These two learned heads of the brāhma ṇ a community were the most ardent supporters of Lord Caitanya's movement.
Āvirbhāva is a manifestation of the Lord that appears even though He is personally not present. For example, when Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura performed sa ṅ kīrtana, everyone felt the presence of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, even in His absence. (purport CC Ādi 10.56)
Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura worshiped Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu by the process of abhi ṣ eka.
Sitting on a cot, the Lord exhibited transcendental opulence. (CC Ādi 17.11)
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu blessed a maidservant named Du ḥ khī with the name Sukhī. He called for Kholāvecā Śrīdhara and showed him His mahā-prakāśa. Then He called for Murāri Gupta and showed him His feature as Lord Rāmacandra. He offered His blessings to Haridāsa Ṭ hākura, and at this time He also asked Advaita Prabhu to explain the Bhagavad-gītā as it is (gītāra satya-pā ṭ ha) and showed special favor to Mukunda.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu regularly led congregational chanting of the Hare K ṛṣṇ a mahā-mantra in the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura every night for one full year. This ecstatic chanting was performed with the doors closed so that nonbelievers who came to make fun could not gain entrance. Thus the nonbelievers almost burned to ashes and died out of envy. To retaliate, they planned various ways to give trouble to Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura.
Gopāla Cāpāla placed all the paraphern lia for worshiping the goddess Durgā outside Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura’s door.
On the upper portion of a plantain leaf he placed such paraphernalia for worship as o ḍ a-phula, turmeric, vermilion, red sandalwood and rice. He placed a pot of wine beside all this
Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura called for all the respectable gentlemen of the neighborhood and smilingly addressed them as follows. “Gentlemen, every night I worship the goddess Bhavānī. Since the paraphernalia for the worship is present here, now all you respectable brāhma ṇ as and members of the higher castes can understand my position.”
Then all the assembled gentlemen exclaimed, “What is this? Who has performed such mischievous activities?” They called for a sweeper who threw all the items of worship far away and cleansed the place.
After three days, leprosy attacked Gopāla Cāpāla, and blood oozed from sores all over his body. Incessantly covered with germs and insects biting him all over his body, he felt unbearable pain, burning in distress. Gopāla Cāpāla left the village.
“My dear nephew, I am Your maternal uncle in our village relationship. Please see how greatly this attack of leprosy has afflicted me. “As an incarnation of God, You are delivering so many fallen souls. I am also a greatly unhappy fallen soul. Kindly deliver me by Your mercy.”
“O sinful person, envious of pure devotees, I shall not deliver you! Rather, I shall have you bitten by these germs for many millions of years. “You have made Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura appear to have been worshiping the goddess Bhavānī. Simply for this offense, you will have to fall down into hellish life for ten million births.”
Śrī Caitanya, after accepting the renounced order, went to Jagannātha Purī and then came back to Kuliyā. Then that sinful man took shelter of the Lord, who told him, “You have committed an offense at the lotus feet of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura. You must beg for his mercy, and if he gives you blessings and you do not commit such sins again, you will be freed from these reactions.”
Then the brāhma ṇ a, Gopāla Cāpāla, went to Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura and took shelter of his lotus feet, and by Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura’s mercy he was freed from all sinful reactions.
One night while Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was dancing with His devotees at the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura, one of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura’s sons, who was suffering from some disease, died.
Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura did not allow anyone to cry, for he did not want the kīrtana going on at his house to be disturbed. Thus kīrtana continued without a sound of lamentation.
When the kīrtana was over, Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who could understand the incident, declared, “There must have been some calamity in this house.” When He was then informed about the death of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura’s son, He expressed His regret, saying, “Why was this news not given to Me before?”
He went to the place where the son was lying dead and asked him, “My dear boy, why are you leaving the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura?”
The dead son immediately replied, “I was living in this house as long as I was destined to live here. Now that the time is over, I am going elsewhere, according to Your direction. I am Your eternal servant, a dependent living being. I must act only according to Your desire. Beyond Your desire, I cannot do anything. I have no such power.”
Hearing these words of the dead son, all the members of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura’s family received transcendental knowledge. Thus there was no cause for lamentation.
Lord Caitanya assured Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura, “You have lost one son, but Nityānanda Prabhu and I are your eternal sons. We shall never be able to give up your company.”
In ecstasy the Lord asked Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura to deliver His flute, but Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura replied, “Your flute has been stolen away by the gopīs.” Thus Śrīvāsa described the transcendental mellows of the pastimes of Śrī V ṛ ndāvana. In the morning, the Lord embraced Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura and satisfied him.
One day the Lord ordered Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura to read the the thousand names of Lord Vi ṣṇ u. When Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard the holy name of Lord N ṛ si ṁ ha, He became fully absorbed in thought.
In the mood of Lord N ṛ si ṁ ha-deva, Lord Caitanya ran through the city streets, club in hand, ready to kill all the atheists. Seeing Him appearing very fierce in the ecstasy of Lord N ṛ si ṁ ha, people ran from the street and fled here and there, afraid of His anger.
Seeing the people so afraid, the Lord came to His external senses and thus returned to the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura and threw away the club. He said to Śrīvāsa, “I stopped, since causing fear among people is an offense.”
Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura replied, “Anyone who takes Your holy name vanquishes ten million of his offenses immediately. “There was no offense in Your appearing as N ṛ si ṁ ha-deva. Rather, any man who saw You in that mood was immediately liberated from the bondage of material existence.” After saying this, Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura worshiped the Lord, who was then greatly satisfied and returned to His own home.
Devānanda was expounding the Māyāvādī interpretation. Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura was once present, and when he began to cry, Devānanda’s students drove him away. When Caitanya Mahāprabhu met Devānanda He chastised him severely because of his Māyāvāda interpretation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. At that time Devānanda had little faith in Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as an incarnation of K ṛṣṇ a, but one night Vakreśvara Pa ṇḍ ita was his guest, and when he explained the science of K ṛṣṇ a, Devānanda was convinced about the identity of Lord Caitanya. Thus he was induced to explain Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam according to the Vai ṣṇ ava understanding. (purport CC Ādi 10.77)
While the King beheld the dancing, Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura, standing in front of him, became ecstatic as he saw the dancing of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Seeing Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura standing before the King, Haricandana touched Śrīvāsa with his hand and requested him to step aside.
Absorbed in watching Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu dance, Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura could not understand why he was being touched and pushed. After he was pushed again and again, he became angry. Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura slapped Haricandana to stop him from pushing him.
In turn, this made Haricandana angry. As the angered Haricandana was about to speak to Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura, Pratāparudra Mahārāja personally stopped him.
King Pratāparudra said, “You are very fortunate, for you have been graced by the touch of Śrīvāsa Ṭ hākura. I am not so fortunate. You should feel obliged to him.”