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Ärî Îävara Purî

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Ärî Îävara Purî

Ärî Kèëòadâsa Kaviraja Gosvâmî has described in Ärî Caitanya Caritamrta that the first sprout of the desire tree of devotion was manifested in the person of Ärî Madhavendra Purî, and that that sprout developed into a sapling in the person of Ärî Îävara Purî. Then, in the person of Ärî Caitanya Mahâprabhu, Who was also the gardener Himself, that sapling become the trunk of a enormous tree, the desire tree of devotion. (C. C. Adi 9.10- 11)

Ärî Îävara Purî appeared in this world on the full moon day of the month of Jyestha. He served his guru, Ärî Madhavendra Purî, very faithfully, especially during the end of Ärî Purî-pada's life. Îävara Purî gave the best service among his disciples. Thus Madhavendra Purî, being very pleased with him, blessed him, saying, 'My dear boy, I can only pray to Kèëòa that He will be pleased with you.' (C.C. Antya 8.26-29)

Ärî Îävara Purî, in his travels to various holy places, once came to Ärîdhama Navadwipa, where he stayed in the house of Ärî Gopinatha Âcârya. At that time Ärî Nimai Paòàita was absorbed in His pastimes of learning. Iswara Purî entered Nadiya-nagara in disguise and thus no one could understand who he really was.

"That noble minded gentleman, was always absorbed in the mellows of devotion to Ärî Kèëòa. He was thus extremely dear to Ärî Kèëòa and he was an ocean of mercy. No one, however, could recognize him by his dress. By the will of fate, he came to Ärî Advaita Âcârya's house." (C. B. Adi 11)

He came to where Ärî Advaita Âcârya was engaged in worshipping Ärî Kèëòa and quietly sat down there. By his divine lustre one Vaisnava cannot remain hidden from another. Advaita Âcârya began to look in his direction again and again.

Finally he asked him: "Bap! Who are you? I have a feeling you are a Vaisnava sannyasi."

Ärî Îävara Purî very humbly replied: "I am a low class sudra, come to view your lotus feet." Mukunda Datta, who was also present could also understand that this is a Vaisnava sannyasi and thus he contrived to expose him. In his sweet voice, he began a kirtana describing Ärî Kèëòa's pastimes. When Ärî Îävara Purî heard that kirtan he at once fell to the ground, and the earth beneath him became wet with his tears. The devotees present were dumbstruck. "We haven't seen a Vaisnava like this before." Advaita Âcârya very firmly embraced him. Now everyone could understand that this is Madhavendra Purî's dearmost disciple, Ärî Îävara Purî. Loud shouts of "Hari! Hari!" rose up into the air.

Ärî Îävara Purî remained at Navadwipa for some days. One day when Nimai Paòàita was returning home from the school, he happened by chance to meet Ärî Îävara Purî on the way. Ärî Îävara Purî was as though mesmerized while looking at the son of Saci, and thought to himself, "He has all the indications of being a divine personage, and appears very grave indeed." Ärîla Îävara Purî inquired, "Oh Viprabor! May I know your name? Where do you live? What is that manuscript in Your hand?" Mahâprabhu very humbly offered His namaskara. Some of his disciples replied, "His name is Nimai Pandit." Exclaiming, "You are the famous Nimai Paòàita!" Îävara Purî felt very happy to meet Him. Mahâprabhu, coming forward and bowing his head, humbly requested, "Ärîpada, please come with Me to My house and be My guest for lunch."

Îävara Purî thought to himself, "What a pleasant demeanor He has!" As though charmed by some mantra he quietly came along with the Pandit to His house. Arriving there, Mahâprabhu personally washed his feet, while in the Deity room, Saci Mata offered the various preparations that she had prepared to the Lord. Then Mahâprabhu served that prasadam to Ärî Îävara Purî and afterwards accepted his remnants. Thereafter they sat in the temple (Viëòu-grha) and discussed Kèëòa-katha, by which they both became filled with ecstatic love.

Ärî Iswara Purî thus remained at Navadwipa for a few months, staying at the house of Ärî Gopinatha Âcârya. Everyday Mahâprabhu would come to have darsan of his lotus feet and occasionally He would invite him for lunch. At that time Ärîla Gadâdhara Paòàita was just a young boy and Îävara Purî was very affectionate to him. He began to teach him from the book which he had composed, "Ärî Kèëòa Lilamrta".

One evening when Mahâprabhu had come to offer His obeisances to Îävara Purî, Ärîla Purîpada spoke to him, "You are a great Paòàita. I have composed a manuscript about Ärî Kèëòa's pastimes. If you would please hear it, then I can recite it before You, and You can correct any mistakes that there might be. I will be very pleased if You do this."

Mahâprabhu replied smilingly, "Whatever a devotee speaks is dictated by Ärî Kèëòa Himself. If anyone sees any fault in this then he is simply a sinful wretch. Whatever poems he composes, certainly Kèëòa is very pleased by that. Kèëòa accepts the mood in which things are offered as the most substantial part of the offering." To Îävara Purî these words were like drops of nectar and he could understand that Ärî Nimai Paòàita was an extraordinary person. After passing some days in Nadia, Îävara Purî continued his tour of the holy places.

Meanwhile Mahâprabhu was bringing His pastimes of learning to a close and now desired to reveal His true Self and establish the religion of the age by distributing love of Godhead through the chanting of His Holy Names. Thus He came to Gaya, ostensibly to offer pinda for His departed father and forefathers. Ärî Îävara Purî was present at that time at Gaya. After having offered pinda at the various holy shrines, he finally came to the place where the lotus footprints of Ärî Viëòu are. While taking darsana and hearing of the glories of the shrine Mahâprabhu fainted and fell to the ground. By the arrangement of Providence, Ärî Îävara Purî happened to come to that spot just then and learned from Ärî Candrashekar Âcârya what had transpired. After a short time Mahâprabhu regained His consciousness, and seeing Îävara Purî He got up to offer His obeisances. Ärî Îävara Purî embraced Him and the two of them were drenched by each others tears of love.

Mahâprabhu addressed Îävara Purî, "My journey to Gaya is successful just by My seeing your lotus feet. If one offers Pinda at this holy place, then his forefathers become delivered. But simply by seeing you, tens of millions of forefathers get liberation. Therefore your presence is even more auspicious than that of this holy tirtha. All of the holy tirthas pray for the dust of your lotus feet. Therefore, O Purîpada, I am praying at your lotus feet to ferry me across the ocean of material existence and to cause me to drink the nectar from Kèëòa's lotus feet."

Ärîla Îävara Purî replied, "Please hear me Panditji, I have understood that You are an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. This morning I saw a very auspicious dream and now that has actually materialized. From the first day I saw you at Navadwipa, I have always thought of You. I get such pleasure by seeing You, as much pleasure as I get by seeing Kèëòa."

Hearing this, Mahâprabhu bowed his head and smilingly replied, "This is my great fortune."

On another day Mahâprabhu approached Ärî Îävara Purî and requested that he initiate Him with the divine mantra. "My mind is becoming very restless in anticipation of this initiation." Ärîla Purîpada very blissfully replied, "What to speak of mantras, I am prepared to offer You my very life." (C. B. Adi 17.10)

Thereafter Ärîla Îävara Purî initiated Mahâprabhu with the divine mantra.

diksa-anantare haila, premera prakasa

dese agamana punah premera vilasa

"In Gaya, Ärî Caitanya Mahâprabhu was initiated by Îävara Purî, and immediately afterwards He exhibited signs of love of Godhead. He again displayed such symptoms after returninghome." (C.C. Adi 17.9)

One morning Ärîla Îävara Purî came to where Mahâprabhu was staying. Mahâprabhu was extremely pleased to see him and after offering His obeisances He invited him to stay for lunch. Îävara Purî replied that, "Being able to accept foodstuffs from Your hand is a matter of great fortune for me." Mahâprabhu Himself cooked and then very carefully served His guru the prasadam. Afterwards he smeared sandalwood paste on his body and put a garland of flowers around his neck. Thus the Supreme Lord Himself taught how one should serve his guru. Without serving the great devotees, it is not possible to receive love of Godhead. Service to the guru is the door to devotion.

On his return from Gaya, Mahâprabhu came by way of Kumarhatta, the birthplace of His guru, and began to roll on the ground in ecstasy there, as the ground became wet with His tears. Finally He collected some dust from that holy place and bound it in the corner of his upper garment, saying, "This dust is as dear to me as My life." Then he set out for Nawadvipa.

The birthplace of Ärîla Îävara Purî is located within the present town of Halyahor, which is near the Kanchra-para rail station, which is on the Sealdah-Kèëòanagar line. One should get down at Kanchra-para station and then proceed by rickshaw to Caitanya Doha. Doha means pond, which is what was created when many followers of Caitanya Mahâprabhu, following in His footsteps, came here and collected earth from the birthplace of Ärîla Îävara Purî.

Thereafter Mahâprabhu accepted sannyasa and by the order of His mother came to live at Jagannath Purî. By this time Îävara Purî had already left this world. He sent two of his disciples, Ärî Govinda and Kasisvara brahmacari, to serve the Lord at Nilacala.



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