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Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi - Appearance

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Vaishnava Calender -Vasanta Pancami, Srimati Visnupriya Devi - Appearance, Sarasvati Puja, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura - Disappearance

Vaisnava Calendar For 08th February 2011
Vasanta Pancami

>This is the first day of spring in India (Northern Hemisphere). On the fifth day of the waxing moon one should celebrate the coming of spring to Vrndavana by offering Krishna many types of leaves and flowers, and fresh shoots of sprouting grasses. Things that symbolise life and new growth. Following in the footsteps of the Vraja-basis of Vrindavana, one should >paint designs on His (Krishna's) body and perform a special aratrika for Him. It is appropriate to offer yellow flowers too.

The vasanta raga should be played on this day. The Deities in the temples, especially in Vrindavana wear yellow or yellow-green on this day.

In places like Vrindavan, Mayapur, Jagannath Puri and Udupi many of the women folk dress in yellow also. As it is the first day of spring many fertility rites are performed at this time - for the family, for the women folk, for the crops, for the cows, etc. It's a very festive time.

Many new projects are begun, weddings performed.......

fields of yellow mustard flowers growing

Local tradition:

Celebrated on the onset of spring, it marks the beginning of new life with yellow mustard flowers starting to bloom and nature displaying her majestic best. Thus the colour of the festival is yellow and women can be seen dotted in saffron dresses. The puja on this day is devoted to Saraswati and people pray for wisdom and understanding. There are several ways in which puja is conducted on this day. In Bengal, the place where the statue of Saraswati is kept is decorated with a rangoli. The design of a fish is considered auspicious. Family members bathe early in the morning and dress in whit or yellow coloured clothes. Then they gather around the idol, where the priest commences the puja.

Aarti is taken of the idol and the flame is passed arounfd the devotees to warm there hands and touch there foreheads. Children place their books at the goddesses feet. No books our touched that day, signifying that the books are being blessed by the goddess. In Rajsthan also the puja is conducted in a very colourful manner. The youngest girl of the house present sets the
>stage for the puja by putting a teeka on everyone's forehead. This is followed by the devotees sprinkling water, aipun and roli on the diety. The puja ends with the lady of the house giving a few bers, some sangaris and a laddoo and a paan to everyone present.

Srimati Visnupriya Devi - Appearance
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Sarasvati Puja

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura - Disappearance

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Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi - Appearance

The Supreme Personality if Godhead Lord Shri Gauranga called the respectable Pundarika as father. He was also known as Premanidhi or Acaryanidhi. Sri Kavi Karnapura referred to him as King Vrsabhanu, the father of Shrimati Radharani in his previous incarnation(GGD). Pundarika was the disciple Madhavendra Puri. His father's name was Vanesvara (Suklamvara brahmacari) and his mother's name was Gangadevi. Suklamvara belonged to the Varendra sect of brahmanas. Ratnavali was the name of Pundarika's wife. Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami accepted Pundarika as his spiritual master. His Sripata was in Mekhala village which is situated under Hat-hazari police station a few miles north of Chittagong city. The temple of Sri Vidyanidhi is now in a dilapidated condition. (CC. 1.10.14, Premavilasa 22, CBh. 10.52, 67-187)

Now hear the story of Vidyanidhi Prabhu's arrival in Navadvipa. Pundarika was a very dear associate of Sri Krsna. By the Lord's arrangement he appeared in the village of Cattagrama in East Bengal, and purified that land. The Lord Himself appeared in Navadvipa and when He could not find Pundarika Vidyanidhi there He sighed heavily, feeling separation from him.

One day after ecstatic dancing the Lord sat down and exclaimed,"O My father Pundarika," and began to cry. "O Pundarika, O My father when will I be able to see You again." Such was the extent of the Lord's affection for Pundarika Vidyanidhi. In this way Lord Gauracandra revealed His intimate associates by performing such wonderful pastimes.

All the devotees surrounding the Lord were unable to comprehend the import of the name He continued to repeat and the reason for the tears which flowed from His eyes. They conjectured that Pundarika naturally implied Krsna, and Vidyanidhi could have many different explanations, but no one could understand that this person was a very confidential associate of the Lord. When the Lord finally came out of trance the devotees asked Him, "For which associate of Yours are You weeping my Lord? Please reveal to us who he is, when he was born and what he does, tell us Lord so that we may have the good fortune to know him."

The Lord replied, "You are certainly fortunate because you desire to hear about him. His activities and character are most wonderful, the whole world can be purified simply by hearing his name. His ecstatic appearance is almost like an ordinary man, therefore no one can recognize Him as a pure devotee of the Lord. This highly learned scholar brahmana was born in Cakragrama, He strictly executed the prescribed religious principles and was respected by everyone, He always floats in the ocean of nectar of love of Krsna, and his body constantly displays various ecstatic symptoms such as crying, horripilation, etc. He never went for ablutions to the Ganga to cleanse himself of his sins like everyone else, nor did he enter her wa ters, he also avoided touching her with his feet. However he came to see and pay his respects to her everyday in the evening when the teeming crowds had all gone. He could not bear to see Mother Ganga disrespected and utilized by people who spat into her, cleaned their mouth with her waters, and washed their hair and dirty clothes in her, thus he preferred to come to her in the evenings when there was no one around.

"Another wonderful characteristic of Pundarika Vidyanidhi is that he always drank Ganga water before worshipping the Lord, then he performed all his daily prescribed religious duties. This was meant to give a lesson to all the puffed up scholars about the greatness of Mother Ganga.

"He is presently in Cakragrama, but he is soon coming to Navadvipa where he also has a house. None of you will be able to recognize him, as on first sight one would be inclined to think he was an ordinary materialistic person. I am very anxious to see him, so all of you must endeavor and pray to bring him here very quickly."

Talking about Pundarika Vidyanidhi threw the Lord into an ecstatic trance and He began to weep saying, "O My father Pundarika." The Lord lamented loudly, for only He could understand the extent of the greatness of such a pure Vaisnava, and through His mercy only can that wonderful and unique position of a pure devotee be revealed.

When the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself attracts a living entity there is no way that one cannot respond, thus Pundarika Vidyanidhi suddenly desired to go to Navadvipa. He made arrangements and came to Navadvipa with many disciples. In Navadvipa he remained incognito and all the ordinary men considered him to be a lavish materialist, attached to a life of comfort and self enjoyment.

With the exception of Mukunda, no one amongst the Vaisnava's knew about Pundarika Vidyanidhi's arrival in Navadvipa. Sri Mukunda was a ayurvedic, brahmana doctor who was born in Caktagrama, thus he knew about the wonderful Vaisnava qualities of Pundarika Vidyanidhi. When Mukunda found out that he was in Navadvipa, he was so overwhelmed that it was difficult for him to control himself. However, Mukunda did not reveal Pundarika Vidyanidhi's identity to anyone thus Pundarika remained a materialistic self enjoyer, in the eyes of the ordinary folks. Only Mukunda and his brother Vasudeva Dutta knew about the intensity of Pundarika's love for God.

Gadadhara Pandita and Mukunda were very dear friends and always kept in each other's company. Mukunda thus told Gadadhara Pandita, "Listen carefully Gadadhara, a very great devotee has come to Navadvipa. You have been hankering for the association of pure vaisnava's and today your desire will be fulfilled. I will take you to see a wonderful Vaisnava devotee, in return for this I simply want you to think of me as your dear servant."

The excited and happy Gadadhara Pandita called out the name of Krsna as they proceeded towards the great Vaisnava's residence. Arriving there they found Pundarika Vidyanidhi sitting comfortably. Gadadhara offered his obeisances and was respect fully seated.

Vidyanidhi inquired from Mukunda, "What is his name and which village does he come from? I can see that his body is effulgent due to rendering devotional service to the Supreme Lord Visnu, both his form and demeanor are extremely wonderful."

"His name is Sri Gadadhara", Mukunda replied, "He is very fortunate because from early childhood he has been totally detached from family life. His external, material identity is that he is the son of the brahmana Sr i Madhva Misra. Because he is totally absorbed in devotional service he only associates with Vaisnava's, and he is extremely dear to all the devotees. When he heard about you he was anxious to meet you."

After hearing the wonderful qualities of Gadadhara Pandita, Vidyanidhi was very pleased to meet him. That great personality, Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi, sat like a prince. His beautiful bed was made of metal, covered with intricate brass inlay work, from it extended an attached brass lamp stand with three bright lights hanging down. He was seated on a soft mattress covered with clean expensive sheets and silk pillows were placed under his back. On either side of him many small and large wat er pots sat within his reach, as well as a nice shining brass plate with betel pan neatly prepared on it. Two large ornate mirrors hung on either side of him which he continually glanced into while smiling with lips reddened from chewing pan.

He wore a sandalwood paste tilaka mark on his forehead and his face was decorated with dots made from a mixture of sandalwood and perfume. As for his hair, it was well groomed and shining with delicately perfumed hair oil. Two persons stood behind him fanning him gently with long peacock feathers and in front of him was a nicely prepared hammock. Because he followed a life of pure devotional service, he looked as charming as Cupid himself. Those who did not know him would consider him to be a prince as everything about him and around him gave the impression that he was a man of
easy and comfortable life given to pleasure.

When Gadadhara Pandita saw these luxurious items and a general atmosphere of materialistic life he became suspicious. Since Gadadhara was a fully renounced soul from his early childhood, naturally some doubts regarding the character of Pundarika Vidyanidhi entered his heart. He thought, "What sort of a Vaisnava is he, surrounded by so much finery and lavish living? Hearing about his devotional mood I developed great respect for this person, but now on seeing him it is slowly giving way to doubt and suspicion."

Mukunda understood the mind and heart of Gadadhara Pandita, thus he took it upon himself to reveal the true nature of Pundarika Vidyanidhi. By the special mercy of Lord Krsna, Gadadhara Pandita was allowed to perceive everything, nothing remained unknown to him.

In a very sweet voice Mukunda began to sing a verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam describing the glories of devotional service: "Alas how shall I take shelter of one more merciful than He who granted the position of a mother to the she demon Putana? Putana was unfaithful and always hankering for the blood of human children. With that desire in mind she prepared deadly poison to be sucked from her breasts and came to kill Krsna, but because she offered her breasts to the Lord she attained the greatest achievement."

As soon as these words concerning devotional service entered his ears, Pundarika Vidyanidhi began to weep, tears of ecstatic love filled his eyes, rolling down his face profusely like streams of the Ganga. Simultaneously all the symptoms of ecstasy manifested on his person. He wept, trembled, rolled, roared and finally fell into an unconscious state of ecstasy. Then suddenly regaining consciousness he said in a loud voice, "Speak, speak," and again fell down to the ground. Agitated with spiritual emotions he kicked everything that was near him and all the luxurious paraphernalia went crashing to the ground. The shining brass pots of water, the container of betel pan, pillows, bed sheets, everything became a confused mass. He be gan tearing his fine clothes, and his well groomed hair went haywire as he wept and rolled in the dust. He cried out, "O Krsna, My Lord, My soul, My very life, You have made me hard- hearted like a stone." He lamented loudly, piteously crying out,

"I have been deprived of the Lord's association in His most merciful incarnation." He rolled around and crashed down to the ground. Everyone was afraid he might break his bones. He to trembled so violently that three persons could not hold him down. He kicked everything that was in his way, as his disciples stood by helplessly, unable to control him. In this way the storm of ecstatic love continued until it finally abated and he fell into an unconscious state of bliss. He lay down without breathing, totally submerged in an ocean of spiritual ecstasy.

Amazed at what he witnessed Gadadhara Pandita began to worry thinking, "What inauspiciousness overcame me to make me think in such an offensiv e manner about this great personality." He embraced Mukunda, being extremely pleased with him. Drenching him with tears of love he said, "Mukunda you have acted like a true friend, you have shown me a pure and unalloyed devotee of the Lord. It would be difficult to find another pure Vaisnava like him anywhere in this entire creation. One can become totally purified simply by observing his devotional attitude. Today, because you are right next to me I have been able to avoid a great catastrophe. When I saw all the luxurious paraphernalia surrounding Pundarika Vidyanidhi I was convinced that he was a materialistic Vaisnava given to the pleasures of life. You could read my mind and being a great magnanimous soul you revealed to me the unlimited extent of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's love of for God, yet today I have been offensive and the extent of my offense can only be mitigated by your mercy. You must be merciful to me and purify my heart. All these devotees who have taken to the process of surrender through devotional service to the Lord have all accepted the shelter of a guide under whose instructions they act. Yet I do not have such an instructor, so I have decided to take shelter of Pundarika Vidyanidhi and execute devotional service under his guidance. I know that I can counteract all my offenses to him by becoming his disciple." Thus Gadadhara Pandita revealed to Mukunda his desire to become a disciple of Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Mukunda was extremely pleased with the decision and patted him on the back saying, "very good, very good."

Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi was in a state of ecstatic coma for six hours, gradually he returned to his normal state and sat down quietly. It was impossible for Gadadhara Pandita to control the tears of joy which rolled profusely down his face. wetting his entire body. When Sri Vidyanidhi saw this he embraced Gadadhara Pandita, holding him to his heart. Overwhelmed by Pundarika Vidyanidhi's ecstatic devotion, Gadadhara was unable to sleep.(?)

Mukunda spoke up, revealing Gadadhara Pandita's mind, "Doubt arose in Gadadhara's mind when he first saw your extravagant appearance and surroundings, but now he is repentant and wants to accept initiation from you. He is a renounced devotee of the Lord. Although he is young he is mature in spiritual realization, and comes from the very good family of Madhva Misra. From early childhood he has always been very attached to the Supreme Lord. I think it is a wonderful good match an extremel y elevated spiritual master like Pundarika Vidyanidhi having an equally able disciple like Gadadhara Pandita. Please consider these points and choose an auspicious day to initiate him with your diksa mantra."

Pundarika Vidyanidhi smiled and said, "Be assured that I will do as you say, for by the Lord's mercy I have had the great fortune to meet a person who is like a precious gem. The result of many lifetimes of pious activities is that one may find a disciple such as him. The forthcoming twelfth day of the waxing moon is very auspicious, come here to meet me and your plan will become successful." Overjoyed, Gadadhara Pandita offered his obeisances and took leave of Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Mukunda and Gadadhara went straight to meet Lord Gauracandra, who happily received the news of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's arrival.

During the night, without being seen by anyone, Pundarika left all his associates behind and came to the place of Lord Gauracandra. As soon as he saw the Lord he fell down like a rod, offering his obeisances. Overwhelmed with ecstatic trance he lay on the ground experiencing waves of joy. 

Shortly afterwards he regained external consciousness and roared loudly, then despising(?) himself he began to weep saying, "O my dear Krsna, You are my Lord and father. I am a great offender, please punish this wretch. O Lord You have liberated everyone in the world, only I have been deprived of such goof fortune."

Hearing his lamentation all the assembled Vaisnavas, who knew Pundarika Vidyanidhi to be a great and elevated Vaisnava, felt pained and began to cry.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, is especially inclined to His pure devotees, therefore upon seeing His beloved devotee, He got up and embraced him. Crying the Lord said, "O My father Pundarika, finally I am able to see you to day." The Vaisnavas were overjoyed to have the association of such an elevated devotee as Pundarika Vidyanidhi and their eyes filled with tears. So wonderful was this scene that no pen could possibly describe it.

Lord Gaurasundara held Pundarika Vidyanidhi in a loving embrace, wetting him with His tears. Understanding how dear Pundarika was to the Lord, the devotees immediately felt affection, respect and a sense of closeness with him. The Lord continued to hold Pundarika Vidyanidhi closely as if He wanted to merge His body into his. For sometime the Lord was unable to move. Remaining like a statue He held Vidyanidhi in His close embrace. When the Lord came out of trance He began to chant the na me of Hari, and said, "Today Lord Krsna has been very merciful to me, He has fulfilled all My desires. I have met a person of My heart's desire."

Pundarika Vidyanidhi greeted all the Vaisnavas fondly and they began to chant the holy name together. The Lord then introduced Pundarika saying, "His name is Pundarika Vidyanidhi, the Lord has specially created him to distribute love of Godhead."

Hearing this the devotees happily responded by lifting their arms and chanting "Hari, Hari." The Lord said, "Today is a special day, a wonderful thing has happened, I woke up from sleep and my eyes beheld the ocean of love of Godhead directly in person."

All this went on while Pundarika Vidyanidhi was absorbed within himself in an ecstatic trance, totally unaware of his immediate external surroundings. Suddenly he became aware of the devotees around him and he immediately offered obeisances to the Lord, properly recognizing Him for the first time since their meeting. Then he offered his obeisances to Advaita Acarya Prabhu and exchanged obeisances with all the other Vaisnavas. It was a glorious scene, as all the devotees floated on waves of ecstasy, thrilled to have met Pundarika Vidyanidhi who himself is an ocean of love of Godhead. Only an extremely pious and fortunate person is able to describe this marvelous scene.

Gadadhara Pandita took Lord Visvambhara's permission to accept initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Gadadhara said, "I could not understand the uncommon behavior of this great personality and so I became disrespectful. Therefore in order to cleanse myself of this sin I want to become his disciple, for certainly as my spiritual master he will exonerate me."

Appreciating Gadadhara Pandita's mood, the Lord said, "Yes, perform it quickly." Thus Gadadhara Pandita formerly accepted initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi,the ocean of ecstatic loving devotion. (CBh. Madhya)

Pundarika Vidyanidhi was present to see Mahaprabhu liberate the great sinners Jagai and Madhai and enjoyed sporting in the water with the Lord and the other devotees thereafter. Vidyanidhi was one of the chief companions of Mahaprabhu in Nadia, as well as Puridhama. During Mahaprabhu's candan festival at Puri when He played in Narendra lake, Vidyanidhi also sported in the water with Svarupa Damodara

One day at Puri, Sri Gadadhara Pandita told Mahaprabhu, "I cannot pronounce my mantra properly....(?)". Mahaprabhu said, "Your spiritual master, Vidyanidhi, will come here soon, at that time you can discuss this with him." Just at that time, Sri Vidyanidhi arrived in Puri and the devotees were overjoyed to have him in their midst again. Thus Sri Gadadhara Pandita's wish was fulfilled. Accommodations for Sri Vidyanidhi were arranged by the sea-side at Yamesvara. He and Svarupa Damodara were very close friends, they constantly enjoyed talking about topics related to the Lord together and going for darsana of Jagannatha.

Around this time, the festival of Odana Sasthi began at Puri and Lord Jagannatha was dressed in new clothes--all starched. Although starched cloth is considered improper and impure, the purjaris nevertheless dressed Him in this way. On this day the ceremony of `wearing new starched clothes' was being celebrated with pomp and grandeur. Sri Gaurasundara watched the ceremony along with the devotees. Lord Jagannatha was dressed in various bright colored starched clothes (white, pink and green), and was decorated with garlands and flowers. Varieties of festive music played and Mahaprabhu enjoyed the festival with great pleasure until late in the evening. He then returned to His residence along with His devotees. On the way home the two friends, Svarupa Damodara and Sri Vidyanidhi, raised a discussion regarding the Lord's starched clothes. Vidyanidhi said, "In this part of the country there is considerable discussion regarding Sruti and Smrti, yet how is it that the Lord is dressed in un-holy starched clothing?

Svarupa Damodara replied, "Perhaps it is the custom of this place. If it is the custom, then where is the fault? Had it not been the wish of the Lord, the King would have forbidden it."

Vidyanidhi replied, "God can do whatever He likes, but why should His priest attendants put starched clothes on Him.? Starched cloth is so un-holy that the hand which has touched it has to be washed. These things are not decided by the estate officers. I see that the King also wore starched cloth on his head today."

Svarupa Damodara said, "Brother, perhaps there is nothing wrong in using this cloth on the day of Odana Sasthi. Because the Lord Himself has appeared on this earth in the form of Jagannatha Deva, rules and regulations are not applicable to Him."

Vidyanidhi protested, "Jagannatha Deva is the Lord, He is omniscient. But can these people be like Him? Are they beyond all rules and regulations?" In this way the two friends discussed in a jovial mood until reaching their residence, then took rest.

That night Vidyanidhi dreamed that Jagannatha and Balarama were very annoyed with him. They slapped Vidyanidhi on his two cheeks and said, "I have no caste, and neither do my attendants. It is I who have made the rules which you think there is deviation from." Weeping, Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi put his head on the feet of Jagannatha and said, "Oh Lord, I have been rightly served according to my offence. Today is very auspicious for me, Your good hand has touched my forehead. I do not now what good deed I performed in my previous birth to have such a benediction." The Lord then disappeared. When Vidyanidhi awoke in the morning, he found that his two cheeks were swollen as a result of the slapping by Sri Jagannatha and Balarama.

Every morning Svarupa Damodara came to Vidyanidhi's place and they went to the Jagannatha Mandira for darsana together. That morning Svarupa Damodara arrived as usual, but found Vidyanidhi still lying in bed. When he inquired as to why he was still in bed, Vidyanidhi called him to his side and explained his extraordinary dream. Hearing this and seeing Vidyanidhi's swollen cheeks, Svarupa Damodara was overwhelmed with joy. He said, "I don't know of any other such instance where the Lord has punished a man in his dream, but today I have seen this with my own eyes. Is there any man so fortunate as you in the three worlds?" Svarupa Damodara joyfully praised Sri Vidyanidhi. As a friend feels delighted at the well-being of his frien d, so Svarupa Damodara thought himself extremely lucky because of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's fortune.

Sri Vrndavana dasa wrote: "He who hears about the character of Pundarika Vidyanidhi is certain to attain devotion to Krsna. (CBh. Antya)

The Deities of Laksmi Govinda installed by Pundarika still exist today. In his birth place one still finds an earthen pitcher bearing Pundarika's handwriting. On the upper part of the temple there are two plaques containing sanskrit slokas.

Though damaged severely by fire, the text can still be read with some effort. In the archives of the Chittagong Collectorate names of Baneswar Brahmacari and Pundarika Vidyanidhi are found in Tanji no.s 17697, 26837, 17781. There road-cess(?) is still collected in those names. The thirteenth generation descendants of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's family live in Mekhala.

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Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami - Appearance
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He is a disciple of Madhavendra Puri, and constitutes one of the figures amongst the Pancatattva. In an earlier incarnation he was Lord Siva. He was born in a varendra brahmana family on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Magha, 1355 Saka (1433 AD.), in the village named Lauda in Srihatta.

According to Bangabhasa Sahitya, Advaita Prabhu was born in 1434 AD. and met Vidyapati in 1458 AD. Advaita's former name was Kamalaksha (Kamalakanta) Vedapancanana. His two wives were Sita Devi and Sri Devi. Acyutananda was born of Sita Devi (1425 Saka 1503 AD.), followed by Krsnadasa, Gopala, Balarama, Svarupa, and Jagadisa Misra. While Sri Devi gave birth to one son named Syamadasa (Premavilasa 24).

From Lauda, Advaita Prabhu migrated to the village of Navahatta and later to Santipura. He also had a house at Navadvipa. In 1480 Saka (1558 AD.), at the age of 125 years (i.e. 25 years after the disappearance of Lord Caitanya) Advaita Prabhu passed away. (Advaita Vilasa)

However, according to Premavilasa 24, Advaita Prabhu was born in Santipura. He studied the Vedas and other scriptures under a scholar named Santacarya in Phullavati village near Santipura, where he was awarded the title Acarya. The genealog y of Advaita Prabhu can be found in Premavilasa 24. Also books such as Valyalilasutra (in Sanskrit), and Advaitavilasa, Advaitamangala, Sitacarita (in Bengali) present detailed information on Advaita Prabhu. To verify the meeting of Advaita with Vidyapati, it is known that in 1330 Saka (1408 AD.) Vidyapati received the endowment of Bisaphi village from Sivasimha. Vidyapati was born around 1307 Saka (1385 AD.), and was a contemporary of Candidasa . Vidyapati mentions their meeting one another in songs he composed in 1325 Saka (1403 AD.).

One manuscript of the Bhagavata which was copied by Vidyapati is still available and carries the date of copying as 1379 Saka (1457 AD.) Evidence shows that Vidyapati was alive until 1401 Saka (1479 AD.). In 1485 AD. Advaita Prabhu, at the age of fifty two, arrived at the room where Lord Gauranga was born. Much earlier he undertook a pilgrimage. Hence his meeting with Vidyapati should be taken as a fact. See Advaita Prakasa for further information.

The following are extracts of references to Advaita Prabhu from some important biographical sources:

CC 1.9.21 Advaita Prabhu likened to the trunk of the imaginary tree of bhakti.
CBh 1.2.79 105 Advaita interprets all scriptures from the Krsnabhakti point of view. While offering Ganga water and Tulasi, Advaita calls out loudly demanding that Krsna incarnate.
CBh 1.7.29 67 Visvarupa visits Advaita daily to discuss sastra; Nimai goes to Advaita's house to bring His brother home.
CBh 1.7.95 108 Advaita wails in separation, deeply grieved when Visvarupa takes sannyasa.
CBh 1.11.72 83 Arrival and introduction of Isvara Puri at he house of Advaita.
CBh 1.16.20 21 and 311, 2.1.5 Milana with Thakura Haridasa.
CBh 2.2.4 154 Milana with Lord Gauranga.
CBh 2.2.155, 2.6.8 175 Advaita goes to Santipura to test Lord Gauranga and is brought back to Navadvipa by Ramai.
CBh 2.10.147, 151 155 Advaita's loyalty to Lord Caitanya.
CBh 2.10.166 Music lessons in the presence of Lord Caitanya.
CBh 2.10.169 Advaita's prayers to the Lord, begging that He shower His mercy upon the fallen souls.
CBh 2.13.238,257,300 305,335 Discussions in the house of Lord Gauranga regarding the liberation of Jagai and Madhai.
CBh 2.13.341 360 Loving fights between Advaita and Nityananda.
CBh 2.16.45 51 Seva puja offered by Advaita to Lord Gauranga while the Lord was in a state of bhava avesa.
CBh 2.16.52 93 Lord Gauranga's annoyance with Advaita for trying to touch His feet while the Lord was in an unconscious state.
CBh 2.19.13 160 Advaita's grief at finding Lord Gauranga's interpretation of Bhakti oriented philosophy. Advaita departs for Santipura where he deliberates on "Yoga Vasistha."
CBh 2.22.35 125 Aparadha committed by mother Saci forgiven when she touches the feet of Advaita.
CBh 2.24.40 76 Advaita sees the Visvarupa.
CBh 3.1.36 46 Advaita's grief when Lord Caitanya takes sannyasa.
CBh 3.4.441 515 The subject of the occasion when Madhavendra is worshipped.
CBh 3.8.3 86 Advaita visits Nilacala, accompanied by the the devotees.
CBh 3.9.12 88 Advaita cooks and serves Lord Gauranga with his own hands.
CBh 3.9.164 184 Caitanya sankirtana performed by Advaita.
CBh 3.9.256 284 Prema delivered by Rupa and Sanatana through Advaita.
CBh 3.9.290 305 Anger of Lord Caitanya with Srivasa on the subject of Advaita tattva.
CC 1.12.23 Advaita chants the Nrsimha mantra when his son, Gopala, loses consciousness.
CC 2.12.38 43 Solace given by Advaita after Lord Caitanya's chastisement of Kamalakanta.
CC 2.14.88 92 Water sports, after the cleansing of Gundica.
CC 3.3.213 Advaita gives sraddha to Haridasa Thakura.
CC 3.19.16 21 Advaita sends a riddle through Jagadananda.
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Sreecgmath - Harikatha Video Conference

----- Original Message -----
From: Prahlad
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:31 PM
Subject: [sreecgmath] Harikatha Video Conference on Dec. 25, 2010

Revered Vaishnavas,
Dandavat Pranams.

Our Most Revered Gurudev Om Vishnupad 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj will speak Divine Harikatha on the occasion of the disappearance anniversary of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the Founder of Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Gaudiya Maths. Harikatha will be webcast as per the following schedule from Kolkata Math:

Time: 7.30 PM to 8.45 PM
Date: Dec. 25, 2010, Saturday

English translation on the right channel.

Sri Guru Vaishnava Kripa Prarthi,
Prahlad Das
Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Srila Gurudev started His Divine Harikatha by saying, "Invoke the blessings in the beginning of the narration by remembering Guru-Vaishnav-Bhagavan. By remembering Them, all material hindrances will be destroyed and very easily all the (true eternal) desires will be fulfilled."

Later He spoke on the topic of the day - 'The highest object of worship, Nandanandan Sri Krishna', in which He spoke about the wonderful mischievous pastimes of Sri Krishna stealing butter, thereby Mother Yasoda's punishment by binding Him to a mortar and finally Sri Krishna delivering the two sons of Kuvera from the curse of Sri Narad Goswami due to their misconduct towards him.

Audio of Harikatha in Bangla and transcript in English is available at:

The events on the first day of Kolkata Math's Annual Function are posted on our website (pictures included). The direct link is

A video synopsis of Srila Gurudev's participation on the first day of Annual Function is now uploaded at

In service of Guru-Vaishnavas,
Prahlad Das
Revered Vaishnavas,

Dandavat Pranams.
Srila Gurudev Om Vishnupad 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj will deliver Divine Harikatha on Jan 30, 2011 (Sunday) on the occasion of Sri Pakshavardhini Maha-dvadasi at 7.30 PM. Webcast will begin at 7.20 PM. English translation will be on the right channel. Please go through FAQ for help.


Sri Guru Vaishnava Dasanudas,
Prahlad Das
Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Srila Gurudev on the occasion of the Holy Pakshavardhini Mahadvadasi explained that the main duty on the day of Ekadasi is to engage in Harikirtan.

Mahaprabhu used to perform sankirtan in the courtyard of Srivas whole night and during one such occasion, Srivas's only son died. Later when Mahaprabhu went inside and sat beside the child's dead body and brought him back to life to ask, "Child! Why do you want to leave the house of such a devotee as Srivasa?" The dead child answered, "The few days that I was to spend in Srivasa's house are over, now I am following your wish in going elsewhere. I am a living being who has no independence; I cannot go against your wishes. Please be merciful to me, that I never forget your lotus feet, no matter where I go."

Later Srila Gurudev explained the pastimes at Kumarhatta.

Full audio lecture with English transcription now available at

Sri Guru Vaishnava Dasanudas,
Prahlad Das

Dear Devotees,
Dandavat Pranams.

Srila Gurudev along with sevak team will leave for Guwahati, Assam on Feb. 4, 2011. His Divine Grace will take the flight that is scheduled to leave Kolkata at 12.55 PM to reach Guwahati at 2.10 PM. Srila Gurudev will then directly head towards Tezpur, to attend the annual function that starts from 6th February. Arrangements are made for overnight stay at Mangaldai (90 KMs towards Tezpur from Guwahati airport). On 5th February by about lunch hours, Srila Gurudev is expected to reach Tezpur. After the conclusion of Annual function at Tezpur on 8th February, Srila Gurudev will go back to Guwahati. He would give Harinam to sincere aspirants there.

The 4th of Feb. 2011 is Holy Disappearance day of Tridandiswami Sreemat Bhakti Gaurav Vaikhanas Maharaj, the Sannyas-guru of Our Most Revered Paramguru-padpadma Tridandi Swami Sree Sreemad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj.

On lieu of this occasion on 4th Feb., Srila Gurudev will speak the glories of Srila Vaikhanas Maharaj on February 3, 2011 (Thursday) at 7.30 PM IST. We would be webcasting only English translation of Harikatha this time.


Sri Guru Vaishnava Kripa Prarthi,
Prahlad Das

Dandavat Pranams to revered Vaishnavas.

By the grace of Sree Sree Guru Gauranga Radha Nayan-Mohan jiu, we reached Sri Gaudiya Math, Tezpur on Feb 5, 2011 at around 11.30 AM. The beautiful Math in Tezpur is established in 1947 by Our Most Revered Paramgurudev, upon the desire of Srila Prabhupad.

Srila Gurudev is in good health. He had given darsan to devotees after His arrival at 11.30 AM, during Tulsi Paraikrama at 2.30 PM and during arati and Mandir Parikrama at 6.30 PM in the evening on 5th. All devotees were extremely jubilant by His presence.

On 8th of February Srila Gurudev will speak divine Harikatha. Srila Gurudev's audio in Bengali (left channel) and live English translation (right channel) will be webcast from at 7.30 PM.

Sri Guru Vaishnava dasanudas,
Prahlad Das
Dear devotees,
Dandavat Pranams.

At first we sincerely apologize for not webcasting Srila Gurudev's Harikatha yesterday. We were incapacitated as there was a problem in our internet connectivity. The audio file is now uploaded in our website. Quick link –

"Earlier I used to speak Harikatha many times in a day and used to travel everywhere but due to my present physical condition I am speaking occasionally and travelling also carefully" with these opening words Srila Gurudev started Harikatha on the auspicious occasion of Sri Vasant Panchami on February 8, 2011 in Sri Gaudiya Math, Tezpur.

Srila Gurudev said how this Kaliyuga is special because of the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu but at he same time due to the loss of the actual teachings, Mahaprabhu sent His own associates – Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupad. Srila Prabhupad had performed Harinam Sankirtan for 14 continuous years. Later He started preaching from Ultadanga Road, Kolkata. When there was a month-long religious congregation organized, Srila Prabhupad spoke on the verse – labdhva sudurlabham idam bahu sambhavante. Two students from Scottish Church College got attracted by Him and never went back to home again.

Srila Gurudev later said that Srila Prabhupad had seen that the people in Assam are by nature devotees of Krishna and have got service aptitude. He instructed our most revered Gurudev to preach in Assam and later our Gurudev had established 4 maths in Assam. He narrated how Sri Kamalakanta Gosai, who later became Srila Ashram Maharaj, met Srila Prabhupad, got attracted and left his house to join the movement of Srila Prabhupad.

Srila Gurudev then emphasized that material possessions and designations are useless as everything is temporary. As an instance He narrated the devotion of Sri Ambarish Maharaj, who considered the wealth of entire earth to be equivalent to a morsel of mud.

Finally Srila Gurudev concluded the Harikatha saying that Sri Krishna's Name, Form, Pastimes, Abode, Associates etc. cannot be comprehended by the material sense organs. They are manifest only to a sincere devotee who has aptitude for service to Lord and His devotees.

Sri Sri Guru Vaishnav Dasanudas,
Prahlad Das
Revered Vaishnavas,
Dandavat Pranams.

Srila Gurudev had initiated more than 100 devotees to Harinam in Guwahati after 3 years. The intensity with which Srila Gurudev initiated devotees was very heart touching and a life time experience (for me). Srila Gurudev had incessant tears, and trembled and choked voice while chanting the Holy Name. There were very few in the assembly without tears. He made everyone chant Panchatattva and Mahamantra each twelve times in a loud voice (uchcha svar).

Srila Gurudev will take part in the 3-day Annual Function of Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Guwahati starting from tomorrow. He will speak Harikatha on the opening day i.e., February 15, 2011 (Tuesday). Webcast of the Harikatha in Bengali on left channel and live English translation on the right channel will be available from 7.45 PM IST at

Since the bandwidth is low in Guwahati, frequent breaks are expected. We will try to give our best. Please join us tomorrow to listen to Our Most Revered Gurudev speak on "Sri Nityananda Tattva". Contact No.: 07896660244.

Sri Guru Vaishnava Dasanudas,
Prahlad Das

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Dandavat Pranams to revered vaishnavas,

Following is the summary of Harikatha by Srila Gurudev on Feb 15, 2011, topic - SRI NITYANANDA TATTVA.

'nitai-pada-kamala, koti-chandra-susitala' - Lord Nityananda's Lotus Feet have soothing of millions of moons together. 'nitaiyer koruna habe, braje radha-krishna pabe' - When Lord Nityananda showers His mercy one gets the Divine Couple of Braj-dham.

Mahaprabhu collected the tears of Divine Love shed by Sri Nityananda Prabhu and kept it under the safekeeping of river Padmatavati, who would later give that to Sri Narottam Thakur. When Narottam was twelve years old, he had a dream in which Nityananda Prabhu told him to bathe in the Padmavati and take the prema which had been stored there for him. After taking prema, Narottama abandoned all his relations and bodily pleasures and left for Vrindavan.

Lord Nityananda also delivered the miscreants like Jagai and Madhai in spite of being hit by them with pieces of earthen pot. When Nityananda Prabhu showered His mercy, Lord Chaitanya gave them prema and later declared the two brothers as 'mahabhagavatas'. He also said that those who disrespect the two brothers would become victims of vaishnava-aparadh.

Link for audio and English transcript:

Sri Guru Vaishnava Dasanudas,
Prahlad Das
Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Revered Vaishnavas,
Dandavat Pranams.

After completing a 15-day Assam tour, Srila Gurudev and His sevak team arrived in Kolkata on Feb. 19, 2011. Since then Srila Gurudev is giving daily evening darsan to devotees.

Tomorrow (22 Feb 2011) is the appearance anniversary of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur. Our Most Revered Gurudev will speak the glories of Prabhupad at 11.15 AM. This will be webcast on Live English translation will be on the right channel. If you need help to set your speakers for English translation, kindly go through FAQ under the videoconference section in our website.

Prahlad Das
Revered Vaishnavas,

Dandavat Pranams.
Srila Gurudev Om Vishnupad 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj will deliver Divine Harikatha on Jan 30, 2011 (Sunday) on the occasion of Sri Pakshavardhini Maha-dvadasi at 7.30 PM. Webcast will begin at 7.20 PM. English translation will be on the right channel. Please go through FAQ for help.


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Prahlad Das
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