Appearance of Sri Visnupriya devi and
Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami. Disappearance of Srila
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura.
On this day, the holy advent of Srimati Visnupriya
Devi occured. She is the eternal consort of Sri Gaurasundar
in his feature of Gaura-Narayana, and according to Sri
Gauraganoddesa-dipika. she is directly Satyabhama in
She was the ideal of divine self-surrender at the lotus
feet of Mahaprabhu. When she was only fourteen, Mahaprabhu
took sannyasa, and after that she lived the rest of her
life in penance. From early morning she would take the
Holy Name the whole day, and for every Mahamantra that
she chanted, she would put one grain of rice into a clay
pot. After chanting her quota, she would take that rice
and cook it and offer it to the Lord. That was all she
would take for her subsisitence, so gradually she became
passed her days in this way.
Her brother was her guardian after Sacidevi departed,
and ultimately she had a Sri Murti (Deity) of Mahaprabhu,
and she would worship Him in that form. And since the
time of Visnupriya, that worship is being continued up
to the present in the Temple here in Navadvipa known
as 'Mahaprabhura Badi (the house of Mahaprabhu). So this
day of the year is connectetd with her holy memory, and
we may achieve her Grace if we honor this time in her
name, discussing her pastimes. she will be propitiated
and Sri Caitanyadeva will also be pleased with us, giving
us a step forward in our transcendental march towards
Srila Raghunatha Das Goswami appreciated the acme of
divine service, the culminating point of divine service
- Radha-dasya, which is servitude unto Srimati Radharani.
Therefore he is called the Prayojanacarya. Srila Sanatana
Goswami is generally conceived of by his successors as
the Acarya of Sambandha-jnana. Sambandha refers to 'what
is what' - 'what is my position in the spiritual heirarchy.'
That was explained most clearly by Srila Sanatana Goswami.
And Abhideya - what we should cultivate in order to attain
our objective - was mainly given by Srila Rupa Goswami.
He taught us how we can attain fulfillment of our life
in the domain of love. And what is particularly the highest
point of our attainment, or Prayojana, was very vividly
shown by Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami. He has given
us the highest conception of our attainment in the school
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
What is that? Our best fulfillment is in the service
of Sri Radha, because only she can fully attract the
grace of Krishna. She is the other half who can draw
the maximum of rasa, ecstasy, from Krishna - in quantity
as well as in quality. So those who are serving Srimati
Radharani get the highest type of qualitative rasa from
Krishna in reciprocation for their service. That cannot
be had through any other channel. Service that comes
through Srimati Radharani is of the highest quality,
so her service should be our
summum bonum of life.
This was announced clearly by Srila Raghunatha Das
Goswami who is considered to be Prayojanacarya, the guide
to show us our highest fulfillment of life. By our association
with this day and by our humble attempt to discuss all
these matters, we may be benefitted in the achievement
of our goal. This is the day of the advent of such great
also the day that Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur
departed from this world. He appeared about 180
years after the advent of Gaurangadev. He composed a
commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam and many other books
to help the devotees coming later in the Sampradaya.
He was such a great Acarya. In his own special way, he
has dealt elaborately with many spiritual matters, giving
the proper approach. He was the sastric or scriptural
dispensation of Sri Rupa-Sanatana, etc. By his grace,
Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana composed the Sri Gaudiya Vaishnava
commentary on Vedanta Sutra, Sri Govinda-bhasya. From
such great Masters there is much to be read.
Cakravarti was born in a Brahmana family in Devgram
of Murshidabad district. He was a great
scholar of sanskrit. He came in the line of Sri Narottama
Thakur. He gave us extensive scriptural writings to help
us very precisely and elaborately to know about the pastimes
of Mahaprabhu and Radha Krishna, Vrindavan, Navadvipa,
and the Guru-parampara. The Guruvastakam we chant daily
was written by him, as well as many other important works.
Srila Rupa Goswami wrote Sri Bhakti-ramsamrita-sindhu,
'The Nectarine Ocean of Devotional Joy' and Srila Visvanatha
wrote Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindu or a drop of that
ocean. And from Sri Rupa's Sri-Ujjvala-nilamani, 'The
Brilliant Jewel of the Supernatural World' (or Krishna
in madhura-rasa) Srila Visvanatha gave Ujjvala-Nilamani-kirana
or a ray of that jewel. In this way, Srila Visvanatha
Cakravarti has given volumes of books and poems. As Sri
Rupa Goswami gave the Asta-kaliya-lila of Krishna, or
twenty-four hour service engagement with Sri Sri Radha
Govinda, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti has similarly given
in Caitanya-lila tweny-four engagement in the service
of Sriman Mahaprabhu. So he has done great service to
the sampradaya and profusely bestowed his mercy upon
us. From 'Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Vol.