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Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

 

Vrindavan Das Thakur, the incarnation of Ved Vyas in Mahaprabhu’s leela was born at Modadruma Dwipa, one of the nine islands in Navadvipa dham. This is also the birthplace and ancestral home of Srimati Malini devi, the wife of Srivasa Pandit. Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was born four years after Mahaprabhu took sannyasa.

Vrindavan Das was born on the Krishna-dvadashi of the month of Vaishakh in 1429 of the Shaka era (1507 AD). Some say he was born in Mamgachi in the Nabadwip area, others say his birthplace was in Kumarahatta. His father was Vaikunthanatha Vipra, who originally came from Sylhet. Vrindavan Das’ mother’s name was Narayani Devi. Narayani was the daughter of Srivas Pandit’s brother.

Sometime after Mahaprabhu left Mayapur, Narayani was married off and moved to another village. She was pregnant when her husband suddenly died and this is when Malini Devi brought her to Mamgachhi to live.

When Sriman Mahaprabhu revealed his divinity in the house of Srivasa, showing his true Self to the assembled devotees there, Narayani was only a four year old child. In the Chaitanya Bhagavat it is written: “The golden moon, Gaur Hari, revealed Himself as the Soul of all souls. At that time He ordered Narayani to chant the name of Krishna. Although she was only four years old she became mad with love of God. And crying, Ha Krishna!” she swooned in ecstasy. As she lay on the ground in a trance of bliss, her eyes were streaming with tears overwhelmed with divine love.”

Narayani Devi’s son Vrindavana Das Thakura was the author of Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, under the guidance of Prabhu Nityananda whose disciple he was. In the Chaitanya Bhagavat he has written of how Narayani was the object of Mahaprabhu’s affection: “As a result of her great piety, Narayani would get whatever remnants the Lord might leave after eating. Although she was only an unschooled little girl, the Lord would favour Srivas Thakur’s niece by giving her the leftovers of food touched by His holy lips.”

Indeed it was by the mercy of the Lord that Vrindavan Das took birth in the womb of Narayani. Sri Gauranga and Sri Nityananda were the very life and soul of Vrindavana Das Thakura.

Gaura Ganodesa Dipika describes that Narayani was previously Kilimbika, the younger sister of Lord Sri Krishna’s nursemaid Ambika. It is also explained that Ambika became Malini Devi, the wife of Srivasa Pandit. Therefore, Ambika and Kilimbika reappeared in Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s pastimes as Malini Devi and Narayani Devi, in their same roles as maidservants.

Narayani was just 4 years old when Mahaprabhu bestowed Krishna-prema upon her. She was staying with Srivasa Pandit and Malini Devi at Srivasa Angan. One day Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu suddenly appeared there in the mood of the Supreme Lord shouting, “I am Him! I am Him!” He burst into Srivasa Pandit’s temple room and revealed Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead to the shaken and thunderstruck Srivasa Pandit.

Mahaprabhu then called for everyone in Srivasa Pandit’s household, including Narayani. After assuring everyone there was nothing to fear from Chand Kazi’s soldiers, Gauranga Mahaprabhu divulged His plans to defeat the Kazi and his ban on Harinam Sankirtan. First, as the Supersoul seated in everyone’s heart, He would change the Kazi’s heart. Then, if necessary, He would defeat all the Kazi’s men to establish the supremacy of chanting the Holy Name: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. And to prove that supremacy, He would make all people and animals chant Hare Krishna in sublime ecstasy.

Seeing Narayani, Gaurahari then said, “Narayani! Chant Krishna’s name and cry in ecstasy.” At this, little Narayani became agitated with spiritual emotions and cried out, “Ha Krishna,” while rolling around, absorbed in Krishna-prema.

Mahaprabhu always gave Narayani special attention whenever He saw her, and personally gave her betel nut remnants from His mouth. Sri Vrindavan Das Thakura is an incarnation of Krishna Dvaipayana Ved Vyasa, Himself an expansion of Bhagavan Vishnu. Vyasdev organized the vast ocean of the Vedas into four primary works and wrote/edited many other ancient scriptures. Finally Vyasdev wrote the Srimad Bhagavat Mahapuran, the mature ripe fruit of the Vedas that describes Sri Krishna’s pastimes.

In Gaur leela as Vrindavan Das, Vyasdeva wrote Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat (previously known as Caitanya Mangala) in 1535 AD; it describes Krishna’s pastimes as Gaurahari in Navadvipa-Mayapur. This most enchanting rendition of Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s pastimes gives the conclusion of Srimad Bhagavatam – Bhakti, the devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakura wrote in his commentary to Chaitanya Bhagavat, “At the ancestral home of Malini Devi, Vrindavan Das played as a small boy growing up. There he was nourished and cared for just like a valuable gem.”

Vrindavan Das took initiation from Lord Nityananda at 16 years of age and went travelling and preaching with Him. When they were in Denur, in the district of Burdwan, Lord Nityananda told him to stay and preach there and so he never personally saw Lord Chaitanya. He went to the first Gaura-Purnima festival at Kheturi-grama, accompanying Sri Jahnava Devi, the eternal consort of Lord Nityananda.

Srila Krishna Das Kaviraja Gosvami pays his supreme homage and gratitude by honouring Vrndavana Das Thakura with the appellation “Vyasa“ in the Chaitanya-Charitamrta Antya 20.82: “Vrndavana Das Thakura is Lord Nityananda’s favourite devotee. And therefore he is the original Vyasadev in describing the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.” As Srila Vyasadev narrated Sri Krishna’s pastimes in Bhagavatam and other Puranas, Srila Vrndavana Das Thakura described Chaitanya lila in Chaitanya Bhagavata.

The humble heart of Krishna Dasa Kaviraja pours out more praise for Vrindavan Das Thakura: “Hearing Chaitanya Bhagavat destroys all misfortune. By reading Chaitanya Bhagavat one will understand the glories of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda. And he will attain the highest perfection of knowledge - pure love of Krishna. “Since such a wonderful book could not be written by a human being, it seems that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself has spoken it through the mouth of Srila Vrindavana Das Thakura. I offer millions of respectful obeisance to the lotus feet of Vrindavana Das Thakura. By compiling such a valuable book he has delivered everyone from the cycle of birth and death.” (Chaitanya-Charitamrta Adi 8.33-42)

Sri Vrindavan Das Thakura’s samadhi is in the 64 Samadhis Area of Sridham Vrindavan.

 

Sri Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur Maharaj ki Jai !!

Jai Gurudev !

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