Most auspicious appearance of Srila Vrindavana das Thakur on 5th of June
“Thakura Vrndavana dasa has composed Sri Caitanya Mangala (Sri Caitanya Bhagavata). Hearing this book annihilates all misfortune”
“By reading Sri Caitanya Mangala one can understand all the glories and truths of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda and come to the ultimate conclusion of devotional service to Lord Krsna.”
“In Sri Caitanya Mangala, Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has given the conclusion and essence of devotional service by quoting the authoritative statements of Srimad Bhagavatam.”
Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi lila, Chapter Eight
All glories to Sri Krsna Caitanya, the deliverer of the fallen souls! All glories to Nityananda Prabhu, the wealth of the poor! All glories to Advaita Prabhu, the ocean of transcendental qualities! All glories to the devotees of the Lord, who fulfil all of one’s desires!
All glories to Srila Vrndavan das Thakur, through his mercy, we can relish the amazing pastimes and inconceivable activities of the Lord in Sri Navadvipa Dhama. Since Sri Navadvipa Dhama is non-different from Vrindavan, and Lord Krishna is non-different from Lord Caitanya the sweetness of the relationship of Lord Krishna with the Vraja vasis and Lord Caitanya and His intimate associates are one and the same. In Navadvipa dham the Lord was the sweetest son, “Sri Sacinandana”, the sweetest husband, “Visnupriya prana dhana”, the sweetest friend, “Gadadhara madana”, the sweetest Lord, “ Advaita Prapujita Gora” and the sweetest wealth of everyone’s life, “Nitayer prana dhana”.
All these pastimes are very well described by the glorious Vaisnava Sarvabhauma Srila Vrindavan Das Thakura, those who read at least some verses from Sri Caitanya Bhagavata will agree and understand our statement.
“….The language of Sri Caitanya Bhagavata is very simple and touches the heart. Those who are found of the beauty of Gaudiya literature can experience extraordinary pleasure on seeing the proficiency that Thakura Mahasaya has displayed while describing the social condition of Navadvipa during Gauranga’s time; while describing the brahmanas’s occasional chanting of Pundarikaksha; and while depicting Sri Gaurasundar’s glories and opulences…”
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur,
Sri Caitanya Bhagavata Introduction page 8
Srila Vrndavan dasa Thakur appeared in Nadia district, Sri Navadvipa dham in a place called Mamagachi. His very famous mother, Narayani Devi, was only four years old when she got Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s inconceivable mercy.
“…Narayani was the daughter of Srivasa Pandita’s elder brother, Nalina Pandita. When Narayani was only one, her parents died and she was thus cared for by Srivasa Pandita’s wife. When she was four, Narayani had the good fortune to directly receive the Lord’s remnants, and while eating the prasada, she cried for Krsna in ecstasy….”
“…After Lord Caitanya accept sannyasa and went to reside at Nilacala, Srivasa Pandita and Srirama (his brother) moved to Kumara-hatta. Narayani was married to a brahmana named Vaikuntha dasa who lived there. Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakur appeared from her womb. He was an incarnation of Sri Vedavyasa. …”
Prema Vilasa, page 254
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati said that Srila Vrindavan das Thakur was always glorifying the Vaishnavas “… Thakura Mahashaya, the son of Narayani, had great knowledge of devotional scriptures and was always engaged in preaching the glories of the Vaishnava Acharyas with his mind, body, and speech…”. He continues to explain that the smarta brahmanas were envious of the vaishnavas and Sri Nityananda prabhu, as such they had no respect for Sri Vrindavana das Thakura, since he was Sri Nityananda prabhu’s faithful disciple. Although they created many obstacles to his devotional service, they were unable to stop him, he became a great personality and his Caitanya Bhagavata is incomparable, brilliant like the sun and destroys all illusion.
To remember Srila Vrindavan das Thakur activities is always highly purifying, we can get his mercy at any time, just to remember his loyalty to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s teachings, his loving surrender to his spiritual master and his sweet words from Sri Caitanya Bhagavata.
“There is no doubt about one’s becoming freed from all reactions to sinful activities after visiting a devotee or touching his lotus feet or giving him a sitting place. Even by remembering the activities of such a Vaishnava, one becomes purified, along with one’s whole family. And what, then, can be said of rendering direct service to him?”
All glories to Srila Vrindavan das Thakur!
Sri Caitanya Bhagavata by Srila Vrindavana das Thakur
Prema Vilasa by Sri Nityananda dasa
Bhaktivedanta Veda base