Srila Vrindavan das Thakur disappearance 4th may

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Dear devotees, please accept our humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Vrindavan das Thakur, through him we can relish Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s pastimes in Sri Navadvipa dham which is full of nectar!

There are more than one book about Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu pastimes in Sri Navadvipa Dham, many acharyas like Murari Gupta, Locana das Thakur, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur wrote books about Lord’s pastimes in Sri Navadvipa Dham, but the most exalted is Sri Caitanya Bhagavata. Full of details about Mahaprabhu’s lila and His associates, very very sweet. These we cannot hear from anyone because in the book you can dive yourself in the lila. Sri Caitanya Bhagavata is a big book with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s purport, but we can also have only translation in English, that is also very nice, “told by Purnaprajna das”.

Vrindavana Dasa was born in Mamgachi in the Navadvipa area of West Bengal. His mother was Narayani, the niece of Srivasa Pandita, a direct follower of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Vrindavana Dasa’s father, Vaikunthanatha Vipra, was from Sylet in East Bengal. However, it is said that his father died before he was born and so his mother moved to the house of Srivasa in Mayapura. In his youth Vrindavana Dasa took initiation from Nityananda, one of the main associates of Chaitanya and he was apparently the last disciple that Nityananda accepted.

In 1535, Vrindvana Dasa wrote the Chaitanya Bhagavata, a biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Initially, the Chaitanya Bhagavata was named Chaitanya Mangala. However the poet Lochana Dasa also wrote a work with this title. Therefore, the leading Vaishnavas in Vrindavana met and decided that henceforth Vrindavana Dasa’s book would be known as the Chaitanya Bhagavata, and Lochana Dasa’s book would remain as the Chaitanya Mangala.

The humble heart of Krishna Dasa Kaviraja pours out more praises of Vrindavana Dasa Thakura: “Hearing Caitanya Bhagavata destroys all misfortune. By reading Caitanya Bhagavata one wilL understand the glories of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda. And he will attain the highest perfection of knowledges-pure love of Krishna.
“Since such a wonderful book could not be written by a human being, it seems that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself has spoken it through the mouth of Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura. I offer millions of respectful obeisances to the lotus feeL of Vrindavana Dasa Thakura. By compiling such a valuable book he has delivered everyone from the cycle of birth and death.” (Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 8.33.42)

Vrindavana Dasa is considered by Gaudiya Vaishnavas as the Vyasa of Chaitanya’s pastimes, since he was the first to reveal that Chaitanya was God himself and not just an incarnation of Godhead.

It would seem that the Chaitanya Bhagavata was the only major work written by Vrindavana Dasa. There are a number of other works attributed to him but their authorship has not been validated.

 

Source: Wikipedia, Vaishnavasongs.com 

See Mamagachi in this link: http://www.navadvipaparikrama.com/parikrama/isles-of-devotional-service/8-modadrumadvipa/

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