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    Shrila Gauridas Pandit

    gallery_1_4_76244.jpgShrila Gauridas Pandit, the emblem of the most elevated devotional service in love of Godhead, had the greatest potency to receive and deliver such love. Making Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda the Lords of his life, Gauridasa Pandit sacrificed everything for the service of Lord Nityananda.”
    (Chaitanya-charitamrita)

    Before taking sannyasa, Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda visited Gauridasa Pandit in Ambika Kalna. Fearing their impending separation, Gauridasa cried and begged the Lord to stay longer. Mahaprabhu made life-like neem wood Deities of Gaura Nitai to console his loving servant. “Gauridasa, My murti form is as good as I am,” said Lord Gauranga, “We will forever remain in your home to accept your service.”

    Gauridasa Pandit worshiped Gaura Nitai in many intimate ways-talking sweetly to Them, cooking a variety of tasty foods, discussing sastra with Them, attending to Their every need throughout the day. Even when old and feeble, Gauridasa ceaselessly served his worshipable Lords Shri-Shri Gaura-Nitai.

    Although poor, he desired to decorate Gaura-Nitai with costly beautiful ornaments. Knowing his mind, Gaura-Nityananda lavishly adorned Themselves. Beholding Their exquisite beauty Gauridasa became astonished. “Where did They get these ornaments?” he thought. Sri-Sri Gaura-Nitai would often enact such transcendental pastimes in the home of Their pure devotee, Sri Gauridasa Pandit.

    One time, Caitanya Dasa, Gauridasa’s foremost disciple, organized a huge sankirtana festival on the bank of the Ganges. Enraptured by the kirtana, Gauridasa’s Deities jumped off the altar and joined the devotees in chanting and dancing. Discovering the Deities missing from the temple, Gauridasa grabbed a stick and ran to catch Gaura-Nitai. Seeing his angry mood, Gaura-Nitai vanished. At that moment, Gauridasa watched in amazement to see Gaura-Nitai enter the heart (hrdaya) of Caitanya Dasa. Gauridasa embraced his beloved disciple, bathed him with tears, and said, “You are most fortunate. From today your name will be Hrdaya Caitanya, one who holds Sri Caitanya within his heart.”

    Since then Gaura-Nitai’s darsana at Gauridasa Pandit’s temple is offered in many brief intervals like Banke-bihariji in Vrndavana. To keep Gaura-Nitai from jumping off the altar, the pujaris open and quickly close the curtain throughout the darsana time.

    While doing bhajana in Dhira Samira Kunja in Vrndavana, Gauridasa Pandit entered the eternal go carana lila (cowherding pastimes) of Krishna-Balarama. In Vraja he is Subala, a dvadasa gopala. His samadhi is within the Shyama-Raya temple compound in Dhira Samira, Vrndavana. (20,47)

    Gauridasa, a disciple of Nityananda Prabhu, was one of the twelve gopalas of Krsna in Vrindavana. He was Subala sakha in his past incarnation
    (Gauraganoddesadipika 128). His Sripata is at Amvikanagara near the district of Kalna. Before setting up his Sripata, he lived at Saligrama
    near the Mudagacha railway station in the Nadia district. (Bhaktiratnakara 7.330-331)

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