Srila Gauridas Pandit DISAPPEARANCE

 

“Gauridasa 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.”
(Caitanya-caritamrta)

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 Sri-Sri
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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