Raghunath Das Goswami's Miracle

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
21 September 2009

 

Sometimes I think about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's, Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, I think how merciful They are, They are spreading Krishna consciousness...

You can see Raghunath Das Goswami. Das Goswami tried so many times to come to Mahaprabhu, but he could not join, could not get service without mercy of Nityananda Prabhu. He tried again and again, but could not.

He got Mahaprabhu's mercy when he was five years old, but his father (Govardhan) and uncle (Hiranya) were very rich landlords, they lived together and only one of them, Govardhan, had a son (Hiranya did not have a son), so they thought, "If this boy becomes a sadhu (saint), or a sannyasi, who will then protect this property?" So, the father arranged eleven security guards for his son.

Despite that, Raghunath Das Goswami again and again tried to go to Mahaprabhu, but Mahaprabhu told him, "Go back to your home. Call Me with your heart and soul, but do not show it externally. It is not necessary to show your father you are a sadhu, otherwise your father will become crazy; but heart and soul, internally, you will chant My Name, you will remember Me, and one day you will be able to come." So, Das Goswami Prabhu came back to his house and did not show his devotion externally—he did not wear a dhoti, kanthi-mala, etc. He chanted secretly without showing it to his parents. His parents thought, "Our son has become very good now!"

It is a very big miracle how he came to Mahaprabhu's lotus feet. It is very miraculous and amazing. On that day, with Durga Devi's help everybody was asleep when suddenly the security guard who was watching Raghunath Das Goswami at night heard one of his own men calling him, "Please come over here!" And Raghunath Das Goswami left his house at that time. But something had happened before that—before that, he had got Nityananda Prabhu's mercy.

One day, Nityananda Prabhu came with His party, His associates to Panihati, a town near Kolkata (we also started going there last year). Nityananda Prabhu sat there under a tree, and all the devotees sat around Him. In the meantime, Raghunath heard Nityananda Prabhu had come there, and he asked his father for the permission to go there, "Father, Nityananda Prabhu has come to a place nearby, can I go to see Him?" His father thought his son was a good boy now and it was not necessary to protect him so much, so the security was a little loose at that time (there were not so many security guards), and he said, "OK, you can go, but take your security guards with you." He gave him horses, elephants, and a large sum of money.

When some devotee saw Raghunath coming there, he said to Nityananda Prabhu, "Prabhu, look! Raghunath is coming!" When Raghunath came there, Nityananda Prabhu called him, "Please come, come here!" and when he paid dandavat to Nityananda Prabhu, Nityananda Prabhu said, "I will give you some punishment today." Raghunath asked, "Prabhu, what is the punishment?" "You must feed chira-dahi (flat rice and yoghurt mixed with some gur, molasses) all the devotees here today. This is the punishment I want for you." Raghunath was very happy, he said, "It is my fortune that today I have got some chance to serve the Vaishnavs!" Then, when the festival finished, Nityananda Prabhu called him again, "Come, come here," Raghunath came, paid dandavat, and Nityananda Prabhu put His leg on his head. This is how he got His mercy, and the next day he went to Mahaprabhu. happened there. Now also every year we are going from last year we start to go there and then festival finished and that time Nityananda Prabhu told, Please come come, Nityananda called Raghunath, put His legs to Raghunath's head and he got mercy—next day he went to Mahaprabhu.

Without mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, he could not come to Mahaprabhu. He always waited, waited, waited, but he could not go. But after he had got the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, he could get service to Svarup Damodar and he also got service from Mahaprabhu—Mahaprabhu gave him gunja-mala and a Govardhan sila. Raghunath served Govardhan sila as Krishna, and gunja-mala as Radharani, and when he served that Govardhan sila and gunja-mala, he could see Radha-Krishna's pastimes...

 

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