Acharya Srinivas: Collecting Mercy
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
There is a place called Srikhand, which is the place of Sri Narahari Thakur and Govinda Gosh Thakur, and Srinivas Acharya received their mercy from his childhood. Later, when Acharya Srinivas's father left his body, Srinivas and his mother then came to his mother's family house in Jajigram.
Because Acharya Srinivas had got Mahaparbhu's mercy, everybody, all brahmans were charmed to see Acharya Srinivas's erudition and good qualities. When Acharya Srinivas visited Sri Narahari Thakur in Srikhand, Sri Narahari Thakur told him everything about Sriman Mahaprabhu, about His pastimes. Listening to these narrations, Srinivas Acharya would cry.
Some time later, he went with some devotees to Sri Puri Dham. He stayed there in the house of a panda, near the Simhadvar. Gadadhar Pandit Goswami was there at that time—upon meeting him, Acharya Srinivas cried. At that time, many devotees—Sri Ramananda, Sarvabhauma Pandit, Vakreswar Pandit, Paramananda Puri, Sri Sikhi Mahiti, Govinda, Sankar, Gopinath Acharya—would gather at Gadadhar Pandit's house and would discuss Mahaprabhu's message and pastimes, and Srinivas Acharya was present there. Seeing Srinivas Acharya's nature everybody understood that he was Mahaprabhu's associate and in future would distribute Mahaprabhu's scripture all over the world. In this way, Srinivas Acharya stayed in Sri Puri Dham for several days and saw all the places of Mahaprabhu's pastimes. He visited also Ksir-chor Gopinath, Saksi-Gopal, and many other places.
After some time, Srinivas Acharya left Sri Puri Dham and as he travelling from Sri Puri Dham, he got a message that Gadadhar Pandit had left his body. That day, Gadadhar Pandit came to see him at night in a dream. Then, Srinivas Acharya went to Gaura Dham (Sri Nabadwip Dham), and a few days later he received another message that Advaita Acharya and Nityananda Prabhu had also left. Hearing the news, Srinivas Acharya cried so much. Nityananda Prabhu and Advaita Acharya came to him in a dream and said, "Do not cry, you have such a great duty to preach Mahaprabhu's message in this world." After that, Srinivas Acharya again came to Srikhanda and met with Raghunandan Thakur. He got Raghunandan Thakur's mercy and then came to Mayapur to see Mahaprabhu's birthplace.
In Mayapur, Vamsivadan Thakur took Srinivas Acharya to the lotus feet of Sri Vishnupriya Devi. When he saw Vishnupriya Devi, he was very charmed. He cried and paid obeisances to her. Vishnupriya Devi bestowed some mercy on him and told him to stay and take prasadam. After that, Srinivas Acharya went to Shantipur. He knew that Advaita Prabhu had left, so he only saw Sita Rani there. Sita Rani cried bitterly from the separation from Gauranga Mahaprabhu and now Sri Advaita Acharya also. Sri Sita Thakurani also gave her blessings and mercy to Srinivas Acharya...
So many things happened in his life. Eventually, he came to Vrindavan where he stayed with Srila Jiva Goswami, where he met Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Srila Jiva Goswami told Srinivas Acharya, "You need to read Srimad Bhagavatam," and Srinivas Acharya captured the gist of Srimad Bhagavatam within only a few days. Seeing this, Srila Jiva Goswami said, "You are not only Srinivas. I have seen how much expertise you have in Srimad Bhagavatam. You can actually teach it to others. That is why, I am giving you the name 'Acharya'. From today, you are Srinivas Acharya." Before that, Srinivas was famous throughout the Gaudiya Vaishnav society as Srinivas, but now his name became Srinivas Acharya.
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