Srimad Rupa-Goswami-Prabhura Sochaka
By Sri Narahari Thakur
"O my very goal of life, Sri Rupa Goswami! He is extremely merciful, an ocean of great qualities. Whoever gets his mercy, gets the feet of Chaitanya and attains Radha and Krishna in Vraja Dham (Vrindavan).
"There is no one who could compare with his extreme renunciation for he gave up unlimited opulence. As soon as he heard about the arrival of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Prayag, he became excited and hurried there.
"Taking his younger brother Vallabha with him, he quickly went to the place where Mahaprabhu was. At the sight of the feet of Chaitanya, they both became overwhelmed with joy and began to roll on the ground.
"Again and again casting their glance in the direction of the Lord, their eyes brimmed with tears of divine love. Taking bunches of straw into their mouths, they began to glorify the Lord in the line of proper etiquette, rules and regulations. Whoever heard it became perturbed.
"When the Lord saw Sri Rupa, He became intoxicated with divine love and said many affectionate words to him. Sri Rupa then kept the feet that are worshipped by Brahma, Siva and so many demigods, on his head.
"Conquered by their love, Gaura Ray said to them, 'Get up, get up!' and embraced them with great joy. Sri Rupa then recited numerous verses in glorification, it is not possible to describe them.
"Having finally got Rupa, the Lord seated him beside Himself and Sri Rupa told Him everything about Sanatan Goswami who stayed behind. Sri Chaitanyadev listened to it and said, 'Do not worry about anything.'
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was very affectionate to Sri Rupa, He kept Him by His side for some days and taught him the conception of Radha-Krishna. After that, the Lord embraced Rupa with great joy and ordered him to go to Vrindavan.
"Sri Rupa began to cry and said, 'Please order me to stay with You.' Hearing this, the Lord felt immense joy in His heart. He said, 'Always speak about these nectarean instructions, you are always with Me. Later you will come from Vraja Dham [to see Me] again.'
"Saying this, the Lord, the son of Sachi Devi, got into a boat and left for Kasi. When Rupa lost the sight of the moon-like face of the Lord, he fell on the ground, senseless.
"Nobody knows how much time had passed before it stopped (and he came back to his senses). Fixing his mind at the holy feet of Mahaprabhu, he left for Vrindavan.
"Feeling intense joy, he very soon came to Mathura and met there with Subuddhi Ray. Subuddhi Ray was very happy to see him. They both stayed together for some time, and Subuddhi Ray showed Sri Rupa the twelve forests of Vrindavan.
"I am not able to describe their walks in more detail; after a while Sri Rupa finally came to Vrindavan. There, Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatan met each other and both became lost in divine love.
"The two brothers embraced each other and spoke about the qualities of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu—even stones felt attracted hearing their discussions. They were so overwhelmed with joy that they could not check themselves—both cried and rolled on the ground.
"With much attachment Sri Rupa stayed in Sri Vrindavan, and divine love kept overwhelming him. Sometimes he would collect some fruit or roots as madhukari, sometimes he come to some brahmans' houses to beg—if he got something he would take it, otherwise he fasted.
"He wore only a torn quilt and slept under a tree. Day and night, without any rest, he chanted the Holy Name of the Lord on beads and sometimes, when he was overwhelmed with divine love, he would dance.
"He always engaged in sankirtan and incessantly served within his mind. Who can describe the way he practised? Following the order of the Lord, he wrote many nectarean books whose every word is filled with divine love.
"He was extremely calm and highly qualified. Indeed, who can understand his heart? Sometimes he would go to the bank of the Yamuna, he cried, 'O Sachi Nandan!' Throwing his arms up he cried and called out to Radha-Krishna's Name.
"His body was extremely soft and gentle, he always danced feeling intense love for the Lord. How much more can one mouth possibly say? His nature was such that he would give mercy to the worst, most sinful, fallen and miserable souls.
"Narahari is a wicked person, always full of agony. Please accept me! May I always, at every moment, remember your lotus feet—please hear this prayer of mine!
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• Sung by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj:
|"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"|
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