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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
Speaking to devotees in Venezuela
29 July 2012, part 1


Thursday (2 August 2012) is Baladev's appearance day, and tomorrow is Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's disappearance day and Srila Gauridas Pandit's disappearance day. I cannot give class to you tomorrow, so I want to say something today—I am remembering him, his disappearance day today. We want to say something about Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauridas Pandit because our Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and our Gurupadpadma are Rupanuga-dhara—they are continuing, they are holding Srila Rupa Goswami's flag.

You know that Rupa Goswami Prabhu stayed in Ramakeli (Malda district) and Mahaprabhu Himself came there to meet with both brothers, Rupa and Sanatan. You know also that Rupa Goswami Prabhu is actually Rupa Manjari, but in this age of Kali he was born in a brahmin family and worked under Muslim people. Mahaprabhu personally brought them and gave them shelter under His lotus feet.

When Rupa Goswami and Sanatan Goswami first met with Mahaprabhu, they came to Him very humbly, taking a very humble position, and Mahaprabhu accepted them. After that, Rupa Goswami left his job and went to Kasi (Benares) to meet with Mahaprabhu. I have told everybody many times about the Rupa-sikha that is given in Chaitanya-charitamrita. How is it possible that Mahaprabhu taught Rupa Goswami so much in only two months while they were in Benares? You can read it and easily see what the sadhya-sadhan tattva (the main teaching of our spiritual life) is. If you read Sanatan-sikha, Rupa-sikha, you can easily understand what a practitioner's life is like. It is important to read that chapter.

After Mahaprabhu taught everything to Rupa Goswami, He sent him to Vrindavan. There, Rupa Goswami lived in the Radha-Damodar temple, it is near our Vrindavan temple. When he lived in Govardhan, he stayed near Govardhan in Nanda-gram, in a place called Kadamkhandi. You know also (I have told this story before) that one time Srimati Radharani Herself came to Sri Rupa Goswami and cooked sweet rice for him.

Sri Rupa Goswami wrote many books, many scriptures, he left so much advice, so much Rupa-sikha. Our Param Guru Maharaj wrote Srimad Rupa-pada-rajah Prarthana Dasakam about him,

srimach-chaitanyapadau chara-kamalayugau netra-bhrngau madhu dyau
gaude tau payayantau vraja-vipina-gatau vyajayuktau samutkau
bhatau sabhratrkasya svajana-gana-pater yasya saubhagya-bhumnah
sa sri-rupah kada mam nija-pada-rajasa bhusitam samvidhatte

"Srila Rupa Goswami is the mine of the most precious treasure, the leader of the associates of Lord Chaitanya (the Divine Succession being known as the Rupanuga Sampradaya, 'the followers of Sri Rupa'). In the company of his brothers, he was resplendent in (the province of) Gauda, causing the fervent twin bumblebees in the form of the lotus eyes of Sri Chaitanyadev to drink nectar, as the Lord’s lotus feet moved on the pretext of visiting Vrindavan. When will that Srimad Rupa Prabhu grace me with the dust of his holy feet?"

(Srimad Rupa-pada-rajah Prarthana Dasakam, 1)

Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj wrote so many things about Srila Rupa Goswami, it is very nice—if you read this poem and try to understand its meaning, you will know so many things about Srila Rupa Goswami...


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