The Disappearance Day Of Srila Rupa Gosvami Spoken by Srila
BV Narayana Maharaja At Radha-Damodara On 23 August
1999 translated from Hindi into English by Manjulali dd,
typed by Madhavi dd
[spoken outside Jiva Gosvami's
samadhi]: This is the bhajana kutira of Krsna dasa Kaviraja and
this of Jiva Gosvami. Here Jiva Gosvami did his bhajana, serving
the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami, his Gurudeva. You are so
fortunate to visit the bhajana kutira and samadhi sthali of Srila
Jiva Gosvami. After Rupa and Sanatana, Srila Jiva Gosvami was the
acarya, of entire Braja mandala, Ksetra mandala and Gaura
mandala. How did they follow the guidance of the guru-varga? They
put their lives on the line for their guru. Nowadays such
dedication to guru is diminishing and drying up. If you want to
learn, then learn from Srila Jiva Gosvami.
learn under the guidance of Srila Jiva Gosvami, Srila Krsnadasa
Kaviraja Gosvami, and Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami and then you
can realize all these things. If we have no faith, 'nishta' on
guru and vaisnavas, then what will happen to us? So try to
understand how to do service for vaisnavas and guru by coming to
Krsna das Kaviraj Gosvami, etc. What was the true condition of
Raghunatha Dasa when Rupa and Sanatana left? His life air dried
up, he was dying in separation, and we have no faith in guru and
sunyayitam mahagostham girindvo ajgaraye
te vyaghra tundaya te kundam jivatu rahitasya me
meaning - "Today in the absence of Sri Rupa Gosvami, Vrajabhumi
seems completely empty and void, Giriraja Govardhana seems like a
big snake about to swallow me and even Radha-kunda seems like a
tiger who is ready to eat me.
But I am still
So after giving puspanjali to the samadhi of
these two Mahapurusas we will go to the samadhi of Srila
[spoken outside Rupa
Gosvami's samadhi]: Today is the disappearance day of Srila Rupa
Gosvami who is a close and dear associate of Caitanya Mahaprabhu
and of the life and soul of the Gaudiya Sampradaya. Srila Rupa
Gosvami is the backbone of our sampradaya. Do you know that he
fulfills the desire or mano bhista of Caitanya Mahaprabhu? What
is this mano bhista of Mahaprabhu? If we meditate on the internal
desire of Mahaprabhu we will be completely astonished. When
Krsnacandra wrapped up His manifested pastimes here and went back
to Goloka He was thinking, "See, I am God of Gods. I am Svayam
Bhagavan. There's no higher paratattva in this world than me.
There's no one more beautiful than me in this world, there's no
one more merciful than me.
There's also no one more
sweet or madhura in this world than me. But the people of this
world remain deprived of my darsana and till my eyes don't get
darsana of Srimati Radhika they always remain unsatisfied. Her
sight is cooling to My eyes and when I touch Her, my heart
becomes soothed. On hearing my vamsi the people of this world are
attracted, but when I hear Srimati Radhika I forget how to play
my vamsi. Gopis are actually my prema-guru. They are also my
friends, gurus, disciples and beloveds." Krsna says, "On seeing
Radhika I become intoxicated and on touching Her feel refreshed.
But there's a contradiction here. Radhika satisfies Me because
She is more qualified. But She is more affected by seeing Me than
I am on seeing Her. This is contradictory. There must be
something in Me which captures the gopis so much. But I don't
know what. Is it my vamsi (flute) or my smiling face; or is it my
sweetness? I cannot understand this speciality in me. No one
understands better then Srimati Radhika about this special
attraction I possess. Only Radhika, by Her prema can taste all my
The pranaya of Srimatiji for me which goes up
to mahabhava. Madana is only present in Her. I don't possess this
madana-bhava." Krsna has adhirudha-bhava, citra-jalpa and even
dirgonmad but He doesn't have anything above that. "So if I don't
take the bhava's of Radhaji I won't understand the ecstatic joy
She experiences on seeing Me. I can only understand My own joy on
seeing Her. On hearing the vamsi Radhika seems to be completely
maddened in prem. What is this joy that She experiences? I want
to taste that. That's why I must take Her bhava.
So when Krsna couldn't find answers He
was disappointed. He realized He'll have to take shelter of
Srimati Radhika. He would have to accept Srimati as His guru. He
would even have to make Her intimate sakhis as His guru and only
then would He be able to understand the bhavas of Srimati
Radhika. So when Mahaprabhu came, He first took the shelter of
Visakha, in the form of Raya Ramananda, as His siksa-guru and
only after that, was He able to understand this subject. And then
He came to the Gambhira to taste these mellows. Rupa Gosvami not
only knows the internal desires of Mahaprabhu but is also the one
who established them. So how did he establish this 'manobhista?'
By his granthas- 'Ujjvala Nilamini, ' 'Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, '
He gave the definition of bhakti, sadhaka, bhava, anuraga, prema,
raganuga, bhava and Mahabhava; described them all separately and
in length. He also gave the definition of sadhana.
practices will lead to the manifestation of bhava, it is actually
sadhana. First understand what is bhava, then to manifest it. It
is already in our hearts in a latent form, we just have to
manifest it. When we do sravana, kirtana, smaranam with bhava as
our ultimate goal only then is it sadhana. Right now we are all
far away from sadhana. If there is no ruci (taste) and we are
still doing sadhana then it is vaidhi bhakti. If greed for
ragatmika bhava develops and if we do bhajana under the guidance
of guru-varga then all this is a symptom of Raganuga bhakti. So
Rupa Gosvami explained about bhava.
How beautiful that is.
The people of this world didn't know this nor did the other
sampradayas. So Rupa Gosvami is the guru of all sampradayas. If
this associate of Mahaprabhu, Sri Rupa Gosvami hadn't
rupa shareer na bhari yan kali rupa sarira na
dharala tan vraja prema mahanidhi kutarika kaun kapata
This priceless treasure of prema brought to
this world by Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda prabhu. Such a
priceless wealth had never been given. This chest of Radha and
Krsna prema which was sealed so well that even an ant couldn't
enter it was completely opened to one and all. Like these doors
are open here. [Srila Gurudeva pointed out the open door of Srila
Rupa Gosvami's samadhi] Rupa Gosvami ripped open the lock and
opened the chest of Mahaprabhu's wealth for one and all. All who
came in this sampradaya were enriched by this wealth irrespective
of their qualification.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave special
mercy to Srila Rupa Gosvami, that's why it was possible for him.
Rupa Manjari is even more special than Lalita and Vishaka. Rupa
Manjari is especially dear to Srimati Radhika. Without the
permission and blessings of Sri Rupa Manjari, it is not possible
to enter the realm of bhajana. Lalita and Vishaka also come to
her to ask permission to enter the kunja saying, " Can we get
darshana of Sri Yugala Kisora yet?"
Rupa Manjari has the
right to even stop them or make them wait longer.
why Mahaprabhu gave so much mercy to Srila Rupa Gosvami and
instilled sakti in him in Prayag. He asked everyone, Nityananda,
Svarupa Damodara, etc, to instill sakti in Srila Rupa Gosvami as
well. If Rupa Gosvami didn't manifest all this would not have
happened. Why are we worshipping his samadhi, and not his bhajana
kutir first? Here Srila Rupa Gosvami is on the same level as
Srimati Radhika, has the same form, features, heart,
qualification, etc. here it is written: [on the wall of the
priya svarupe dayita svarupa prema svarupe
It is written by Kavi Karnapura. Who is
he? He sucked the big toe of Mahaprabhu as a child so all the
sakti came in him and then he wrote: priya svarupe dayita
svarupe. Dayita svarupe means Rupa Gosvami surrendered completely
to Mahaprabhu who accepted him and he became the dayita of
Caitanya Maprabhu. He is most dear to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Prema
svarupe, He is a manifestation of prema. If Srila Rupa Gosvami
hadn't come who would have acted as a medium to give us this
Sahajabhi rupe means he understood all the bhavas
of Mahaprabhu. nijanu rupe, he is like Mahaprabhu and has the
same form and qualities like him and has the ability to manifest
prema like Mahaprabhu.
rasika sekhara Krsna parama
kavin ei dui hetu haite icchara udgam
Krsna is very
merciful and is rasika sekhara. That's why He tasted the mellows
of Srimati's bhavas and is very merciful. So what did He do? He
preached raganuga bhakti. Even Krsna had not given this before.
This seed of Raganuga bhakti was sown by Madhavendra Puri but
manifested by Rupa Gosvami.
That is why he is so dear to
Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Try to surrender yourself to Srila Rupa
Gosvami and meditate on his pastimes. Here Rupa Gosvami was
sitting and Jiva Gosvami was fanning him when Vallabhacarya came
and offered to proof-read his grantha. Srila Rupa Gosvami, who
was humility personified was then writing Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu.
So this pandit picked up this sloka:
bhukti mukti sphra
yavat pisaci hrdi varttate
Bhakti will not come if
there's still the desire for bhukti and mukti. The pandita
proceeded to the Yamuna. Jiva Gosvami followed him and defeated
him in a discussion about this sloka. This pandita was impressed.
He went back and asked Srila Rupa Gosvami, "Who is this boy?"
Srila Rupa Gosvami replied, "My disciple." Then the pandita
said, "He is such a genuis. Now I don't need to edit. If a 16
year old disciple is so knowledgeable and genuis how high you
must be." And he left. Rupa Gosvami told Jiva Gosvami, "You
couldn't give this man respect. You can't live in Vrndavana. You
must leave." He began writing Sandarbha at this time in
separation. This was a correct stand from Srila Rupa Gosvamis
view and what Srila Jiva Gosvami had done was also appropriate.
If someone tries to cut our Gurudeva's words we should defeat
that person completely. And Srila Rupa is a Guru who even
respects a blade of grass. Srila Jiva Gosvami went to a crocodile
hole, started living there and he cried day and night "Ha
Gurudeva!" Sometimes he took some buttermilk.
so thin that his stomach and back became one. Disease afflicted
his body. Villagers thought 'oh, this young babaji is so high.'
One day Sanatana Gosvami went to the village. The villagers said,
"This young babaji is more renounced than you." Srila Sanatana
Gosvami was curious to see him and on seeing the pathetic,
disease stricken body of Jiva Gosvami he began to cry. Sanatana
Gosvami took him and hid him in his bhajana kutir. The next day
he went to see Rupa Gosvami. A big assembly was present. Rupa
Gosvami was saying one should be merciful to all jivas and help
them in Krsna consciousness. Srila Sanatana Gosvami asked him,
"Do you follow these instructions yourself?" Sanatana Gosvami is
not only his elder brother but also his guru. He told Rupa
Gosvami about the plight of Jiva Gosvami. Rupa Gosvami became
very unhappy. Both went to see Jiva Gosvami. On seeing Jiva
Gosvami, Rupa Gosvami began to cry. He took him on his lap, gave
him a bath by his own hands, and administered medecine otherwise
Jiva Gosvami would have died. So Rupa Gosvami looked after Jiva
Gosvami until he recuperated.
Where are such disciples
and gurus in the world today? Disciples only come for food and
when there is a test they leave.
[spoken later on
during the day]: Rupa Gosvami is Rupa Manjari. In Ter Kadamba
Rupa Gosvami is sitting in his bhajana kutir between Yavat and
Nandagaon which is full of mellows. That is why Rupa Gosvami
chose that spot to live in. How did he live? Caitanya Caritamrta
gives a quick glance.
Someone came from Vrndavana and
met Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Puri. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked
how Rupa and Sanatana are doing bhajana. The man answered, "How
can I glorify the bhajana of Srila Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami? I
can only say a little something. Both brothers live with only Dor
kaupin, an earthen pot to drink from and they eat from their
hands, they don't even possess any utensils. Sometimes they only
eat roti without salt and water.They wear torn clothes. The only
thing they posses is Krsna prema which not even a theif can
steal. Sometimes they will eat only one mouthful of prasadam or
not even that. Sometimes they sleep for half an hour, or not at
all. They give respect to everyone from highest to lowest. They
sleep under a different tree every night, because under each tree
Radha and Krsna have performed many different pastimes.
Once Sanatana Gosvami came to visit Rupa Gosvami, they began to
discuss the pastimes of Radha and Krsna and they became so
absorbed Rupa Gosvami thought, " I haven't even gone for
Madhukari. Then a little girl came with raw rice and milk and
says, " Oh babaji, please make yourself khira with this. My
mother is calling Me so I must go." Both brothers still didn't do
anything and later the girl came back and cooked sweet rice for
them and requested them to quickly offer and eat it. Srila Rupa
Gosvami offered it to Radhika and then when Srila Sanatana
Gosvami ate it he became ecstatic with prema. He realized that it
was made by Srimati Radhika Herself. Then he asked Rupa Gosvami,
"Have you thought anything special today?" Srila Rupa Gosvami
answered, "well I thought I had nothing to offer you." Srila
Sanatana Gosvami told Rupa Gosvami, "You shouldn't have done
that, Srimati Radhika came Herself to fulfill that desire. You
should be serving Her, not the other way around."