Sri Sanatana, Sri Rupa and Sri Vallabha were three brothers, all employed in the service of the Badsa Hussain Shah. Amongst the three, there was only one descendent, Sri Jiva. Having been rewarded richly by the Badsa for their sevices, their household life was very opulent. There was nothing lacking in whatever was necessary for the upbringing of the only son.
The house was illuminated by the effulgence of the child's golden complexion,
his eyes were like the expanded petals of the lotus, every part of his body was
graced with a lusterous, radiant splendor. When Sri Gaurasundara came to
Ramakeli, Sri Jiva was blessed by having darsana of His worshippable lord,
though he was just a baby at the time. Placing the dust of His lotus feet on
the child's head, Mahaprabhu indicated him to be the future sovereign preceptor
of the Gaudiya sampradaya. Though he was only a child, Sri Jiva kept the form
of the Lord, which fascinates all the world, within his
heart. As he grew up, while eating, lying down, in his dreams, while he was
awake, at all times, he would meditate on that form. Later on, when his
father and uncles renounced their family life in order to be with Mahaprabhu,
the only child, Sri Jiva, was left with his mother in the family palace at
Fateyabad. Lying in her lap, which was wet with tears of separation, he
gradually began to grow as the waxing moon. Seeing that the mother and the
child's face were always wet with tears, their friends also fell under the
shadow of sadness and only with great difficulty managed to assuage their
grief. Whenever Sri Jiva would remember his father and uncles, or the lotus
feet of Sri Gaura Hari, he would lose consiousness and fall to the ground. As
he got a little older, Sri Jiva took up the worship of the Deities of Sri-Sri
Rama-Krsna. He would carefully decorate Them and offer bhoga and aroti, serving
Them with his full attention. Even in his play, whatever games he played
were connected with Sri krsna's pastimes. While studying under the local
panditas he became proficent in grammar, poetry and rhetoric. Noting his great
intellect, his teachers commented, "Such brilliance is not often found in a
child so young as this. No doubt he will be a very high souled, titla person."
Even while engaged in his studies Jiva always thought of Sri Sri
Nitai-Gauranga. Once he saw in a dream that Sri Rama-Krsna had taken the forms
of Nitai-Gauranga and were dancing. [B.R.1.732] Giving him the dust of Their
lotus feet, the Two Lords then disappeared. Having seen such a wonderful dream,
Sri Jiva was consoled somewhat. Then he began to think, "When will I be able to
crawl out of this well of family life and devote my full time and energy, my
very self, to serving these two most magnanimous Lords?" But he was the only
son of the family. Only in his company could his mother forget somewhat the
pangs of separation in her heart. When Sri Jiva learned that his
father had given up his life on the banks of the Ganga, he was compeletely
unsettled. After that his eyes were never dry. The family members and friends
tried to console him but to little avail. Family life had become the source of
his utter sadness. Someone suggested to Jiva to go to Navadwipa and bathe
himself in the coolness emanating from the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda Prabhu
so that his mind and body, burning with with grief, could be refreshed. Thus
Sri Jiva set our for Navadwipa with a group of pilgrims. [B.R.1/741]
Nityananda Prabhu, the omniscient Lord, could understand that Sri Jiva was on
his way to Navadwipa. Therefore He also left for there from Khardaha. After a
few days, Jiva arrived at Navadwipa. Seeing the beauty of that place he was
charmed. Falling down on the ground, he offered his dandavats to Mother Ganges.
Inquiring from the villagers the directions to Mayapura, he learned that
Nityananda Prabhu was residing at Srivasa Pandita's house. At last
arriving there, he fell down at the door to offer his dandavats. Nityananda
Prabhu came out with Srivasa Pandita and picked him up and embraced him,
asking, "Are you the nephew of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana?" As an answer, Jiva
again fell down on the ground at the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu. This time
Nityananda Prabhu brought him in the house and began to inquire after the
welfare of his family at Fateyabad. Then Sri Jiva was introduced to the
devotees present in Navadwipa; he offered his salutations at their lotus feet.
Everyone was very happy to meet the nephew of Sri Rupa and Sanatana. That day
Sri Jiva received the remnants of Nityananda prabhu's prasadam. The next day,
the two of them came to Saci Mata'a house. Seeing the birthplace of Sri
Gaurasundara, which was filled with such splendor, Sri Jiva was greatly
pacified and fell down on the ground to roll in the dust. In the large
courtyard the devotees were singing songs praising the glories of Sri Krsna
Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Seeing Nityananda Prabhu, everyone stood up and then fell
down, offering their dandavats at His lotus feet. Then Jiva saw Saci Mata
sitting on the veranda. Dressed in white with silk chadder around her
shoulders she looked radiant, the white of her hair blending with her white
sari. Though her body trembled with old age and was very thin, still the
courtyard was illuminated by her divine effulgence. Forgetting herself in
rememberance of Sri Gaursundara, she was sitting with her eyes closed. Becoming
aware that Nityananda Prabhu had arrived, she covered her head with her sari
and called her servant. "Isana! Srpada has arrived. Please wash His feet."
After this was done, Nityananda offered namaskar to the mother of the Supreme
Lord and took His seat. He then introduced Sri Jiva to her. Saci Mata placed
her hand on his head to bless him, and Sri Jiva floated in the ocean of
happiness. Saci Mata then requested the two of them to honor the Lord's
prasada. "Take prasada here at your mother's house today, my child. I
offered these preparations in secret to Sri Gaurcandra." Sri Jiva spent some
days with Nityananda Prabhu, touring the nine islands of Navadwipa, in order to
have darsana of the holy places of the Lord's pastimes there. Then, as ordered
by Nityananda Prabhu, he set out for Kasi (Varanasi) . At Kasi he studied
Vedanta under Sri Madhusudana Vacaspati, a disciple of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya.
The conclusions of Vedanta contained in Srimad-Bhagavatam that were expounded
by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya in Puri had been in turn
taught by the Bhattacarya to Madhusudana Vacaspati, who established a tol at
Kasi. From him, Sri Jiva mastered the same conclusions. From here Sri Jiva
set out for Sri Vrindavana where he received shelter at the lotus feet of his
two uncles. Sri Rupa and Sanatana. They were very pleased to see him and
received from him all the news. Jiva stayed with Sri Rupa,
who began to teach him Srimad Bhagavatam. After initiating him with the divine
mantra, Rupa engaged him in the service of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara. According to
Sadhana-dipika, this Deity of Damodara was fashioned by Rupa Gosvami's own hand
for his dear disciple Sri Jiva. Sri Sri Radha-Damodara are presently being
worshipped in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Seeing that Jiva had quickly become
conversant with the conclusion of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Rupa engaged him
in proof- reading his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. At this time Sri Jiva compiled a
commentary on Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu called Durgama-sangamani. In the year 1476
(Sakabda) Sri Sanatana Gosvami compiled Sri Vaisnava-tosani, a commentary on
the tenth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, which he gave to Sri Jiva for
proof-reading. Under the order of Sri Sanatana, Sri Jiva compiled a commentary
on that named Laghu Vaisnava-tosani in the year 1500(Sakabda). His writings,
along with those of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana, Sri Gopal Bhatta,
Sri Raghunatha Bhatta, Sri Raghunath das, Sri Krsna das, Sri Kasisvar Pandit,
and Sri Madhu Pandit, completely captivated the learned men of that time. It
was the beginning of a golden age at Sri Vraja-dhama. Sri Jiva regularly
brought water for Sri Rupa and Sanatana's bath. He massaged their heads with
oil, cleaned their ashram, worship the Deity, cooked and corrected manuscripts.
After the disappearance of Sri Rupa and Sanatana, Sri Jiva continued the
tradition that they had inaugerated. Once Sri Jiva travelled to Agra to debate
with the Rajputs concerning the glories of Jamuna and Ganga rivers. He
established that the Jamuna is more glorious than the Ganga as the Ganga
emanates from Krsna's lotus feet whereas the Jamuna is His own consort. At this
the Moghul emperor was very much satisfied and wanted to present him something.
Sri Jiva replied that he would accept some blank papers. So the emperor
presented Jiva some stained paper. (At that time paper was very rare
and most manuscripts were usually composed on leaves.) There is also a legend
that once, when a moghul emperor (possibly Akbar) wanted to confer something on
the Goswamis of Vrindavana, they requested a farman (emperor's order) that no
living beings would be killed within Vraja. As a result of this no king would
come to hunt there anymore. The disciple of Lokanatha Gosvami, Narottama dasa
Thakura Mahasaya, Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami's disciple Srinivasa Acarya Prabhu,
and the disciple of Hrdaya Caitanya Prabhu, Sri Syamananda Prabhu, were greatly
favored by Srila Jiva Goswami. Under his tutelage they studied all the
literatures of the Gosvamis. Later he sent them to preach this knowledge in
Bengal. Srila Jiva Gosvami composed many literatures, amongst them:
Harinamamrta-vyakarana, Sutra(c)malika, Rasamrta-sesa, Gopala- virudavali
,Sri-Madhava-mahotsava, Sri-Sankalpa-kalpavrksa, Brahma-Samhita-tika,
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-tika (Durgama-sangamani), Ujjvala-nilamani-tika
(Locana-rocani), Gopala-campu, Sat-sandharbha (Tattva-sandarbha,
Bhagavata-sandarbha, Paramatma sandarbha, Krsna-sandarbha, Bhakti-sandharbha,
Priti-sandarbha) Srimad-Bhagavata-tika (Krama-sandarbha), Laghu-vaisnava-tosani
(Tenth Canto Bhagavatam commentary), Sarva-sambadina (commentary on
Sat-sandarbha), Gopala-tapani-tika (Sri-Suhkha-bodhini),
Padma-puranastha-yogasara-stotra-tika, Gayatri-vyakhya-vivrti (A commentary on
the Gayatri mantra as described in the Agni Purana, chapters 216-217),
Radha-Krsnarcana-candrika, Dhatu-sangraha, Bhavartha-sucaka-campu. Birth:
1533 (Christian calendar), 1455 (Sakabdha), 12th day of the bright fortnight in
the month of Bhadra.
Disappearance : 1540 (Sakabdha), 3rd day of bright fortnight, Pausa. Age: 85
rila Jiva Goswami's Appearance
BY NAYANA-RANJANA DAS
EDITORIAL, Aug 30 (VNN) — Srila Jiva Goswami's Appearance - 30th Aug'2001
sri-jivam satatam vande
Bhakti Ratnakara Chp 4.289
sri-rupa - Srila Rupa Goswami; carana-dvandva - the two lotus feet; raginam - strongly attached; vraja vasinam - the topmost resident of Vrindavan; sri-jivam - srila jiva goswami; satatam -constantly; vande-I offer my obeisances; mandesu-dull headed & lazy people; ananda-bliss; dayinam-the bestower.
In Sadhana Dipika it is said: "I offer my repeated humble obeisances unto Srila Jiva Gosvami whose heart is constantly attracted to the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami. He is the crest-jewel of all Vrajavasis and due to his causeless mercy, he bestows unimaginable joy to even the non-philosophical, dull-headed & lazy people by his deep philosophical views."289
Rupa, Sanatana & Vallabha were three of Kumardeva's sons. And Jiva was the son of Vallabha. He was born in 1511 AD in Ramakeli. Sri Jiva was a talented boy even from his childhood andhad completed his studies in Vyakarana and other subjects within a very short time.639
Sanatana and Rupa were pleased with their nephew Sri Jiva and treated him affectionately.640
Sri Jiva constantly remembered the beauty of Prabhu and he satisfied everyone by his sincere endeavor to learn the scriptures.641-642
Some peopel considered he must be a partial incarnation of some deity for no ordinary person could grasp thevast spiritual knowledge in such a short time.643
People were enchanted to see Sri Jiva who was a beautiful and qualified as Rupa, Sanatana and Sri Vallabha.644
I wish I could die taking away with me any misfortune which might befall Sri Jiva.645
The biography of Sri Jiva
Sri Jiva had grown very discontent in Gauda and he was pulled by his attractions to his uncles in Vrndavana.684
The visit to Vrndavana by Sri Jiva was a peculiar incident.685
>From the day of Rupa Sanatana going t Vrndavana a peculiar feeling began to grow in the mind of Sri Jiva who decided to give up all pleasures regarding ornaments, beautiful dresses, comfortable beds and voraciousness etc.686-687
In discussions of royal affairs or worldly matters he simply felt bored.688
Observing Sri Jiva in his perturbed state of mind, someone commented, "O my dear friend, from the sons of Kumeradeva three became great vaisnavas and scholars of scripture: Sanatana; Rupa and Vallabha. I have never seen such stocism and neutrality as exhibited by Sri Vallabha in his detachment from worldly pleasures. When he died on the bank of the Ganges his young son Jiva was stunned. But Sri Jiva also had no interest in wealth or riches.
My heart breaks when I think of him. One day I saw him in a lonely place crying bitterly."689-695
But another person replied, "My dear friend, this is natural. It is the blessing of Lord Krsna which makes Sri Jiva behave like this. He has become very reserved and does not think of anything but Srimad Bhagavatam, which has become his very life. He loves to swim in that ocean of happiness created by discussions about Krsna. No one dares speak anything to him but topics about Krsna. He must have met Prabhu privately because I have seen him faint on the ground after crying out the name of Sri Krsna Caitanya. My heart aches when I see him rolling onthe ground crying so bitterly that his body is soaked with tears. I cannot bare to hear his lamentation."696-701
"My dear friends, it is certain that Sri Jiva will soon leave his house for ever." "But he is merely a boy," someone argued. 702
"How will he tolerate the troubles of travelling from place to place."703
"His love for Prabhu knows no bounds," commented another man. "He is the light of the brahmin class," said another. "The whole village will sink into utter darkness if he leaves."704
The discussion of Sri Jiva continued amongst the village gentlemen. They could not even return to their homes leaving Sri Jiva in that condition.705
At the same time Sri Jiva sat wondering when he would leave his house.706
One evening, he sat alone crying and singing the holy name.707
Although he tried to control himself he finally broke down and cried out, "O my Prabhu Sri Krsna Caitanya! O Nityananda! O my Prabhu Sri Advaita candra the ocean of mercy! O dear associates of Prabhu! Please be kind to this wretched fellow!"708-710
Throughout the night his lamentation kept him from sleeping.711
Once before in Ramkeli Sri Jiva had had a dream in which he saw Prabhu and His associates dancing in sankirtana and enchanting the world with a flow of love unobtainable by Lord Brahma. Tonight he saw tht same scene in his dream.713-714
Lacs of people came forward to join that sankirtana, uttering the name of Hari which filled the earth and the sky.715
Suddenly Prabhu disappeared and as the dream faded Jiva awoke up in a sorrowful state.716
Again he fell asleep and a second wonderful scene appeared in his dream.717
I will tell you later what he saw in his dream, but now I want to acquaint you with the former history ;of Sri Jiva.718
When Sri Jiva was only a boy, he avoided playing with his friends or other activities which had no connection with Krsna.719
He would make images of Krsna and Balarama, worship them with flowers and sandal paste and dress them with fine clothes and ornaments.720-721
When he would bow on the ground before them he would weep.722
He offered them various kinds of sweetmeats and then enjoyed eating the prasad of the deities with his friends.723
He loved the deities of Krsna and Balarama so much that even when he was alone he would play with them. At bed time he would clasp the deities tightly to his chest and sleep. His parents could not separate their son from his deities although they thought he was merely playing.724-725
Everyone was happy to see Jiva's love for Krsna and Balarama.726
Caitanya and Nitai were so bound by his love for them that they appeared to him in a dream.727
Krsna and Balarama also appeared in a dream, and Sri Jiva was enchanted to see Krsna in dark blue color and Balarama in white color.728
They looked like Kandarpa and enchanted the universe with their beautiful postures.729
Suddenly Krsna and Balarama were replaced by Gaura and Nitai and the universe was perfumed by the scent of their bodies.730-731
Overjoyed with his vision Sri Jiva wept and fell at he feet of the two masters.732-733
Gaura-Nityananda Rai, the twin oceans of mercy put their feet on the head of Sri Jiva and embraced him affectionately. Whatever they spoke fell like nectar on the ears of Sri Jiva.734-735
In ecstatic love Sri Gaura sundara offered Jiva to the gracious feet of Sri Nityananda.736
But Nityananda repeatedly instructed Sri Jiva, "Let my Gaura Prabhu be your life and soul."737
When Sri Jiva bowed against their feet, they disappeared and Sri Jiva fell into an abyss of disappointment.738
When he woke from sleep, the dawn was breaking and he prepared to leave for Vrndavana on hte pretext of studying there.739
The people of Navadvipa knew he was going to Vrndavana.740
He bid farewell to his followers and left Fateya with only one servant.741
In the ecstasy of love, Sri Jiva wandered hypnotically arousing the curiouslity of the other travellers on the road. "Who is this young man?" they wandered. "He must be a prince with a complexion of gold like a champaka flower. What a beautiful face! Just see his attractive wide eyes, nose, eyebrows, forehead, ears and curly hair. See his neck, his chest and his nails and fingers on his lotus like hands! How beautiful are his thighs, knees and legs."742-746
They all admired the tulasi garland hanging around his neck and the milk white sacred thread lying across his chest.747
Someone said, "My dear friend, I cannot take my eyes off him. I wish I could die carrying away all misfortune which might befall him.748-749
They said, "we cannot understand why we are feeling so perplexed to see him? We wish we can get ourselves initiation to him.750
Although the people talked, Sri Jiva continued his journey rapt in ecstasy.751
When he entered Navadvipa, everyone acknowledged him as he was the nephew of Rupa Sanatana.752
Being overwhelmed by Sri Jiva's scholarship and devotional practices, the brahmans questioned him.753
Sri Jiva was enchanted by the beauty of Navadvipa.754
That holy dhama covered sixteen krsoa of land with many beautiful flower gardens, tanks, forests, groves, cottages and the banks of the Ganga.755-756
As he wondered, Sri Jiva saw many Vaisnavas who were happy to meet him and took him directly to the cottage of Srivasa Pandita where Nityananda Prabhu and his associates were sitting.757-759
Nityananda had already foretold Sri Jiva's arrival to Srivasa and Srivasa gladly informed Prabhu when Sri Jiva was waiting outside the cottage door. 760-761
Nityananda was glad to hear it and requested someone to call him in.762
Sr Jiva's eagerness to meet Nityanada made him cry uncontrollably and he fell humbly at the feet of Prabhu.763-764
Nityananda Prabhu affectionately placed his feet on the head of Sri Jiva. 765
He raised Sri Jiva from the ground, embraced him warmly and said, "I have come here from Kardaha simply to meet You."766-767
In this way he pacified Sri Jiva in various ways and asked Srinivasa and other Vaisnavas to favor him.768
He kept Sri Jiva in his association for some days and then requested him to go West.769
At the time of his departure Sri Jiva bowed at the feet of Nityananda in the sadness of their intimate separation.770
By placing his feet of the head of Sri Jiva he affectionately embraced him and said, "Go to Vrndavana soon because it is the order of Mahaprabhu that your family should be settled at that place."771-772
Sri Jiva offered his respects to the feet of all the Vaisnavas and then left for Vrndavana.773
Srivasa and other devotees blessed Sri Jiva in various ways.774
>From Navadvipa Sri Jiva went to Kashi where he met Sri Madhusudana Vachaspati, the professor of all Sastras who was as great as Brihaspati.775-776
The scholar was pleased to eet Sri Jiva and kept him at his place for a long time during which he gave him lessons on Vedanta and other sastras.777
Sri Vachaspati was s impressed by the scholarly capabilities of Sri Jiva that he glorified him throughout Kashi andhe soon became respected as the foremost scholar of Nyaya Vedanta and other scriptures.778-779
>From Kashi, Sri Jiva went to Vrndavana and got the mercy of Rupa and Sanatana.780
The twenty five books of Sri Jiva Gosvami
The books written by Sri Jiva Gosvami were namely the Vyakarama named Sri Harinama mrta, its notes Sutra Malika and its metallurgical analysis, Krsnacarana dipika, Gopala Viru davali, the last portion of Rasamrta, Sri Madhava Mahatsava, Samkalpa-Kalpabriksha, Bhavartha Suchaka-Champu, Gopala-Tapani Tika, Vramha Sanhita Tika, Rasamrta Tika, Ujjala Nilmoni Tika, Yagosara Stava tika, Sri Gayatri Vashya of Agnipurana, the narrative of the foot prints of Sri Krsna of Padma Purana, the collective records of the hands and foot prints of Sri radhika, the former position of Gopala Champu, the last portion of Gopala Champu, the famous seven treasties of Srimad Bhagavata namely Tatta Sandarva, Bhagavata Sandarva, Bhakti Sandarva, Preeti Sandarva and Krama Sandarva, Krsna Sandarva and Paramatma sandarva. 833-851
The orders of Sri Rupa Sanatana to Sri Jiva and Sri Gopala Bhatta "Previously I told you that on the 20th day of the month of Vaisakh you will obtain wonderful association.234
"That devotee will reach Vrndavana today, and after meeting him you will become very happy.235
"At the time of the arati of Govinda deva, when the crowd is thin, you should search for him.236
"His complexion is like a golden champa flower and his is very thin. He is young and tears constantly flow from his eyes.237
"In great pain he left Gauda and he has already gotten news of our disappearance.238
"He decided to give up his life but we appeared before him to console him.239
"We cannot describe his affliction but when you see him you will understand.240
"You should arrange his initiation from Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and when his study is completed give him all the books.2410
sri gaude mandale sighra karaabe gamana tinha vitaribe loke grantha ratna gana
"Send him to Gaudadesha where he will distribute the transcendental jewels of literature to the masses.242
"What more can we tell you about him? Through this Srinivasa Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu will perform many activities."243
The happiness of Srinivasa knew no bounds and he fell ont he ground again and again to offer obeisances to Jiva Gosvami. To his hearts content he observed the beauty of Sri Radha Damodara, the life and soul of Sri Jiva Gosvami.283-285
Rupa Gosvami had mainfest the deity of radha Damodara and had offered it to Jiva Gosvami in a dream.286
No one can describe the character of Sri Jiva Gosvami; his life, soul, and everything was the lotus feet of Sri Rupa Gosvami.287
These aspects have been described elaborately in Sanskrit by a famous poet in Sadhana Dipika.288
In Sadhana Dipika it is said: "Glory to Sri Jiva Gosvami who always keeps the lotus feet of Sri Rupa Gosvami within his mind. He was a Vrajavasi who conquered even the non-philosophical persons by his philosophical views."289
Sri Sri Radha Damodara became manifest through the mercy of Sri Rupa Gosvami and the ocean of mercy, Rupa Gosvami, gave the deity to Sri Jiva for his service.290
I have only briefly described the appearance of Sri Sri Radha Damodara, the life and soul of Sri Jiva Gosvami.291
Svapnaadese sri rupa sri radha damodare Sva haste nirman kari dila sri jivere
Radha Damodara Vilasa darsana by Sri Jiva Seeing the pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Damodara, Sri Jiva Gosvami remained always in an ecstatic mood.292
Sometimes the Lord would ask Sri Jiva for some food and Sri Jiva would watch the Lord eat it.293
One day, when the Lord was playing his flute with a smile on his face, he called Sri Jiva to come and watch.294
Sri Damodara was very young and was decorated with enchanting ornaments.
Upon seeing the Lord Sri Jiva Gosvami immediately fainted.295
When he gained consciousness his heart was filled with ecstatic love and his long, large eyes overflowed with tears.296
I have told only a few of the activities, butthere were many episodes in the pastimes of Radha Damodara which attracted everyone towards him.297
(Call him with his flute, tell him to cook delicious preparations, )
Sri Jiva bestowed the title of Acarya on Srinivasa One day Sri Jiva took interest in explaining the verses of the book Uddipana Divaha.396
The following verse is from the book Sri Ujjvalanilmani Uddipana Vivaba: "Addressing her friend, Sri Radhika said that once a young Kadamba plant with only two leaves had been planted by lotus eyed Sri Krsna near the entrance of Gokula. Th etree had now become full grown and was covered wtih countless leaves and flowers. She complained that the full grown kadamba tree had become the cause of pain of the Gopis who were already suffering from seperation of Krsna.397
Unfortunately, Sri Jiva Gosvami failed to explain this adequately and he asked Srinivasa to make it clear.398
Srinivasa had been empowered by Sri Rupa Gosvami and explained the verse successfully. Whoever listened to it became satisfied and happy.399
The commentator on the book Sri Ujjvalanilmani had given a beautiful and elaborate explaination of that particular verse. 400
Everyone was astonished by the genius of Srinivasa and they admired him in various ways.401
With the permission of everyone Sri Jiva delightedly gave Srinivasa the title of Kaviraj.402
Although Sri Jiva saw that Srinivasa felt very humble in the midst of this praise, he discarded that humility by addressing Srinivasa as Acarya.403
With the permissionof Sri Jiva, Acarya Srinivasa began to educate the Vaisnavas of Vraja.404
Sri Jiva bestows the title of Thakura Mahasaya on Sri Narottama Sri Gopala Bhatta and other devotees bestowed extensive mercy on Narottama, and Sri Jiva Gosvami began to educate him.421
Within a short time Narottama completed his eduaction in the different scriptures. The devotees were astonished by his capacity to comprehend the scriptures and they began to admire him as a scholar.422
Because his ability to learn was far greater than anyone else's, Jiva Gosvami gave Narottama the title of Thakura Mahasaya.423-424
Srinivasa Acarya and Thakura Narottama became the favorite pupils of Jiva Gosvami. Everyone in Vrndavana happily observed the great affection Sri Jiva showed for Srinivasa and Narottama.425
Srinivasa and Narottama lived so intimately with Sri Jiva that it seemed they had become the two hands of Sri Jiva. With the memory of Sri Rupa and Sanatana always fresh in his mind Sri Jiva Gosvami spent his days discussing religious and devotional topics with Srinivasa and Narottama.426-427
Anyone who showed sincere interest in hearing these topics was sure to get the blessings of Prabhu Visvambhara.428
Pg.181 Sri Raghava said that in a lonely place in Nandaghata Jiva Gosvami lived for sometime in seclusion.
Once Sri Rupa was writing a book in a quiet place in Vrndavana. It was a hot day, and to dry the sweat from Rupa's body Sri Jiva would stand beside him and fan him. The beauty of both Sri Rupa and Sri Jiva was bright. At that time Sri Vallava came to visit Rupa and when he looked at Rupa's book Bhaktirasamrta Grantha Mangala Carana he told Rupa, "I shall edit it." When he went to bathe in the Jamuna Sri Jiva followed on the pretext of taking water from the Jamuna. Although he did not know Sri Vallava personally, Jiva asked him, "what is the flaw in Mangala Carana?"
As Vallava mentioned each point he felt required correction Jiva refuted the point by his knowledge of the scriptures. Unable to defeat Sri Jiva in a discussion, Vallava went to Sri Rupa to enquire about the identity of Jiva.
Rupa told Vallava that the young Vaisnava was his nephew, and that he had arrived from his village only a few days before. Vallava Bhatta praised Jiva Gosvami and told Rupa the details of their discussion on the book.
Then Vallava left that place.
Meanwhile Sri Jiva returned from the river and Sri Rupa scolded him in a very quiet voice, "It was very kind of Bhatta to visit me and for my own benefit he wanted to edit my book. This much you could not tolerate by your Vaisnava grace? Go back to your home and return to Vrndavana whem you will be able to be patient."
At once Sri Jiva left the place and headed East towards his home. When his mind became peaceful he decided to remain in a solitary place in the forest as he did not have permission to return to the association of Rupa Gosvami.
He lived here in a hut made of leaves; sometimes he ate a little and sometimes he ate nothing while he passed his time in great distress and lamentation. He thought that if he gave up his life he would be able to obtain the lotus feet of his Lord.
In the course of his travels Sanatana Gosvami came to that village. The villagers came forward to welcome him and ask about his well being. They informed him that one young and beautiful sannyasi had been living in the forest for a long time, eating only a small quantity of fruits or roots or drinking water mixed with atta (flour).
Knowing that this sannyasi must be Sri Jiva, Sanatana went to see him affectionately. Seeing Sanatana within his patched Sri Jiva could not control himself and fell flat on the ground at Sanatana's feet. The villagers were quite astonished. Sanatana asked Sri Jiva to explain his difficulty and Jiva very lovingly explained everything. After consoling the villagers Sanatana left Sri Jiva in his hut and went to see Rupa in Vrndavana.
Pg.182 Hearing of Sri Sanatana's arrival in Vrndavana, Sri Rupa went out to meet him. He asked about the book Bhaktirasamrta sindhu and Rupa said that he had finished writing the book but the editing was incomplete because of Sri Jiva's absence.
Sanatana explained the situation to Sri Rupa and said, "Jiva is alive, but he is so weak that even the breeze can rock his body." At once Sri Rupa brought Jiva back to Vrndavana and nursed him affectionately. Everyone was happy with SRi Jiva's recovery and Rupa Sanatana bestowed all responsibility on him. By their mercy the greatness of Sri Jiva's knowledge spread throughout the world.
A Digvijayi (world conquering scholar) once came to Vrndavana and asked Jiva, "If you will compete with me in debate, then send my Jaya patra, (a written paper acknowledging his defeat by the Digvijayi)." Sri Jiva sent him back the Jaya patra, but the Digvijayi accepted defeat after reading it.
The glory of Sri Jiva is beyond description. Then Sri Raghava showed them the hut of Sri Jiva.
His devotion gave immense pleasure to Sri Jiva Gosvami. One day Sri Jiva and the other Vrndavana Gosvamis assembled happily at the Govinda temple.222-223
They prayed to Sri Govinda, "O Lord, please bestow on Srinivasa the strength he will require to distribute these books."224
eka dina sri jiva adi govinda mandire haila ekatra sabe ullasa antare
sri govindadeve kahe sumadhura bhase grantha vitarana shakti deha srinivase
eta kahitei govindera kantha haite chindiya padila mala srinivasa dite
The moment they finished their prayers, a garland dropped from the neck of Sri Govinda for Srinivasa.225
With tears of love in his eyes the priest quickly took it and respectfully handed it to Srinivasa.226
He received the garland with utmost respect and affection for the Lord and as a beheld the beautiful face of Sri Govinda he became impatient.227
He worshipped the deity again and again by touching himself to the ground and he could not stop the tears which flowed from his eyes.228
Everyone who saw the grace bestowed on Srinivasa from Sri Govinda praised both the Lord and his devotee.229
Sri Jiva and the others then settled the day that Srinivasa would leave for Gaudadesha.230
It was agreed that the fifth day of the bright moon night of the month of Agrahayana was the appropriate date for the commencment of the journey.231
Sri Jiva Gosvami sent Srinivasa to take leave of Dasa Gosvami.232
Simply by the grace of Sri Jiva, one can understand the truths of his philosophy.
Srinivasa next went to the temple of Radha Damodara - the life of Sri Jiva Gosvami - to take leave his leave. Srinivasa got the favor of Sri Radha Damodara, the source of divine rasa.309-310
How kindly Sri radha Damodara gave him permission to leave is beyond anyone's ability to describe. Sri Jiva gave Srinivasa the mala prasad.311
When he realised the mercy of Sri Radha Damodara on Srinivasa, Sri Jiva's heart filled with ecstatic joy.312
Sri JIva, Srinivasa and the others reached his house. They bowed to Sri Gosvami and Sri Jiva requested Sri Gosvami, "Please infuse Srinivasa with your complete strength."405-406
"Place your feet on Srinivasa's head so that he can easily reach Gaudadesha."407
"Bless him so that by curbing the pride of the hearetics he can easily distribute the books there."408
pasandi ganera darpa kariya khandan svachande karena yena grantha vitarana
While considering Sri Jiva's request Gopala Bhatta prayed to Sri Radha Raman.409
It cannot be described how Sri Radha Raman gave his mercy to Srinivasa and then permitted him to leave.410
Seeing the mercy which Radha Raman had bestowed on Srinivasa, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami affectionately brought mala prasad to Srinivasa.411
Sri jiva goswami dina-dukhira jivana Punah ki dekhibe ami tanra sri carana
Thereafter Sri Acarya bega to study nce again under Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Jiva was pleased by the Acarya's intent. From Sri Jiva, Srinivasa learnt the book Sri Gopala Champu and other books and was happy to study under Sri Jiva.
The sweet words of Jiva Gosvami could soothe the mind of anyone. After reading the letter the king said that Prabhu's companions were certainly kindhearted for they had blessed such a worthless person as himself. The king cried with gratitude and thereafter he showed very cordial and affectionate care towards the two mesengers.
Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja in Vrndavana
As Ramacandra travelled hurriedly to Vrndavana people who observed him remarked that they had never seen such a person. They thought he was probably the son of a king from Gauda. Some people thought he not even a human being but rather a deity. When he arrived in Vrndavana someone informed Sri Jiva Gosvami that a beautiful person, with skin as bright as gold, had come from Gauda. They told Sri Jiva that thy were charmed by the sight of that man who was wandering aimlessly in Vrndavana, crying as he enjoyed the beauty of of the holy dhama. Sri Jiva asked Srinivasa if he knew who the man was and Srinivasa said that it must be Ramacandra.
Srinivasa had preciously told Jiva Gosvami about Ramacandra, so Sri Jiva ordered his followers to bring Ramacandra to his place. When Ramacandra arrived he bowed at the feet of Sri Jiva and Srinivasa Acarya and both of them lovingly embraced Ramacandra. They asked him questions about the places which he had visited on his trip and Ramacandra first reported what Khandavasi Sri Raghunandana had told him. He also repoted what he had heard from other Vaisnavas and he told them the progress of his own study and the result of the long tour which he had completed to Gaya, Kashi, Ayodhya and Prayaga.
>From this report Sri Jiva Gosvami could understand the condition of those holy places since the disappearance of Mahaprabhu and his beloved companions. Ramacandra informed them that the inhabitants of Gauda wanted Srinivasa to return and both Srinivasa and Sri Jiva took the request seriously. Thereafter they took Ramacandra with them to visit the temple of Radha Damodara.
While observing the deities of Radha Damodara Ramacandra fell on the ground crying and while visiting the Samadhi of Rupa Gosvami he was moved with emotion. When he cried loudly, calling out the name of Sri Rupa, Sri Jiva took him on his lap and pacified him.
Sri Jiva Gosvami announced that Srinivasa would return to Gauda and on the day after the full moon Sri Jiva one again entrusted Syamananda to Srinivasa. He also gave Srinivasa some books which had been revised by him.
The Gosvamis of Vrndavana gathered in the temple of Sri Govinda to bid farewell to Srinivasa. The Acarya bowed at their feet and then went to see the moon-like face of Sri Govinda. Ramacandra and Syamananda also bowed at the feet of the Gosvamis.
He appointed his favorite disciple Ramacandra Kaviraja to teach the king, and told the king how Sri Jiva Gosvami had been satisfied by Ramacandra's scholarly abilities and how Sri Jiva had called him Caitanya Dasa. The king shed tears of joy and fell at the feet of Srinivasa Prabhu he humbly offered his respects to Acarya and by the mercy of his guru the king got everything he wanted.
Sri Jiva had already selected a beautiful house for her and he took her there with her follwers. After their worship fo Sri Govinda, Gopinatha and Madan Mohana, the Vaisnavas came to visit Sri Isvari at her house. The residents of Vrndavana also came in ahuge crowd to meet her. While she spoke privately with Gopala Bhatta, Lokenatha and others, Sri Jiva waited patiently to meet her. When she expressed the desired to visit the temples of Vrndavana they gladly took her to Sri Govinda, Gopinatha, Madan Mohana, Sri Radha Vinoda, Sri Radha raman and Sri Radha Damodara.
Sri Jiva also affectionately met Govinda Kaviraja and requested to take news to Srinivasa. Sri Jiva ordered to send his book Gitamrita and other new books which he might write and in return Sri Jiva would send letters.
Gopala Bhatta gave Govinda the book Vrindava which he had written in a dream according to the order of Sri Rupa.
Sri Virachandra prabhu's visit to forests of Vraja.
Virachandra first took permission to visit the forests of Vrndavana from Sri Bugarba and Sri Jiva Gosvami, then started out along with Yadava Acarya and others to visit the forests of Madhu, Tala, Kumuda and Bahula.
He also went to Radha Kunda where he relished the association of Sri Jiva and others.