All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

In Glorification of Sri Advaita Acharyya
On His Holy Appearance Day

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'An Ocean of Mercy'

by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj

From Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 15

"Sri Advaita Acharyya meditated on offering Ganges water and Tulasi leaves to the Lord, constantly calling to Goloka-Bihari again and again. The Lord's throne was shaking."

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur writes, "The whole world is devoid of real love for Rama and Krsna. As was predicted in the scriptures for kali-yuga, people only know about ritualistic ceremonies. They stay up the whole night singing the glories of some demigod. Some of them proudly worship Visahari, who removes the effect of snake poison. Others set up idols and worship them with great wealth. They spend money lavishly on their sons and daughters. Like this, everyone simply wastes their time. They never care to engage in Krsna-kirttan which is the yuga-dharmma, our only religious practice for this age. They prefer to speak ill of others rather than say good things about them. Even from those who are puffed up with their detachment and renunciation, we never hear the chanting of the Holy Names from their lips. Some others think that the time of bathing is the only auspicious moment for chanting the names 'Govinda' and 'Pundarikaksa.' Those who recite the Bhagavatam for the education of the people, do not have the devotional serving mood in their tongue. Thus the Lord's energy produces the worldly illusion. This causes the devotee's unhappiness to increase without limit. Seeing the whole world devoid of Krsna-bhakti their hearts are burning within. Some of them feel such intense pain that they want to leave their bodies. Others simply sigh and produce the Name 'Krsna' in their exhaling. Their food no longer tastes good in their mouths. When they see the activities of this material world they become exceedingly unhappy."

Advaita Acharyya was glorified by everyone, even among the society of non-devotees, as He was representative of all the Vaisnavas. Sri Advaita Prabhu was residing in Mayapur and for the welfare of the world was engaged in worshipping the Lord and preaching His glories. The miserable condition of the living entities who were all forgetful of Krsna was giving pain to His heart.

Advaita-bhavan, where Sri Advaita Acharyya made His prayer to Lord Krsna

He would arrange daily meetings for the devotees at which they would all express grief and profusely shed tears over the dreadful world situation. The Acharyya, who was an ocean of mercy, found the miserable condition of the living entities to be unbearable and He decided resolutely within Himself, that He would call the Lord to personally descend and save the situation. "I will meet Vaikunthanath and bring Him here. Dancing and singing I will deliver all living entities." The glories of Advaita Acharyya were not unknown to the devotees. All were pleased by hearing the promise of Advaita Acharyya and they all engaged in His service having full faith in Him.

With this promise fixed in His mind, Sri Advaita Acharyya meditated on offering Ganges water and Tulasi leaves to the Lord constantly calling to Goloka-Vihari again and again. The Lord's throne was shaking. The devotees, who were also engaged in calling the Lord, abstained from all comforts and material enjoyment, and to relieve the devotees' unhappiness the all-merciful Lord prepared to descend to this world.



"My prayer is going to be satisfied -
He is coming!"

By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar
Dev-Goswami Maharaj

From The Golden Volcano of Divine Love, Part 1

And when the Supreme Lord was about to appear, Advaita felt in His heart, "My prayer is going to be satisfied - He is coming!"

Jaya Sri-Krsna-Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri-Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasadi-Gaura-bhakta-vrnda

Ultimately, He detected that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, had personally appeared in the house of Sri Jagannatha Misra and Sachidevi as their newborn boy, Nimai Visvambhara. And so, Advaita Acharyya went to pay due respects to the child and His parents on the divine advent day. When the boy was a little grown up, Sri Advaita Prabhu came to bow at the feet of the child, Nimai.

Sachidevi, Nimai's mother, shuddered: "What are you doing? You are an old pandita, a Vedic scholar. If you show this kind of respect to my young boy it will spoil His future! What are you doing?" It was said that whenever Advaita Acharyya used to bow down His head to a Deity, the statue would shatter into pieces if it was a sham, if there was no genuine presence of the Lord. But here, when Advaita put His head at the feet of the boy, Nimai put one foot on Advaita Acharyya's head. Everyone was astounded and wondered, "What kind of spiritual power does this child have? Such a great devotee-scholar and senior man as Advaita has bowed down to this child, and the child has stepped on Advaita's head, but the child is quite unaffected! Who is this child?"


'No more beating!'

By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

From a recent talk given at Soquel Seva Ashram, on the occasion of Sita Thakurani's Holy Appearance Day

Kaviraj Goswami said Advaita Acharya was Mahavisnu, but Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev said Advaita Acharya was Siva. And Sita Devi's position was like Mahadevi. Vrindavan Das Thakur explained that Sita Devi served Sriman Mahaprabhu in her house many times and came to Mahaprabhu's house many times to meet with Sachi Mata and Mahaprabhu. At the time when Mahaprabhu took sannyas, by the will of Nityananda Prabhu, he went to Advaita Acharya's house. Sita Devi made all the cooking arrangements and was feeding the Vaisnavas. Advaita Acharya was a wealthy Vaisnava. Not poor. Naturally Vaisnavas are poor like Srivas Pandit, but Advaita Acharya was wealthy. Everyone respected Him. Even Hiranya Govardan, Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu's father, every year gave some offerings to Advaita Acharya.

One day Advaita Acharya made some duplicity. He was thinking Mahaprabhu was always respecting Him, and He could not give proper respect to Mahaprabhu as His heart wanted. Mahaprabhu came to his house and saw him explaining the philosophy of Sankaracharya. Mahaprabhu could not tolerate it and tried to beat him. Beating and beating. Sita Devi said, "No more beating. This Brahmin will die." And Advaita Acharya was very happy. "You are always giving respect to me. Now where has that mood gone?"

doya koro sita-pati advaita gosani
tava krpa-bole pai caitanya-nitai

Kindly give Your Grace, Sri Advaita Goswami
The Lord of Srimati Sita Thakurani;
By the power of Your Grace
We may gain the service of Sri Sri Nitai-Gauranga.


   
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