Sri Sakhicharandas Babaji Maharaj

Sri Sakhicarandas Babaji

(1886-1965)

108 Shri Shrimad Sakhicharan das Babaji made his appearance in the Manipur-state of India, on Phalguni Krishna Trayodashi of 1886, while the Shravana constellation was predominent. His parents were initiated by a guru coming in the disciplic succession of an authentic uninterrupted branch of the Shri Narottama das Thakur Mahashaya’s sampradaya (school of Gaudiya-Vaishnava teachings).

Their son was a spiritual prodigy who was surprising everyone with his highly developed natural gusto for associating with saints, Shri Hari-nama-sankirtan, studying the holy scriptures and other devotions. Such a natural inclination amplified in an incredible manner when, in his budding adolescence they had him initiated in diksha-mantra by the great Gaudiya Vaishnava Saint and scholar Shri Hemeshvara Thakur who was in a strict sense also in the parivara of Shri Narottama. It is still the custom today in Manipura that Gaudiya Vaishnava parents have their children initiated into such a tradition between the age of ten and twelve. In this way, in case it is needed, their offspring can also take care of the deity-puja (worship) which is strictly followed in every house.

Due to his strong inclination for Vraja-bhakti our young Shri Sakhicharan dasís ideal was to come and take residence in Vraja- mandala-bhumi, and in particular Radhakund which had been and is still nowadays of special importance in Manipura. Because of such a close affinity, the Manipuris have even recreated two idyllic tanks representing Shri Shri Radhakund and Syamakund in Imphal. This keen mass-interest for Vraja’s most important place is due to the mercy of their erstwhile king, Shri Kulachandra Maharaja.

In the sixteenth century, two foremost disciples of Shri Narottama das Thakur, namely, Shri Ganganarayan Chakravarti Thakur and Shri Ram Krishna Acharya, went to Manipura, and due to their mercy the King and his subjects were initiated into Gaudiya Vaishnavism. From then onwards all the successive kings and the majority of the citizens have always been Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

There is no doubt that Kulachandra Maharaja was defininitely touched by the mercy of Shrimati Radharani, Who allowed him to reside at Her dear-most pond. He had been born and raised in a royal family, and became the king of Manipura, but still the circumstances forced him to leave everything and end up at Shri Radhakund where he gloriously passed away. For him destiny turned out to be directly handled by Shrimati Radharani who allowed him to eternally remain in Her transcendental realm of Vraja.

Shri Kulachandra Maharaja’s obstinacy in not having his kingdom come under the domination of the British was frustrated when after being repeatedly humiliated by him in combat, they beguiled him by keeping in front of their troops a herd of cows and calves. Because of his devotion to the cattle, the king didn’t risk hurting them, and so it was a child’s game for the opponent’s armies to conquer him. When he was kept arrested in Delhi the British let him choose his place of exile. As he expressed to them his desire to live at Radhakund, they built there for him a temple with mansions near the Gopi Kuwa, where he was transferred. From this time on the Manipuri community started flourishing at Radhakund. Still many of them are living there, engaged in determined devotions, and also throughout the year, excursion-buses full of pilgrims are regularly arriving from Manipura.

Amongst all those devotees our Shri Sakhicharan das was to become a particularly blessed soul. Although with body in Manipura, he was with heart in Vraja mandala, always dwelling on the 26th pada of Shri Narottama das Thakur’s book "Parthana" which he was singing with a very sweet and pathetic voice :

ara ki eman dasha hobo,
sab chadi vrindavana yabo
ara kobe shri rasa mandale;
gadagadi dibo kutuhole

ara kobe govardhana giri;
dekhabo nayana yuga bhori
shyamakunde radhakunde snana
kori kobe judabo parana

ara kobe yamuna jole;
majjane hoibo niramale
sadhu sange vrindavana vasa;
narottama dasa kore asha

"Alas! When shall I be able to leave everything behind and just go
to stay in Vrindavana? When shall I ecstatically roll around with
eagerness on the Shri Rasa-mandala? When shall I fill my eyes by
contemplating Mount Govardhana? When shall I bathe in Radhakund and
Shyamakund to calm my heart? When shall I plunge into the immaculate
water of the Yamuna? When shall I reside in Vrindavana in the
association of saints? These are the aspirations of Narottama dasa."

The devotional creeper of Shri Sakhicharan dasaís spirituality was
healthily growing day after day, diffusing its intoxicating flavour
of sweet devotions to the lotus-feet of Shriman Mahaprabhu and Shri
Shri Radha-Krishna. Consequently he was only subsisting of
devotional activities, like congregational chanting of Shri Shri
Radha-Krishna’s holy names, attending patha (spiritual discourses
given by erudite saints), studying Shrimad Bhagavata and allied
Gaudiya-Vaishnava scriptures, deity worship, smarana, etc… He was
also famous for his expertise in singing songs describing the
transcendental pastimes of Shriman Mahaprabhu and Shri Shri Radha-
Krishna. His heart was so much radiating devotion for Their
Lordships with a natural increase in quality and quantity of the
above mentioned devotions, that even his eating and sleeping reduced
considerably, being almost forgotten by him.

In Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19, it is
mentioned:

mali hoiya kore sei bija aropana;
shravana kirtana jale koroye sechana. (152)

"When the seed of raganuga-bhajan appears in his heart, then a
votary becomes like a gardener and waters it by hearing and chanting
(and remembering) about Shri Shri Radha-Krishna."

upajiya barhe lata ‘brahmanda’ bhedi jay;
‘viraja’ ‘brahmaloka’ bhedi ‘paravyoma’ hoy. (153)

"Consequently such a seed sprouts as a creeper which crosses over
the universe, the viraja ocean, the Brahman-effulgence and the
spiritual world."

tabe jay tad upari ‘goloka vrndavana’;
krsna charana-kalpavriksha kore arohana. (154)

"When such a creeper arrives at Goloka-Vrindavana which is situated
at the highest pitch of the spiritual world, it takes shelter of the
wish yielding tree of Shri Krishna’s lotus-feet."

taha vistarite hoiya phale prema phala;
iha mali sece sravana kirtanadi jala. (155)

"Thus situated at Shri Krishna’s lotus-feet, this creeper further
develops and finally gives the fruit of Prema (divine love for Shri
Shri Radha-Krishna). Although remaining still in the material world,
such a premika gardener-votary continues to hear, chant (and
remember) about Shri Shri Radha-Krishna."

At one point his eagerness for travelling to Vraja-mandala and
remain there to do bhajan increased in such a way, that in 1921 when
he was 35 of age, he left home and arrived in Radhakund to never
leave it. Finding a place in Shri Jiva Goswami’s Ghera (by the side
of Shri Shyamakunda and Shri Lalita kunda), he continued his bhajan
with even more eagerness accompanied with dispassion. Firm in his
conviction that without taking "vesha" (initiation as a monk-babaji)
he would not be able to quickly advance in bhajan, he started to
search a vesha-Guru. A long period of time passed, but our Shri
Sakhicharan dasa couldn’t make up his mind to choose one, and so he
became very desperate. To solve this dilemma he began praying day
and night to Shrimati Radharani, so that She may give him some kind
of indication. But although his plea was heart rending and long
lasting, it wasn’t successful in invoking any response from Shrimati
Radharani whatsoever. He then felt so miserable and dejected that he
decided to end up his life by fasting.

As he was already nourishing himself with less than the minimum, so
when he completely stopped eating and drinking, his physical and
mental conditions became greatly upset. After a fews days there was
no more difference for him between sleep and wakefulness, and his
body was becoming more and more weak. The seventh day, when he was
at the point to give up the spirit, Shrimati Radharani in person
appeared to Him, and told him to take "vesha" from Shri Bhagavan das
Babaji, the head "pujari" (priest) of the Shri Shri Radha-Gopinatha
temple (at Radhakund).

That prema-bhakti (love divine of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna) which is
usually granted after practising the related type of bhakti-yoga
(discipline of raganuga-devotions) for a long period of time, is
instantly granted just by seeing Shrimati Radharani, and it became
the case of our lucky Shri Sakhicharan das. Shrila Sanatana Goswami
has written in his Shri Brihad Bhagavatamrita (2/5/233/234):

sa radhika bhagavati kvacid ikshate prema tad anubhavam ricchati
murtiman sah. cet krishna chandrasya mahavataras tadrig nija prema
vitanakari syad va kadachid yadi radhikayah premanubhutim tad
upaityathapi.

"Just by seeing Shrimati Radharani Bhagavati, who is the very
personification of prema-bhakti, one gets the experience of prema-
bhakti. (233) If such a great avatara (divine descent), the moon-
like primary Personality of Godhead Shri Krsna (Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu) who distributes divine love for himself, or Shrimati
Radharani are present, then just by seeing Them, one gets beatified
with prema-bhakti. (234)"

So following Shrimati Radharaniís order, he took the dress and vows
of a babaji-monk from the designated Shri Bhagavan das Babaji, and
from then onwards became known as Shri Sakhicharan das Babaji.
Although having automatically become a siddha premika bhakta
(devotee perfected by prema-bhakti-shakti) by Shrimati Radharani’s
personal audience, without engaging in Shri Shri Gaura-Govinda’s
ashtakalina lila smarana manasi seva in a strict, systematic and
elaborate way, still Baba’s desire was to engage in a fully-fledged
practise of such a predomimant devotional limb of the manjari-bhava-
sadhana-bhakti complex which is meant to reach manjari-bhava-sadhya-
prema-bhakti, so he approached his vesha-guru with the intention of
learning it from him.

But as Shri Bhagavan dasa Babaji was too busy with his services in
the Shri Shri Radha-Gopinatha temple, not having any spare time for
teaching him, he told him to learn it >from Shri Narottama dasa
Babaji and Shri Radhika das Babaji, two advanced Manipuri bhajanandi-
devotees who were living in Shri Lokanatha Goswami’s bhajan-kutir
near Kadamba Khandi at Khadiravana.

Thus for the sake of relishing the smarana-limb of manjari-bhava
raganuga bhakti in practise, Baba started his apprenticeship, with
an ideal advantage, since instead of an ordinary practitioner who
had not yet reached siddhi (prema-bhakti) he was a saint already
beatified by prema-bhakti.

All this was the wish of Shrimati Radharani Who, out of Her
infinitely condense mercy, let him remain manifest in Vraja-bhumi
for the benefit of the not yet accomplished practitioners, blessing
them in this way through his transcendental association and
exemplary demonstration of this important limb of manjari-bhava-
raganuga-bhakti.

From the accounts that follow it can be understood that Baba was a
realised soul, with a completely spiritualised psycho-physical body,
capable of doing feats not possible for ordinary votaries.
Shri Rupa Goswami gives the definition of a siddha premika bhakta:

avijnatakhila klesha sada
krishnashrita kriyah
siddhah syuh santata prema
saukhyasvada parayanah.

(Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, 2/1/280)

"Siddha premika-bhakta mahatmas are liberated from all psycho-
physical sufferings, they constantly depend on Shri Krishna’s
transcendental pastimes, and eternally taste the bliss of prema-
bhakti (love divine for Shri Shri Radha-Krishna) which is the
ultimate goal of life for a living entity."

So Baba was engaged in his lila (pastime) of learning from his two
Manipuri shiksha-gurus how to systematically remember Shri Shri Gour-
Govinda’s pastimes. The source of knowledge for this type of
transcendental meditation was a Gutika (manual) based on the style
of bhajan propounded by the famous accomplished 19th century saint,
Govardhana’s Shri Krishna das Babaji.

The distance from Radhakund to Khadiravana is about 25 kms and
although in a skeletal condition Baba walked that far, as many times
as it was necessary for him to completely memorised the Gutika. As
he had taken a vow to not spend even one night out of Radhakund, he
walked back the same day to always return before nightfall.
Dissatisfied in tasting the practise of remembering the Gutika so
far, he started to eagerly search for a more detailed Gutika, and
came to know that in Kamyavana a grand-disciple of Govardhana’s Shri
Krishna das Babaji was the custodian of an archaic one. He then
immediately started, and walked all the way to Kamyavana which is at
a distance of 42 kms from Radhakund, to get this Gutika. At first
the Babaji was reluctant to lend it to him, but when Baba begged his
clemency in allowing him to keep his vow of not spending the night
anywhere outside of Radhakund, he consented, telling him to bring it
back after 3 days, which he did.

After mastering this Gutika Baba felt unsatisfied and went back to
ask for another one. But not even this new Gutika could make him
happy, and so he again walked back to inquire if there was not a
better one. At this point there was no other choice for the Baba of
Kamyavana than to give him his best Gutika, although he had never
lent it to anyone else before. This Gutika was his life and soul,
but only because he was struck by Shri Sakhicharan dasa Baba’s
unusual ascetic disposition and boundless transcendental eagerness,
demonstrated so evidently by his marathons betveen Radhakund and
Kamyavana, he allowed him to take it, on the condition that he
brings it back after 15 days. Shri Sakhicharan dasa Baba happily
returned to Radhakund, copied it within 12 days, and again walked
all the way back to Kamyavana to return it to the Baba.

Apparently satisfied, he then completely memorised this Gutika, and
became absorbed in its remembrance day and night. To keep his body
and soul together he was depending only on madhukari, that is to
say, he followed the rule of daily begging food from only seven
houses. When he was lucky he would receive the customary piece of
roti (flat bread) given to the mendicants by the Vrajavasis, but
sometimes he would come home with an empty bag. In this latter case
he would not bother at all, but instead gladly take it as Shrimati
Radharani’s mercy in conceding him some more time to absorb himself
in the remembrance of Shri Shri Gaur-Govinda’s transcendental
pastimes, and he would go drinking only Shri Radhakund water, or
even fast totally. Later he revealed to his disciples that when he
was only drinking Shri Radhakund water, or abstaining even from
doing that, the "sphurti" (samadhi is transcendental visions), were
even much more vivid.
Baba’s body was emaciated, frail and light as a feather. Although
situated on the level of uninterrupted Shri Shri Gour-govinda lila-
smarana-manasi-seva, he also continued all of his external
devotions, like paying respectful visits to his two shiksha gurus of
Khadiravana, worship of his Govardhana-shila, ect..

When Shri Chudachanda of Manipura built a temple at Radhakund, at
his request Baba installed in it the deities of Shri Shri Radha
Vraja-Mohan and also started serving them daily according to the
prescribed rules of worship.

In 1930, on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the month of
Bhadra (August/September), Baba’s shiksha-guru Shri Narottama das
Babaji passed away to join Shri Shri Gaur-Govinda’s prakat-lila
(earthly manifested transcendental pastimes). Baba’s other shiksha-
guru, Shri Radhika das Babaji, was so close to his dearmost friend
Shri Narottama das Babaji, that out of complete dejection for his
loss, he gave up all food and drink and consequently also joined him
after only two days. Deprived of his two siksha-gurus Shri
Sakhicharan das Babaji’s heart started now to burn with a luminous
fire of transcendental love in separation from them. Thinking that
they had left him because he was an offender, he gave up eating and
drinking, and started imploring Shrimati Radharani to let him also
join Her. For an entire month he daily sipped only one spoon of
Giriraja’s charanamrita. His already emaciated body became now as
dry as a bone, and seeing that he would pass away, his associates
started to arrange for Shri Hari-nam sankirtana.

At that time Shri Karunamayi (infinitely merciful Shrimati
Radharani) appeared in his bhajan-kutir, holding a golden tray with
the most delicious types of prasada, and told him: "Resume your
eating by taking this prasada!" Baba replied: "Dear Swamini! I am an
offender and I don’t want to maintain this body any longer, please
take me with You!" But Shrimati Radharani answered: "Not now! For
the moment you just remain and do bhajan!" Then She personally fed
him with Her lotus-hand and left. Complying with Shrimati
Radharani’s wishes, Baba recommenced eating, and continued with his
bhajan as before.

The next year, during the anniversary of his two shiksha-guru’s
disappearance, the fire of his transcendental love-in-separation
from them inflamed so much, that it became impossible for him to
extinguish it. As a result he again stopped taking food and drink,
resolute in his decision to join them. One month passed in this way,
and when he was at the point to give up the spirit, Shri Vraja-
mandala-bhumi in its divine lovely aspect, revealed itself to him.
He then saw again graceful Shrimati Radharani coming to him while
holding in Her lotus-hands a golden tray with prasada. With Her
delicious cuckoo-voice She told him: "Stop fasting! Go on with your
bhajan for a little while more, before I come back to take you along
with Me!" Baba replied: "Dear Swamini! How shall I continue in such
a desperate condition? My body is so weak that I don’t even have the
strength to go and fetch water from the neighbouring well, and there
is no one to help me. Please just take me to Your lotus-feet!"But
Swamini told him: "You don’t have to worry about that! One servant
will come to assist you, and a well will be dug just in front of
your bhajan-kutir!î" Baba said astonished: "But I don’t have money
for the digging of a well!" "Donít worry the least for that,
Dhumraraya will come and provide for it!î" After reinsuring Baba in
this way, Shrimati Radharani then fed him with Her lotus-hand, and
vanished.

As predicted by Shrimati Radharani, Dhumraraya, who was Baba’s
nephew and a railway commissioner, came to see him. A long period of
time had passed from his last encounter with his uncle and just at
that particular required time he was urged by some unknown divine
force to leave everything and come to meet him. When he saw that
Baba had no direct water-service facilities he immediately had a
well dug just in front of his bhajan-kutir, although Baba didn’t
even request him to have it done. It was impossible to get sweet
water from any other well of the zone, but by Shrimati Radharani’s
sweet kindness the water from Baba’s well turned out to be very
sweet. A servant also came to him, and in this way by Shrimati
Radharaniís mercy there was no more problem for him to go on
undisturbed in his bhajan.

Baba scheduled time for sleeping was from 11 pm to 2 am and his nama-
sankhya was of over 3 lakhs (192 rounds of the 108 mala, bead-
rosary). He used to be constantly engaged in lila-smarana while
chanting and counting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra on his mala, even
when he had it deposited somewhere to do something else. This was
testified by many witnesses who saw and heard Baba’s mala moving
along in his bag when ever he was separated from it.

Shrimad Bhagavata had such a transcendental effect on him that once
he revealed to his disciple Shri Krishna dasa Madrasi Baba that he
was really sorry for not being able to read it any longer privately
in his bhajan-kutir, due to his outburst of tears (of prema-bhakti)
which would always spoil the book. Anytime he would open the book
and start to read from it, immediately this would happen. To remedy
it he couldn’t do anything else than to close and put away the book,
so he was compelled to definitely give up his attempts at reading it.

At the beginning of his vesha he was keeping body and soul together
by begging from 7 houses. Later he reduced it to 5 houses and then
to 3 houses. Once during such a madhukari, it happened that in the
first visited house the rotis (flat breads) were not yet baked, and
although Baba was requested to come back later, he didn’t do so
because he had vowed to only go once to each house. At the second
house he didn’t get anything because it was impure. At the third
house there was a mahotsava (feast) going on, and as the bhoga had
not been yet offered to Thakurji (God) the owner of the house
invited him to be his guest and come back a little later to eat at
the feast.

As Baba told him that he never accepted invitations from anybody,
the owner informed him that the offering of bhoga was just going on,
and very soon he would get some prasada to take along with him. But
Baba replied to him: "It has become late now and I didn’t yet
perform my noon-time duties, I shall come back to your house another
day.î The owner was mortified and told him: "Baba I cannot let you
leave my house without prasada!" So somehow Baba submitted to his
request and took with him the prasada.

As it was late when he came back to his bhajan-kutir and he still
had to perform his noon-time duties, he immediately sat down to
start them. But usually at this time he had already completed them
and was taking prasada. So out of habit his strictly programmed mind
thought of eating, and focused on the madhukari prasadi puas (kind
of soft cakes deep fried in clarified butter). Becoming angry at his
mind for being more attracted to the puas than to bhajan, Baba then
took the puas and threw them to the monkeys outside of his bhajan-
kutir, thus adressing his mind: "You wanted to eat instead of doing
bhajan, but now what will you eat?"

So Baba sat down again, performed his madhyahna-yogapitha-seva with
great vigour, and later drunk only some Shri Radhakund water.

Shri Satya Narayana of Calcutta came as usual to Radhakund for niyam-
seva (October-November), and upon seeing Baba’s skeletal appearance,
he was moved and became worried for him. He somehow convinced him to
accept his contribution for a daily supply of half a liter of cow-
milk, thinking in this way that Baba will get some more nutriment.
But taking it as an opportunity to have more time to absorb himself
in bhajan, Baba stopped completely his madhukari, and started to
subsist only on this milk. He used to boil it, sometimes with a
little tapioca and raisins in it. He was taking half of the milk
after completing his Radhakund-Yogapitha-lila-manasi-seva (around 3
p.m.), and the other half at 10 p.m. With such a diet he use to
evacuate only every three or four days. He maintained such a
standard of living till the end of his life, finding it really
suitable for his bhajan.

For a time his bhajan became disturbed when he found out that the
milkman was sometimes diluting the milk with water. This made him a
little worried, and he pondered as to how to remedy such a mischief.
But this problem was solved as one of his new disciples, Shri Madan
Mohan dasa Babaji, took charge by personally going to the milkman’s
house at the milking time and collect the milk.

As a siddha-mahatma expert in the devotional limb of Shri Shri Gaur-
Govinda lila-smarana-manasi-seva, Baba attracted many candidates who
took shelter of him in order to learn how to practise this type of
religious discipline. He used to give them spiritual guidance by
also patiently drawing for them colored diagrams (with detailed
annotations) of the different shrines in the spiritual worlds of
Shri Navadvipa and Shri Vrindavana.

Shri Vraja-bhushana dasa Babaji, who was a disciple of Shri Radha-
Govinda dasa Babaji of Vrindavana’s Harabari, took vesha from Shri
Sakhicharan dasa Babaji after fixing his residence at Radhakunda and
was also taking instructions from him in how to conduct his bhajan.
Baba was so kind that he drew for him an entire design-book full of
such diagrams which our Shri Gurudeva Krishna dasa Madrasi Babaji
also reproduced for himself under Baba’s auspices.

Once Baba announced to Shri Madan Mohan dasa Babaji that he will
soon go to Shrimati Radharani but this should remain a secret. Moved
to tears Shri Madan Mohan dasa Babaji pleaded with him to stay,
telling him that as a young disciple he had still many doubts
regarding the performance of smaran-bhajan. Knowing in advance the
moment of his disappearance, Baba then told him that he will quit in
two years and that during this period of time he should solve all of
his doubts.

Shri Sakhicharan dasa Babaji spent these two last years of his life
in seclusion. He would no longer receive people. He used to lock
himself inside his bhajan-kutir and even his own disciples could
rarely see him as he would not open to them; his intense
transcendental feelings of separation from Shrimati Radharani would
not let him do so.

Then two years later, one day he announced to Shri Madan Mohan dasa
Babaji that now he would soon leave as predestined. Although
requested by him to remain, Baba didnít even answer, knowing that
his transcendental destiny was entirely in the hands of Shrimati
Radharani to whom he was completely surrendered. Such a decision was
ultimately under Her control, She had already made up Her mind about
the moment when he would join Her, and now that moment was very
close.

The following day, Baba started to reduce the quantity of milk he
was taking. Within a month his body became still more scrawny, and
he was now just lying on his bed, deeply absorbed in Shri Shri Gaur-
Govinda-lila-seva-smarana, devoid of external consciousness. Shri
Gopala dasji was at that time his personal servant, and any time he
would softly ask him close to the ear, about the lila which was
presently occuring, Baba would always precisely and vividly relate
it to him.
Sometimes his transcendental state of divine love in separation was
becoming so intense that it was entirely scorching him, and he would
exclaim out of transcendental humility: "Jale gelo, jale gelo….:
My body is burning, my body is burning…!"

A day before his disappearance, knowing that he was on the verge to
leave, he asked all of his disciples to be present. Summoned by him
through a disciple our Gurudeva 108 Shri Krishna dasa Madrasi baba
who was at that time at the Vrindavan’s Rama-Krishna-mission
hospital, came also. By Baba’s wish a party of kirtaniyas was
gathered and Shri Hari-nam-sankirtana started.

While Baba was meditating on the Madhyahna-lila (10.48 a.m to
3.36p.m), he suddenly saw in a sphurti (samadhi’s transcendental
vision) how in Shri Shri Radha-Krishna’s lila the sakhis were
helping him to dress up in his manjari-svarupa before accompaning
Shrimati Radharani to Shri Radhakunda for Her forenoon time meeting
with Shri Krishna. Seeing him in such a state of deep transcendental
trance, completely devoid of external consciousness, the kirtaniyas
made the sankirtan reach a climax out of ecstatic devotional thrill.
The superlative transcendental power of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna’s
Divine holy names emanating from the sankirtana attracted Baba’s
consciousness outward, making him leave his deep state of meditation.

Shri Sanatana Goswami mentions in his Brihad-bhagavatamritam (2-1-1)
that the congregational chanting of the holy names of Shri Shri
Radha-Krishna is the most powerful limb of raganuga-bhajan:

krishna shravanapasat tvam
niryato dhyanarajjubhih
grahyastabhyasca niryato
namakirtana srikhalaih
tvadbhakti lolitenadya
na marya jatu mokshyase
vrito dhrito’si gadham tvam
pitakauseya vasasi

"O Krishna! The ropes of meditation have liberated You from the
cords of hearing, and the chains of the congregational chanting of
Your holy name have liberated You from the cords of meditation.
As I am now perturbed by an increase of love for You, so it is no
longer possible for me to let you go. O one attired in golden silk,
You are now caught and tightly bound!"

At the loss of the sphurti he started to weep, his heart overflooded
with transcendental love in separation from Shrimati Radharani,
yearning for the service of accompanying Her to Shri Radhakund for
meeting Her Prana-natha (Shri Krishna). In his intense
transcendentally blissful suffering in separation he thus addressed
the kirtaniyas: "I was going to be finished dressing with the help
of the sakhis and then proceed to Shri Radhakund, but by the
powerful sound of sankirtana you forcibly brought me back here.
Please, for now just stop doing Shri Hari-nama-sankirtana, and let
me adjust my lila-smarana. When it will be allright, I shall give
you a signal to do your singing over again !"

The following morning, which was the first day of the bright lunar
quarter of the month of Ashadha (30th of June) in 1965, he asked
them to lay him down in the dust. At 1 p.m, just when Shri Shri
Radha-Krishna are having their transcendental water-pastimes in Shri
Radhakund, Shri Sakhicharan dasa Baba left the body to join Shri
Shri Gaura-Govinda’s prakat-lila, in the midst of the assembled
devotees who were pathetically doing Shri Hari-nam sankirtana.

108 Shri Sakhicharan dasa Babaji’s main disciples are Shri Krishna
dasa Madrasi Babaji, Shri Achyuta dasa Babaji, Shri Vraja Mohana
dasa Babaji and Shri Madan Mohana dasa Babaji.

Compiled and written by Karunamayidas.
Sources – Sri Krishnadasa Madrasi Baba and
"Vraja Ke Bhakta" by OBL Kapoor.

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