Today is appearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami

(a lot of material in this article is compiled by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj….Sri Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai)

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is the appearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami, the beloved servant of SriSri Radha Ramanji residing in Sri Vrindavan dham.

Previously few other emails have been sent on Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami and also on SriSri Radha Ramanji but it is hard to stop the greed to glorify both of Them when opportunity presents. There is no harm in repetition and it only tends to purify the heart of person who writes and person who reads.

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami was very dear to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and thus Mahaprabhu gave him his garments and wooden plank which was used as a seat by Mahaprabhu….Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami ecstatically received the ‘Maha’ (prasad) and worshipped it all his life. Today also devotees can take darshan of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s garments and wooden seat at SriSri Radha Ramanji temple. This temple is evidence of desire and longing of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami to have a more closer and loving relationship with Deity (Thakurji). His intense desire to use the paraphernalia which he had received from a rich merchant made Sri Krsna to appear in the form of SriSri Radha Ramanji. Apart of Vrinda devi, SriSri Radha Ramanji is the only other original Deity in Vrindavan who remained in Vrindavan after Muslim invasion.

SriSri Radha Ramanji has such a beautiful form and has very intricate features manifest like nails and teeth…you can see the tooth in one of the pictures attached. On the back side of His body, part of the original Shaligram shila from which He manifested Himself can be seen. There is a story that the small son of one of the servants was playing with the Deity once and put a small stick in one ear of the Deity and pushed it through out the other ear. The stick however, had blood on it, and that boy died vomiting blood that very day. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswamiji would sometimes see that SriSri Radha Ramanji had taken the form of Sri Gaurasundar – Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, “Becoming subservient to the love of Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, SriSri Radharaman would sometimes accept the form of Sri Gaurasundar”.

SriSri Radha Ramanji has been very merciful on Harrisburg devotees and has give some intimate ‘Maha’ (prasadam) in various forms through various devotees. We sincerely pray to Sri Acharya varga represented by Srila Prabhupad that the mercy of SriSri Radha Ramanji, Sri Vrindavan Dham, and Their devotees continues to flow on us.

I am attaching some pictures in this email which have been treasured for some time…pls look at these pictures with rapt attention and try to loose yourself in the beauty of this blackish son of Nand Maharaj who has appeared by His own will and mercy to give taste to fallen souls like myself.

Also pasted below is small description / life history of Srila Gopal bhatta Goswami. Let us all pray to Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami and SriSri Radha Ramanji that we develop liking, longing and taste for darshan of SriSri Radha Ramanji and His devotees like Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami himself had developed.

SriSri Radha Ramanji Bhagawan ki Jai !!! SriSri Gaura Nitai ki Jai !!! Sri Vrindavan Dham ki Jai !!!! Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami ki Jai !!!

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ananga-manjari yasit sadya gopala-bhattakah
bhatta-gosvaminam kecit ahuh sri-guna-manjari

She who was formerly Ananga Manjari has appeared to enrich Mahaprabhu’s pastimes as Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Some say that Gopal Bhatta is actually Guna Manjari. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 184)

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami appeared in 1500 AD (though, according to some authorities, he was born in 1503) as the son of Venkata Bhatta in the town of Srirangam in South India. Their residence was in a village not far from Srirangam called Belagundi.

According to Narahari in the Bhakti-ratnakara, Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami was given a vision in a dream by Mahaprabhu in which he was fortunate enough to witness all the Lord’s Nabadwip pastimes. An eternal associate of Krishna, he appeared in a faraway place in order to participate in Lord Gauranga’s pastimes. Even so, he was able to know long before he even saw him that the Lord had appeared and taken sannyas. Gopal Bhatta did not particularly like the Lord’s appearance as a sannyasi. He was distressed and crying alone when the Lord appeared to him and gave him the dream vision of his Nabadwip lila. In this vision, the Lord was overwhelmed by ecstatic love, embraced him and drenched him in his tears.

Having said this to Gopal, the Lord embraced him and drenched him in his tears. He then told him to keep all these experiences secret, and Gopal felt great joy in his mind. (Bhakti-ratnakara 1.123-4)

Through the power of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s merciful association, Venkata Bhatta, his brother Prabodhananda Saraswati, his son Gopal Bhatta Goswami, and all the other members of his family, were inspired to give up the worship of Lakshmi-Narayan and became engaged in the exclusive devotional service of Radha and Krishna. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami took initiation from his uncle, Tridandi Yati Srimat Prabodhananda Saraswati. Proof of this is found in the Hari-bhakti-vilasa:

bhakter vilasams cinute prabodha-
nandasya sisyo bhagavat-priyasya
gopala-bhatto raghunatha-dasam
santosayan rŸpa-sanatanau ca

Gopal Bhatta, the disciple of Prabodhananda who is dear to the Lord, has collected these devotional activities to satisfy Raghunath Das, Rupa and Sanatan Goswamis. (Hbv 1.2)

Gopal’s parents were very fortunate, for they surrendered themselves, life and soul, to the feet of Lord Chaitanya. They ordered their son to go to Vrindavan before they left this world, absorbed in meditating on the Lord. Gopal travelled directly to Vrindavan where he met with Rupa and Sanatan. (Bhakti-ratnakara 1.163-5)

Gopal Bhatta comes to Vrindavan

When Gopal arrived in Vrindavan, Rupa and Sanatan wrote to Mahaprabhu to tell him. The Lord was overjoyed and immediately wrote back telling them to affectionately take care of him as though he were their own younger brother. Srila Sanatan Goswami compiled the Hari-bhakti-vilasa and published it in Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami’s name. Rupa Goswami considered Gopal to be as dear to him as his own life and engaged him in the deity worship of Radha Raman.

Sri Gopal Bhatt Goswami became one of the Six Goswamis, but he always kept an attitude of meekness and humility. Thus, when Krishnadas Kaviraj approached him for permission to write the Chaitanya Charitamrita, he granted it, but under the condition that he not write about him. Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami could not go against the order of Gopal Bhatta and thus did nothing more than mention his name. Sri Jiva Goswami writes in the introduction to the Sat-sandarbha that he wrote it on the basis of an earlier text by Gopal Bhatta. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami also wrote a book called the Sat-kriya-sara-dipika (”Light on the essential sacraments for the Vaishnavas”). Thus his contribution to Gaudiya Vaishnava literature was in editing the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, preparing the notes for Jiva’s Sat-sandarbha and in compiling the Sat-kriya-sara-dipika. He also gave great joy to the community of devotees by writing a commentary on Bilvamangala’s Krishna-karnamrta.

Amongst his disciples were Srinivas Acharya and Sri Gopinath Das Goswami. The following story is told about Gopinath Das Goswami becoming Gopal Bhatta’s disciple. One day, Gopal Bhatta went to visit the town of Dev-van, (Now, Debbannd) Saharanapura, not far from Haridvara. On that occasion, a simple, devoted Brahmin engaged in his service in a most unpretentious manner. He had no children, but desired to have a son. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami knew the desire of the Brahmin and blessed him that he would have a devotionally minded male child. The Brahmin promised Gopal Bhatta that he would give him his first son to be his servant and disciple. This son was Gopinath Das Goswami.

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your servant,
Padmanabh das

 

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2 Responses to “Today is appearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami”

  1. Mahalakshmi dasi Says:

    Please consider naming the sources of the content you copied here for the benefit of those who want to do further reading and to also properly acknowledge the sadhus, writers, and compliers of the writing. I see part of this content was compiled by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, for example. Hopefully you understand my point. Its not like sadhus care about getting credit, but its a bit of a pinch to their followers if their work is used and their glories fail to be recognized in such cases.

  2. padmanabhdas Says:

    Hare Krsna Mother,
    Dandvat pranam.

    Sure thing…thanks for pointing this out. There was no intend to not do that…this blog is mostly for me to store nice things I come across so that I can refer in future…but I realize that others have view to it…I will add that this article if courtesy of Sri Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharah. Thanks for taking time to write to me. My apologies for a delayed reply as I generally dont monitor or post comments. Thanks for your patience. My forgiveness seeking dandvat pranams to you….hope you have forgiven me. Thanks again for your time.
    your servant,
    Padmanabh das

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