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Raghunandana Thakur, Vamsidas Babaji glories – Prabhuji 24 July 2020

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Śrī Tapana Miśra could not fully comprehend what is sadya-sādhana-tattva, the ultimate goal of life and the means to attain it. He thus prayed to God and begged Him to mercifully reveal this truth to him. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then gave him His darśana and explained everything. Tapana Miśra said to Mahāprabhu, “You have kindly described sādhya-sādhana-tattva, but without sat-saṅga, I will not have taste and enthusiasm for sādhana-bhakti. Please mercifully keep me with You, or bless me with the shelter of one of Your dear associates.” Mahāprabhu told Tapana Miśra, “In this world, Śiva Ṭhākura is very dear to Bhagavān and he is fully conversant in rasa, tattva, and sādhya-sādhana-tattva. He cheats the materialists and demons who come to him for sense enjoyment or impersonal liberation, but for the bhaktas, he opens the storehouse of prema. Go to Vārāṇasī and by Śiva Ṭhākura’s mercy and influence, your sādhana will progress steadily.” “What should I do if I cannot understand his mercy and speech, and what should I do to protect myself from performing some offense? Please give me Your full mercy.” “A great devotee of the Lord will come in your home as your son and he will help you progress in bhakti,” Mahāprabhu said. “And I will also come and meet you there in due course.” After his first meeting with Mahāprabhu, Tapana Miśra followed the Lord’s instruction, and moved to Vārāṇasī, leaving East Bengal. Soon after, Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, a priceless jewel among the Six Gosvāmīs, appeared as his son. Later, when Raghunātha was a young boy, Mahāprabhu came to Vārāṇasī and stayed at the home of Tapana Miśra for two months, and there bestowed profuse mercy and blessings upon them. When he grew to a youth, Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa traveled to Jagannātha Purī for the association of Mahāprabhu, where he stayed and served the Lord for ten months. Raghunātha was an expert cook and regularly prepared many delicious meals for the Lord. Śrīman Mahāprabhu happily accepted the offerings of Raghunātha, which were cooked with so much sweetness and love. Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa had a sweet voice like a cuckoo bird and was especially gifted in the recitation and explanation of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He sang the verses of the Bhāgavatam in many beautiful, heart-rending melodies, and by his descriptions, he decorated the devotees and nourished them with bhāgavata-rasa, the transcendental nectar of divine love. Mahāprabhu encouraged Raghunātha to recite the Bhāgavatam and would even listen to him speak the Bhāgavatam before the assembly of devotees. After ten months with Mahāprabhu, the Lord instructed Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa to return home to his parents in Vārāṇasī and later he could come back to him in Purī. Raghunātha accepted the order of the Lord, despite the intense pain of ensuing separation. He came back to Mahāprabhu a few years hence and stayed again for ten months. Mahāprabhu then told Raghunātha to go to Vṛndāvana and stay with the other Gosvāmīs, led by Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana, and to there preach the glories of the Bhāgavatam and serve all the Vaiṣṇavas. In Vṛndāvana, Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī nourished everyone with pure love for Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. He established many temples and gave shelter to countless living entities. He took responsibility for the spiritual development of all souls. He concluded his pastimes on this Earth in the transcendental abode of Śrī Vṛndāvana and re-entered the eternal pastimes of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. (click title to see more)

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