Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Part 170

BY: SUN STAFF

Sri Krsna Caitanya Sankirtana
Hand-colored Lithograph, Calcutta, c. 1876


Jul 10, 2017 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Fifteen


Sri Rasika Murari subdues the heretics

Thakura Syamananda went to Sri Gopivallavapura and showered his rain of devotion upon the residents there. While there he put Sri Govinda under the care of Rasika. Rasikananda was also blessed with great devotion and saved many fallen souls from hellish material life.

He travelled to many villages, along with his disciples, and bestowed his mercy upon many yavanas. He also tamed a mad elephant which some rogue had sent to harm him. Seeing this the rascal yavana king submitted himself humbly to Rasika. In this way he delivered many distressed people, regardless of class or caste. Sri Rasikananda's constant absorption in ecstatic sankirtana enchanted the hearts of everyone. I apologize to the listeners because I am unable to describe the character of Syamananda in detail as this book would become too lengthy.

The people of Gaura were delighted to hear that Syamananda had conquered Utkala and other countries with his devotional love. In Gaura, Srinivasa, Narottama and others were also very successful in distributing love of God, and accumulated many disciples. Ramacandra Kaviraja, who was famous for his exalted devotion, was one of the favorite disciples of Srinivasa Acarya.


The character of Sri Hariramacarya.(from Srinivasa's branch)

Sri Ramacandra's disciple, Hariramacarya, was renowned for his miraculous devotional activities. He always took pleasure in preaching the message of Sri Krsna Caitanya and in delivering the fallen conditioned souls from their hellish life in material existence. Many poets have composed songs in glorification of his deep absorption in sankirtana.


The character of Sri Ramakrsnacarya. (from the branch of Sri Narottama

The disciple of Srila Narottama, Sri Ramakrsnacarya, was a great devotee and scholar. He was especially loving and kind hearted to the poor and wretched, and was expert at defeating heretical arguments. He was always absorbed in the pleasure of sankirtana.


The character of Sri Ganganarayana prabhu. (from the branch of Srila Narottama)

Sri Thakura Narottama was regarded by all as the deliver of the sinful. His disciple, Ganganarayana Chakravarty, was also a powerful preacher and scholar. Many poets have praised the transcendental qualities of Ganganarayana and his absorption in sankirtana. In this way, the branches and twigs of Srinivasa prabhu and Sri Narottama prabhu stretched their merciful hands to remove the evil tendencies of all mankind regardless of caste or class. I humbly confess that I am completely unqualified to describe the transcendental qualities of these great Vaisnavas, but by the mercy of Srinivasa Acarya I am writing this book Bhakti Ratnakara.


Thus ends the glorious Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Dasa Thakura



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