Saturday, May 12th, 2018
The most auspicious dvadashi tithi of the Krishna paksha in the month of Jyeshtha was blessed to be the glorious day when the author of Shri Chaitanya Bhagwat, Shrila Vrindavan Das Thakur, who was a dear devotee of Shri Chaitnaya Mahaprabhu and the disciple of Shrila Nityananda Prabhu, made his appearance on this earth to assist Mahaprabhu in his pastimes, which are most sweet and sublime. Shrila Vrindavan das thakur had taken birth from the womb of Shrimati Narayani devi, the niece of Shrivas pandit and the recipient of Shri Chaitanya Mahraprabhu’s unlimited mercy. Shrimati Narayani devi would always be blessed with Mahaprabhu’s remnants, the leftovers after he had eaten, and once on Mahaprabhu’s instruction she danced and called out to Krishna in ecstasy at the tender age of 4. Due to Vrindavan das thakur’s father’s untimely departure from this world, while he was still in his mother’s womb, Malini devi, the wife of Shrivas Pandit, brought Narayani devi and Vrindavan das thakur to her father, vasudev datta’s home in Mamgacchi, where he was raised with great love and affection and was cared for as a valuable jem, as stated by Bhaktisiddhanta in his commentary on Shri Chaitanya Bhagwat. Thereafter, at the tender age of 16, he took shelter of the lotus feet of Shri Nityananda Prabhu and is said to be the last disciple accepted by Nityananda Prabhu. While traveling with him and preaching, he was instructed to remain at Denur and continue preaching there, which he did and his deities of Shri Shri Gaur Nitai are still present at Denur, mercifully bestowing their mercy on all those who go take darshan of them there. Later onwards he also attended the first Gaur Purnima festival in Kheturi dham organized by Narottam das thakur, where he went with Shrimati Jahnava Ma, the eternal consort of Nityananda Prabhu. He continued preaching and authored the great book Shri Chaitanya Bhagwat. His Samadhi temple can be found in the 64 Samadhis Area in Shridham Vrindavan.
His Shri Chaitanya Bhagwat has been glorified by Shrila Krishna Das Kaviraaj Goswami in the Chaitanya Charitamrita, where he has stated that Shrila Vrindavan das thakur has delivered everyone by writing this masterpiece. He further glorifies Vrindavan das thakur, by stating that he is the incarnation of Shrila Vyasadev, as he has written this most glorious book. Shrila Vyasadev had written all the Vedas, Upanishads and the essence of all, Shrimad Bhagwatam, and by appearing again as Shri Vrindavan das thakur he has now written the Shri Chaitanya Bhagwat, which could not have been written by any ordinary human being and seems to have been spoken by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself through the lips of Shrila Vrindavan das thakur. In this way Krishna das kaviraj goswami has offered humble obeisances to Vrindavan das thakur again and again. And following in his footsteps, on this auspicious occasion, we pray at his lotus feet to bestow upon us love for Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Nityananda Prabhu.