Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Srivas Pandit, one of the most important personalities who assisted Sri Gaurasundar in his pastimes, graced the Ashtami tithi of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Chaitra by appearing on this day in this material world for the benefit of the conditioned souls, for without his mercy the holy names would not be spread out in the world, as it was his house where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu started his Sankirtan Movement. During his pastimes in Navadwip dham, Sri Sachinandan Gaurhari used to perform tumultuous kirtan every night in the association of all his dear devotees in the house of Srivas Pandit, where he also performed many pastimes. It was here that Chand Kazi broke the mridanga, having received complains about the loud chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, after which Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu led a great kirtan party to the house of the Kazi, where they had a discussion and the kazi ensured that he and his entire dynasty would never again create obstruction in the Sankirtan Movement of Mahaprabhu. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Mahaprakash lila, when he sat on the Asan of Lord Vishnu and bestowed benedictions on the devotees, was another of the numerous pastimes that took place in the house of Srivas Pandit.
The divine character of Srivas Pandit is truly remarkable, and an inspiration for all the devotees. Once Mahaprabhu told him that he should do something to maintain himself and his family but he said that he would just chant and wait for a day, if he didn’t get anything to eat he would wait a second day and then a third day and if still something doesn’t come by Krishna’s mercy then he would give up his life in the Ganges. Seeing his staunch faith in the holy names of the Lord, Mahaprabhu reassured him that he would always be taken care of and he would never have to be concerned about his livelihood. On another occasion, Srivas Pandit’s only son died and all the members of his family were mourning, but in order to not obstruct the kirtan of Mahaprabhu, Srivas Pandit instruct his family to not mourn too loudly. Mahaprabhu, however, found out and pacified the family by bringing back the boy, who said that he was happy in his current situation and didn’t want to return, which pacified the grieving family members. These incidents depict the greatness of Srivas Pandit, who is none other Narad Muni, the great devotee of the Lord, who always sings the glories of the Lord while playng on his Vina.
On his auspicious appearance day we pray for a particle of his mercy, so that we may attain staunch faith in the chanting of the Holy names and in the Sankirtan Movement of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.