All glories to the illustrious disciple of Srila Narahari Chakravarti, Sri Lochan Das Thakur, who graced the Shukla prathama tithi in the month of Poush, by appearing on this day in the village of Kograma in Katwa at the banks of the Ajaya River. Born in the physician caste to Kamalakara Das and Sadanande devi, Srila Lochan das thakur was very much attached to the lotus feet of Sri Sachinandan Gaurahari and to the narrations of Sri Krishna’s pastimes from his very childhood. In accordance with the prevalent tradition, he was married at a very young age, but his wife had remained at her parent’s house and was to join him after they had grown up. When the time for his wife to come to his house was nearing, his parents began to worry about him as he was totally indifferent towards family life. Seeing this, they went to Srila Narahari Chakravarti and submitted their concern at his lotus feet, upon hearing which he instructed Lochan das thakur to go to the house of his wife. Following the instructions of his spiritual master, Lochan das thakur went to the village of his wife and, having forgotten the way to his in-law’s house, he asked for directions from one women, after having addressed her as ‘Ma’, meaning mother. He later discovered that the woman whom he had addressed as mother was actually his wife, but that day onward he started respecting his wife as a mother and maintained complete detachment from family life. He was constantly engaged in discussing and remembering the pastimes of the Lord in the association of other devotees. Later, following the instructions of his Spiritual Master, he wrote Sri Chaitanya Mangal, a poetic masterpiece beautifully describing the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Along with this glorious book, he wrote other books as well, and is the author of many wonderful bhajans such as the following one:
parama karuna pahun dui jana
saba avatara, sara shiromani
kevala ananda kanda
Nitai and Gaurachandra, are the two most compassionate Lords. They are the essence of all incarnations, the crest-jewels of the avatars, the source of the unique joy of prema.
bhaja bhaja bhai, chaitanya nitai
sudhrida visvasa kori
vishaya chariya se rase majiya
mukha bolo hari hari
O brother! I implore you to worship Gaura-Nitai with firm faith. Give up your attachment to sense gratification and merge into this nectar by chanting the names of Hari.
dekho ore bhai, tribhuvane nai
emona doyala data
pashu-pakhi jhure, pashana vidore
shuni yar guna gantha
Look, O brother! There is no benefactor in the three worlds who is as merciful as they. Even birds and animals are fulfilled by hearing their qualities, and stones melt.
samsare majiya, rahile pariya
se pade nahilo asha
apana koroma, bhunjaye shamana,
kohoye locana dasa
Absorbed in the cycle of birth and death, you have fallen by the wayside without any hope for achieving their company. The lord of death will come and make you suffer the results of your activities – so sings Locana Das.
On this auspicious day of his appearance, we beg for his mercy, so that we may be able to devote our lives in the service of Sri Gaurasundar and his dear devotees.