Srila Jayadev Goswami disappearance day

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All glories to Srila Jayadev Goswami, the author of the glorious Sri Gita Govinda, a masterpiece relished by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Gambhira while he was tasting the most exalted mellow of madhurya rasa. This composition of his was extremely dear to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, for it supported and enhanced the moods of Srimati Radhika that he was relishing. Sri Gita Govinda is also very dear to Lord Jagannath, who once even came out of the altar and ran after a devadasi who was melodiously singing verses from this poetic work. The pujaris later saw that his clothes were torn and he had scratches on his divine form, doing to having followed the singer through thorny bushes, being so enraptured by the beautiful verses. Lord Jagannath is also offered special cloths with verses of Gita Govinda written on them, for he has unbounded love for Sri Gita Govinda. Sri Jayadev Goswami has very vividly described the intimate pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krishna with the ashtapadis of unparalleled literary excellence and drenched in the highest mellows of sringar rasa. While composing, he would meditate upon the pastimes of the Lord and write what would be revealed to him in the core of his heart. Once, while thus being absorbed in the meditation upon Sri Radha Shyamsundar’s pastimes, he say that Sri Krishna was placing his head in the lotus feet of his beloved.When this pastime appeared in the heart of Srila Jayadev Goswami, he could not believe how the Lord of the entire universe would place his head in the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika. Being bewildered, he went to take a bath in the nearby river when Sri Krishna himself came there in the form of Jayadev and wrote the verse with his very own hands. When Jayadev Goswami came back and saw the verse written, he could understand that Sri Krishna had himself come there and had written it, thus eradicating all doubts from his heart. The famous verses that Sri Krishna wrote with his own hands is:

smara-garala-khandanam
mama sirasi mandanam
dehi pada-pallavam udaram

The beautiful flower blossoms of Your feet counteract the deadly poison of amorous love. They extinguish the terrifying fire of the pain of that love, which rages within My heart. Therefore, please be kind and allow Your feet to decorate My head.

Such is the glory of this book, that Sri Krishna himself came and wrote a verse in this book. This pastime took place in Champahati, where Srila Jayadev Goswami was residing with his wife Padmavati, who was an expert singer and dancer of Gita Govinda, and who had the good fortune of feeding Sri Krishna foodstuffs that she had prepared, when he came there in the form of Jayadev Goswami to write the above verse.

Today is the holy disappearance day of the same Srila Jayadev Goswami, whose Sri Gita Govinda gave transcendental pleasure to Sri Sachinandan Gaurhari and assisted him in tasting the moods of Srimati Radhika, and which is also supremely dear to Sri Jagannath dev. May Srila Jayadev Goswami bless us with the qualification to some day read Sri Gita Govinda and serve the divine couple in the pastimes that have been described in this glorious esoteric book, which can only be relished by those who have awakened deep love for Sri Krishna by following in the footsteps of the Vrajadevis.