Sri Guru Purnima and Srila Sanatana Goswami disappearance day

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Today marks the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, the holy appearance day of Srila Vyasa dev, the literary incarnation of Sri Krishna and the compiler of all the Vedic literatures. The son of the illustrious Sage Parasara, born from the womb of Satyavati, appeared in this world on the glorious Purnima tithi in the month of Ashadha. Even after having written all the Vedic literatures and having described about various subject matters, Srila Vyasadev was still not feeling content in his heart and therefore, upon the arrival of his revered Spiritual Master, Sri Narada Muni, he expressed his dissatisfaction, in response to which Narada Muni explained to him the reason of his distress, which had sprung from not having glorified the sublime transcendental pastimes of Sri Krishna. Thereafter, with the blessings of his Guru, Srila Vyasadev complied the essence of all the Vedic literatures in the Bhagwat Mahapuran, which is the ripened fruit on the tree of Vedic Wisdom and the treasured literature of all the Viashnavas. After having written Srimad Bhagwatam and having glorified Sri Krishna in it extensively, he felt completely satisfied at heart. Srila Vyasadev is also the father of Sri Shukadev Goswami, the great speaker of Bhagwatam, who had recited this great literature for the benefit of Parikshit Maharaj and all the assembled Brahmanas, for seven days at the banks of the river Ganges. Being the literary incarnation of the Lord, the compiler of all the vedic literatures and thus the Guru of the entire Human Society, the holy appearance day of Srila Vyasadev is celebrated as Sri Guru Purnima, when all the Vaishnavas pay respects to Srila Vyasadev, their own Spiritual Masters and the entire Guru Parampara.

This is also the day when Srila Sanatan Goswami brought his pastimes in this material world to an end, entering into the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsindar in Gook Vrindavan. Although having being born in a Brahmana family, due to being extraordinarily intelligent, he was employed by the muslim ruler as the treasurer and was known as Sakar Malik. After having come in contact with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Rupa and Sanatan Goswami, resigned from the service of the Muslim ruler. Being upset with the resignation, the muslim ruler arrested Srila Sanatan Goswami and imprisoned him. However, with the help of some money received from Rupa, Sanatan Goswami escaped the prison by bribing the jailor and in this way, he managed to escape and go to Vrindavan to join Rupa Goswami. On the way he met Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Varanasi and received many instructions from him on the topics of Bhakti. Residing in Sridham Vrindavan, he composed various Bhakti granthas and also found and worshiped Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan. While residing in Vrindavan, as a part of his devotional services, Sri Sanatan Goswami would daily walk to Govardhan, perform Parikrama of Giriraj Maharaj and then return to Vrindavan. However, after reaching old age, this practice of his was proving to be difficult and therefore, out of mercy, Sri Krishna himself gave him a Govardhan shila with the markings of his footprint, flute, stick and the hoof print of a calf, and instructed Srila Sanatan goswami to circumambulate this shila four times daily and that would be equivalent to one Govardhan parikrama. That same Shila is present today also in Sri Radha Damodar Temple and is worshiped there. After having compiled various books and having excavated various pastime places, Srila Sanatan, who is none other than Lavanga Manjari, departed from this world to continue his service in the spiritual world in the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.