Before leaving, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Gopala Bhatta
to stay with his parents until they passed on. Gopala Bhatta was
then a young boy and wanted to immediately follow Mahaprabhu
to Vrndavana. After some years, after finishing the last rites of his
parents, Gopala Bhatta came to Vrndavana with Prabhodhananda
Prabhodhananda Sarasvati Thakura took up the residence at Kaliyahrida near the Yamuna river and would regularly meet with the Six
Go swamis. He began composing various works. Few of his famous
writings are Sri Vrndavana Mahimamrta, Sri Navadvipa Sataka, Sri
Radha Rasa Sudha Nidhi, etc.
In this book, Sri Radha Rasa Sudha Nidhi, he taught us how to
follow the footsteps of Srimati Radharani and always remember Her.
One who remembers Srimati Radharani and follows Her footsteps will
always be in Vrndavana and would always remember Krsna and His
devotees. The foremost pure devotee of Sri Radha Krsna in modern
times is our Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada told us that during his
childhood, his father used to invite different sadhus and devotees to
his house for Prasadam and would pray to them that in return they may
bless his son so that he becomes a devotee of Srimati Radharani.
Srila Prabhupada came to distribute the Hare Krsna Mahamantra
and Pure devotional service to the whole world. When everyone
thinks of retiring in Vrndavana, at an advanced age of 69, He didn't
care for his own bhajan and ill-health but went out of Vrndavana
and gave Vrndavana to the whole world. Without Srila Prabhupada's
teachings, we cannot understand and follow the desire of Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. Therefore, we should sincerely pray to Srila Prabhupada,
knowing ourselves to be unqualified and covered with mundane
material desires. By his miraculous power and matchless purity, he has
extracted us all from the clutches of Maya and gave us the highest
chance available to living entities - to become the residents of
Vrndavana and serve Srimati Radharani.
Srila Rupa Goswami writes about nama and vani as well as vapu
and vani. Nami and vapu, the personified Lord and His transcendental
form, do not directly go everywhere, but nama and vani, the Holy name
and the teachings, can travel to every nook and corner of the whole
creation, and can invoke vani and vapu to manifest in that place. The
vapu of Srila Prabhupada is now present in the form of his deity. But
his vani is present in all the corners of the world in the form of his
books and his lectures. And by this, we can be connected to him even
Similarly, Our previous acarvas and their books are selfsame. By
touching those books, reading them, respecting them, striving to follow
their instructions, and even keeping them nearby us, we're directly
present with them. This is the way to please our previous acaryas and
also our Srila Prabhupada.
The title Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi has many meanings. The basic
meaning is that Srimati Radharani is the reservoir of all rasas and
she distributes them - bhakti-rasa, vraja-rasa, prema-rasa, Krsna-rasa,
ananda-cinmava-rasa, and so on. She comes to bestow these rasa and
therefore manifests so many pastimes. However, in Kali -yugam Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu gives this rasa through sankirtana movement.
Nama-sankirtana bestows all the above mentioned rasa in this age. We
therefore take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the combined form
of Sri Radha-Krsna.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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