Birth Of Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami
Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami was born in the year 1503 AD on the 13th Day of the dark moon in the month of Pausha. He lived within this world for 75 years. He was born in a Sri Vaishnava family of Tamil Lyengarin, Sri Rangam, and the son of VyenkattaBhatta.Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami was a Great Devotee of Laxmi Narayana.
He was an expert in Grammar, Poetry and began to study in Vedanta. He learned Sanskrit and excelled in learning the Bhakti-Sastras from his uncle Sri Prabuddhananda Saraswati.Sri Prabuddhananda Saraswati is the spiritual master of Gopal Bhatt Goswami. Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami Stayed with his parents, who were Great Devotees of Sri Sampradaya, and served them till they stayed on this planet earth.
First Meeting With Chaitanya Mahaprabha
In 1510 AD, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went to Sri Rangam, Located in South India. VyenkattaBhatta( Gopal Bhatt Goswami Father) asked ChaitanyaMahaprabhu if he could stay at his residenceasChaturmasayawas around the corner.ChaitanyaMahaprabhuagreeand resided at his residence for 4 months. When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Gopal Bhatt Goswami was only a child. Mahaprabhu used to call the boy and gave him the remnants of his Prasada. By giving him his Prasad he was Blessing Gopal Bhatt to become a great Acharya in the future. After spending 4 months and when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu time to go Gopal Bhatt Goswami Fainted at the feet of Mahaprabhu.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Gave Instruction
FIRST INSTRUCTION – Stay at home and serve your Mother and Father. After they departed this world, Gopal Bhatt Goswami went to Sri Vrindavan Dham and stayed there in the Association of SrilaRupaGoswami and Sanatana Goswami. Gopal Bhatt Goswami is one of the Six Goswami of Vrindavan.
SECOND INSTRUCTION – When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu heard about Gopal Bhatt Goswami arrived in Vrindavan he sent with the messenger Kaupinand outer garments of the Baba Ji order, to be given to Gopal Bhatt Goswami as a symbol of his renunciation. He accepted this with Great Happiness, considered it to be the Lord’s Mercy and Prasad.
THIRD INSTRUCTION – After Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Disappearance Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami felt intense separation from the Lord. To receive his devotees, the Lord Instructed Gopal Bhatt Goswami in a Dream – If you want My Darshan then make a trip to Nepal.
Found Shaligram Shila’s
Before going to Vrindavan he went to Gandaki River and there 11 Shila’s came into his bathing pot while he was taking a dip in the sacred river. He was confused and put them back into the river. However, when the same Shila’s came twice in his bathing pot, he understood it to be desired of the Lord that he should worship them, and therefore, he took them with him and continued worshiping them while residing under various trees in Vrindavan.
When one wealthy devotee came to vrajaand was offering various beautiful clothes, jewelry for the deities of the different Goswami’s and also gave beautiful ornaments, dresses. Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami lamented not being able to beautifully decorate his Lord, as his worshipable shillas were all around and did not show the divine bodily feature of the Lord. Thinking in this way and going to sleep, in the morning one of the Shilla’s had transformed into a deity of Tribhang Lalita Shyamsunder. Being the combined form of Sri Madanmohan, Sri Govinda, and Sri Gopinath.
Madanmohan – Tapering thighs and lotus feet
Govinda – His slender waist and broad chest
Sri Gopinath – His Lotus face
After that Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami was overwhelmed with transcendental ecstasy and along with the other Goswami, he performed a grand appearance festival for Sri Radha Raman, after which he decorated his divine form with the Ornaments, Clothes that he had received. And many sweets are offered for Lord Pleasure. The desire of the pure devotee is surely fulfilled by the Lord.
Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami is famous for establishing the worship of Sri Radha Raman, a unique – self-manifested deity form of Krishna.
Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami served deities Govind Dev but his own deities Sri Radha Raman.
Books Written By Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.
(1) Authorised the vaishnava Sanskrit Books – Sri Sat Kriya Sar Deepika.( A guide to Vaishnava samskaras and rituals for birth ceremonies, sacred thread initiation, marriage ceremony, sannyasa, and funerals, etc )
(2) Assisted Srila Sanatan Goswami with Sri Hari Bhakti Villas.
(3) He wrote a commentary on Krishna – Karnamrita.
(4) Gopal Bhatt Goswami has written a foreword to Jiva Goswami’s sat sandarbha.
(5) Bhakti Ratnakara (In Bengali)
In 1578 AD on the sixth day of the dark moon, he left this world behind and entered into the external pastime of the Lord.
His Samadhi mandir is present next to the temple of Sri Radha Raman, where one can go to take his darshan and receive his blessings for advancement in spiritual life.
Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami ki Jai.
Sri Sri Rukmani Dwarkadhish Ki Jai.
Shobha Radhika Devi Dasi
(ISKCON Dwarka New-Delhi)