Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura is the Vyasadeva of Mahaprabhu’s Lila original Vyasadeva. Lord Nityananda, the Adi Guru, was his spiritual mentor. Having received the blessings of his Guru, Srila Vrindavan Das has written an incredible biographical narrative of Lord Caitanya’s sublime mood and lofty pastimes in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, one of the most cherished works of our Gaudiya Sampradaya.
Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura has been widely praised by the founding Acharya of the Gaudiya Math, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, in his Caitanya Bhagavata purports. According to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, Srila Vrindavan das Thakur’s devotion to Nityananda Prabhu, his spiritual Guru, is unmatched.
There’s little doubt that Swami Prabhupada – the founder of ISKCON – has lavished praise on this colossus. In one of the initiation talks in Boston, Prabhupada addresses Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura, one of the great Acharyas of our Gaudiya sampradaya, and how we all should worship him for his causeless kindness. He describes Vrindavan Das as one of the most prominent preachers of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s doctrine and how his whole being was dedicated to spreading his message.
Playing and growing up at Malini Devi’s home (the wife of Srivasa Thakur) was a natural fit for Vrindavan Das. They used to treat him as if he were a precious gemstone.
Srila Vrindavan Dasa Thakura was around twenty years old when Mahaprabhu departed this world.
Sri Nityananda Prabhu led him to enlightenment. He was Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s very last initiated disciple.
Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur travelled to the Kheturi Maha-Mahotsav with Nityananda Prabhu’s wife, Jahnava Mata (the first Sri Gaura Purnima festival).
When Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was a young man, the Gaudiya Vaishnava society was suffering from a leadership void. After finishing their amusements, the Lord and His companions had already vanished.
Brahmans were becoming more and more intelligent at the time. In the Vedas, the Karma Kanda, rather than the Bhakti Kanda, is considered the ultimate truth by a Smarta Brahmana who is exclusively concerned with financial gain. These smarms used several strategies to cast doubt on the validity of devotional service in its purest form. Their numerous nefarious deeds were inciting hate and disparaging statements against Lord Nityananda. These teaching ideologies were at odds with Vaishnavism and spreading unfounded rumours about Vrindavan Das Thakur and his family.
Pseudo-devotees and Smartas had already taken over many of the holy sites by this point. There have been instances when devotees have placed Maa Kali on an equal level with the Supreme Lord in their devotion. They tried relentlessly but couldn’t dissuade Srila Vrindavan Das, who was strengthened by the compassion of his Guru and kept serving the Lord and His disciples joyously, despite their efforts and personal assaults.
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Lord Nityananda’s Most Beloved Devotee is Vrindavana Dasa Thakura
The devotee Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura is Lord Nityananda’s personal favourite and, as a result, he is considered the authentic Vysadeva when it comes to recounting the pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī says that all authors after Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura who are pure devotees of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and who have attempted to explain the Lord’s actions are to be regarded as being on par with Vysa in their writings. When it comes to explaining Caitanya-Lila, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura is the original Vysadeva, and all those who follow in his footsteps by detailing Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s pastimes are likewise entitled to be referred to as Vysadeva.
Because he represents Vysa, the genuine spiritual teacher is referred to as Vysa in his title.
Vrindavan Das writes Chaitanya Bhagavat
Nityananda Prabhu supposedly introduced Vrindavan Das because of the many benefits he obtained from him. Nityananda’s blessings have been bestowed to Vrindavan Das. When it comes to Chaitanya’s hobbies, he is the original Vyasa.
Vrindavan Das, Narayani’s son, wrote the Chaitanya Bhagavat. Vrindavan Das is the Vyasa of Chaitanya-Lila, and Vedavyasa narrated Krishna’s life in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Lord Krishna‘s pastimes were described in Srimad Bhagavatam, much as Thakur Vrindavan Das presented Chaitanya’s. Chaitanya Bhagavat, his incarnation, eliminates all calamities. Using Vrindavan Das Thakur’s Chaitanya Bhagavat, he condensed the core of Srimad Bhagavatam’s teachings.
Even an agnostic or a Muslim might become a wonderful Vaishnava by listening to Chaitanya Bhagavat. It is impossible for a human being to have written such an eloquent composition; Lord Chaitanya has spoken through Vrindavan Das’ voice. Awe-inspiring is his portrayal of the Lord’s activity, by which the three worlds have been sanctified, merely by hearing it!
Vrindavan Das’s Criticisms of Vaishnava Aparadha
Among the many topics that Vrindavan Das covered were Mahaprabhu’s early life, including his actions as a young student, boyhood, chastisement of the Qazi, and departure from Nabadwip. Vrindavan Das Thakur’s warning to the lost souls was an act of immense kindness.
The identical words appear throughout the Chaitanya Bhagavat’s Adi, Madhya and Antya-khandas. Misunderstood and arrogant people attack Vrindavan Das for making such comments. They end themselves in the muck of offensiveness due to this kind of criticism. For this, it is worth studying the remarks of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and all the Gaudiya Maths are worth studying.
So says Vrindavan Das, the avatar of Vyasa and Vaishnava acharya. A person’s sinful conditioning will be removed if even a speck of dust from his footfalls on the head of a blasphemer who speaks against God.
Thakur shows compassion for even the most blasphemous atheist in words that encapsulate the Goddess of Learning and a stream of pure devotion, befitting a servant of Nityananda Prabhu, the highest teacher.
Even though they should be ignored because of their stupidity, he tells them that despite their unwillingness to act in their best interests, he and other compassionate Vaishnavas like him who practise and preach the Lord’s doctrines unselfishly work for their well-being.
Vrindavan Das Thakur has received Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami’s humble homage. People pray at his lotus feet to bestow upon the love for Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Nityananda Prabhu on this day as the disappearance day of Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura is also very auspicious.