Sri Rasikananda-deva was a mighty Vaisnava acarya of the era following Lord CAitanya’s disappearance. Along with his guru (Srila Syamananda Pandita), Rasikananda inundated North Odisha and surrounding districts in waves of Krsna-prema that are still flowing today. He subdued and converted atheists, blasphemers, and decoits (and even tamed and initiated a rogue elephant!). The unique and inspiring story of Sri Rasikanada-deva is told herein.
This book is intended mainly for devotees of Krsna who are
already at least somewhat acquainted with the culture and history
of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. Therefore, although a few notes have been
given, I have not attempted to explain many of the words and
concepts that will be unintelligible to the layman. Devotees will
also be familiar with the system of diacritical marks used herein to
indicate the pronunciation of Sanskrit and Bengali words.
In several places in the text, the author has given long lists of
devotees’ names. Although readers may tend to skip through such
lists, it is best to consider that each devotee mentioned is a great
personality whose very name is purifying. Vaisnava literature should
not be approached like a cheap novel. Although it will certainly
appeal to those of cultured intelligence, Vaisnava literature is
meant primarily for purification, not entertainment. Readers who
take the trouble to respect the name of each devotee mentioned
will certainly become eligible to receive the blessings of these great
Vaisnavas. As stated by Gopi-jana-vallabha Dasa, "By listening to
their names one can attain love of Krsna."
This edition has been much corrected and amended. The first
round of work was done by Gopala Acarya Dasa and Sarvabhauma
Dasa. Then Kisora Dasa and his wife, Ananta-sarovara Dasi,
extensively corrected the text as per the original Bengali. Photo
credits are due to Kigora Dasa and to the Bhaktivedanta Research
Centre, Kolkata. Indira-sakhi Devi Dasi, Murari Dasa, and Nitya
Gaura Dasa did the proofreading. The cover painting was done
by Bhavesh Raval, Sadhu Caitanya Dasa did the layout, and Sri
Giridhari Dasa oversaw the printing. May Sri Rasikananda-deva
bless them all.
Extra appendixes and also a glossary have been included in this
vidyante naiva loke kati kati na puranetihasa hi tesu
na kincid kvapi krsnah svayam alikhad rte gita-govindato ’sau
bhaktesv evarm na kutrapi nija-kara-krtam likhyate bindu-ruparm
Sri-Syamananda eva svayam akrta muda srimati radhikaiva
Although there are many religious literatures in the world, in only
one of them—Jayadeva Gosvami’s Gita-govinda—did Lord Krsna
put His personal handwriting." Similarly, Syamananda Prabhu was
the only devotee to be personally marked with tilaka by the hand
of Srimati Radharani.
sandrananda-nidhih prasdda-jaladhis trailokya-sobha-nidhih
santaptaika-maha-nidhir drava-nidhih karunya-lila-nidhih
Syamananda-daya-nidhih vijayate madhurya-sampurna-dhih
Sri Syamananda is a gem of kindness and a mine of extreme joy. He
is an ocean of benevolence and the reservoir of the beauty of the
three worlds. In him rests the abode and essence of love and good
fortune. He is the only resort of the aggrieved, the supreme jewel
of transcendental pastimes, and a gem of mercy. His intelligence
is saturated with the mellow of conjugal love.
sandrananda-karam rasonnati-karam sri-krsna-bhavakaram
cetah-santi-karam tamah-ksaya-karam bhaktavali-sankaram
duhkhaccheda-karam sudhanvaya-karamh karunya-sampat-karam
dinoddhara-karam namami rasikanandam prabhum bhaskaram
I bow down to Sri Rasikananda, who is like the sun. He is the giver
of deep joy, a possessor of the conjugal mellow of love of God and
a mine of deep feelings for Krsna. He can bring peace to our minds
and remove the darkness of ignorance. He is the well-wisher of the
devotees and the extinguisher of all miseries. He is the source of a
stream of nectar, a treasure-house of the wealth of mercy, and the
deliverer of the poor.
he Sri-sanatana-prabho! karundmbu-rase!
he rupa! durgati-janaika-dayavaloka!
he bhatta-yugma sumate raghunatha-dasa!
Sri-jiva me kuruta miidha-mateh krpam drak
O Srila Sanatana Gosvami Prabhu, the reservoir of compassion! O
Srila Rapa Gosvami, the only resort of the fallen souls! O Bhatta
Prabhus (Srila Raghunatha Bhatta and Srila Gopala Bhatta
Gosvamis) and the benevolent Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami! O
Srila Jiva Gosvami! Please quickly bestow your mercy upon this
Sri-Syamananda-devanam vande padambuja-dvayam
jayate yad-anudhydnat prema-bhaktir nrnam harau
I worship the lotus feet of Sri Syamananda-deva, whose intense
meditation made all the people accept pure devotional service to
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