Jul 182018
 

His body and mind were completely attached to Vrindavanadhama. The divine Deity of Radha-Vinoda played in his heart. His ears existed only to hear the Srimad Bhagavatam.
“Anyone who reads the Srimad Bhagavatam,” said Lokanatha Goswami, “he is my friend.”

A personal associate of Lord Gauranga, fully absorbed in pure love, Sri Lokanatha Gosvami was the eldest of the Goswamis living in Vraja-bhumi. He shunned name and fame so much that he asked Krishna Dasa Kaviraja to keep his name out of Chaitanya-charitamrta.

Once Sri Krishna Himself appeared and gave Lokanatha a Deity of Radha-Vinoda. Lokanatha Gosvami carried his Deity all over Vraja in a cloth bag hung around his neck.

Although first rejecting, Lokanatha Gosvami finally accepted Narottama Dasa for initiation as his only disciple. He appreciated his genuine humility and determination to serve. Every night for one year Narottama Dasa secretly served his guru by carefully cleaning the field where Lokanatha Gosvami passed stool.

Lokanatha Goswamis original Deities of Radha-Vinoda are now worshiped in Jaipur, Rajasthan. A prati-bhu murti (expanded form of the original Deity) of Radha-Vinoda adorns the altar at the Radha-Gokulananda Temple in Vrindavana. The samadhi of Lokanatha Gosvami is the largest one in the Temple courtyard. He serves Srimati Radharani as Manjuali-manjari in nitya Vrindavana lila.

srimad radha vinodaika, seva sampat samanvitam
padmanabh atma jam srimal, lokanatha prabhu bhaje
“I worship the lotus feet of Sri Lokanatha Gosvami Prabhu, the son of Sri Padmanabha. He is a storehouse of single-minded service to the lotus feet of Radha-Vinode.”
(Narottama Dasa Thakura).

Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP).

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