A special class on these great Gaudiya Vaisnava Leaders.
I just told Gauridas and Rupa Goswami’s disappearance day, tirobhava mahotsava.
Gauridas was a friend of Krishna from Krsnalila. He had come down to this earth to participate with Lord Krishna as Gauranga. So he had an asrama in Ambika Kalna. There he asked Gaura Nitai to please stay. But They said, “How can we stay here. We have to go. We have to see various devotees.” He said, “You are my friends. You should stay.” “But We cannot stay. We have to go.” “So give me a deity of Yourselves.” So They said, “Well We never gave any Deities before.” He said, “Don’t cheat me. I want a deity or You stay here.” “I will give to him.” So the brought a carpenter and he carved two Deities. So when the deities were finished he said, “So these deities are non different from You?” “Yes.” “Let Them go and You stay.” But Lord Nitai Gaura, They raised their hands. [Haribol] They became the deity and They began moving and started to leave. Gauridasa said, “No you please stay. Let Them go.” “Okay and They became the Deities. And the deities began moving. He said to the deities, you stay, “Okay.” So they raised Their hands and became Them and the other started to leave. And Gauridasa could not keep up. So he said, “Okay okay!” So still you can see the Gaura Nitai deities in Kalna about forty or so kilometers south of Navadvip.
There is another pastime with Rupa Goswami. Rupa is ninth gopi, navam gopi.
We worship asta sakhi. So he is the ninth. So he is a very advanced devotee and he was in charge of the whole sampradaya after Lord Caitanya He gave…So it was a big loss when he left the world. So there in the Radha Govinda temple they have a …puja. So it says Srinivasa acarya he was there about this time. He got in time just to see the festival of Rupa Goswami’s departure. That is another story. Rupa Goswami, he wrote many books for us. He gave us Bhakti-rasmrta-sindhu that has been translated by Srila Prabhupada as the Nectar of Devotion. Lord Caitanya instructed Rupa Goswami for about eleven days at Prayag ghat – Dasasvamedha ghat. So we pray at the lotus feet of Rupa Goswami for his mercy –
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau; vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau