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Sri Locana Dasa Thakur – Disappearance 14th Jan 2021

“I am the servant of Thakura Shri Narahari, who is the master of my life. The desire of all my desires, I place my head at his lotus feet; which is that this vile creature (myself) might describe some-thing about the wonderful qualities of Shri Gaurasundara. In this expectation, he is my only refuge. [Chaitanya-mangala, Satvakhan­da].
Sri Narahari Thakura was an expert composer of devotional songs, and he instructed Locana DasaThakur in that art. Lochana Dasa Thakura wrote Chaitanya Mangala which tells many pastimes of Lord Chaitanya which was not revealed by Vrindavana Dasa Thakura or Krishna Dasa Kaviraja. He mentions an especially touching conversation which Shri Gaurasundara had with Vishnupriya Devi the night before He took sannyasa. Being a talented musician, Lochana Dasa told Mahaprabhu’s pastimes in beautiful poetry filled with fire and rhythm. Common people could easily understand the divine character of Shri Chaitanya and awaken their religious feelings. As Devotees regularly chant the Vedic epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, Gaudiya Vaishnava’s still wander through Bengal reciting the Chaitanya Mangala. Locana dāsa Ṭhākura says that viṣaya majiyā, rohili poriyā. “Unfortunately, I am so much entrapped in these demands of the body or the senses that I have forgotten the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahāprabhu.”
Lochana Dasa Thakura also wrote many songs praising Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Shri Nityananda Prabhu, and Gauridasa Pandit. Lochana Dasa stresses that raganuga bhaktas must take shelter of Gadadhara Vrindavanishvari to attain Radha-Govinda prema bhakti. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura used to print and distribute Lochana Dasa Thakura’s Shri Chaitanya Mangala. Shrila Prabhupada was very fond of his bhajans. While singing Parama Karuna Shrila Prabhupada would plunge into the ocean of Gauranga prema. Prabhupada wrote an extensive commentary on this bhajana: Bhajo bhajo bhai, Caitanya Nitai, sudrdha visvasa kori … “Lochana Dasa asks everyone, ‘My dear brother, just worship Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda with firm faith and conviction.’ Don’t think that this chanting and dancing will not lead to the desired goal; it will. It is the assurance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that one will get all perfection by this process. Therefore, one must chant with firm faith and conviction.” His samadhi is in 64 Samadhis Area.
Purport to Parama Koruna — Los Angeles, January 16, 1969 by Srila Prabhupada: Locana dāsa Ṭhākura says that viṣaya majiyā, rohili poriyā. “Unfortunately, I am so much entrapped in these demands of the body or the senses that I have forgotten the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahāprabhu.” Viṣaya majiyā, rohili poriyā, se pade nahilo āśa. “I could not desire to be attached to the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya.” So why it is so? So, he’s lamenting that āpana karama, bhuñjāye śamana, that “I am suffering the sequence of my past misdeeds, that I could not be attracted by the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. It is a punishment on me by the Yamaraja, the superintendent of death.
Shrila Lochana Dasa Thakura appeared in this world in 1520 A.D., thirty-four years after the appearance of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Lochana Dasa wrote a biography on Lord Chaitanya, entitled Shri Chaitanya Mangala, and he has written many devotional songs.
Shri Lochana dasa Thakura took birth in a family of Rarhiya physicians who resided in the village of Kogram, within the Mahakumar (Katna) district of Barddhaman. His guru was Shri Narahari Sarkar Thakura.

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