Mar 162020

Today is the appearance day of Srivasa Pandita, one of the members of the Pancha-tattva: sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasa. In describing the Chaitanya tree, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi 10.8–11) states, “The two brothers Srivasa Pandita and Sri Rama Pandita started two branches that are well known in the world. Their two brothers were named Sripati and Srinidhi. These four brothers and their servants and maidservants are considered one big branch. There is no counting the subbranches of these two branches. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu held congregational chanting daily at the house of Srivasa Pandita. These four brothers and their family members fully engaged in the service of Lord Caitanya. They knew no other god or goddess.”

“In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (90), Srivasa Pandita (Srivasa Thakura) is described as an incarnation of Narada Muni.” (Cc Adi 10.8 purport)

Srivasa Pandita is considered the chief among the devotees, and thus we offer him—and them—respectful obeisances and pray for their sublime mercy, following the statements of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi 1.38, 9.3):

 bhagavanera bhakta yata srivasa pradhana
tan’-sabhara pada-padme sahasra pranama

 “There are innumerable devotees of the Lord, of whom Srivasa Thakura is the foremost. I offer my respectful obeisances thousands of times unto their lotus feet. . . . All glories to the devotees of Lord Caitanya, headed by Srivasa Thakura. In order to fulfill all my desires, I remember their lotus feet.”

O Srivasa Thakura, please engage me in your divine service and that of your dear lords, servants, and other associates, following Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna.

Your aspiring servant,
Giriraj Swami

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