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July 7, 2012. Disappearance of Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami



"Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was the son of Venkata Bhatta, a resident of Srirangam. Gopala Bhatta formerly belonged to the disciplic succession of the Ramanuja-sampradaya but later became part of the Gaudiya-sampradaya. In the year 1433 sakabda (A.D. 1512), when Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was touring South India, He stayed for four months during the period of Caturmasya at the house of Venkata Bhatta, who then got the opportunity to serve the Lord to his heart's content. Gopala Bhatta also got the opportunity to serve the Lord at this time. Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was later initiated by his uncle, the great sannyasi Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Both the father and mother of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami were extremely fortunate, for they dedicated their entire lives to the service of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. They allowed Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to go to Vrndavana, and they gave up their lives thinking of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. When Lord Caitanya was later informed that Gopala Bhatta Gosvami had gone to Vrndavana and met Sri Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami, He was very pleased, and He advised Sri Rupa and Sanatana to accept Gopala Bhatta Gosvami as their younger brother and take care of him. Sri Sanatana Gosvami, out of his great affection for Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, compiled the Vaisnava smrti named Hari-bhakti-vilasa and published it under his name. Under the instruction of Srila Rupa and Sanatana, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami installed one of the seven principal Deities of Vrndavana, the Radharamana Deity. The sevaits (priests) of the Radharamana temple belong to the Gaudiya-sampradaya. 

When Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami took permission from all the Vaisnavas before writing Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami also gave him his blessings, but he requested him not to mention his name in the book. Therefore Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami has mentioned Gopala Bhatta Gosvami only very cautiously in one or two passages of the Caitanya-caritamrta. Srila Jiva Gosvami has written in the beginning of his Tattva-sandarbha, "A devotee from southern India who was born of a brahmana family and was a very intimate friend of Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami has written a book that he has not compiled chronologically. Therefore I, a tiny living entity known as jiva, am trying to assort the events of the book chronologically, consulting the direction of great personalities like Madhvacarya, Sridhara Svami, Ramanujacarya and other senior Vaisnavas in the disciplic succession." In the beginning of the Bhagavat-sandarbha there are similar statements by Srila Jiva Gosvami. Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami compiled a book called Sat-kriya-sara-dipika, edited the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, wrote a forword to the Sat-sandarbha and a commentary on the Krsna-karnamrta, and installed the Radharamana Deity in Vrndavana. In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika, verse 184, it is mentioned that his previous name in the pastimes of Lord Krsna was Ananga-manjari. Sometimes he is also said to have been an incarnation of Guna-manjari. Srinivasa Acarya and Gopinatha Pujari were two of his disciples."
Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi lila 10:105 


7 de Julio 2012. Desaparición de Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami.

Uno de los seis Gosvamis de Vrndavan, siendo muy joven recibió la misericordia del Señor Caitanya. Durante un viaje por el sur de la India, el Señor Caitanya se alojó por cuatro meses en el hogar de Gopala Bhata. Gopala Bhatta Gosvami posteriormente se unió al movimiento de Sankirtan del Señor Caitanya. Demostró ser un experto en las reglas de las escrituras Vaisnavas, escribió libros Vaisnavas y estableció el templo de Sri Sri Radha-Ramana en Vrndavan. (Vea Sri Caitanya Caritamrta 10.105)
Gopal Bhatta conoció a Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu siendo muy joven, en el año 1510 durante el viaje que Chaitanya realizó por el sur de India. Tuvo la oportunidad de servirlo durante varios meses, desarrollando gran amor y apego por el Señor Chaitanya.
Cuando el Señor tuvo que partir, Gopala se enojó tanto que Chaitanya tuvo que quedarse unos días más.

Chaitanya lo instruyó para que cuando sus padres fallecieran, fuese a Vrindavana para encontrarse con Rupa y Sanatana Gosvami. Así lo hizo y al llegar a Vrindavana ayudó a Sanatana Gosvami a compilar el Hari Bhakti Vilasa.


Después de la partida de Sri Chaitanya, Gopala Bhatta tomó refugio en Prabhodananda Sarasvati.


“Ananga-manjari apareció como Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Unos dicen que Gopala Bhatta Gosvami era en realidad la encarnación de Sri Guna-manjari”.

Del libro: “Sri Gaura Ganoddesha Dipika 184”