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November 8, 2012. Appearance of Srila Virabhadra Prabhu

Sri Viracandra or Virabhadra Prabhu appeared on the ninth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartik. Krsna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami has given this description of Him in the C.c. Adi 11.8-12:

"After Nityananda Prabhu, the greatest branch is Virabhadra Gosani, who also has innumerable branches and sub-branches. It is not possible to describe them all. Although Virabhadra Gosani was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He presented Himself as a great devotee. And although the Supreme Godhead is transcendental to all Vedic injunctions, He strictly followed the Vedic rituals. He is the main pillar in the hall of devotional service erected by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He knew within himself that He acted as the Supreme Lord Visnu, but externally He was prideless. It is by the mercy of Sri Virabhadra Gosani that people all over the world now have the chance to chant the names of Caitanya and Nityananda. I there take shelter of the lotus feet of Virabhadra Gosani so that by His mercy my great desire to write Sri Caitanya-Charitamrta will be properly guided."


Sri Birbhadra Gosvami is the son of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and the disciple of Sri Jahnava Mata. His mother is Srimati Vasudha Devi. In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika it is described that Sri Viracandra Prabhu is an incarnation of Ksirodakasayi Visnu – one of the expansions of Sri Sankarsana. He is thus not different from Lord Caitanya Himself.


Once upon a time, Isvari (Sri Jahnava Mata) went to the house of one Jadunandana Acarya of Jhamatpur near Rajbol Hat(ta?)œ and by her mercy he became a devotee. Jadunanda's wife was extremely devoted to her husband and his two daughters, Srimati and Narayani, possessed bodily forms which excelled the limits of mortal beauty. By the desire of Isvari that very perfect brahmana gave these two daughters in marriage to Prabhu Viracandra. [B.R.13]



Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura describe a Virabhadra Gosani como el hijo directo de Srila Nityananda Prabhu y discípulo de Jahnavadevi. Su verdadera madre fue Vasudha. En el verso 67 del Gaura-ganoddesadipika se le menciona como una encarnación de Kshirodakashayi Vishnu. Por tanto, Virabhadra Gosani no es diferente del Señor Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu…
Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya Lila 11, 8-9

La rama mayor que viene del tronco que sale de Nityananda es Virabhadra Gosvami, que también tiene innumerables ramas y subramas. No es posible describir a todas ellas.

A pesar de que es el Señor de la creación, Virabhadra se presentó como un gran devoto. Aunque era trascendental para todos los mandamientos védicos, siguió estrictamente la religión védica. Virabhadra no mostró orgullo, el es el pilar principal que sostiene el edificio de servicio devocional a Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Es por la misericordia gloriosa de de Sri Virabhadra Gosani, que todo el mundo tiene ahora la oportunidad de cantar los nombres de Chaitanya y Nityananda.

“… Él es la fuente de toda alegría, a veces se le conoce como Virabhadra y a veces como Virachandra. Si alguien lo ve aunque sea una sola vez, lo dejara todo y hará de sus pies de loto su meta de la vida”
Bhakti-Ratnakara 9.413-4, 420-1