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Namamrta Samudra

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Another name of Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakur is Ghanasyama dasa. He was born at the beginning of the 17th century, in a village called Renapura, in the district of Murshidabad. His...

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Another name of Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakur is Ghanasyama dasa. He was born at the beginning of the 17th century, in a village called Renapura, in the district of Murshidabad. His father was Sri Jagannatha, who was a disciple of the famous Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur. Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakur was a disciple of Sri Narsimha Cakravarti. "My spiritual master is Sri Narsimha Cakravati. My wish is to serve his lotus feet, birth after birth." (Narottama Vilasa 13).

 

By the order of Lord Govinda, he went to Braja and served the Deity as a cook. That is why he was also famous as Rasuiya Pujari. He wrote a number of books, such as Bhakti Ratnakara, Narottama Vilasa, Srinivasa Caritra, Gita-candrodaya, Chandah-samudra, Paddhati Pradipa and Sangita-sara-sangraha. He was an expert cook, singer, musician and artist, as well as being an exalted devotee.

 

The lives of all the great devotees have not been described in Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and Sri Caitanya-mangala. It was therefore very difficult to find details about the lives of Sri Lokanatha, Sri Prabhodananda, Sri Gopala Bhatta, Srinivasa,Sri Narottama and Sri Syamananda Prabhu. To fill this vacuum, Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakur described the lives of the Gaudiya acaryas who had appeared after the disappearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.-in his books Bhakti Ratnakara and Narottama Vilasa. In the fifth chapter of Bhakti Ratnaka, he gives a detailed description of Braja-mandala-and in the twelfth chapter, there is a detailed description of Navadvipa-mandala. There is no doubt that these books will greatly help the devotees visualize the two holy dhamas, as if viewing an illustrated map. In this present book, Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakur has described the names of Sriman Mahaprabhu's associates, along with a humble appeal to each of them.

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