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This commentary is a summary of the important points of Vedanta. Shri Baladeva Vidyabhusana had two superexcellent disciples who were perfected souls. Shri Baladeva Vidyabhusana disappeared in the Christian year King Naresh Narayana had a daughter named Sachi.
From early childhood, Sachi was a topmost devotee of the Lord. Within a short time, Sachi began her education. Even as a young girl, she was always fascinated with Krishna consciousness. As Sachi came of age, all the young boys were charmed by her beauty.
Her mind was always filled with thoughts of Madana Gopala. But Sachi did not want to be wed. After the passing of the king and queen, the royal succession fell to Sachi. Sachi accepted the responsibilies of governing the kingdom. Although she wandered here and there, nowhere could her heart find satisfaction. She decided to seek out a bonafide spiritual master. After much travel, she arrived in Jagannatha Puri. One day, after taking darshan of the Jagannatha deities, she received an inner message and was inspired to go to Vrindavana.
With this Sachi felt that the moon of her good fortune had arisen. In Vrindavana, she chanced to meet Haridas Pandit, whose single-minded devotion to Gauranga and Nitayananda was unsurpassed. Upon seeing the spiritual power and austerity of his divine form, Sachi became filled with ecstasy. After meditating deeply for several days, Haridas Pandit gave Sachi shelter.
Sri Sachi fell at the lotus feet of Haridas Pandit with her eyes pouring tears and prayed for his mercy. His body was always overwhelmed by the ecstasy of Krishna-prema. He was magnanimous and advanced in all respects. Ananta Acarya was a reservoir of all good qualities. No one can estimate how great he was. Pandit Haridas was his beloved disciple.
It will be better for you to stay at home and worship than to go to Vrindavana. She paid no attention to all these words of discouragement. With fierce determination, renunciation, and austerity, she went on with her bhajan, and her service to her guru. As she absorbed herself in her austere service, step by step she renounced her opulent dresses and fine ornaments. One day, Haridas Pandit Goswami said to Sacidevi, "If you like, giving up all pride and fear, you may wander throughout Vraja and practice begging from place to place as a renounced devotee.
You have my blessings. Thereafter, freed from all false ego, her body covered only with rags, she went house to house in Vrindavana, begging alms in the fashion of a bumblebee who takes only a little pollen from each flower. In this way she showed the intense renunciation and austerity of a highly advanced devotee.
All the devotees in Vrindavan were astonished by her severe renunciation. She grew thin, and was covered with soot. Still, she took no notice of her condition, and continued following her austere regimen.
She would regularly circumambulate some holy places, see the aroti of the Deity, and listen to the lectures on Srimad-Bhagavatam.
His mercy towards her increased. Smiling, he called Sachidevi and said to her, "You are a princess, and yet you have made such an intense effort to worship Krishna that seeing your renunciation and austerity in the cause of devotion I have become supremely happy. Just at that time she arrived in Vrindavana. Sri Laksmipriya used to chant three hundred thousand names of Krishna daily. When she arrived, Haridas Pandit sent her to live near where Sachidevi performed her daily bhajan on the banks of the Radhakunda.
Taking the order of her guru on her head, Laksmipriya went to the Radha-kunda to be with Sachidevi and help her with her bhajan. Every day Sachidevi and Lakshmipriya would circumambulate Govardhan hill. In this way, in the company of Lakshmipriyadevi, Sachi continued her worship of Krishna with great determination, living on the banks of the Radhakunda, until one day Haridas Pandit called for her to return.
Sri Sachidevi left Vrindavana and returned to Jagannatha Puri. On the order of her gurudev, she went to the house where Sarvabhauma Pandit had once stayed. There she engaged in bhajan and began giving classes on the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The old house of Sarvabhauma was dilapidated and crumbling. For a long time no one had lived there. No one remained there to worship the Damodara Salagram that had once been worshiped by Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya himself. Sacidevi established first-class worship of the shalagrama according to the traditional rules and regulations of the shastra.
In a short time her Bhagavatam classes became very famous, and people would come from miles around just to hear her. Hearing her original explanations of siddhanta, the king was completely astounded. He thought to himself that he would like to make a nice offering to Sachidevi, out of appreciation for her devotion to Krishna. That night he had a wonderful dream. King Mukunda dev explained about the vision he received from Jagannatha and how the Lord had instructed him to construct a place by the Ganges for Sachidevi.
Sri Sachidevi was not disposed to accept any sort of wealth or comfortable situation and wanted to refuse. But the king kept pressing his wishes again and again. The decree let it be known that Sri Sachidevi was a princess who had left everything to come to Jagannatha Puri and preach the holy gospel of Sri Caitanya. One day the day of Mahavaruni-snana approached and Sri Sachidevi wanted to go to the Ganges to bathe.
Remembering the order of her gurudeva, Sachidevi gave up her desire to bathe in the Ganges. Gangadevi has been praying for your association. So you must go to the White Ganges. The day of Varuni-snana came. In the middle of the night, Sachidevi went to the White Ganges to bathe.
As seh bathed at Sveta Ganga, the current of Gangadevi picked her up and began moving along. Seeing this, thousands and thousands of the dhambhasis in Jagannatha Puri became ecstatic and took their bath in the ganges.
The four directions were filled with prayers that were shouted in great ecstasy, and there was a huge commotion. In the midst of great jubilation everyone bathed in the Ganges. In the midst of the comotion the guards at the gate of the Jagannatha temple awoke. They were speechless at seeing the commotion going on in all directions. Hearing a great noise they went inside the temple. They began talking loudly amongst themselves.
Hearing all the noise, the king had also awakened. At this, the gates were opened. By some miracle, Sachidevi was standing there, alone, inside the temple of Jagannatha. The servants and pujaris of Jagannatha concluded that she must be a thief who has come to steal the valuable ornaments of Jagannatha. Many people said, "This cannot be! There must be some mystery here. While imprisoned, she absorbed herself in constantly chanting the holy name of Krishna.
Late that night, King Mukunda dev saw Lord Jagannatha in a dream. Jagannatha angrily told him: "Immediately release Sachidevi from your dungeons. It was because I wanted to personally arrange for washing her holy feet that I had the Ganges bring her to my temple. If you want your life to be auspicious, then you had better make the pandas and pujaris bow at her feet and pray for forgiveness. You yourself must take initiation from her. Seeing this in his dream, the king was repentant, and right after taking his bath, he had the pandas and pujaris go to the place where Sachidevi was being held and immediately release her, falling at her feet and begging for forgiveness.
They went there and payed full obeisances, falling down like rods before her feet. The king himself went before Sachidevi, and with great entreaties begged her to forgive him for his offenses at the holy feet of a devotee.
At that time, he told Sachidevi of how Lord Jagannatha had ordered him to accept her as his guru and take mantra initiation from her.
Understanding all these things to be the pastimes of Lord Jagannatha, Sachidevi became extremely joyful. Her heart filled with divine love for Krishna. Soon after this, on the order of Jagannatha, on an auspicious day, Sri Sachidevi initiated King Mukunda Deva into the eighteen syllable Radha-Krishna mantra.
Along with the king, many pujaris also took shelter of her on that day. From that day forward, Sri Sachidevi was known as Gangamata Goswamini. One day a smarta-brahmana named Mahidhara Sharma had come to the banks of the Sveta-Ganga to worship his ancestors. Having heard of the glories of Gangamata Goswamini, he was eager to have darshan of her holy feet.
After showing great respect to the pandit, Sri Gangamata Goswamini offered him a place to sit.
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Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣana Appearance
This commentary is a summary of the important points of Vedanta. Shri Baladeva Vidyabhusana had two superexcellent disciples who were perfected souls. Shri Baladeva Vidyabhusana disappeared in the Christian year King Naresh Narayana had a daughter named Sachi. From early childhood, Sachi was a topmost devotee of the Lord.
Mikanos The local Ramanandis a branch of Sri Vaisnavas had charged that the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, having no commentary on the Vedanta-sutras, were not a bona fide disciplic line and therefore they had no right to worship Govindaji or vidyabhusqna of the other Deities of Vrndavana. These talks penetrated his heart and awakened divine love within. I personally met the head of the Vallabha-sampradaya, who promptly agreed to share whatever manuscripts of Vidyabhusana they might have in their library, which is almost five hundred years old. Jai Singh prepared himself for the vidyabhjsana confrontation he knew was inevitable. Therefore, the Gaudiya sampradaya has chosen to accept Shrimad-Bhagavatam as the original commentary on Vedanta, and sees no need for a separate commentary.