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Sanatan Goswami Festival At Manasi Ganga

by H.H. Tamala Krishna das Babaji

Posted June 6, 2007

Sri Sri Radha Shyam Sundar Mandir, Caitanya Vaisnava Sanga, Cakleswar, Manasi Ganga, Govardhan invites all devotees to Srila Sanatana Goswamipada's Muriya Mahotsava (Guru Purnima) festival, a ten-day Annual Guru Purnima Festival in honour of Srila Sanatana Goswami, the great leader and propounder of the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition. The Festival runs from 22 July 2007 and culminates on Guru Purnima, 30 July 2007 (Srila Sanatana Goswamipada's Tirobhava Mahotsava).

Included in the festivities are Akhanda Harinama Sankirtan, Srila Sanatana Goswami Kathamrta, Sri Bhagavad Kathamrta and the final-day Maha Float Procession with Srila Sanatana Goswamipada and massive Sankirtana Yajna. We look forward to having your association during this glorious celebration.

The Admirable Life of Srila Sanatana Goswami

Srila Sanatana Goswami and his brother Srila Rupa Goswami were the principal disciples of the extremely generous incarnation of Godhead, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Sanatana Goswami was the seniormost of the Six Goswamis (Sanatana, Rupa, Gopala Bhatta, Raghunatha Bhatta, Raghunatha Das and Jiva) of Vrindavan who helped establish the Gaudiya Sampradaya. They were deputed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to travel to and settle in the Vrindavan area to uncover the Holy Pastime places of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna; to build temples in the Vrindavan area for the exclusive worship of Sri Krishna; and to compile extensive literature on the Vaisnava philosophy. They gave an opportunity to the masses to understand the science of Krishna consciousness and to practically worship Lord Krishna, especially by the chanting of His Holy Names -- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Srila Kavi-karnapura has written in Caitanya-candrodoya 9.38: "In the course of time, the transcendental news of Krsna's pastimes in Vrndavan was almost lost. To carry out the work of explicitly enunciating those pastimes, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu empowered Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Sanatana Goswami with the nectar of His mercy."

Sanatana Goswami was the prime minister in the Government of Bengal but gave up his opulent life on the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and travelled to Vrindavan. On his way to Vrindavan he met Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Benares (Varanasi), where the Lord instructed Him for two months on all the aspects of pure devotional service to Lord Krishna. The Lord also empowered him, as He did Rupa Goswami, to teach Krishna consciousness to the world.

Sanatana Goswami was not yet 30 years old when he arrived in Vrndavan, and he stayed there for more than 40 years until his passing away. He travelled all around Vraj Dhama, treating the residents with much affection. The Brijbasis loved him like their own father.

Sanatana Goswami spent his last days at Govardhan Hill in the Cakleswar area on the banks of Manasi Ganga lake and would do Govardhan parikrama daily. When he passed away, the followers of Srila Goswamipada as well as the Brijbasis shaved their heads as if their own father had passed away, and that tradition is still practiced to this day in the form of Guru Purnima (Muriya Mahotsava).

Sanatana Goswami wrote four major books, namely Brhad-bhagavatamrta, Hari-bhakti-vilas, Vaisnava Tosani, and Dasama-carita. In a purport to Caitanya-caritamrta (Antya 4.81), which wonderfully summarizes Srila Sanatana Goswami's life, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has written:

"Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu wanted to accomplish many purposes through the exegetical endeavors of Srila Sanatana Gosvami. First Sanatana Gosvami compiled the book called Brhad-bhagavatamrta to teach people how to become devotees, execute devotional service and attain love of Krsna. Second, he compiled the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, wherein he collected authoritative scriptural injunctions regarding how a Vaisnava should behave. Only by the endeavors of Sri Sanatana Gosvami were all the lost places of pilgrimage in the Vrndavana area excavated.

"He established Madana-mohana, the first Deity in the Vrndavana area, and by his personal behavior he taught how one should act in the renounced order, completely devoted to the service of the Lord. By his personal example, he taught people how to stay in Vrndavana to execute devotional service. The principal mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was to preach Krishna consciousness. Mathura and Vrndavana are the abodes of Lord Krsna. Therefore these two places are very dear to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and He wanted to develop their glories through Sanatana Gosvami."