to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
Srila Lokanath Goswami
Related excerpts from books by our Acharyas
Srila Lokanath Goswami's Samadhi,
From Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Chapter Seventeen: In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.
Narottam had been having many dreams in which
Mahaprabhu instructed him to go to Vrindavan and take
shelter of the lotus feet of His confidential devotee Srila
Lokanath Das Goswami who would give diksha to him. He
also told Narottam to find Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila
Sanatan Goswami and Srila Jiva Goswami and to keep
their holy association. After arriving in Vrindavan,
Narottam found that Rupa and Sanatan had already left
the world but he found there Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila
Lokanath Das Goswami, Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj
Goswami and many other great Vaishnavas who gave him
their company. Narottam became the student of Jiva
Goswami and petitioned Lokanath Goswami to give him diksha. Lokanath refused him.
Lokanath Goswami had decided that he would never
accept any disciples and he lived in an extremely austere way
in Vrindavan, living under a different tree every night.
Narottam felt great sadness upon being refused by Srila
Lokanath, and he told him, "I can only take my initiation
from you. Sriman Mahaprabhu has told me that you will
give me diksha, so until then I will wait." Narottam tried to
serve his Guru but the Goswami would allow no one to
serve him. Narottam thought, "If he will not even stay
under the same tree for more than one night then what
kind of service can I do for him?" After a while Narottam
noticed that Srila Lokanath Prabhu would always go to
the same place to pass stool and he began to think that
although Lokanath had refused to give him any service
for over two years, if he could clean that place every day
then at last he would have some service. Narottam was
fixed in his resolve that he must take diksha from Srila
Lokanath Goswami, as this was the order of Mahaprabhu.
Very soon Lokanath Goswami began to notice, "I come
here every day to pass stool and it seems that someone is
cleaning this place after me. Who can be doing this?" So
one night from a hidden place Lokanath saw that at midnight
Narottam is coming and very happily cleaning that
place. Lokanath knew that Narottam was the son of the
famous King Krishnananda Datta. He was greatly astonished
and confronted Narottam, "Why are you, a prince
of high noble birth, coming each night and cleaning this
dirty place?" And Narottam replied, "Prabhu, I need your
mercy. Without your mercy I cannot live. Your vow is that
you will not accept any disciples, but by the order of Sriman Mahaprabhu, it is my vow that I must have your
connection. I don't know when you will give me your
mercy but you must accept me as your disciple." So after refusing Narottam eighteen times, finally Srila Lokanath
Das Goswami took Narottam Das and gave him diksha.
Narottam received instruction from Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila Kaviraj Goswami and many other goswamis who were there in Vrindavan. He was a great pandit and all the devotees headed by Sri Jiva, recognising
his qualification, bestowed upon him the title of 'Thakur'.
From Golden Staircase by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Chapter Two: The Eye to see Sri Guru, section:
Full Satisfaction, Absolute Realisation
So the absolute consideration is possible from any position.
Although all servitors are fully satisfied where they are, in their
own position, they realise the supremacy of Vrindavan. Tatastha-vichara (impartial consideration) is always there, and
between the relative and the absolute, the absolute always takes
the upper hand. Sarva-dharman parityajya: The absolute or
'revolutionary' consideration is firmly established above the
relative or 'constitutional' one when Sri Krishna says in
Bhagavad-gita (18.66), "Just abandon all dharmas, all
considerations of social ad religious duties - even the ones that I
Myself have established in the various scriptures and described
here in My previous instructions to you - and just surrender
wholeheartedly to Me."
Everywhere, the absolute consideration prevails. In
connection with Guru, Narottam das Thakur has his Gurudev,
Lokanath, but still he aspires: "When will the day come when
Lokanath will take me by my hand and guide me to Srila Rupa
Goswami? When will he surrender me to Srila Rupa Goswami
and give me some engagement there in that camp?" In this high
type of expression, the absolute consideration is also there
From Sri Guru and His Grace by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Chapter Thirteen: Lives of The Saints, section:
Babajis and Preachers
Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj did not preach, but his disciple,
our spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
Prabhupad, preached with great magnitude. Srila Lokanath
Goswami did not preach at all, but we find that the preaching of his
only disciple, Srila Narottam Das Thakur, was most extensive. So,
a Vaisnav should not be judged only by the amount of work that he
shows outwardly. His success is at the disposal of the divine will.
Krishna awards service to a particular person according to His own
choice, and enables that person to carry out that service. There are
many examples of this.