Madhavendra Puri

Today 27-Feb-2018 is the Disappearance day of Srila Madhavendra Puri

Madhavendra Puri was the disciple of Lakshmipati-Tirtha. Shri Madhavendra Puri took initiation from Shri Lakshmipati Tirtha in the Madhvacharya sampradaya. He had many but Shri Advaita Acharya and Shri Ishvara Puri were the chief disciples of Madhavendra Puri. 

At the time of his departure from this world, Madhavendra Puri was completely absorbed in separation from Krishna and constantly repeated one shloka:

ayi dina-dayardra natha he
mathura-natha kadavalokyase
hridayam tvad-aloka-kataram
dayita bhramyati kim karomy aham

“O My Lord! O most merciful master! O master of Mathura! When shall I see You again? Because of My not seeing You, My agitated heart has become unsteady. O most beloved one, what shall I do now?”

Madhavendra Puri recited this verse again and again at the end of his material existence. Thus uttering this verse, he attained the ultimate goal of life.

This verse is considered by Gaudiya Vaishnavas to be the essence of expression of the mood of separation. Devotional service in separation is central to this verse. Worship in separation is considered by the Gaudiya-Madhva-sampradaya to be the topmost level of devotional service. According to this conception, the devotee thinks of himself as very poor and neglected by the Lord. Such an ecstatic feeling is the highest form of devotional service.

Therefore, Vaishnavas in the Gaudiya-Madhva-sampradaya say that the ecstatic feelings experienced by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu during His appearance came from Sri Madhavendra Puri through Ishvara Puri.

Sri Madhavendra Puri introduced the conception of conjugal love for the first time in the Madhvacharya-sampradaya, and this conclusion of the Madhvacharya-sampradaya was revealed by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu when He toured southern India and met the Tattvavadis, who supposedly belonged to the Madhvacharya-sampradaya.

Sri Madhvacharya-sampradaya was accepted by Madhavendra Puri. Thus he took sannyasa according to parampara, the disciplic succession. Beginning from Madhvacharya down to the spiritual master of Madhavendra Puri, the acharya named Lakshmipati, there was no realization of devotional service in conjugal love.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was always expressing the ecstatic emotions of Srimati Radharani that She exhibited when She saw Uddhava at Vrindavana. Similar feelings, experienced by Madhavendra Puri, are expressed in the above verse.

(Reference: Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Anthya-lila, Chapter 8, Purport of Text 33-37)