rupa goswami talks to srila prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada: “Regarding the Radha-Damodara temple, because it is one of the most important temples in Vrindavan, I took shelter in this temple, just to improve the dilapidated condition.” (S.P. Letters 14/11/68)

Another reason for Prabhupada’s move to the Radha-Damodara temple is told here:

Gopal Ghosh: “Prabhupada told me a dream he once had. Prabhupada said he dreamed that he saw many Vaisnavas chanting Hari Nam Sankirtan and dancing as they circumambulated Rupa Goswami’s samadhi. At the same time, Rupa Goswami way sitting beneath a tamarind tree. A large clay waterpot sat besides Rupa Goswami, who was watching the devotees chanting.

“Suddenly a bright ray of light emanated from Rupa Goswami and shined fully on Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada said that from that day I told Rupa Goswami, ‘I shall stay at Radha-Damodara and perform bhajan.’”

A librarian and an Indian army officer advised Prabhupada to write books, a permanent contribution, instead of newspapers which were soon discarded. Prabhupada chose the Srimad Bhagavatam because it is the most comprehensive and authoritative Vaishnava scripture. His spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and other distinguished acharyas, including Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Jiva Goswami, and Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura had commented upon Srimad Bhagavatam. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu recommends Srimad Bhagavatam as the spotless Vedic literature. Rupa Goswami mentions in Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu that hearing Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the five most essential devotional activities.

Prabhupada preferred to live in Vrindavan for translating but he was frequently detained in Delhi for printing and distributing his books. One day while staying a few days upstairs in his rooms at Radha-Damodara, Prabhupada was offered two rooms downstairs.

Srila Prabhupada: “I was staying in two rooms upstairs, then one of the Goswamis asked me if I would like to stay in the two rooms below where one Babaji who was taking care of the tombs, stayed. The rooms were dilapidated, so he proposed that I fix the rooms and whatever I pay as rent would be all right. I invested about one thousand rupees and paid five rupees monthly.” (SP Letters 73-9-4)

THE DREAM

Gopal Ghosh: “Once I met with Prabhupada and he was sitting on a small mat and he would often lean back against the wall. He told me, ‘Gopal, listen to me. At night many times I sit in front of Rupa’s samadhi and chant Hari Nam Sankirtan and burn an incense stick. I pray to Rupa Goswami everyday that, “If you are truth, and this place is truth, then please show me your face and your grace, so that I can feel your grace.” I feel that Rupa Goswami’s immortal grace is flowing. But the general mass of people cannot receive it. They just bow their heads there every day. But I am feeling that Rupa Goswami is here and is hearing everything. And Rupa Goswami told me in a dream that great work will be done by you. He also said you should always chant Chaitanya Caritamrta and Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu, and that I will be right behind you.’”


                                                      —-(Prabhupada at Radha Damodara 6: Sannyasa Years at Radha-Damodara)