Sri Srivasa Pandita

Srivas Pandita

Srivasa Pandita is one of The Foremeost Acharyas and He is Considered to be The Avatara Of Narada Muni. Srivasa Pandit appeared in Srihatta, West Bengal, about 30 years before Lord Gauranga. Srivasa Pandit, fifth member of the Panca-tattva lived in Navadvipa before the advent of Lord Caitanya. He led his younger brothers— Srinidhi, Sripati, and Srirama— in worshipping Lord Krishna, performing devotional service, and bathing thrice daily in the Ganges. On his order, they moved to Navadvipa and began to associate with the senior respected Sri Advaita Prabhu. Meeting with Sri Advaita Acarya Prabhu, they studied Bhagavatam, performed Hari-nama sankirtana, and prayed for an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. Srivasa Pandit and his wife, Malini Devi, became intimate friends of Jagannatha Misra and Sacimata. When Lord Visvambhara appeared, the hearts of all the devotees were filled with parental affection (vatsalya bhava). After the birth of Lord Caitanya, Malini would regularly visit and give advice to the younger Sacimata on how to raise her wonderful child. She served Nimai as a nurse.
It was in Srivasa Pandita's house that Sri Caitanya enacted His pastimes of sankirtana. Srivasa Angana was located two hundred yards north of Nimai’s house. Srivasa Pandit’s palatial home had large comfortable rooms, a high protective boundary wall, and lush densely foliated gardens and groves. Everynight Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu and His dearest friends would enjoy ecstatic kirtans here and taste the mellows of Vrindavana. Within Srivasa Angana Lord Gauranga showed His divine form to all His eternal associates. The house of Srivasa Pandit served as the headquarters of Gauranga’s Sankirtana Movement. The daily Bhagavatam classes, nightly kirtans, and many confidential Vraja pastimes of Lord Gauranga occured over here.
Srivasa Pandit and Sri Advaita Acarya, the learned chiefs of the brahmana community, dedicated all their energy to the Lord’s Hari-Nama Sankirtana Movement. They surrendered their bodies, minds, homes, friends, family, and all possessions to Lord. Gaura’s service. They knew no other gods or goddesses. Srivasa Pandit maintained his family, not because they were his relatives, but because they were Sri Caitanya’s loving servants.
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