Samadhi of Srila Sanatana Gosvami

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By Bhurijana dasa

Hare Krsna. All glories to Srila Sanatana Gosvami, whose samadhi mandir shelters all who visit him near Madan Mohan mandir.

Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami notes that the mercy of Nityananda prabhu had awarded him two special shelters:

“All glory, all glory to the merciful Lord Nityananda, by whose mercy I have attained shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana!
(CC adi 5.201)

He then described Sanatana and Rupa Gosvamis’ specific gifts to him:

By the mercy of Sanatana Gosvamj I have learned the final conclusions of devotional service, and by the grace of Sri Rupa Gosvami I have tasted the highest nectar of devotional service. (CC Adi 5.203)

Once, as Srila Prabhupada describes in his purport to Bhag. 4.7.7, Sanatana Gosvami awarded a poor brahmana devotee of Lord Siva with the greatest benediction. This little pastime hints at our own fortune:

“Sometimes, of course, it so happens that Lord Siva becomes the best benedictor in spiritual life. It is said that once a poor brahmana worshiped Lord Siva for a benediction, and Lord Siva advised the devotee to go to see Sanatana Gosvami. The devotee went to Sanatana Gosvami and informed him that Lord Siva had advised him to seek out the best benediction from him (Sanatana). Sanatana had a touchstone with him, which he kept with the garbage. On the request of the poor brahmana, Sanatana Gosvami gave him the touchstone, and the brahmana was very happy to have it. He now could get as much gold as he desired simply by touching the touchstone to iron. But after he left Sanatana, he thought, “If a touchstone is the best benediction, why has Sanatana Gosvami kept it with the garbage?” He therefore returned and asked Sanatana Gosvami, “Sir, if this is the best benediction, why did you keep it with the garbage?” Sanatana Gosvami then informed him, “Actually, this is not the best benediction. But are you prepared to take the best benediction from me?” The brahmana said, “Yes, sir. Lord Siva has sent me to you for the best benediction.” Then Sanatana Gosvami asked him to throw the touchstone in the water nearby and then come back. The poor brahmana did so, and when he returned, Sanatana Gosvami initiated him with the Hare Krsna mantra. Thus by the benediction of Lord Siva the brahmana got the association of the best devotee of Lord Krsna and was thus initiated in the maha-mantra, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

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1 Akruranatha

I have always loved the story of Sanatana Goswami and the touchstone, and it is my favorite among the skits we often see children performing at Sunday feasts. No matter how young the actors or how rudimentary the performance, it never fails to move me.

I sometimes forget the important part of the story where Sanatana Goswami requires the devotee to throw away the touchstone before initiating him into the holy names. Unless we are free from all attraction to material opulence we cannot chant Hare Krishna with proper feeling. Krishna is truly “Akincana Gocara”.

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