visvasya natha rupo ’sau bhaktivartma pradarsnata

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visvasya natha rupo ’sau bhaktivartma pradarsnata

bhaktacakre varttitatvata cakravartyakhyaya bhavat

"Every Gaudiya Vaisnava must definitively know something about Srila Cakravarti Thakura. Those who seriously study the Srimad-Bhagavatam, who deliberate upon the Bhagavad-Gita, who discuss and teach the commentary on Vedanta-sutra by Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas must to some extent be knowledgeable of the sublime and super excellent commentaries and compositions of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti."

Gaudiya Vaisnavacaryas, as Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti who composed voluminous Sanskrit scriptures with commentaries, very rarely appear in this world. Besides his composing such extensive Sanskrit scriptures he also engaged in welfare activities for the benefit of the whole Gaudiya Vaisnava society. These two contributions were enacted through his writing and preaching and were both in the domain of kirtana.

During his life a great calamity had come upon the Sri Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya in the form of a challenge to the authenticity of the Gaudiya sampradaya. Historical documentation confirms that in 1706 AD some envious pandits challenged King Jai Singh of Jaipur, who was a Vaisnava; telling him that the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya was not bonafide because no one from this line had written commentary on Vedanta-Sutra by Vedavyasa. The king being distressed immeadiately dispatched a message to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explaining the full situation. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti was too old at that time to travel. So he sent his student, Gaudiya VaisnavaVedanta-acarya, that crown jewel among the scholars, Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, along with his disciple Krishna-deva dasa to uphold the honor and integrity of all the Gaudiya Vaisnavas.

Arriving humbly, barefoot with waterpot in hand and an old blanket over his shoulder at the Kings royal assembly in Jaipura. Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana declared boldly that the establisher of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya was Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself and that Srila Vyasadeva who is in our disciplic succession already wrote the Srimad Bhagavatam which is the natural commentary on his own Vedanta-sutra. But since Madhvacarya was accepted by Srila Vyasadeva and I am in the disciplic succession from Madhvacaraya I will write a commentary on Vedanta-sutra to satisfy your demands, establish Vaisnava vedanta and please the devotees.

In order to dispel this calamity Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan composed in a short time a very wonderful and marvelous commentary on Vedanta-sutra in accordance with the thinking and conclusions of the Sri Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya through Sri Caitanaya Mahapranhu. This exalted commentary is known as "Govinda Bhasya" and it is so majestic, so flawlessly concise and so splendidly presented that the erring pandits were spellbound in awe and amazement and without any hesitation they fell down at the feet Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana without reservation and fully surrendered without protest to the superiority of the Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta.

In this way Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu rendered a distinguished service to the Sri Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya and by this important and great act he attained the heartfelt blessings of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti and the eternal gratitude of all the devotees. This incident serves as an illuminating example of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti's second act of greatness and serves the purposes of preaching the Vaisnava dharma. For by by him, Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, who appeared in a non-seminal brahminical family, is shown to be approved and accepted according to qualification by samskara and Vaisnava initiation.

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