Lokanatha Goswami is mentioned as follows in the Chaitanya
sange gopala-bhatta, dasa-raghunatha, raghunatha bhatta-gosai, ara
When Rupa Goswami stayed at Mathura, he was accompanied by Gopala
Bhatta Goswami, Raghunatha dasa Goswami, Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami
and Lokanatha dasa Goswami.
Shri Bhaktivedanta Swami gives the following information about Shri
"Shri Lokanatha Goswami was a personal associate of Shri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu and a great devotee of the Lord.
He was a resident of a village named Talakhadi in the district of
Yashohara in Bengal.
Previously he lived in Kachnapara.
His father's name was Padmanabha, and his only younger brother was
Following the orders of Shri Chaitanya mahaprabhu, shri Lokanatha
went to Vrindavana to live.
He established a temple named Gokulananda.
Shrila Narottama Das Thakura selected Lokanatha das Goswami to be
his spirtual master, and he was his only disciple.
Because Lokanatha dasa Goswami did not want his name mentioned in
Chaitanya Charitamrita, we do not often see it in that celebrated
On the E.B.R. Railroad, the Yashohara station is located in
From the railway station one has to go by bus to the village of
Sonakhali and from there to Khejura.
From there one has to walk, or, during the rainy season, go by boat
to the village of Talakhadi.
In this village there are still descendants of Lokanatha Goswami
[i.e., descendants of his brother, see below.]."
A pranam mantra for Lokanatha Goswami has been written by Narottama
It reads :
padmanabhatmajam shrimallokanatha prabhum bhaje
"I worship the lotus feet of Shrila Lokanatha Prabhu, the son of
Shri Padmanabha. He is a storehouse of single minded service to the
lotus feet of Shri Shri Radha Vinoda."
In the village of Talakhori Gram in the Yashohara district, lived
the mother and father of Shri Lokanatha Goswami.
His father's name was Padmanabha and his mother's name was Shri
Shri Padmanabha Bhattacharya was a very dear follower of Shri
One day, Shri Lokanatha Goswami took his birth in the house of Shri
Padmanabha and Shri Sita Devi.
His younger brother's name was Shri Pragalabha Bhattacharya.
The descendents of Pragalabha still live in Talakhori Gram.
From his early childhood, Shri Lokanatha was indifferent to family
One day, giving up his mother and father, and leaving his home
behind forever, he went to Mayapura in Nabadwipa to take darshan of
the holy feet of Shri Gauranga.
Shri Gauranga Deva embraced Lokanatha Goswami with great affection,
and soon he ordered Lokanatha Goswami to quickly go to
But Lokanatha Goswami could understand by certain evidence that
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would leave home and take sannyasa within
two or three days.
Therefore, he was in great anxiety.
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu could understand the mind and heart of
Lokanatha Goswami and consoled him, saying, "We shall be reunited
In this connection, Shrila Narahari Chakravarti has written in his
Bhakti- Ratnakara :
"While he was weeping and weeping, crying out his heart at the
lotus feet of Shri Chaitanya, Lokanatha felt himself being caught
up and embraced by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Later, as Lokanatha bid him farewell, the Lord gave him a
confidential message which consoled him greatly.
After this, he offered his soul at the lotus feet of Shriman
Mahaprabhu, and after giving his pranamas to the all the devotees,
he went on his way."
After this, Lokanatha never returned to home life.
Rather, afflicted with deep separation from Shri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu, he began wandering from one holy place of pilgrimage to
Gradually, after visiting many holy places, he came to Vrindavana
In the meantime, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa and went
to Jagannatha Puri.
After staying in Puri for some time, the Lord had a mind to deliver
the fallen souls, and so began his tour of South India.
Hearing of the Lord's tour of South India, Shri Lokanatha also went
to South India, in search of the Lord.
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, after visiting many holy places of
pilgrimage in South India and again returning to Jagannatha Puri
for some time, finally came to Vrindavana.
Hearing of this, Lokanatha Goswami quickly went to Vrindavan.
Meanwhile, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had already left for
Arriving in Vrindavana and not seeing Mahaprabhu, Lokanatha was
He resolved to set everything right by starting out the very next
morning for Prayaga, to meet the Lord.
That night the Lord came to him in a dream and consoled him,
saying, "O Lokanatha, stay in Vrindvana.
I have not broken my vow. I have already come to Vrindavana and
live there in another form.
In this way you shall always maintain my connection."
A few days later, Shrila Lokanatha Goswami chanced to meet the most
dear followers of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu :
Shri Rupa, Shri Sanatana, Shri Gopala Bhatta, Shri Bhugarbha and
The exchange of divine love between them was wonderful to
They were all of one mind, one heart.
In the midst of the Goswamis, Shri Lokanatha was the oldest.
He was fully absorbed in prema.
In his mangalaracana to the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Shri Sanatana
Goswami offers his respects to Lokanatha Goswami as follows
vrindavan priyan vande shri govinda padashritan
shrimad-kashishvaram lokanatam shri krishnadasakam
"I offer my obeisances unto Shri Kashishvara Pandit, Shri Lokanatha
Goswami and Shri Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami who are very dear to
Shri Govinda in Vrindavan, having taken shelter at his lotus
Shri Lokanatha Goswami wandered throughout all twelve forests of
Vrindavan in great ecstasy.
In one of the forests there is a village named Umarao.
There he stayed for some time on the banks of Kishori-kunda.
He had a great desire to establish the worship of the deity and
render service to Krishna in that way.
Understanding Lokanath's aspiration to serve, Krishna Himself
appeared before him and offered Lokanatha a vigraha, saying,
"Worship this Deity here.
This deity's name is Radha-vinoda. After giving him this beautiful
deity, the Lord suddenly disappeared.
At this, Lokanatha Goswami became stricken with anxiety.
Seeing him absorbed in worry, Radhavinoda smiled and said, "Why
have you brought me here?
I have come here personally just to satisfy your purpose.
What do you want from me? I live in the forest here, near the
village of Umarao.
By this Kishori kunda you see before you, I make my residence. You
must now give me something to eat. Quickly."
Lokanatha Goswami's joy knew no bounds.
He floated in the waves of prema.
After this he prepared an offering for the Lord to eat.
After offering fine rice on a fresh banana leaf to the deity he
experienced great ecstasy by offering his life at the lotus feet of
He was stunned by drinking in the nectarine beauty of the Lord.
After this he offered a bed of flowers and made the Lord rest.
Shri Lokanatha Goswami made this place his home.
The local villagers and cowherd men wanted to construct a bhajan
kutir for him, but he refused to accept it.
In order to protect the deity, he prepared a cloth bag which he
would keep around his neck at all times.
Shri Radhavinoda became like a jeweled necklace around the neck of
The cloth bag was his temple.
This was Lokanatha Goswami's practice until the day he disappeared
from this earth, and is an example of the strict vairagya he
With great care he always stayed in the association of the Goswamis
It is very difficult to exhaustively describe the life and pastimes
of Lokanatha Goswami who was very dear to Shri Chaitanya
When Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his dear followers beginning
with Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana disappeared, Shrila Lokanatha
Goswami could not tolerate the separation.
After this his only purpose in life was to establish the wishes of
Shri Chaitanya Mahprabhu.
Shrila Lokanatha Goswami gave mantra diksha to Shri Narottama Dasa
There is no mention in the shastras that he accepted any other
Narottam Thakura served him in secret by going in the dead of night
to the place where Lokanatha would pass stool and urine and
cleansing the area very carefully.
Seeing Narottama's humility, Lokanatha accepted him.
Shrila Lokanatha Goswami, in his ripe old age, while performing his
bhajan in Khadiravan in Khayara Gram, passed away and entered into
the eternal unmanifest pastimes of the Lord.
At that place is a kunda called Shri Yugala Kunda.
On the banks of that kunda, Shrila Lokanatha Goswami entered into
It is said that when Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami went to Lokanatha
Goswami and asked his blessings to compile the Shri Chaitanya
Charitamrita, Lokanatha Goswami gave his blessings, but prohibited
Kaviraja Goswami from mentioning his name in the Chaitanya
For fear of violating the order of Lokanatha, Kaviraj Goswami has
only briefly mentioned him in the Chaitanya Charitamrita.
On the day of Krishnastami in the month of Shravana, he entered
into the eternal pastimes of the Lord.
Shrila Narottama Dasa Thakura Mahashaya prays as follows at the
lotus feet of his gurudeva :
ha ha prabhu lokanatha, rakha padadvandve
kripadrishthye chaha yadi haiya anande
manovancha siddhi habe hang purna trishna
hethaya chaitanya mile setha radhakrishna
tumi na karile daya ke kairbe ara
manera vasana purna kara eibara
ei tini samsare mora ara keho nai
kripa kari nija padatale deha thai
radhakrishna lilaguna gao ratri dine
narottama vancha purna nahe tuwa vine
"O Lokanatha, O gurudeva! If you are pleased with me, please keep
me in the shelter of your lotus feet, and cast your merciful glance
By your mercy I can find the perfection of inner fulfillment.
And by your mercy I can someday meet Shri Chaitanya and
If you are not merciful to me, then what shall I do?
Please, just once, fulfill my heart's desire.
In the three worlds of birth and death no one is more in need of
Please give me your mercy and give me a place at your lotus
Day and night I sing the qualities and pastimes of Radha and
Still, the inner aspirations of Narottama for the service of Shri
Shri Radha-Govinda and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can only be realized
through your grace, O Lokanatha Goswami Prabhu. "
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