Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita’s
Jīvan-CaritaA lecture delivered by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on 9th September 1993, Bhubaneswar, India.
“… When Mukunda recited this verse in a very sweet voice, the bhāva inside Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi swelled up, and up, and up. Hearing the nice pastime of Kṛṣṇa depicted by the verse, he became ecstatic and uttered, “Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa!” Shedding tears he rolled on the ground crying, and kicking away his cushion, his spitting pot, everything. He shed tears as the ecstasy manifested, and then at last he fainted. Tears flowed down from his eyes like the flowing of the Ganges, gaṅgā-dhāra, gaṅgādevī rahilātavah. When Gadādhara Paṇḍita saw this he became ashamed, and chastised himself within his mind, “What have I done? I have committed a great offence by thinking such a mahā-bhāgavata to be a great materialist. How can I be freed from the reactions for this offence? I must be punished. If I am not punished by this mahā-bhāgavata then my offences cannot be destroyed …”
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