Pastimes of Sri Jiva Gosvami from the
BHAKTI-RATNA-KARA chap 1
When Sri Jiva was only a boy, he avoided playing with his friends or other activities which had no connection with Krsna.
He would make images of Krsna and Balarama, worship them with flowers and sandal paste and dress them with fine clothes and ornaments.
When he would bow on the ground before them he would weep.
He offered them various kinds of sweetmeats and then enjoyed eating the prasad of the deities with his friends.
He loved the deities of Krsna and Balarama so much that even when he was alone he would play with them. At bed time he would clasp the deities tightly to his chest and sleep. His parents could not separate their son from his deities although they thought he was merely playing.
Everyone was happy to see Jiva's love for Krsna and Balarama.
Caitanya and Nitai were so bound by his love for them that they appeared to him in a dream.
Krsna and Balarama also appeared in a dream, and Sri Jiva was enchanted to see Krsna in dark blue color and Balarama in white color.
They looked like Kandarpa and enchanted the universe with their beautiful postures.
Suddenly Krsna and Balarama were replaced by Gaura and Nitai and the universe was perfumed by the scent of their bodies.
Overjoyed with his vision Sri Jiva wept and fell at he feet of the two masters.
Gaura-Nityananda Rai, the twin oceans of mercy put their feet on the head of Sri Jiva and embraced him affectionately. Whatever they spoke fell like nectar on the ears of Sri Jiva.
In ecstatic love Sri Gaura sundara offered Jiva to the gracious feet of Sri Nityananda.
But Nityananda repeatedly instructed Sri Jiva, "Let my Gaura Prabhu be your life and soul."
When Sri Jiva bowed against their feet, they disappeared and Sri Jiva fell into an abyss of disappointment.
When he woke from sleep, the dawn was breaking and he prepared to leave for Vrndavana on hte pretext of studying there.
The people of Navadvipa knew he was going to Vrndavana.
He bid farewell to his followers and left Fateya with only one servant.
In the ecstasy of love, Sri Jiva wandered hypnotically arousing the curiouslity of the other travellers on the road. "Who is this young man?" they wandered. "He must be a prince with a complexion of gold like a champaka flower. What a beautiful face! Just see his attractive wide eyes, nose, eyebrows, forehead, ears and curly hair. See his neck, his chest and his nails and fingers on his lotus like hands! How beautiful are his thighs, knees and legs."
They all admired the tulasi garland hanging around his neck and the milk white sacred thread lying across his chest.
Someone said, "My dear friend, I cannot take my eyes off him. I wish I could die carrying away all misfortune which might befall him.
They said, "we cannot understand why we are feeling so perplexed to see him? We wish we can get ourselves initiation to him.
Although the people talked, Sri Jiva continued his journey rapt in ecstasy.
When he entered Navadvipa, everyone acknowledged him as he was the nephew of Rupa Sanatana.
Being overwhelmed by Sri Jiva's scholarship and devotional practices, the brahmans questioned him.
Sri Jiva was enchanted by the beauty of Navadvipa.
That holy dhama covered sixteen krsoa of land with many beautiful flower gardens, tanks, forests, groves, cottages and the banks of the Ganga.
As he wondered, Sri Jiva saw many Vaisnavas who were happy to meet him and took him directly to the cottage of Srivasa Pandita where Nityananda Prabhu and his associates were sitting.
Nityananda had already foretold Sri Jiva's arrival to Srivasa and Srivasa gladly informed Prabhu when Sri Jiva was waiting outside the cottage door.
Nityananda was glad to hear it and requested someone to call him in.
Sr Jiva's eagerness to meet Nityanada made him cry uncontrollably and he fell humbly at the feet of Prabhu.
Nityananda Prabhu affectionately placed his feet on the head of Sri Jiva.
He raised Sri Jiva from the ground, embraced him warmly and said, "I have come here from Kardaha simply to meet You."
In this way he pacified Sri Jiva in various ways and asked Srinivasa and other Vaisnavas to favor him.
He kept Sri Jiva in his association for some days and then requested him to go West.
At the time of his departure Sri Jiva bowed at the feet of Nityananda in the sadness of their intimate separation.
By placing his feet of the head of Sri Jiva he affectionately embraced him and said, "Go to Vrndavana soon because it is the order of Mahaprabhu that your family should be settled at that place."
Sri Jiva offered his respects to the feet of all the Vaisnavas and then left for Vrndavana.
Lord Caitanya's march on the Kazi, and Caitanya Leela, and Sri Nityananda Rama. Bio of Sri Rasikananda and Sri Giriraja, and Sri Krsna.
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