Yesterday was the day of Sri Rupa Goswami’s disappearance lila. Unfortunately I was unable to post anything about this immensely important event. At Sri Path Bari ashram in Baranagar, Kolkata they actually perform his sucak kirtan today. I would love to be able to post the sucak kirtan that our lineage performs as found in Sri Guru Kripar Dana, but I don’t have a translation available to me. To honor Prabhupad Sri Rupa Goswami I will post these three exquisite verses written by Sri Govardhan Bhatta Goswami, the grandson of a disciple of Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami.
hitvA rUpa-padAmbujaM bhavati yo rAdhAGghri-dAsyotsukas
tuGgaM geham asau tanoti na kathaM ramye sthale saikate
bAhubhyAM tridivaM spRzen nahi kathaM no vA kathaM cchAdayet
tUrNaM bhUri-rajobhir ambara-maNiM paGguM na kiM cAlayet
Anyone who abandons Sri Rupa Gosvami’s lotus feet and still hopes to attain Radhika’s service may as well try building a skyscraper on a beautiful sandy beach. He may as well try to touch the heavens with his upraised hands, or try to cover the sun by throwing up fistfuls of dust, or try to make a lame man walk. Why not? He has just as much chance of success.
kaH zrI-bhAgavatasya tattvam amalaM boddhuM kSamo bhUtale
ko vRndAvana-mAdhurIM kalayituM vaktuM ca dhatte matim
goSThendrAmala-rUpam adbhutatamaM ko vA nayen mAnasaM
zrImantaM karuNAkaraM guNanidhiM rUpaM sa-bandhuM vinA
Who on this earth could ever understand the pure essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam, perceive the sweetness of Vrindavan, or inspire anyone else to speak of it? And who could bring the mind to meditate on the son of Nanda’s most wondrous beauty? Without the blessings of the most merciful and virtuous Rupa Goswami and his companions, no one.
vairAgyaM vidhi-rAga-bhaktim amalAn nAnA-rasAn dvAdaza
premAnaM vraja-vAsinAM zuka-mukhair viprarSibhiH saMstutam
gopInAM paramAM lasat-para-mahA-bhAvAM samarthAM ratiM
rAdhAyAm iha mAdanaM vada sakhe ko vetti rUpaM vinA
And, my friend, pray tell, who would know anything about renunciation, devotion on either the vidhi or raga marg, the twelve holy rasas, the prema of the Vrajavasis glorified by Suka and other seers, the supreme spirit of Mahabhava found in the gopis, or their competent affection, or Radhika’s madanakhya-mahabhava? If it weren’t for Sri Rupa?