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Visvanatha Cakravati Thakura

Visvanatha Cakravati Thakura

In this painting, Srila Cakravarti Thakura is sitting in Vrndavana, on the banks of the holy lake, Sri Radha-kunda. He is in the midst of writing his commentary on Bhagavad-gita, which is considered the most important basic book for all spiritualists, as it was spoken by Lord Sri Krsna, God Himself. All the details of the painting were told to the artist by Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, like the peacock-feather pen, the water-pot, the manuscript on the table and so on. Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja even inspired the flowered bowers in the background, and told the artist that the bowers personally decorated themselves. Automatically, without any human assistance, the groves and bowers of the sacred land of Vrndavana decorated themselves.

Srila Cakravarti Thakura appeared in a family of brahmanas in West Bengal, India, about four hundred years ago. He is a great acarya and devotee in the humor of conjugal love with the Lord. He is one of the most important teachers of Krsna consciousness in the disciplic succession coming from Lord Caitanya. He is said to be an incarnation of Srila Rupa Gosvami, who originally established Lord Caitanya’s mission of Love of God in this world.

Following in the footsteps of Srila Rupa Gosvami, he composed abundant transcendental literatures about pure devotional service, and thus he also established the inner heart’s longing of Sriman Mahaprabhu in this world. He also refuted various faulty conclusions, opposed to the genuine following of Sri Rupa Gosvami (rupanuga). He is thus revered in Gaudiya Vaisnava society as an illustrious acarya and as an authoritative mahajana (self-realized soul). He is renowned as a great transcendental philosopher, poet, and rasika-bhakta.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has benedicted the whole world by writing the book Madhurya-Kadambini. In reality, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the speaker of this book. He has spoken it through the mouth of Sri Cakravarti.

The Thakura is very expert in the art of describing extremely complex truths in an easily understandable manner. Among Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas, there are very few who wrote as many authoritative books he. He is the greatest commentator of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the essence of all the Vedic literature. His three books, Ujjvala-Nilamani-Kirana, Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sinhu-Bindu, and Bhagavatamrta-Kana are taken by the Vaisnavas as their wealth:

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