Taking a stand

This sloka of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami is also the expression of Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami. He also felt, «Nityananda Prabhu has so mercifully given me the dust of His lotus feet, and so I have become Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami. I am a very fallen soul, but, by the grace of Nityananda Prabhu, I have got everything. Now I am truly a rich man because Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunath have given me their mercy, and they have accepted me as their servitor.» In this way Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami described his real wealth. Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami also prayed to Nityananda Prabhu just as Raghunath Das did.

Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami lived with his brother’s family in Jhamatpur near Katwa in Bengal. One night there was a successful sankirtan festival happening at their home, and his brother was very happy. One of Nityananda Prabhu’s leading disciples, Minaketan Ramdas, came to the sankirtan, and his brother did not give proper honour to him. His brother did not have full faith in Nityananda Prabhu, and by failing to honour Minaketan Ram Das, he made some offence to Nityananda Prabhu. Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami became very angry with his brother and chastised him: «You are giving honour to Chaitanyadev, but not to Nityananda Prabhu? You do not have faith in Nityananda Prabhu? You have done wrong! Your spiritual life will be spoiled by this! You are very offensive, and I do not want to stay here with you anymore!» Kaviraj Goswami said many things in glorification of Nityananda Prabhu, and Minaketan Ram Das left angrily from Kaviraj Goswami’s house.

Kaviraj Goswami received Nityananda Prabhu’s mercy because he tried to satisfy His servitor Minaketan Ram Das.