BRIEF Life History OF Prabhupada KANUPRIYA GOSWAMI
BRIEF life history OF prabhupada KANUPRIYA GOSWAMI
Prabhupada Kanupriya Goswami
Prabhupada Kanupriya Goswami At Old Age
Self Handwritten Script Of Prabhupada
Appearance: – 15th Kartick, Sunday (Day of the new moon, kali puja) Bengali year 1298.
Disappearance:-15th of Shravan, Friday (Krishna Navami Lunar Day) Bengali year 1382.
Prabhupada Shrimat Kanupriya Goswami was badly sick up to the age of 11 years; as a result of which he could not avail school education in his boyhood. His father Shri Surendranath Goswami advised him to read religious books and English papers. He was the eldest son of Shri Surendranath Goswami.
Besides father’s advice, he educated himself in Ayurvedic college and learnt press related works in a press, both of which were founded by his father. He used to discuss religious matters with his devotees in his dispensary .His father was astonished to hear his son’s profound knowledge on fundamental truth .Influenced by his immense scholarship, he told his son “Be religious, acquire unlimited learning, but don’t sell religion to anybody.” From then onwards Shrimat Kanupriya Goswami was not taking any money or kinds for delivering lectures on Bhagavat katha in different religious assemblies.
At the age of 25/26 years his father suddenly expired without leaving back any savings. The responsibilities of the whole family came on his shoulder and earnings were merely from his kaviraji practice; some day even meals were not available. He was staying at Calcutta with his younger brother Shri Ramanath Goswami. He advised him to undergo Telegraphy course in Scottish Church College. After passing that course his younger brother got a job, salary of which was Rs 80/- .However position became little normal .Then he arranged marriage to his brother. In time three sons and one daughter were born.
He gave word to his dying father that he would not marry to keep his family alive with respect. He and his brother Shri Gokulananda remained unmarried till death. He was an extraordinary eloquent speaker. When he used to deliver lectures on “Naam Tatwa” audience became spellbound. At the request of the audience he had to deliver lectures instead of prescheduled ½ hr to 1 hr; 1 day to 2 days consecutively.
One of his lectures is to be mentioned here. Once a thief, chased by police, entered into a church and begged shelter from Father. Being kind to the thief, he gave him shelter. Police came and saw the Father praying .When police left, he gave the thief clothes, food and prepared bed for his rest in the night .The thief after some time thought of his harassment in life and abused God for his distress. He wrote on the wall that “GOD IS NO WHERE”. Then he left the church taking two silver candle sticks .Next day morning the police caught and brought the thief to the Father and told him that this thief had stolen his candle sticks. At that the Father told the police he himself presented those sticks to the thief. When police left the church leaving behind the thief, the thief fell on the feet of the Father and his eyes were overflowed with tears .He saw with his hazy eyes that the wall where he wrote “GOD IS NO WHERE” the letter W had been shifted by the side of NO and it was shown as “GOD IS NOW HERE”.
Once his lecture on “Naam Tatwa” was so attractive at Delhi Kalibari that a pandel had to be erected to accommodate thousands of devotees to listen him for two consecutive days. Even after that he was requested to stay for few days more.
He throughout his life followed the ideals of Mahaprabhu. His advice to his near and dear ones was “Be householder/married but not oblation to house members, be saint but don’t dress up like saints”.
Till last days of his life he wholeheartedly neglected money and fame. The fame and honour he had in Gaudiya Vaishnav Society, he could have created thousands of disciples, plenty of wealth and established big foundation easily.
But this fame and glory had obstructed him in serving Deity of his worship and religious path. Many elites of Calcutta, news media and renowned politicians used to come to his house and invite him to deliver lectures on religious matters in different conferences. The embarrassed Prabhupada neither could refuse them nor could perform his own religious worship and ascetic practices. So one day he told his brother that he would go to Vrindavan where nobody could disturb him. That agitated his intimate devotees and Shri Gyan Ghosh , son of a famous sweet merchant of Calcutta , approached Prabhupada and requested him to stay at Nabadwip where he had two storied house named Shri Gourkishore Santikunja near Ganga in a solitary place with trees all around the hermitage. Prabhupada accepted the offer and started his worship, ascetic practice, writing and reading religious books. He wrote near about 10 No’s religious books.
By microscope, one can see very minute particles caught in the palm of one’s hand or an object placed at distant location by telescope, but when a vast object exists very close to one’s surrounding, it is difficult to feel and ascertain the normal state of that object. In that case summation of the part analysis is the best method for evaluation.
Therefore, in his Biography, published and edited by his eldest nephew Shri Gour Rai Goswami, intimate relatives like publisher himself, his younger brother and youngest nephew, had written on him at different periods of his life. They were brought up under his care from boyhood and were closely related to his daily routine of work. So their writings on him and their assessment might be taken as authentic. Prabhupada’s vast personality and his lifestyle as Vaishnava, could somewhat be realised through their writings.
His youngest nephew Shri Kishore Rai Goswami was as beloved as his own life. Prabhupada moulded him according to his own religious faith and ideas. He initiated him and made him his disciple .He was so worried and anxious of his whereabouts that he did not want that a mild tremor of outside air should touch his sacred body. Shriman Kishore used to go outside the hermitage to have association with saints and ascetics. One day Prabhupada called him and told “ Self admiration is as good as committing suicide , even then I am doing so to let you know that Mahaprabhu’s liking Saints were Rup ,Sanatan ,Srijib like Saints. After that you should know your eldest uncle i.e. myself has come in this world as Saint.” After that Shriman Kishore stopped going outside to have association with saints.
The pain he had during his disappearance is to be mentioned here. Prabhupada wrote” In this dreadful age of” Koliyug ( present age according to Hindu scriptures) the increasing offence to “Naama” amongst the communities day by day and its harmful infection to others also is unbearable and I don’t wish to stay in this world anymore” .He earnestly prayed to the feet of Shri Gour Rai Jeew that he could leave this world taking the sins of everybody along with him .Shril Tinkari Goswami of Nabadwip, absolute person related to God, to whom he requested his consent with folded hands to bid him farewell from this world. During Prabhupada’s demise Shril Tinkari Goswami was at Vrindavan and he arranged food offerings to 64 Abbots in his remembrance.
The names of the religious books he wrote are as
Follows: – 1.) Jeeber Swarup O Swadharma.
2.) Vaijoyanti Prabandhamala.
3.) Shri Shri Naam Chintamoni (1st part part )
4.) Shri Shri Naam Chintamoni ( 2nd Part.)
5.) Shri Shri Naam Chintamoni ( 3rd Part.)
6.) Shri Bhakti Rahasya Kanika.
7.) Shri Shri Raag Bhakti Rahosya Dipika.
8.) Mohot Sango Prasango.
9.) Pather Gaan O Lalosa Mukul.