Bada Haridasa

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HARIDASA

He was a well-known scholar of Bhaktisastra. Haridasa, who was a relative of Biththalesvara, wrote many small books on Bhakti-tattva. The following works of Haridasa in Sanskrit are worth mentioning: Aisvaryavavivarana; Kamakhyadosavivarana
: Tippanayasaya; Navaratnera-tika based on Navaratna-prakasa by Vallabacarya; Nirodhalaksana-vivriti; Vedantasiddhantakaumudi; Srutikalpadrum; Slokapancakavivarana; Siddhantarahasyavritikarika; Sevanabhavanakavya; Sevaphalastotravivriti; Svamargadhar
mavivarana (Visvakos vol. 22, p.488).

Haridasa was also popular as `Bada Haridasa’. The seventy-second branch of the original tree was this Dvija Haridasa, an associate of Lord Caitanya. (CC. 1.10.112)

He was the son of Nrsimha, the chief of Brahmana-kula. According to GVA, after the disappearance of Lord Caitanya, Haridasa wanted to end his life. But in a dream the Lord commanded him to give up this idea and instead go to Vrndavana. Foll
owing the order of the Lord, Haridasa immediately embraced vairagya and lived from then on in Vrndavana. Later, upon meeting Srinivasa Acarya in Vrndavana, Haridasa requested him to give diksa to his two sons; Sridasa and Gokuladasa (alias Gokulanan
da). Haridasa Acarya passed away on the eleventh lunar day of the dark fortnight, immediately after Srinivasa Acarya left Vrndavana for Gauda.

Haridasa Acarya’s Sripata is at Kancanagadiya in the district of Mursidabad. (Bhaktiratnakara 1.485-486, 6. 326-327, 9.78)

 

 

 

 

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