The Crocodile

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The crocodile

From Nilachala, Syamananda Prabhu, Rasikananda Prabhu and their disciples went to Rajaghat via Rasagovindapur and Remuna.

One day a mayavadi sannyasi teased him by calling him a “hypocrite Vaisnava,” but Syamananda Prabhu did not respond.

They went to the bank of the Suvarnarekha River, where they saw a big crocodile lying with its mouth open. Syamananda said,

“O crocodile! Due to some sinful activities in your previous birth you have become a crocodile. Now you should give up violence. Lord Sri Krishna shall surely be merciful unto you.”

Surprising all those present, the crocodile came forward towards Syamananda, who then initiated him in the Hari Nama Maha-mantra. After that the crocodile bowed down to Syamananda Prabhu and slowly entered the deep waters of the river.

Seeing this with his own eyes, the sannyasi started burning with remorse for having offended him and fell at his lotus feet begging for forgiveness. Syamananda Prabhu was merciful unto him and named him as Sankara Dasa.


This is a section of the book “Syamananda, the Joy of Radharani (English)”.

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