Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji

Srila Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji (1838 - 1915 CE) is a well known figure from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, and is regarded as a "Mahatma" or saint by followers of his lineage. During his lifetime Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji became famous for his teachings on the process of Bhakti Yoga and for his unorthodox "avadhuta" like behaviour as a sadhu, or babaji in Vrindavan.

Background

He was born on November 17th, 1838 in a well-to-do mercantile family in the village of Vagyana, near to 'Tepakhola' in the district of Faridpur, part of modern day Bangladesh. After the death of his wife when he was thirty years old, he accepted the life of a Babaji in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition under the tutelage of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, after meeting the latter's disciple, Srila Bhagavat dasa Babaji. He became a mendicant, staying in the holy cities of Vrindavan and Navadwip, deeply absorbed in singing and chanting the sacred names of Radha and Krishna (Bhajan).

Legacy

1900 was a significant year, as Srila Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji gave initiation (diksha) to his only discipleFact|date=March 2008, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. The former gave the latter the name 'Varsabhanavi devi dayita Dasa'. Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji's legacy would live on his only disciple Bhaktisiddhanta, as he would later go on to preach all over India with his Gaudiya Math. Bhaktisiddhanta in turn gave diksha to A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who preached the philosophy and culture of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition on a worldwide basis through his International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

ee also

*Hare Krishna
*Gouranga
*Nityananda
*Six Goswamis of Vrindavan

External links

* [http://www.iskcon.com/about/parampara/gaurakisora.html Gaurakisora das Babaji: Biography by ISKCON]
* [http://www.salagram.net/parishad9.htm Gaura Kishora das Babaji Maharaj: Biography on salagram.net]
* [http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/saranagati/html/guardians/gaura-kisora-bio.html Gaurakisora das Babaji: Biography by gosai.com]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Jagannatha dasa Babaji — Srila Jagannātha Dāsa Bābājī Maharaja (1776 1894 CE) was an influential leader (guru) in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, and is respected as a Mahatma or saint by followers of his lineage. He accepted initiation (diksha) from Srila… …   Wikipedia

  • Vrindavan —   city   …   Wikipedia

  • List of Bangladeshis — This article lists the notable people, with articles in Wikipedia, who are either citizens of Bangladesh, born in the region of what is now Bangladesh, or of Bangladeshi origin living abroad (such as British Bangladeshis or Bangladeshi Americans) …   Wikipedia

  • List of Bengalis — This article provides lists of famous and notable Bengali people, from India or Bangladesh, or people with Bengali ancestry. Academics *Ashis Nandy, Political Psychologist *Andre Béteille, Sociologist *Dipesh Chakrabarty, Historian *Gayatri… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.