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 saintby followers of his lineage. During his lifetime Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji became famous for his teachings on the process of Bhakti Yogaand for his unorthodox " avadhuta" like behaviour as a sadhu, or babajiin Vrindavan.
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 singingand chanting the sacred names of Radhaand Krishna( Bhajan).
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 dikshato 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.
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