Sri Isvara Puri
Receiving the seed of Krishna prema from Madhavendra Puri, Sri Isvara Puri became the spiritual master of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Madhavendra Puri couldn’t move at the end of his life. So doing all humble services, Isvara Puri even cleaned up his stool and urine. Isvara Puri helped his guru to remember Sri Krishna by always chanting Hare Krishna and telling Radha-Krishna’s pastimes. Pleasing Madhavendra Puri by these menial acts, Isvara Puri received the treasure of Krishna-prema from his spiritual master.
Sri Isvara Puri again showed exemplary humility, the ornament of a true Vaisnava, when he first met Sri Advaita Acarya. Finding Advaita Prabhu busy serving His Deity, Isvara Puri sat down patiently and shyly. Although he was a Vaisnava sannyasi, Isvara Puri introduced himself with, “I am a sudra of the lowest class.”
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the guru for the whole universe, honored Isvara Puri by taking initiation from him. One day Isvara Puri came to Lord Caitanya’s house. The Lord personally cooked and lovingly served His spiritual master. After prasadam Lord Caitanya rubbed sandalwood paste on Isvara Puri and offered a fragrant flower garland. By His own example Sri Caitanya showed how to properly worship and serve the guru-parampara.
Once while passing through Sri Isvara Puri’s birth place Lord Gauranga became filled with rapture. Taking some dust the Lord said, “This dust is My life and soul.” His samadhi stands in the 64 Samadhis Area.
-An excerpt from the book ‘The Gaudiya Vaisnava Samadhis in Vrndavana’ authored by Mahanidhi Swami.