About Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur

There was another thing I also heard about him from another source, Ram Gopal Vidyabhusana, an M.A. and Barrister-at-law.

Ram Gopal Vidyabhusana told me, “Once we went to visit him. We had heard that a Government officer, an educated man, had become a Vaisnava Babaji. So we went to see him, and someone amongst us asked him, ‘Please speak something about Krsna and Krsna-nama (the Holy Name of Krsna).’

“After a moment, Bhaktivinoda Thakur then said, ‘Oh, you want to hear something about Krsna, you want? You want Krsna-nama?’

“Then the consequence of that enquiry had such an influence on his body and mind, that as it is written by him personally in his own poem, Sri-Nama-Mahatmya:

Cakse dhara—From my eyes tears flowed; dehe gharmma—my body perspired; murcchita haila mana—I fell into a faint; kari’ eta upadrava—the Holy name created a great turmoil in me; citte varse sudha-drava—causing a rain of nectarine current in my heart; more dare premera sagare— and casting me into the ocean of ecstasy, of Love; kichu na bujhite dila, more ta’ batula kaila—I could not feel the environment around me, and became as though mad; mora citta-vitta saba hare—I lost myself in that though

That gentleman, Ram Gopal Vidyabhusana said, “I saw with my own eyes that all these symptoms were displayed in his body and mind, simply upon hearing our enquiry. Bhaktivinoda Thakur said, ‘You are so fortunate, you have come to hear Krsna-nama from me? Krsna—! Krsna—!’ In this way, he entered into another domain, and so many symptoms and expressions appeared in his body and mind—convulsions, tears, all these things.” I heard this from an eye-witness.

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhara Deva Goswami