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SRI ISANA THAKURA

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SRI ISANA THAKURA

 

Sri Isana Thakura was a household servant of Sri Jagannatha Misra. After the disappearance of Misra Mahasaya, Isana accepted the responsibility of looking after the household. He respected Sacimata as his own mother and she in turn was affectionate to him as though he was her son.

 

All of the various household duties such as bringing water from the Ganges, growing vegetables in the garden, collecting the yearly supply of rice paddy from the temple, going to the market, receiving guests and washing their feet and so on were carried out by Isana.

 

When Nityananda Prabhu came to Sacimata's house Isana washed His feet. [C.B. Mad. 1.59]

 

He would also clean the room after meals.

 

When Nimai was a small boy, He was very restless and would make many capricious demands which Isana would eventually have to fullfill. [B.R. 12.97]

 

Sacinandana Nimai, the very life of Isana, wouldn't go anywhere without him. "Isan was always engaged in Sacimata's service, and thus he is extremely fortunate amongst the inhabitants of the fourteen planetary systems. Sacidevi was affectionate to him." [Caitanya-Bhagavat where?]

 

"I offer my obeisances to Sri Isana Thakura to whom Sacidevi was very affectionate." (Vaisnava-vandana/Devakinandana)

 

After Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, the entire responsibility of looking after Sacimata and Visnupriya fell on the shoulder of Isana. After the disappearance of Sacimata, Vansivadananda looked after Visnupriya and Isana Thakura. The first time Srinivasa Acarya went to Mayapur from Puri he had darsana of Visnupriya, but when the three of them, Srinivasa, Narottama and Ramacandra went to Mayapura, only Isana Thakura was present. "They saw Isana sitting alone, his body shining with the effulgence of the sun. Though he tried to restrain his emotions, still tears flowed out from his closed eyes." [B.R. 12.113]

 

After offering their obeisances, the three companions introduced themselves to Isana. When Isana could understand that they were the favorites of Mahaprabhu, he embraced them very affectionately. Thereafter, the three of them took the elderly Isana with them and made a pilgrimage around the nine islands of Navadwipa to have darsana of the places of pastimes of Sri Gaurasundara. After completing their parikrama, they took leave of Isana, offering their prayers at his feet. [B. R. 13.9]

 

After having spent some days in their company, the pain of separation was very acute. When the three stalwart devotees arrived at Raghunandana Bhavan at Sri Khanda, they were respectfully given seats. Shortly thereafter the news arrived from Mayapura that Isana Thakura had concluded his final pastimes. [B.R. 13/21]

 

 

 

 

 

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