Vrindavan, 2017.11.24 (VT): Swami Vitthal Vipul Dev ju was born on Margashirsh Shukla Panchami of 1532VS. He is the second principal Acharya of the Nimbark Haridasi Parampara.
He appeared in Rajpur in Braj Mandal, which is near Vrindavan. He was a cousin of Swami Haridas and he was also his first disciple. From the age of 30, Vitthal Vipul Dev renounced worldly life and offered himself completely to the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna, living in the forest at Nidhivan. Thirty-nine sacred songs (pads) were written by him.
One beautiful pad of Sri Swami Vitthal Vipul Dev Ju is :-
नव निकुंज मन्दिर मे प्यारी पियही सिखावत वीणा ।।
Nav Nikunj Mandir Mai Pyari Piyahi Sikhavat Veena
“In the Divine forest of Sri Nikunj Vrindavan Sri Priya Ju (Radha Rani) is teaching Piya (Krishna) how to play Veena.”
One day in Nidhivan, Vitthal Vipul Dev requested Swami Haridas to reveal the eternal lila of Radha and Krishna to him. Swami Haridas ji told him to look within a nearby enclosure of tangled vines. When Vitthal Vipul Dev looked inside, he saw Shri Radha and Krishna in their eternal lila. Accompanying them was Swami Haridas in his sakhi swaroop.
Overwhelmed with bliss and filled with gratitute, Vitthal Vipul Dev Ji went and bowed in front of his Guru. Swami Haridas smiled and told him to go inside the tangle of vines, adding, “Whatever you find inside, bring it out.”
Vitthal Vipul Dev went inside the vine enclosure. Inside there was a gupha (cave). When he went inside the gupha, he saw Radha and Krishna had joined together to form the black stone deity of Shri Banke Bihariji. He brought Banke Bihari out of the cave and handed him over to his Guru.
When Swami Haridas left this world for the eternal lila, Vitthal Vipul Dev found it hard to go on. From that day forward, he tied a bandage over his eyes. Perhaps, after the divine illuminating form of his Guru had left this world, he did not wish to see anything else.
Soon after, a Raas Lila play was held and Vitthal Vipul Dev was in the audience. The Raas Lila depicted Swami Haridas serving the Divine Couple in his sakhi swaroop. Vittha Vipul Dev Ji sang:
करूणानिधि मम स्वामिनी, तुम पकरयौ मम हाथ ।
अब करूणा कर लाड़ली ! राखि आपुने साथ ।।
karuna nidhi mam swamini, tum pakaryo mama haath
ab karuna kar laadli, raakhi aapune saath
“Oh My compassionate queen, my lord Sri Radhike, please hold my hand. O my beloved queen please cover me and keep me in your divine service eternally like my Gurudev Sri Swami Haridas Ju Maharaj. I can not take this sepration of my Guru so please hold my hand, Priya Ju.”
Shri Radharani came forward and held his hand. She made Vitthal Vipul Dev stand up and asked him to open his eyes.
Removing the bandage, his eyes fell on the lotus face of Radharani. Suddenly there was a flash of light, and Vitthal Vipul Dev was gone. He had entered the eternal lila in his sakhi swaroop. (V)
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