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The Life of Haridasa Thakura

In this episode of his video blog, Chaturatma dasa describes the pastimes of Srila Haridasa Thakura, a fifteenth century contemporary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Haridas became well-known for his constant chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, which upset the Muslim government of his time. He was ordered to either stop chanting or be beaten. He chose to keep chanting.

Haridas is considered by Vedic authorities to be the combined form of Lord Brahma and Sri Prahlad Maharaja.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu declared Haridasa Thakura to be the namacharya or the person who most exemplifies how to best chant the holy names of Krishna. September 10 marks the anniversary of Haridas Thakur's disappearance from this world this year (2011).

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Pictured above is Lord Chaitanya dancing with the body of Haridas Thakur, who gave up his life while completely absorbed in chanting the name of Krishna.