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“Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami has described in Sri Caitanya Caritamrta that the first sprout of the desire tree of devotion was manifested in the person of Sri Madhavendra Puri, and that that sprout developed into a sapling in the person of Sri Isvar Puri. Then, in the person of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Who was also the gardener Himself, that the sapling become the trunk of an enormous tree- the desire tree of devotion.” – [C. C. Adi 9.10-11]

“Sri Isvara Puri appeared in this world on the full moon day of the month of Jyestha. He served his guru, Sri Madhavendra Puri, very faithfully, especially during the end of Sri Puripada’s life.” – [C. C. Antya 8.26]

“Sri Isvara Puri, in his travels to various holy places, once came to Sridhama Navadwipa, where he stayed in the house of Sri Gopinatha Acarya. At that time Sri Nimai Pandita was absorbed in His pastimes of learning. Iswara Puri entered Nadiya nagara in disguise and thus no one could understand who he really was.”

“That noble minded gentleman, was always absorbed in the mellows of devotion to Sri Krsna. He was thus extremely dear to Sri Krsna and he was an ocean of mercy. No one, however, could recognize him by his dress. By the will of fate, he came to Sri Advaita Acarya’s house.” [C. B. Adi 11]

He came to where Sri Advaita Acarya was engaged in worshipping Sri Krsna and quietly sat down there. By his divine luster one Vaishnava cannot remain hidden from another. Advaita Acarya began to look in his direction again and again. Finally he asked him: “Bap! Who are you? I have a feeling you are a Vaishnava sannyasi.”

Sri Isvara Puri very humbly replied: “I am a low class shudra, come to view your lotus feet.” Mukunda Datta, who was also present could also understand that this is a Vaishnava sannyasi and thus he contrived to expose him. In his sweet voice, he began a kirtana describing Sri Krsna’s pastimes. When Sri Isvara Puri heard that kirtan he at once fell to the ground, and the earth beneath him became wet with his tears. The devotees present were dumbstruck. “We haven’t seen a Vaishnava like this before.”
Advaita Acarya very firmly embraced him. Now everyone could understand that this is Madhavendra Puri’s dearmost disciple, Sri Isvara Puri. Loud shouts of “Hari! Hari!” rose up into the air.

Sri Isvara Puri remained at Navadwipa for some days. One day when Nimai Pandita was returning home from the school, he happened by chance to meet Sri Isvara Puri on the way. Sri Isvara Puri was as though mesmerized while looking at the son of Saci, and thought to himself, “He has all the indications of being a divine personage, and appears very grave indeed.”
Srila Isvara Puri inquired, “Oh Viprabori ! May I know your name? Where do you live? What is that manuscript in Your hand?” Mahaprabhu very humbly offered His namaskar. Some of his disciples replied, “His name is Nimai Pandit.” Exclaiming, “You are the famous Nimai Pandita!” Isvara Puri felt very happy to meet Him. Mahaprabhu, coming forward and bowing his head, humbly requested, “Sripada, please come with Me to My house and be My guest for lunch.”

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