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Namacarya — The Life of Srila Haridasa Thakura

by Rupa Vilasa Das

Namacharya — The Life of Srila Haridasa Thakura  (Lives of the Vaisnava Acaryas Vol. IV)

Five hundred years ago, as the Renaissance flourished in Europe, the revolutionary spiritual movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was challenging the assumptions of materialistic society in India.

As both a recluse and frontline preacher of that sacred mission, Srila Haridasa Thakura — a Muslim by birth — was one of the first Vaisnavas to bear the brunt of the sometimes violent reaction of an entrenched Hindu and Muslim society.

This book offers an insight into the exceptional life, divine qualities, spiritual ecstasies, and secret identity of Srila Haridasa Thakura — the saint whom Lord Caitanya Himself awarded the title Namacharya: one who perfectly teaches, by example, the chanting of the holy names of God.






16 color plates

Reviewed by- Krishna Dharma dasa

“Rupa-vilasa has rendered a wonderful service to Vaishnavism with his biography of Haridasa Thakura, the great exponent of chanting Hare Krishna. Compiling what must be all the known histories of the life of this divine personality, he has woven them into a highly readable and enjoyable narrative. We are afforded the privilege of the intimate association of an eternal companion of the Lord with all the spiritual benefits that this confers. By reading this book I felt uplifted and given a rare glimpse into the divine realm where such transcendental devotees as Haridasa forever reside.”

—Krishna Dharma dasa, author of Mahabharata, The World’s Greatest Spiritual Epic and Ramayana, India’s Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom.