Svarupa Damodara Goswami was the personal secretary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is said to have been like a “second Mahaprabhu” because he deeply understood the Lord’s conclusions on Krishna bhakti, devotional service to Krishna. He was a great scholar as well as an expert musician. In the company of Srila Swarupa Damodara Goswami at Jagannatha Puri, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would taste the deepest emotions of devotional service.
Sivananda Sena, an associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, used all his possessions and wealth in the service of the Lord and His devotees. Every year he would lead a party of 200 devotees from Bengal to Jagannatha Puri to attend the annual Ratha-yatra festival. He would arrange for the devotees’ food, tolls, ferries, and lodging. Shivananda Sena’s family and servants were all dedicated to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
- Video: Vakreshvara Pandit and Others – (one of the “others” is Sivananda Sena)
- Video: Svarupa Damodara Goswami
- Sivananda Sena is mentioned extensively in Chaitanya-charitamrita, especially Adi-lila 10.54-55, and 10.60-64, as well as Antya-lila 1.16-32, 2.22-82, 10.142-151 and 12.15-53
- Svarupa Damodara Goswami is also mentioned extensively in Chaitanya-charitamrita, especially Adi-lila 4.105, and Madhya-lila 10.102-129, and Madhya-lila 13.163-167
Paintings are of Svarupa Damodara Goswami and the devotees trying to revive Lord Chaitanya to external consciousness, and of Lord Nityananda kicking Sivananda Sena.