In 1849, Shrila Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji left grihasta life after the death of his wife. He moved to Vrindavana and took initiation from Shri Bhagavata Dasa Babaji, a disciple of Shri Jagannatha Dasa, Babaji. For over thirty years Gaura Kishora Dasa stayed in Vrindavana performing bhajana under the trees at Giri Govardhana, Nandagrama, Varshana, Radha-Kunda, Surya-kunda, Raval, Gokula.
Sitting in seclusion, he chanted 200,000 names of Krishna every day (128 rounds of japa). He felt painful separation from Radha-Govinda and cried profusely. As he wandered through the dvadasa vana (12 forests) of Vraja, he would loudly chant the Holy Names in a deep voice full of lamentation.
The essence of Shrila Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji’s instructions: “The Divine Name of Krishna offers the one and only shelter. One should never try to remember Radha-Damodara’s transcendental pastimes by artificial methods. Constant chanting of the Divine Names will purify the heart. By chanting Hari Nama the syllables of the Maha-mantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) will gradually reveal the spiritual form, qualities, pastimes of Shri Krishna. Then you will realize your own eternal spiritual form, service, and the eleven particulars of your spiritual identity.”
On 19 November 1915, Shrila Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja joined the eternal blissful Pastime of Gandharvika Giridhari. His beloved disciple, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, established his samadhi on the banks of Shri Chaitanya Matha’s Radha-Kunda, near Lord Chaitanya’s Yogapitha in Shridhama Mayapur.
In Vraja lila he serves Shrimati Radharani as Guna-manjari. His pushpa samadhi stands besides the Radha-Kunja Bihari Gaudiya Matha near Radha-kunda.