Once in the house of Srivasa Thakura Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sang while Vakresvara Pandit danced in, constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours. At that time Lord Caitanya said, “Vakresvara, I have only one wing like you, but if I had another certainly I could fly in the sky”. Expert at singing and dancing, Vakresvara Pandit always pleased Lord Caitanya with his service in the Navadvipa sankirtana parties (which he joined from the beginning), the dramas at Srivas Angam, and the yearly Ratha-yatra at Jagannatha Puri.
Shivananda Sena showed Vaishnava compassion for all living entities, be they man or beast. When a stray dog joined the party Shivananda Sena fed the dog and even paid his boat fare. When the dog disappeared one day Shivananda sent 200 men to search for him. Upon arriving in Puri, they saw Lord Chaitanya throwing coconut pulp to the dog. The dog became purified of all material contamination by eating the Maha-Prasadam remnants of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Not seeing the dog the next day, Shivananda Sena understood that the dog had attained liberation by the mercy of Lord Chaitanya.
The Four Kumaras namely: Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, and Sanat Kumara are traditionally the four mind-born sons of Lord Brahma. Famous throughout the Puranic literature, they are found also in the Upanishads. They are renowned yogis, who requested their father for the boon of remaining perpetually five years old. They were created by their father in order to advance creation, however, they chose to undertake lifelong vows of celibacy (brahmacharya). After obtaining initiation into the Shri Gopala Mantra, these four brothers then left meditations into an impersonal God, and realised the truth lies beyond the impersonal, in the Highest Person, the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna. Having obtained His grace and being initiated into Vaishnava tradition, they began to spread the teachings of the path of renounciation. During initiation into this Vaishnava tradition, they received the Shri Shaligrama Shila known as Shri Sarve Svara Bhagavan, which has been passed on from each Guru to disciple since their time. The Supreme Lord Shri Krishna, in His conversation with Uddhava in the 11th Canto of the Bhagavata Purana declares: etavan yoga adisto macchisyaih sanakadibhih – ‘I taught this yoga to My disciples, the four brothers headed by Sanaka’.
Gopinath Pattanayaka was Bhavananda Raya’s second son. According to the tenth chapter of the Adi-lila of Chaitanya Charitamrita, Mahaprabhu says that Bhavananda Raya was formerly the king Pandu and that his sons were the five Pandavas. All of these five sons were very dear to the Lord.
Shri Gadadhara dasa Thakura previously lived at Navadwip. When the Lord went to live at Nilachala Shri Dasa Gadadhara also went there to be with Him. Later on Mahaprabhu sent him back with Nityananda Prabhu to preach in Bengal. He first stayed at Eriyadahagram, which is situated on the banks of the Ganges. Then he spent some time in Navadwipa, taking care of Sachi Mata and Vishnupriya, but after their disappearance he came to live at Katwa, where Mahaprabhu had accepted sannyasa from Keshava Bharati.
He was a very confidential associate of Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda. In Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika it is stated that he is an incarnation of the effulgence of Shrimati Radharani’s body, as well as an expansion of Purnananda gopi. Though he was one of the associates of Nityananda Prabhu, the majority of whom were cowherd boys and thus situated in the mellow of friendship, he was always absorbed in the mood of a gopi.
Shri Virachandra or Virabhadra Prabhu appeared on the ninth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartik. Krsna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami has given this description of Him in the C.C. Adi 11.8-12:
Sri Birbhadra Gosvami is the son of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and the disciple of Sri Jahnava Mata. His mother is Srimati Vasudha Devi.
Yadavacharya Goswami or Yadav Mishra He was the brother of Vishnupriya Devi.
He was a resident of Vrindavana & a disciple of Rupa Goswami. He was one of the improtant Vaishnavas who requested Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami to write Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita.
Yadunandana dasa or Thakura was a Vaidya by caste and a disciple of Hemalata, the daughter of Shrinivasa Acharya.
His Shripata was at Malihati village (or Meleti) to the north of Katoa. He wrote the book which contains a biography of Shrinivasa Acharya. In his book Karnananda, Shri Yadunandana dasa mentions the name of his guru at the end of every chapter and respectfully glorifies her: “Hemalata, the daughter of Shrinivasa Acharya prabhu, is just like a creeper of divine love and is a beautiful creation of the Supreme Lord. I, Yadunandana dasa, take pleasure in writing the book Karnananda, keeping her lotus feet fixed within my heart.” Upon hearing this book Hemalata Devi was deeply impressed and named it Karnananda.
Shri Mukunda acted as the royal physician to Emperor Hussain Shah. Upon seeing a shimmering peacock fan waving before the king, he fell down in ecstasy. Seeing the peacock feathers flooded the pure heart of Mukunda with overwhelming memories of Lord Shri Krishna.
Shri Chaitanya once jokingly asked Mukunda, “Who is thy father and who is the son?” Mukunda replied, “My son, Raghunandana, is actually the father because through him I have understood Krishna consciousnes. Therefore, he is my real father.”
Feeling very sad (dukhi) over losing several children before his birth, his parents named him Dukhi Krishna Dasa. Upon taking diksha from Hrdaya Chaitanya he became known as Krishna Dasa. In Vrindavana, he joined Narottama Dasa Thakura and Shrinivasa Acharya to study the Goswami granthas under Shri Jiva Goswami.