By Swami Harshananda
Haridās was a well-known disciple of Śrikṛṣṇa Caitanya or Caitanya Mahāprabhu (A. D. 1485-1533). He was a Muslim by birth. He was probably born in A. D. 1450 in the village Burhan in the Jessore district of Bengal. Right from young age he had a great fascination for Hindu religion and especially for Lord Śrī Krṣṇa. He came under the influence of Caitanya Mahāprabhu and became his disciple.
When attempts were made by evil and jealous persons to seduce him with the help of a harlot, the harlot was converted to purer ways of living. His self-control and devotion towards Lord Krṣṇa was great. The Muslim chieftain of the place made several attempts to reconvert him to Islamic ways of life but failed miserably. Finally Haridas was beaten to pulp and thrown into the river nearby. However, due to the grace of God he survived. It is said that Caitanya himself cremated his body on his death.
- ↑ It is now situated in Bangladesh.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore