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Disappearance Day of Sri Abhirama Thakura
Sri Abhirama Thakura was known as Abhirama Gopala and also as Rama dasa Bhirama dasa. “Who was previously known as Sridama, a gopa during Krsna-lila, is now renowned as Abhirama or Rama dasa. He was the favorite of Nityananda Prabhu.
One day, Krsna, Balarama and their cowherd friends were playing a game of hide and seek. In the middle of Their game, Krsna decided to go to Nadia to enjoy His pastimes there, and so, taking with Him Balarama and all Their friends, He advented Himself in Navadwipa. Somehow or other, He forgot Sridama, who remained in his hiding place in a cave. After a while Krsna noticed that Sridam had been left behind and sent Balarama as Nityananda, Who found Sridam and told him: “Come on! We’ve all gone to Nadia to play there!”
Sridama asked, “Who are You?”
“I’m your Lord Balarama. Can’t you recognize me?”
“You can’t be my Lord Balaram. You’re too small.”
[In Kali yuga the measurement of the body is 3.5 hands, whereas in Dwapara-yuga it is 7 hands.]
“If you don’t believe Me, then take off running. If I can’t
catch you within ten paces, then you’ll know I’m not Balarama.”
“All right! Catch me if You can!”
Sridama took off running, but Nityananda Prabhu immediately caught him. But now Sridama told Him, “Now lookee here, You dudes left me behind, so I ain’t goin’ to yer Nuddia or whatever the joint is called.”
Nityananda Prabhu kept coaxing him but Sridama was adamant. Finally he manifested an expansion of himself, Rama dasa, who agreed to go. But Sridam still wanted to remain behind as his feelings were greatly hurt.