TEXT 92
sarva-śāstre pravīṇa, kāvya-prakāśa-adhyāpaka
parama-vaiṣṇava, raghunātha-upāsaka
SYNONYMS
sarva-śāstre—in all revealed scriptures; pravīṇa—very learned scholar; kāvya-prakāśa—of the famous book Kāvya-prakāśa; adhyāpaka—a teacher; parama-vaiṣṇava—highly advanced devotee; raghunātha-upāsaka—worshiper of Lord Rāmacandra.
TRANSLATION
Rāmadāsa Viśvāsa was very learned in all the revealed scriptures. He was a teacher of the famous book Kāvya-prakāśa and was known as an advanced devotee and worshiper of Raghunātha [Lord Rāmacandra].
PURPORT
Commenting on the word parama-vaiṣṇava, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says that anyone who desires to merge into the existence of the Lord cannot be a pure Vaiṣṇava, but because Rāmadāsa Viśvāsa was a great devotee of Lord Rāmacandra, he was almost a Vaiṣṇava. In those days, no one could distinguish between a pure Vaiṣṇava and a pseudo Vaiṣṇava. Therefore Rāmadāsa Viśvāsa was known as a Vaiṣṇava because he worshiped Lord Rāmacandra.

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