His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva
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Srila Gour Govinda Swami

The Perfect Example

His worldwide preaching took him to America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Mauritius, Australia, South America and India - especially to the rural villages of Orissa. He always practiced what he preached - compassion toward all living entities, true kindness, childlike simplicity, innocence, complete detachment, absolute tolerance, extensive spiritual blissfulness, exclusive devotion and complete surrender to Sriman Mahaprabhu, an unseen level of humility and unflinching faith in Srila Prabhupada.

Without caring for his personal comfort and undergoing many austerities, he preached very dynamically and very purely all over the world. The mellifluous nectar emanating from his lotus mouth during his ecstatic kirtans made people dance and cry. His devotional discourses based on Sri Bhaktivedanta purports are full of sastric evidences and exuberant explanations. They inspired people to surrender to the chanting of the Holy Name of Krishna in the mood of separation, as taught by Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

After returning from his European tour in 1992 he had expressed his concern after observing how the Gaudiya Matha were using Srila Prabhupada to attract the members of ISKCON in a dishonest way. They were using Srila Prabhupada's photographs and quotes in the beginning of their books and many other methods. Srila Gurudeva mentioned in his return address in Bhubaneswar that this was a great offence to Srila Prabhupada. He vowed to begin preaching higher teachings in ISKCON to stop the flow of devotees of Srila Prabhupada's society to the Gaudiya Matha and bring pleasure to Srila Prabhupada instead of pain. On many occassions Srila Gour Govinda Swami expressed this sentiment. "You should not go outside ISKCON because if you love Prabhupada, why will you leave Prabhupada and his society? Thereby you leave Prabhupada. Prabhupada will never be pleased, you understand? Prabhupada will never be pleased. If you really love Prabhupada, why you’ll go outside? Inside you’ll get, definitely you’ll get."

A Fearless Preacher

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja's knowledge of scripture was formidable. He would substantiate everything he said with evidence from all over the Vedic literature. He would always preach fearlessly and would never compromise the conclusions of the scriptures in the name of being practical. During his powerful, informative, heart shattering and devotional lectures, he inspired countless devotees from all over the world. He used every moment of every day to fulfill Srila Prabhupada's desire to preach in every town and village the Holy Name of Krishna.

He is a perfect example of the trnad api sunichena verse. Although very meek and humble in his personal dealings, in his classes he would roar like a lion, smashing the pride and cutting the misconceptions from the hearts and minds of his disciples and followers. His authentic simplicity can be seen by looking at the small mud hut he lived in while he was in Bhubaneswar. His samadhi mandir has been built in the same mud hut.

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Srila Gour Govinda Swami on Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day

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Vrajavasis are Preachers

The pure devotees, the vrajabasis, residents of Vrajabhumi are preachers. They go out and preach. For what purpose? pratisthasa-hina-krsna-gatha' saba. They are not beggars of pratistha. They don't go out and preach for name, fame and adoration, prestige. Their heart bleeds seeing the suffering hearts of the jivas because they are devoid of Krsna Consciousness. So they have been suffering. They feel pity fo the suffering souls, so they come out, go out and preach. They inculcate Krsna consiousness prana ache ta'r, se-hetu pracar. He has life! What is life? Who is life? Krsna is the life, prana ache ta'r, se-hetu pracar. Krsna is the life, jivanam sarva-bhutesu, "I am the life in all living entities." So vrajavasis, residents of Vrajabhumi, pure devotees, they have life because they carry Krsna in their heart. their hearts bleed seeing the suffering of ivas becaus they are devoid of Krsna consciouness, bereft of Krsna consciouness. That is suffering, therefore they go out. they don't go to a solitary place and silently chant. They come to the big cities for preaching Krsna-katha.

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