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

Srila Gour Govinda SwamiEvery year in Bhubaneswar, on Lord Nityananda’s appearance day he would flood the audience with most nectarean, ecstatic and divine Nityananda prema-bhajans and speak about Lord Nityananda’s nectarean pastimes. During these ecstatic bhajans and lectures, his extreme ecstasy could not be checked. He would make everybody present there dip in the deep, nectarean sweetest ocean of Gauranga prema-data Lord Nityananda’s prema rasa-kathamrta.

"If Nityananda Prabhu will shower His mercy then you can have Radha and Krsna in Vrajabhumi. Therefore, clasp the two lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu, tightly, tightly! Otherwise how can you get the mercy of Nityananda? How can you get Radha Krsna in Vrajabhumi? This is the goal of your human life. Without Nityananda's mercy there is no hope at all. This is what Narottama dasa Thakura says." (from a commentary of Nitai pada kamala.)

Srila Gour Govinda Swami

Divine Disappearance

Lord Caitanya said to Srila Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara Goswami: “Love of Godhead, devoid of cheating propensities, is not possible within this material world. If there is such a love, there cannot be separation, for if there is separation, how can one live.” (Cc. Madhya, 2.42)

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja had been delayed on his annual trip to Sri Mayapur Dham for the GBC meetings in 1996 due to the Srila Prabhupada Centennial celebrations in Orissa. Just a few days before arriving in Mayapur he had taken darsan of his beloved Sri Sri Radha Gopaljiu in Gadei Giri before embarking on his trip. Now in Mayapur, devotees were coming to take darsan of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja in his guest house room every evening

Srila Gour Govinda Swami’s disappearance pastime perfectly exemplified the highest level of surrender and separation from Krsna as explained by Sriman Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the above verse. During the Centennial year, he made a wonderful offering of himself at the beautiful lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, on the divine appearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur (9th February, 1996). At an auspicious moment in Sri Mayapur Dham, he went into divine trance of pure devotion while narrating the ecstatic mahabhava condition of Sri Krsna’s reunion with Srimati Radharani in Vrndavan after a long separation. He mentioned how, “...after a long separation Krsna came back to Vrajabhumi and then the eyes of Krsna fell on the eyes of Srimati Radharani - Eye to Eye union.” Overwhelmed with ecstatic love and unbearable separation from Srimati Radhika and Syamasundara, he could speak no more and gave his final instruction: “Nama koro! Nama koro!” (chant the Holy Name) and called out, “Gopal!” and returned to His beloved Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gopal Jiu in Sri Golok Vrndavan Dham. At the same moment a garland fell from the transcendendal Body of Sri Gopaljiu in Gadei Giri.

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Sri Sri Gopal Jiu

Sri Sri Radha Gopaljiu, Gadei Giri, Orissa, India


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Sri Gopal Jiu

Gaudiya Vaisnavas are Our Saviours

This material world is such a dreadful world, dangerous situation, nasty place. Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Prabhupada Maharaja has said this is not at all a fit place for any gentleman to live, any gentleman to live. Such a place. When there is such situation, dangerous situation, who is our saviour, who will save us? Who will save us? These Vaisavas, these dear devotees of Sriman Mahaprabhu, these Gaudiya Vaisnavas, acaryas, previous acaryas; they are our saviour.

nimajjyonmajjatam ghore
bhavabdhau paramayanam
santo brahma-vidah santa
naur drdhevapsu majjatam
(SB. 11.26.32)

Srimad-Bhagavatam says, this bhava-sagara, this material world is a very dreadful ocean of material existence, very dreadful ocean. We have been drowning and drowning here lakhs and lakhs of lives, laksa laksa janma. We are always in need of a strong boat. That strong boat are the brahma-vidah-sadhus. These Gaudiya Vaisnava Acaryas are strong boats. So their puja is Vyasa Puja. So this is the day you are so kind to me and I always cherish the desire in my heart to get such mercy from you, life after life. To get such opportunity to offer my puja to such Vaisnavas, such Acaryas. I hope so.

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