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

A Lecture Given by
His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

The Real Darsan of Sri Guru

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This lecture was given on the Divine Disappearance day of Yuga Dharma Acarya His Divine Grace A. C.  Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada’s on 27th October 1995, Bhubaneswar, India. In this lecture Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja discusses the real nature of Srila Prabhupada as the authorized external manifestation of caittya-guru, Sri Guru Paramatma and how to obtain the real darsan of Srila Prabhupada as Sri Guru.

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Vaisnava-data, the full life history, pastimes and glorification of a dear devotee of Krsna, Vaisnava Thakura, our revered spiritual master Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadji Maharaja. One should understand a Vainava never dies; a Vaisnava has no birth or death like an ordinary jiva. He is not an ordinary jiva. He has no birth, no death; he is beyond birth and death. He appears and disappears as the Supreme Lord appears and disappears, similarly his dear devotee, Vaisnava Thakura, he appears and disappears.

na karma-bandhanah janma
vaisnavanah ca vidyate
visnur anucaratvam hi
moksam ahur manisinah

(Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa, 10.113)

“A Vaisnava does not take birth under the jurisdiction of karmic law. His birth and disappearance are transcendental. The wise have declared that the servants of Visnu are eternally engaged in the liberated service of the Lord and hence are free from the laws of material nature.”

Srila Sanatana Goswami has quoted this verse in his book the Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa. The Vaisnavas have no birth and no death and no bondage of karma. They are the dear servants of Lord Visnu, therefore they are not ordinary human beings. They never take birth and they never die as ordinary human beings. One should not think like that. If one thinks in that way he will commit a great aparadha, a great offense. They appear and disappear in the same way the Supreme Lord and His innumerable incarnations appears and disappear. The appearance and disappearance day of a Vaisnava is as auspicious as the appearance day of the Supreme Lord. These holy appearance days give us an opportunity to glorify them. A Vaisnava is always to be glorified. He has left indestructible fame and glory here. His fame is not only chanted in the material world, it is also chanted in the spiritual world. His glories are chanted everywhere. One who glorifies such a Vainava gets the mercy of that Vaisnava, and then his good fortune arises.

Sriman Mahaprabhu’s Desire Fulfilled

So this is the holy disappearance day of our revered spiritual master Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadji Maharaja, who is the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness, who fulfilled the desires of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Sriman Mahaprabhu had this desire:

prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama
sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama

(CB, Antya 4.126)

Mahaprabhu has said, “My name will be chanted throughout the whole world, in all towns and villages, in every corner of the world.” That was the prophecy of Mahaprabhu five hundred years ago. Now it has come true, because our revered spiritual master Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadji Maharaja fulfilled this desire. He is completely empowered by his Guru and the previous acaryas and Gauranga Mahaprabhu; otherwise no one could have performed such wonderful miracles. Krsna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana, (CC. Antya 7.11) Without the assistance of Krsna-sakti, no one can do through physical strength or by one’s own effort. One should understand this. Therefore he was completely empowered, otherwise how could he fulfill the desires of Sriman Mahaprabhu? So this day has come to glorify him.

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When Good Fortune Arises

When good fortune arises the jiva meets sad-guru, Sri Guru. The life in which the darsana of Sri Guru takes place is a very, very successful life. That is good fortune. Seeing Gurudeva, having the darsana of Gurudeva means to receive the mercy of Gurudeva. We may see Gurudeva with these eyes, but if Gurudeva casts his merciful glance on us then it should be understood that we are very fortunate.

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Completely Empowered

Mahaprabhu has said, “My name will be chanted throughout the whole world, in all towns and villages, in every corner of the world.” That was the prophecy of Mahaprabhu five hundred years ago. Now it has come true, because our revered spiritual master Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadji Maharaja fulfilled this desire. He is completely empowered by his Guru and the previous acaryas and Gauranga Mahaprabhu; otherwise no one could have performed such wonderful miracles. Krsna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana, (CC. Antya 7.11) Without the assistance of Krsna-sakti, no one can do through physical strength or by one’s own effort. One should understand this. Therefore he was completely empowered, otherwise how could he fulfill the desires of Sriman Mahaprabhu? So this day has come to glorify him.

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