Srila Gurudev explains the exalted position of Govardhan (An excerpt from Divine Guidance).
Srila Gurudev explains how the Nat Mandir in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was decorated to demonstrate the line of worship practiced in the Math.
Srila Gurudev explains the transcendental nature of Krishna’s appearance within this world.
Srila Gurudev explains his favourite pranam-mantra for Balaram on Baladev Purnima.
Praise of Śrī Guru and Śrī Gaurāṅga. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses his vision of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s departure from this world. Originally Published in Śrī Gauḍīya Darśan: Volume 1, Issue 6, Thursday, January 12th, 1956.
Śrīla Guru Mahārāj composed a śloka that beautifully explains how we connect with the Lord and His service through the sādhu. This śloka is the very, very dearest and highest śloka for me in life. Still so much light comes to me from this śloka and I am fully satisfied with this śloka.
Srila Gurudev explains the importance of praying to Sri Guru for the power to follow Sriman Mahaprabhu’s prescription: humility, tolerance, and honouring others.
On Sri Krishna Janmastami Srila Gurudev describes how Krishna is revealed to the world by His intimate devotees.
Once I was with Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and a pilgrimage party in the Mathura Railway station. We had a group of about sixty-five people with us and were travelling in a reserved train carriage. At that time I saw on the platform the leader of the Mayapur party of devotees, Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj, who was Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s secretary.
A good Vaishnava’s association is very rare in this mundane world. We may see that everyone has some devotion, but we do not know how much devotion everyone has, and in some persons’ association we may lose our devotional mentality by making Vaishnava-aparadh.
‘Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya-Arati’ composed by Srila Gurudev for the arati to the Deities in our Jagannath Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. From a lecture by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, during a stay at Sri Govinda Dham, Australia.
All activity in the illusory environment is done with ego. It is first necessary to avoid ego. Another name for ego is emotion. Sometimes we speak emotionally. That is one kind of ego. It is not so harmful, but our real ego is that we are jiva-souls. “I am a jiva-soul and servant of Krishna.” This is ego, but good ego, because it is our actual position.
Srila Swami Maharaj gave so much; Srila Guru Maharaj gave more than that. Srila Swami Maharaj arranged to preach Krishna consciousness to the general conditioned souls. He did many different things in many different ways. Over that, Guru Maharaj gave nourishment, very good nourishment, to those conditioned souls.
Inspiration is necessary in our lives. A devotee who can inspire us throughout our whole life in our best friend. We may see that we have many friends in this mundane world, but actually our bondage within this world comes through them. Liberation from the mundane world is first of all necessary, and that comes to us through devotees. Devotees maintain their lives in this world, but they do so in the plane of liberation.
Mukunda Datta once brought Gadadhar Pandit Goswami to see Pundarik Vidyanidhi. When they met, Gadadhar Pandit saw that Pundarik Vidyanidhi had paraphernalia around him that was like a that of a bhogi [enjoyer], a householder. Gadadhar was a renunciant and did not like this. He thought, “What kind of Vaishnava do I see before me? He is eating very opulent prasadam and has very luxurious paraphernalia around him.”
Known. That will be demolished. That is their definition of mukti. Their language is that triputi-vinash. Triputi-vinash means three is demolished, merged into brahma. And our definition of brahma is different. And our definition of mukti, that is different. Our definition [of] brahma.
Srila Govinda Maharaj: Sin. But seva not harm you. [In Bengali: amar apna...] But any possibility by other people to offer then not necessary to go myself. If I’m ashuchi (unclean) then not necessary to go myself.
We are so fortunate by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraj Goswami and other Goswamis. Actually not only the Six Goswamis. Here at that time there were so many Goswamis, but all are very blessful to us by their blessings and by their mercy.