Sri Guru Carana Padma

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.

Teachings

Param Pujay Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja dispelled the doubts of those who came to him for shelter and spiritual guidance. He would place great stress on the offenseless chanting of the Holy Name, encouraging and inspiring all to achieve the pure state of chanting - prema-nama - he would always say, “chant without offense, chant the pure name, get Krsna-prema and get Krsna in this very life!” He practiced and preached complete surrender, not partial or conditional surrender, but complete one hundred percent surrender to the instructions of his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja deeply understood the internal mood of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and extensively taught these intricate and subtle teachings. These teachings where revealed in layers like the petals of a lotus flower as it opens one by one, inside is the beautiful golden whorl so unexpected and mysterious. Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja would always emphasize that the sastras can not be studied without the pure devotee because the conclusions of the Vedas are only to be found in the hearts of the premi-bhaktas. One can study the Vedas for years or even lifetimes and never arrive at the conclusion. One must simply and humbly hear from the bona fide Acarya and serve His lotus feet and all the conclusions of the Vedas will be revealed.

Last Limit of Bhakti

One of the main aspects of his preaching was to reveal the inner-most pastimes and truth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Going very deep into the topic, one hears the esoteric meaning for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabu's Appearance and pastimes. Speaking about Gauranga Mahaprabhu, he said, “If prema-bhakti is added to Krsna, that is Caitanya. Therefore, Sacinandana Gauranga is the Supreme Absolute Truth, Param Tattva, Bhagavan, but with Bhakti-naipunya added to it. And in the Gauranga form you will find two things combined together - sambhoga (union) and vipralamabha (seperation). These two things combined together, that is Gauranga. That is bhakti-naipunya - the last limit of bhakti.”

The Lotus Feet of Sri Guru

Sri Guru vandana is a personal offering to Srila Prabhupada from Srila Gour Govinda Swami. It was complied from the lecturers delivered by him: “The lotus feet of Sri Guru are the abode of pure bhakti, kevala-bhakti sadma. I offer my prayers and respectful obeisances there with utmost care, savadhana mate. I shall never become careless. One should understand what is the meaning of sri-guru-carana-padam. These words Sri Guru are very significant. What is the meaning of Sri? Sri means shoba, sampada, srestha, Sri means beauty, it means transcendental wealth, and it also means the topmost. These are meanings of 'Sri'. Then what is the meaning of Sri Guru? Sri Guru refers to that Guru who is endowed with Sri, that is prema-bhakti. And this word 'Sri' is only applicable to a guru who is always manifested. It is not that the Guru is ever un-manifest. There is no question of His disappearance. He is eternally manifest and thus He is called Sri Guru. Therefore, this word 'Sri' is used, otherwise this word cannot be used.”

The Embankment of Seperation

One of the main aspects of his preaching was to reveal the inner-most secrets of Puri-Bhubaneswar Dham of Lord Jagannatha and why Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed in Puri. He gave the most subtle and lucid understanding of the Lord’s pastimes in Jagannath Puri including a very deep purport to the pastimes of intense feelings of separation felt by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu after he left Nadia and came to Sri Jagannatha Puri Dhama. He revealed the significance of Purusottoma Ksetra in Puri, Who is Lord Jagannatha and the meaning of Rathyatra. In fact, it is beautifully described how Lord Jagannath and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are two crying forms of the Lord together in Sri Ksetra dhama. Lord Jagannatha is Sri Krsna crying for Srimati Radharani and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Sri Krsna in the mood of Srimati Radharani crying for Sri Krsna. They are together but crying in separation. This is the highest form of prema, prema-vaicittya.

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