All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
Vrindavan Deity Installation
by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Word by word transcript of Internet Radio talk:
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November 26, 1999
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.
By the special attention of our Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami, we have got this very auspicious land next to Rupa Goswami Prabhu's Samadhi Mandir. Before, I purchased one land in parikrama marga, it is far from here: one kilometer minimum. There I made a small house with a small room and then it was broken down by the wind. I was surprised, "Why is it broken? I am starting to do something here with a sanctioned plan." At that time I was trying to determine what is the will of Srila Guru Maharaj and Rupa Goswami. I am awaiting, two or three years I waited. Then I understood, how fortunate we are. Next to Rupa Goswami Prabhu the land of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and Radha-Damodar, also in front of this land Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraj Goswami's Vrindavan Chandra's house, all given to us. Then quickly I started here to do something for the Deities and the devotees.
It is always my plan: first do something for the service of the devotees then the Deities and with that the service of the Mission of Srila Guru Maharaj. I shall continue this as long as I live. Successfully it is happening by the grace of the devotees and I am very happy. This time we inaugurated the Temple, before [earlier] we inaugurated here a three-story building with all facilities for the devotees. Devotees are coming and going and they are feeling the Vrindavan Mahatmya [glories] from here because it is the heart of Vrindavan. Radha-Damodar Temple, Vrindavan Chandra's Temple, Seva Kunja and Rupa Goswami Prabhu's Samadhi -- and in the middle is this place.
Then it is how much valuable for the practitioner we can feel it, but side-by-side it is also necessary to know where we are living. We must be conscious about that land. We are living in the transcendental Vrindavan Dham but we are actually maintaining this mundane body within the mundane atmosphere. We cannot enter into the bottle for collecting honey. Outside of the bottle we are staying but it is necessary to open the lock, the cork of that bottle, then we can taste the honey. If anyone will not help us we cannot do that, and that help will come from the above by the grace of Guru and Gauranga. Here only not Guru and Gauranga the divine form of Gurudev as Radharani. She is the mistress of the whole land of Vrindavan. She is managing through Yogamaya. She is managing everything through Her close associates like Lalita, Vishakha, etc., so many sakhis and under there so many manjaris they are serving Radha-Krishna. This Seva Kunja mala is called Rasa Stuli. Every night here it is continuing, Rasa Lila with Sri Krishna and Radharani and other gopis. After finishing that They are resting here in Seva Kunja. Next to Seva Kunja Rupa Goswami Prabhu is living in a meditation mood as samadhi.
Then how much valuable, how much important and how much honorable place we have got if we will think then never will we feel we are very poor or we are very insignificant, etc. Always we will feel we are enriched with the mercy of our Lord. Otherwise it was not possible to get it. And which way we have got it? We cannot express, I cannot express actually. A dead telephone talked with me and ordered, "Send one man for getting the land." That is another big history. Anyhow our temple here is almost finished. Some work is still existing. But I cannot wait for that. I cannot believe lifetime, how long we will get. When service will come in front of me immediately I want to do and I want to finish that service. For that this Rasa Rajani night, Rasa Purnim, when it came I could not wait. In my hand it was one month only for making all arrangement. The Deity was not with us, the temple was not finished, the land was not cleaned and everything was uncertain. But we tried heart and soul and everything we have got, even the simhasan [altar] of the Deities we have not got at that time one month before. All within one month the arrangement happened -- and a very successful manifestation.
Whole Vrindavan Basis coming here because this is the main road for coming and going, everyone must come. And there when seeing the Deities, looking at the Deities they were surprised, I was surprised first, I could not conceive that this type of manifestation was possible in my fortune. But I am seeing by the attention, through attention and through service of the devotees it has happened in Seva Kunja mala [area]. Everyone is telling it is the world's best manifestation we are seeing. I'm surprised but I'm not telling. I am hearing from other Vaishnavas, even the Iskcon people they are coming and telling like this: world's best manifestation it is. I was surprised to hear that.
I am happy because I know Srila Guru Maharaj's [topmost historical] position in our society, in the Sampradaya, as Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya Acharyya, it will be, I believe it. Believing is one thing, but already manifested that is another thing. I am with our all devotee friends. We are very happy. All the Maths in Vrindavan Dham are invited for this ceremony and Prasadam. They are also so much good to us. From every Math came the devotees and they stayed here. They have given lectures, everything, and taken Prasadam happily. Opulent Prasadam, that is our style. Everyone knows our Prasadam is very opulent. This happened and in the meantime many unexpected devotees like Sunanda Didi and others they also joined here and I am very happy Srutasrava Prabhu is here with his son and Ananta Govinda Prabhu is also unexpectedly here and other devotees they joined before and stayed here for the inauguration and manifestation of the Deities. And they enjoyed and now half of the devotees have gone two days ago and today a quarter of the devotees are going and on the 28th with me the rest of the devotees will go back to Calcutta. This is the present situation here.
Some report I have given to you, what can I say more? I need the mercy of the devotees and that I have got and am getting. This is my good fortune by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj.
Jai Srila Guru Maharaj, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, ki jai. This ashram's hidden name is Sri Rupa Saraswat Sridhar Seva Kunja and externally it is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission.
November 26, 1999
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