govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam
worship the holy lotus feet of he who perfectly fulfills the most
cherished wish of his divine master -- who is adorned resplendently
with the blessings of his guru varga;
who is adept in all Vedic conceptions, both conceivable and inconceivable;
who is the faithful follower in the line of Sri Rupa; who is known
as Srila Govinda Maharaj; whose beautiful divine figure revels in
the mellows of divine love; who is the guru of the entire universe
and the bestower of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."
|Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj appeared
in this world in 1929 at Brahmanpara, District Burdwan, West Bengal.
He came to the lotus feet of his gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti
Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 1947, and has remained faithfully
in his service ever since.
tells us that from the very beginning he held the unrivalled position
of the most intimate and faithful servitor of Srila
Sridhar Maharaj, and from the beginning Srila Sridhar Maharaj
revealed his wish that Srila Govinda Maharaj would occupy the position
of his successor in the future. Srila
Govinda Maharaj also enjoyed the long and intimate association of
Om Visnupad Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Maharaj, who referred to him as his "dearmost son."
a wish he cherished for about forty years, Srila Sridhar Maharaj
conferred sannyasa upon Srila Govinda
Maharaj in 1985, giving his final and irrevocable decision of his
selection of Srila Govinda Maharaj as his successor President-Acharya
of his Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math of Nabadwip, with all of
its branches in India and internationally.
his illustrious Divine Master, Srila Govinda Maharaj has given us
numerous pure devotional compositions in Sanskrit and Bengali, most
valuable for the cultivation of spiritual life. His holy talks are
also being published in book form.
Govinda Maharaj has travelled around the world many times, and he
has attracted thousands of people in such places as India, the U.S.A.,
Mexico, England, Europe, South America, Africa, Mauritius, Australia,
Singapore, and Malaysia.
Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj made his Appearance in this world on
December 17th, 1929, at Bamunpara, District Burdwan, only about
six miles from Sripat Hapaniya where his beloved Gurudev made his
Advent, also situated in the holy area of Gauda-Mandal.
his pastimes to the conditioned souls of this worldly plane, at
the tender age of only seventeen years Srila Govinda Maharaj manifest
his coming to the Lotus Feet of his Gurudev, Sri Srila Sridhar
Maharaj, in April 1947, on the Holy Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadev.
the Amavasya [dark-moon day] of August 12th, 1988, when Srila Guru
Maharaj silently took his form of Holy Samadhi at his beloved place
of bhajan, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Nabadwip Dham, all the devotees felt that the exalted moon had disappeared
from their vision; yet by his Divine Grace, Srila Guru Maharaj had
already foreseen the devotees' need for uninterrupted light, for
the smooth continuation of their devotional services, and therefore
three years before he had conferred the holy order of Tridanda-Sannyasa
upon Srila Govinda Maharaj, naming him as his illustrious successor,
as the guiding light to perfectly ensure that no darkness could
enter into his Sampradaya.
learned in Sanskrit and Bengali, Srila Govinda Maharaj has, as did
his illustrious Gurudev, given us many divine prayers and songs
most valuable for the cultivation of our spiritual life. His valuable
natural talent, coupled with his fine delivery of Hari Katha [holy
talks of the Supreme Lord and His Pastimes], and, on the practical
side of devotional life, his untiring services to his Gurudev in
nurturing and upholding Srila Guru Maharaj's Indian and Worldwide
Mission from the very beginning to the present (it was none
other than he who designed and supervised the building of Sri Chaitanya
Saraswat Math) have ever fulfilled the desires of Sri Gurudev.
elixir of nectar which has been carried around the world from Sri
Chaitanya Saraswat Math is still flowing by the mercy Sri Guru and
Gauranga represented in the person of Srila Govinda Maharaj, and
through him it has become doubly sweet.
Guru Maharaj -- acclaimed by one and all as the "Maker of Gurus"
-- has presented to us his most precious gem in the personage of
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Autobiography: "Bound by Affection"
Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reflects
on the events that surrounded his first days at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math at the lotus feet of His Divine Master, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar
Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This talk, Bound
by Affection, was given 50 years after the event, here at the
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