All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj
proceeds to Kolkata

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 7 April 2006

Web-page and photos by Vaidehi Devi Dasi
Mahananda Prabhu gave the first news that Srila Govinda Maharaj would be leaving to Kolkata this afternoon. He entered the garage and brought out the Tata Sumo, which he would be driving to Kolkata with Srila Gurudev's luggage.
He then gave us the instruction to please prepare the car and begin loading the luggage.
All ready for loading!
Chinmoy Prabhu, from California, began taking all the suitcases and organizing them on the roof of the Tata Sumo.
Whoops, a muri spill.
The devotees watched as they waited for His Divine Grace to come down the stairs from his verandah.
Ratan Krishna Prabhu brought Srila Gurudev's baggage...
...and Sripad Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj and Andres from Mexico tried to close a stuffed suitcase.
Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchana Maharaj, ready to follow Srila Gurudev to Kolkata.
Shankari Pishima Devi Dasi.
His Divine Grace ready to begin the journey.
His car was ready to go, but first Srila Gurudev paid his respects to Their Lordships...
...and to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at his Samadhi Mandir.
With Their blessings Srila Gurudev is ready to go anywhere.
Devotees began appearing left and right as Srila Gurudev settled into his car.
Srila Gurudev honked the horn a few times, a few devotees jumped in...
...and the car took off with Srila Gurudev and his entourage inside.
With Srila Gurudev went the smiles of the devotees... the revealer of Sri Nabadwip Dham withdrew, and the cloud of sadness of separation set in.

At the moment, His Divine Grace is happily staying in Kolkata along with several of his devotees. He is not that far away but all of us that are not in his presence miss him. The activities continue in Nabadwip Dham, but it is still cloudy. We hope to have him back here soon!

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj is everything to his devotees. He is the revealer of the Dham and without him, we do not have the capacity to comprehend anything. Without the presence of Sri Guru, all is indeed void, as mentioned in Sri Guru and His Grace:

All has vanished with his departure. Such a deep sense of separation will come in the heart of a sincere disciple.


To a disciple, his Guru's position is supreme, even more than God. This is said in the Scriptures. The Guru is more near and dear to us than God Himself. God has many things to deal with, but Guru is concerned only with my welfare.

Without Srila Govinda Maharaj present in Nabadwip the sunshine itself has left with him, and the devotees must cling to the service they have as their means of spiritual nourishment. In Sri Guru and His Grace we are reminded that:

We worship the time, land, the place, the paraphernalia of Krishna. Anything in connection with Krishna is chinmaya, transcendental. The paraphernalia of Krishna is worthy of our worship. In fact, we shall have to honour Krishna's paraphernalia even more than Krishna Himself. That is the clue to success. Krishna's abode, his paraphernalia, and his devotees have a relationship with Krishna, Krishna-sambandha. They are Krishna's devotees, and He is at their disposal. So if we can propitiate them, they will take interest in us and take us up into that realm.

Every morning as we do parikrama around the Temples, we pay respects to Srila Gurudev's bhajan kutir. Now everything that is in connection with him, his house, his scooter sitting beneath the office, the paths he would ride on his scooter, the trees he would make comments about, all of these things are dear to us and remind us of our dear Acharya. If we can stand firm and retain the living connection of Gurudev in his separation, then we will have passed the highest test.

~Vaidehi Devi Dasi

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