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From the 19th World Tour of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj,
the 4th August entry on the

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hidden Chamber of Bhajan
Srila Govinda Maharaja's 19th World Tour

In response to a suggestion that a deity of Gadadhar join the Mahaprabhu Vijay Vigraha at the Chandan Yatra Mandir in Govinda Kunda.

Even the brother of Srila Saraswati Thakur did not properly conceive the identity of Bhaktivinode Thakur—what to speak of his bhajan. Srila Govinda Maharaja cited the article titled: Baba Badha Radha. Srila Saraswati Thakur wrote: “Whom he should have conceived as “Radha” [Sri Guru, Mukunda Prestha] there was an obstacle in his vision [badha] and he took “Radha” to be “Baba” [Father]. Srila Govinda Maharaja revealed that Srila Sridhar Maharaja, ever the one for assonance and alliteration, added: “One who conceives of “Radha” as “Baba” is “Gadha” —an ass."

Srila Govinda Maharaja: “As a serious student addresses the most critical point—Srila Guru Maharaja focused upon the identity of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur to gain the grace of his Gurudeva—Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. In the wave of Srila Saraswati Thakur’s thinking Srila Guru Maharaja was swimming deeply and revealed his discoveries in his Bhaktivinode Viraha Dasakam.”

Upon hearing Srila Sridhar Maharaja's composition Saraswati Thakur recognized that the divine current of Bhaktivinode Thakur was alive and flowing in Srila Sridhar Maharaja and announced: “What I have come to give has been received. Now I am satisfied that at least one man remains behind who can represent me fully and that man is Sridhar Maharaja.”

Srila Govinda Maharaja: “What is the chamber of bhajan of Thakur Bhaktivinode cannot be easily opened. Why was the worship of Gaur Gadadhar not manifested in Mayapur? First one must become qualified about that conception. One must not only understand it theoretically but must have substantial feelings. The worship of Gaur Gadadhar was the deep bhajan of Bhaktivinode Thakur hidden in his bhajan kutir.

“Before going to that level Sukadev did not lift the veil of Srimati Radharani—but left her hidden. Otherwise it will surely attract sahajiya—imitationism. You may say that even without Gadadhar so much Sahajiyaism is there but with Gadadhar it will turn into a massacre!”

Later in the afternoon Srila Govinda Maharaja began to reflect: “I think if Nityananda Prabhu will play happily with Mahaprabhu water sports in Govinda Kunda it will be v-e-r-y nice!”

The Russian tour had begun.

Then he began to speak about when God dreams . . .

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