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Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayatah
Vol: E-10 12/18/04

Only a few days back from the hospital, Srila Govinda Maharaj nectarizes all who come in contact with him by his dazzling smile and beautiful and unparralled conceptions of pure devotion.

prayena deva munayah sva-vimukti-kama
maunam caranti vijane na parartha-nistha
naitan vihaya kripanan vimumuksa eko
nanyam tvadasya sharanam bhramato' nupasye

Prahlad Maharaj prayed: "My dear Lord, there are many saintly persons, but almost all of them are only interested in their own deliverance. Avoiding big cities and towns, they go to the forest to meditate with vows of silence. They have no interest in helping others, but I do not wish to be liberated alone, leaving behind all these unfortunate fools. I know that without taking shelter of Your lotus feet, nobody can be happy. Therefore I wish to bring them back to the shelter of Your lotus feet." Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was the embodiment of this mood when he abandoned his vows in Mayapur and established his Mission in Calcutta. His topmost followers like Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad strictly followed this example and now Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj continues with that unchecked mood of preaching, not caring for any personal suffering or inconvenience.

Srila Govinda Maharaj only knows how to "Die to Live" and at every moment he is giving every drop of energy, his whole life existence, for the benefit of others. In the first days of his visit to Soquel, he chants the glories of Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari.

acharyam mam vijaniyan
navamanyeta karhicit
na marttya-buddhya-suyeta
sarva-devamayo guruh

"One should understand the spiritual master to be as good as I am," said the Blessed Lord. "Nobody should be jealous of the spiritual master or think of him as an ordinary man, because the spiritual master is the sum total of all demigods." That is, the acarya has been identified with God Himself. He has nothing to do with the affairs of this mundane world. He appears before us to reveal the light of the Vedas and to bestow upon us the blessing of full-fledged freedom, after which we should hanker at every step of our life's journey. Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj

Since his return from the hospital, every morning and evening Srila Govinda Maharaj is visited by Sripad Pusta Krishna Prabhu (Dr. Paul H. Dossick) who very carefully and affectionately checks the health and progress of our illustrious Acharya. We are completely indebted to him for his tireless and most affectionate care and we pray for a chance to serve him.

nirupadhi-karunena sri-sacinandanena
tvayi kapati-satho'pi tvat-priyenarpito 'smi
iti khalu mama yogyayogyatam tam agrhnan
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

Srila Raghunath Goswami prayed to Sri Giriraj, "I cannot be rejected by you because my only qualification is I have received the mercy of Sri Sachinandana. It does not matter what I am, I may be a cheater, I may be qualified or not, but Mahaprabhu has given me to you, you must accept me." Srila Govinda Maharaj is always explaining his own position in a similar way. "I may be a nonsense person. I have no qualities or qualifications, but Srila Guru Maharaj accepted me, gave me his full love and affection and put me in the chair as the Sevaite President Acharya of his Mission. On that basis, you should accept me."
This is the danger of Vaishnavism. If I say I am a nonsense person and I have no good qualitities, if you don't believe it, your spiritual life may be in danger, but when Srila Govinda Maharaj says these things, if you do believe it, your spiritual life will definitely be in danger.

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-hitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namah
"My respectful obeisances unto Sri Krishna, who is the Lord of the brahmans, who is the benefactor of the cows the brahmans, and the whole world. My repeated dandavat pranam to the most affectionate Lord Govinda."
It is almost offensive to mention the perfection in all of the activities and conceptions of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and a lowly offender like myself cannot give a certificate to the higher plane. But, as described above, Srila Govinda Maharaj can and does give that certificate and on that basis, we can mention how perfectly Srila Sridhar Maharaj chose the name of his dearmost successor. Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. If you have had any contact with Srila Govinda Maharaj, you get a glimpse into what the meaning of the word Sundar. Everything about him is beautiful and when we are in contact with such beauty, we can then appreciate Reality The Beautiful.