Krishna Sent Him
Srila Gour Govinda Swami made his appearance into an ancient Oriya Vaishnava family famed for their devotional kirtans. He grew up surrounded by devotees, worshipping Sri Sri Radha Gopaljiu, chanting the holy names and reading Srimad Bhagavatam. Later in life, after becoming a wandering sadhu, he met Iskcon’s Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada and instantly surrendered at his lotus feet, recognizing him to be the topmost of Lord Krishna’s dear devotees. Srila Prabhupada offered to award Maharaja the order of Sannyasa at their first meeting and, himself, later commented about his disciple Srila Gour Govinda Swami, stating that ‘Krsna has sent him’.
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Oriya Language Biographies of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
Whilst the leading biographies of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu written in the Bengali language have been translated and are widely available in western languages, the Oriya language biographies, often written by eye-witnesses to the events, are not.
For the first time, these books are being translated into English, by our gurubhai, Jagannath Misra prabhu.
Guru Maharaja Books
Many books of Guru Maharaja's lectures have been published by both Tattva Vichar Publications and Gopaljiu Publications. There are also a couple of Guru Maharaja biographies available in print form - 'When Good Fortune Arises' is a life and teachings book by Gopaljiu Publications, and the multi-volume biography by Tattva Vichar Publications is currently available as the volume one, part one 'Krishna lingita-vigraha, Always Embraced by Krishna', though volume one part two will be available shortly. Other volumes will be published over the next few years.