Some Iskcon Sadhus
On this page, I’d like to offer my respects to those godbrothers of my most worshippable Gurudeva, Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami, who, during his presence in this world, were his good friends and supporters. (We will be adding more devotees along with more photos and details.)
H.H. Partha Sarathi Goswami
Chatsworth, Durban Temple 1994
Chatsworth, Durban Temple, 1994
Sripad Partha Sarathi Goswami wrote, in the Ananda Sambada newsletter –
"In January 1995 Gour Govinda Maharaja came to South Africa, and I really wanted to speak with him, wanted his association. So I went into his room in Durban – I started asking the Maharaja about the different levels of bhakti, and he gave a nice example that will always stay in my mind; that bhakti is like an ocean and those persons who are deep will dive deep to get the jewels at the bottom of that ocean, whereas those persons who are not so deep, more shallow, will play around in the shallow parts of the ocean. Then he started quoting verses from the Goswami’s books, especially from Raghunnath dasa Goswami’s vilapa kusumanjali – verses that I knew, that I’d read. When he started quoting those verses I was very impressed. I specifically recall him quoting text 72
ha modatah kanaka-gauri padaravinda-
samvahanani sanakais tava kim karisye
I felt, here’s a person who’s very deep, who has something very valid in Krsna consciousness; something that I don’t have, but that I want. I was very impressed – I was looking for that kind of association.
Afterwards I felt that I should try to get more of his association, but that was his last day in Durban. So I went to the airport with him. He carried on talking about uttama-bhakti, quoting Rupa Goswami and Raghunnath dasa Goswami, especially more from Vilapa kusumanjali (I don’t know why that book in particular, it is a very esoterical sastra.) In the airport, Maharaja was aloof. It was like he was in a different world – he was, in the spiritual world. I guessed he was internally meditating on Krsna. Then he left, flew off on his whirlwind tour of Africa, something which I could never do, and I am 20 years younger.
What really impresses me so much, I have faith he was on an advanced stage – I believe he was on at least the stage of bhava-bhakti, quite possibly beyond that, and yet he remained faithfully preaching within the Iskcon institution and serving Srila Prabhupada’s instruction; which I believe is the best and most admirable example."
H.H. Subhaga Maharaja
H.H. Bhakti Swarupa Damodara Maharaja
H.G. Bhurijan das Prabhu
H.H. Krishnadas Swami
At South London Temple, 1994
Sripad Krishna das Swami Maharaja was very appreciative of our Gurudeva, having met with him several times at Bhaktivedanta Manor, Soho Street and the South London Temple in the 1990s. During one of his classes in Iskcon Durban in 2005 he commented how three personalities have greatly affected the course of modern Krsna consciousness; Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gour Govinda Swami and Sri Hari Nama.
(we will add more soon...)
H.H. Radha Govinda Swami
H.H. Radha Govinda Maharaja revealed that , "Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja is the pride of Iskcon. We are blessed by the association of Srila Gour Govinda Swami."
Sripad Radha Govinda Maharaja was present when Srila Gurudeva first arrived at Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet in Vrndavan in 1975. The respected Maharaja commented, "Very intimately he was talking, and Prabhupada was relishing his association. Just in their first meeting."
"In his heart there was natural devotional service, natural devotion to Jagannath. If we remember Gour Govinda Maharaja, and if we remember his attachment for Krsna katha, surely our heart will be purified... we will be able to understand Lord Krsna and Srimati Radharani."
H.H. Sivarama Swami
At Bhaktivedanta Manor 1991
At Budapest Ratha Yatra 1995