With Srila Prabhupada
Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gour Govinda Swami First Meet
Srila Prabhupada speaks about his dear disciple Srila Gour Govinda Swami
“Krishna Sent Him... ”
“Two of my disciples should initiate”
'He Is A Devotee From Birth'
Bhagavat das (now H.H. Bhagavat Maharaja) remebered; In Vrndavana, on the last day of the festival (for the opening of Srila Prabhupada's most magnificent Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple in 1975), there was a fire yajna and Gour Govinda was acting as the priest for the ceremony. Only one person was supposed to take sannyasa, and that was Tripurari. But there were two dandas and two sets of sannyasa cloth. No one knew who the other person was. Then Srila Prabhupada said, 'the sannyasa candidates should come up and get their cloth'. At that time Gour Govinda stood up from behind the fire and took his cloth. Then Prabhupada handed him his danda, looked at him with a big smile and said, 'You have understood'. After he took sannyasa, many sannyasis and GBCs started complaining, 'How has he taken sannyasa, he is a new man.' (Guru Maharaja had only been in Iskcon for a few months) Srila Prabhupada informed them that in fact, 'He is not a new man, he has been a devotee from his birth. You are the new men.'
(from the book, Gopaljiu, the Beloved Diety of Gour Govinda Swami)
Conversation between Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gour Govinda Swami, Vrindavan, 3rd November 1977
This recording is of a short conversation between our Iskcon Founder-Acarya Srila Prabhupada with his dear disciple, Srila Gour Govinda Swami. This took place just a few days before Srila Prabhupada departed this world.
Srila Gour Govinda Swami also explained that Srila Prabhupada said he wanted to be taken to Bhubaneswar, where he was sure his health would improve. However, the devotees in charge at the time where concerned that such a long journey would be injurous to Srila Prabhupada in his weakened state, and so his wish wasn't fulfilled. Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja returned to Bhubaneswar alone, four days before Srila Prabhupada's leaving this world.
Srila Gour Govinda Swami Glorifies his beloved Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Installation of Srila Prabhupada’s Murti at Bhubaneswar
- From a discourse given by Srila Gour Govinda Swami on the occasion of the installation of Srila Prabhupada’s deity at Bhubaneswar, on 21st January, 1991
“There is no one like my Guru”
- Class on Srimad Bhagavatam (2.4.92), Bhubaneswar
Cry for the Sun
A dear devotee of Krishna, an ācārya, comes here to give us Krishna. kṛṣṇa se tomāra, kṛṣṇa dite pāra, tomāra śakati āche — “O vaiṣṇava-thākura! Krishna belongs to you because you have bound up Krishna in your heart with the rope of love. Only you can give me Krishna.” Ācāryas like my revered spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, come here to give us Krishna, to spread Krishna consciousness throughout the world. He did such good to us.
When such an ācārya disappears, such a dear devotee of Krishna, we should cry because this is the most acute pain for us. When the ācārya leaves, a dark period comes. The sun sets and darkness comes. Here, Uddhava says that the Krishna sun has set, so darkness is prevailing. We are in darkness. What auspiciousness is there for us? Similarly, when such a dear devotee of Krishna, an ācārya, disappears, there is a dark period, a most inauspicious period.
We are in such a most inauspicious dark period, groping in the darkness, now that such a dear devotee, ācārya, has gone. As a patch of black cloud may cover the effulgent sun, such a dark period has come. After the disappearance of my revered spiritual master, a dear devotee of Krishna, Gaura, such a dark period has come. Definitely we are in a dark period. We are suffering and crying, groping in the darkness. What auspiciousness is there? So, we must cry for that effulgent sun to again rise. Let that patch of dark cloud disappear! We must cry for it.
We are spending the dark night in a motel. But we should not just sleep and snore. We should cry and cry, anxiously waiting for the rising of the effulgent sun. Let the darkness disappear and the effulgent sun rise, so that I can catch up the road to Purushottam Dham. I am just a traveller spending the dark night in this motel. This illusory material world is like a motel. The illusory energy of the Lord is like darkness, whereas Krishna is like the sun — kṛṣṇa sūrya-sama, māyā haya andhakara. Those who are covered by this illusory energy are in darkness.
We must cry for the effulgent sun to rise. Don’t forget this. This is such severe grief for us. We have to cry and then pray for the effulgent sun to rise. Then all happiness, auspiciousness, and enlightenment will come. Then we will catch up the road leading to Purushottam Dham, the abode of Lord Jagannath. I am just a traveller going there. Otherwise, where is there any auspiciousness for us if we are bereft of devotion, Krishna, and such a dear devotee?