SRILA GURUDEVA’S MEETING WITH ISKCON’S GOURA GOVINDA MAHARAJA

Śrīla Gour Govinda Mahārāja lamented to Srila Gurudeva about the jīva-tattva resolution in ISKCON. “Now they are voting on siddhānta,” he said, “and they are turning Prabhupāda’s mission into an apasampradāya. But it cannot last. Śrīla Gour Govinda Svāmī then said, “Mahārāja, I would like to discuss with you in detail about rāgānuga-bhakti and rūpānuga-bhakti.”

HOW TO RESIDE IN VRAJA?

If we desire prema-sevā, divine loving service, we will make a firm vow to Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her prominent sakhīs like Lalita-devi, Viśākhā, Rūpa Mañjarī, and so forth. We will pray, “I will not take shelter of any other. I only seek and wait for Your blessings and mercy. I will only associate with those who similarly seek Your shelter and who have vraja-niṣṭha. I will sternly avoid any other association.”

Proper Use of Time: Manasi-seva

Where does the day pass by? Time is only running. In your mind, go to Giriraja Govardhana, offer pranama and bhoga, perform parikrama, offer obeisance, take prasadam and share it with others. What do you have to spend? The only thing you need is a little time to engage your mind. If you do not give this time to yourself, then the day is passing, the years are passing, and your life will pass by uselessly…

HOW DO WE MAKE OUR ENEMY SENSES OUR FRIENDS?

“No! I am great and superior to all. I am more qualified than everyone else. All must spread my glories far and wide.”
“Mahārāja, you are not being honest with yourself. You do not know how to offer proper respect. You are not very competent and are in fact quite ordinary.”

The Glories of Paurnamasi-devi

My Guru Maharaja would never tell anyone where he would go; he would go to any bhakta’s house without any prior notice. He would never announce this. Once, he went to Laksmi-Janardanapura in Sundarvana. The area is a jungle. Many poor people live there in straw-huts nearby the river. In the morning and evening all the villagers did kirtana and worshiped their Guru Maharaja. On their Guru Maharaja’s birthday, they desired to make a big feast…

HOW CAN WE REALIZE THE ESSENCE OF RADHA-KRSNA’S SWEETNESS AND BEAUTY?

We can be connected to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa through these books of our Guru-varga. By honoring our ācāryas, their books, and their instructions, we can realize the essence of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa’s sweetness and beauty. Even if you cannot understand these books, you must respect them and try to memorize and repeat even just one or two words from them. This is called puṣpāñjali.

You Have Also Eaten Jackfruit?

What to do? His hair and his beard were filled with the glue of the jackfruit. He had to go to court in the morning, but how could he go in this state? At night, he tried to comb his hair out, but he could not. Finally, he cut all his hair and beard with a razor. He was completely shaved clean. In the morning, he went to the court. The convict came before the judge, also completely shaven. The judge said, “Oh, you have also eaten jackfruit..?”

HAVE EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION FOR VRNDAVAN AND THE VRAJA-DEVI’S!

“An old Bābājī Mahārāja once lived in a village called Raṇavāḍī in Vraja-maṇḍala more than a hundred years ago. At one point, the desire awakened in him to have darśana of Dvārakā. A brāhmaṇa family came who were going to Dvārakā and offered to take the Bābājī along, paying the full cost of travel. The Bābājī agreed and they took him along with them.

DID SRILA GURUDEVA SAVE ISKCON?

The case caused quite a stir in India. After going to the Kolkata High Court, it was transferred to the Bombay High Court. In danger of losing all ISKCON properties and assets, ISKCON leaders begged Śrīla Gurudeva to testify for them in court. They remembered Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja telling them, “If you have any difficulty, go to Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja for guidance and help.”

Visakha is an Expert Comedian

Visakha is an expert comedian. She knows how to joke and make the Divine Couple laugh. She is even more clever than the Goddess of speech, Sarasvati. She knows how to bring Krsna. She will invite Krsna by saying, “Today, we are having a musical performance. You should come. You will be the chief guest. But there is one condition. You must wear the dress of a lady, for the pleasure of Radharani. You will be our chief guest on this condition…”

Giriraja Govardhana Said:

However, their hearts are always with Krsna. Krsna is very clever. He takes this wealth of the Vrajavasis hearts and offers it all to Giriraja Govardhana. He has a deep desire to serve the Vrajavasis, so Krsna gives him a very good opportunity. Giriraja Govardhana is in eternal Vraja-mandala and is served by personalities of all rasas…

RECOGNIZING & ELIMINATING OUR ANARTHAS

When one repents, knowing his own fallen position, and surrenders to Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, then they directly show one his own condition, like taking a picture of one’s own heart and showing how fallen, impure, and full of anarthas one is. Guru and Vaiṣṇavas show this and when people understand their own condition, they will repent at heart and pray deeply. When they cry sincerely, then Gurudeva bestows his mercy and purifies the heart.

GURUDEVA CAN GIVE BHAKTI SHAKTI

Pride is called ahaṅkāra and abhimāna. Many persons may be worshipping guru with the pride of being qualified and wealthy. They think, “I myself have many followers, I please Gurudeva so much. Without me who can serve Gurudeva and spread his glories? I am so...

The Garden of Vrnda-devi

You don’t understand how much wealth is in Vraja-dhama. You don’t need to carry and take that wealth with you. It will always be with you. Vraja-bhakti and Vraja-rasa will always be present with you. You may not be able to believe this, but the power of this rasa is so great that it will make you forget maya and everything— you will forget where you were from, who you are, or where you are going…