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First uploaded 4 May 2002 as RealMedia file.
Re-uploaded as mp3 file, December 2011.


Srila Govinda Maharaj

spoken discourse


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Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
- Early Days -

16 minute informal discourse by

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

given on the day of his arrival for Sri Gaura-Purnima Festivals at
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

Subject:

  • Srila Guru Maharaj each year hosted the 'Visva Vaisnava Raja Sabha' and we are also continuing that.
  • At that time in the Visva Vaisnava Raja Sabha the devotees always gave Srila Guru Maharaj the presidential chair, but he in turn gave that chair to Sripad A. B. Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.
  • At one of these meetings held in a tarpaulin tent held up with bamboo, Sripad Goswami Maharaj in his presidential address said, We are preaching widely but we depend on the happiness and recognition of Srila Sridhar Maharaj. We are going on with our preaching but, like a lion, from time to time we look back to see if Srila Sridhar Maharaj is giving his recognition and is accepting our preaching.
  • Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math has grown so fast within a few years. Recently we've given our preaching attention to the Indian section too. Our devotees are preaching village to village, especially in Bengal. We have therefore received a big response, bigger than ever before, therefore I am making additional buildings to serve them properly.
  • Earlier this Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was one acre in area and it was mainly gardens. But now there are so many buildings.
  • Giriraj came here with Srila Guru Maharaj. This area is also called Gupta-Govarddhan -- hidden Govarddhan Giriraj. Its name is also Koladwip. This is the place of Varahadev.
  • First was Giriraj, then came Mahaprabhu, then Radha Govinda and also Varahadev with Laksmidevi. After that all the devotees joined.
  • By Govardhan is Govinda Kunda which is our pilgrimage place because Madhavendra Puripad got Sri Gopal in the cave of Govardhan Hill by Govinda Kunda. That Giridhari Gopal is now in Natadvara with the name of 'Srinathji' given from another sampradaya. 'Sri' means Laksmi, and her husband is Narayan, but in His Form of as Giridhari Gopal.
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam expressed the glories of Krishna in different ways -- Vishnu, Narayan, etc. -- but finally His position is Krishna is known by everyone.
  • From South India Mahaprabhu Himself brought Brahma-samhita. Given there is a description within a few slokas as a summary of Vaikuntha, Goloka, Paravyoma, Brahmaloka, the whole. Only in Brahma-samhita is found this kind of summary of the whole. From the first sloka we understand that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His Name is Govinda.
  • This first sloka is so famous. Everywhere in the Scriptures we get support of this sloka, especially in Srimad-Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavad-gita.
  • The speciality of Srimad Bhagavad-gita is that it gives guidelines for everyone in a very simple way.
  • When Srimad-Bhagavatam appeared, Pariksit Maharaj was in a serious position with only seven days to live. He asked which way he will get the super-benefit of life. He asked to Srila Sukhadev Goswami after first having asked to all the dignitary sadhus in that assembly.
  • I went to that place so long ago, Naimisharanya.
  • Question: Did our particular Sampradaya start when Lord Brahma surrendered to Govinda?
  • No. Actually it is 'anadi.' Brahma is our Guru because he had much facility in the starting of this creation, but, before also, Brahma was Guru. This world creation is carried out by Brahma, but the creator of the whole is Maha-Vishnu, Sankarshan. It is called manifestation, not creation.

16+ minutes, 3.8 MB mp3 audio

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Newly posted (December 2011) as an mp3 audio file (earlier it was only available as RealMedia)


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