His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva
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Teachings

Param Pujay Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja dispelled the doubts of those who came to him for shelter and spiritual guidance. He would place great stress on the offenseless chanting of the Holy Name, encouraging and inspiring all to achieve the pure state of chanting - prema-nama - he would always say, “chant without offense, chant the pure name, get Krsna-prema and get Krsna in this very life!” He practiced and preached complete surrender, not partial or conditional surrender, but complete one hundred percent surrender to the instructions of his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja deeply understood the internal mood of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and extensively taught these intricate and subtle teachings. These teachings where revealed in layers like the petals of a lotus flower as it opens one by one, inside is the beautiful golden whorl so unexpected and mysterious. Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja would always emphasize that the sastras can not be studied without the pure devotee because the conclusions of the Vedas are only to be found in the hearts of the premi-bhaktas. One can study the Vedas for years or even lifetimes and never arrive at the conclusion. One must simply and humbly hear from the bona fide Acarya and serve His lotus feet and all the conclusions of the Vedas will be revealed.

Last Limit of Bhakti

Last Limit of BhaktiOne of the main aspects of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja's preaching was to reveal the inner-most pastimes and truth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Going very deep into the topic, one hears the esoteric meaning for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabu's Appearance and pastimes. Speaking about Gauranga Mahaprabhu, he said, “If prema-bhakti is added to Krsna, that is Caitanya. Therefore, Sacinandana Gauranga is the Supreme Absolute Truth, Param Tattva, Bhagavan, but with Bhakti-naipunya added to it. And in the Gauranga form you will find two things combined together - sambhoga (union) and vipralamabha (seperation). These two things combined together, that is Gauranga. That is bhakti-naipunya - the last limit of bhakti.”

The Lotus Feet of Sri Guru

Sri Guru VandanaSri Guru vandana is a personal offering to Srila Prabhupada from Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja. It was complied from the lecturers delivered by him about Sri Guru Tattva: “The lotus feet of Sri Guru are the abode of pure bhakti, kevala-bhakti sadma. I offer my prayers and respectful obeisances there with utmost care, savadhana mate. I shall never become careless. One should understand what is the meaning of sri-guru-carana-padam. These words "Sri Guru" are very significant. What is the meaning of Sri? Sri means shoba, sampada, srestha, Sri means beauty, it means transcendental wealth, and it also means the topmost. These are meanings of 'Sri'. Then what is the meaning of Sri Guru? Sri Guru refers to that Guru who is endowed with Sri, that is prema-bhakti. And this word 'Sri' is only applicable to a guru who is always manifested. It is not that the Guru is ever unmanifest. There is no question of His disappearance. He is eternally manifest and thus He is called Sri Guru. Therefore, this word 'Sri' is used, otherwise this word cannot be used.”

The Embankment of Seperation

Embankment of SeperationOne of the main aspects of his preaching was to reveal the inner-most secrets of Puri-Bhubaneswar Dham of Lord Jagannatha and why Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed in Puri. He gave the most subtle and lucid understanding of the Lord’s pastimes in Jagannath Puri including a very deep purport to the pastimes of intense feelings of separation felt by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu after he left Nadia and came to Sri Jagannatha Puri Dhama. He revealed the significance of Purusottoma Ksetra in Puri, Who is Lord Jagannatha and the meaning of Rathyatra. In fact, it is beautifully described how Lord Jagannath and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are two crying forms of the Lord together in Sri Ksetra dhama. Lord Jagannatha is Sri Krsna crying for Srimati Radharani and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Sri Krsna in the mood of Srimati Radharani crying for Sri Krsna. They are together but crying in separation. This is the highest form of prema, prema-vaicittya.

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Two Hearts Pressed Together

This is pranaya-vikrti. Sakti-saktiman – energy and energetic, they are non-different. Therefore to express this, pranaya-vikrti is used. Enjoyer and enjoyed, They are two but when they are pressed together they become one. Therefore it is said, Radha and Krsna are always one but in order to relish the mellow of lila, two forms, two bodies are there, Radha and Krsna. Ramana and ramani, enjoyer and enjoyed. The enjoyer is Syama, one person. The enjoyed is Mahabhava Maya Vrsabhanu-Nandini Radha, second person. These two, ramana and ramani are the enjoyer and enjoyed, but they are pressed together. They are two persons, this is truth, but there is no difference. Sakti and saktiman are the energy and energetic, therefore difference is there, energy is not energetic. At the same time, there is no difference and also difference is there. So this is acintya-bhedabheda-tattva, inconceivably one and different. Radha and Krsna are two bodies but non-different. Krsna is srngara-rasaraja and Radha is the embodiment of madanakya mahabhava. So there is difference, there are two bodies. As long as there is difference between enjoyer and enjoyed, ramana-ramani, the essence or cream of the mellow cannot be completely relished. So therefore in Gopala-campu, Jiva pada, Jiva Goswami has mentioned, Radha and Syama both are sitting on the throne. Gauri means Radha. Gauri externally in Her heart, Syama is there. Syama externally in His heart Gauri or Radha is there. How can you understand this thing? So pandits say, you can understand by seeing their garments. The dhoti of Syamasundara is yellow, so it indicates that in His heart, Gaurangera Radha is there. And the sari of Radha is Syama, blue. So this indicates that in Her heart nilamani Krsna is there. She is full of Krsna. Krsna is outside and Krsna is inside of Radha. The color of ujjvala srngara-rasa is Syama. And the color of madanakya mahabhava is tapta-kancana, molten gold or Gaura.

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