Simply by His Will a Pure Devotee LeavesToday we celebrate the holy disappearance day of our most beloved and eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya 108 Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja
Time To LeaveExcerpt from the article “Cry for Kṛṣṇa”. Published in Back to Godhead Magazine 330-03, 1996.
In late January of 1996, Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami mentioned privately, “Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta said that this material world is not a fit place for any gentleman. Therefore, because he was disgusted, he left this world prematurely. I may also. I don’t know. I simply depend on Gopāl. I will do whatever He wants.” The next day Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami went to Gadai-giri to see his Gopāl. The word of Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami’s remarks quickly spread among his disciples, who felt confident that Gopāl would not let him leave them.
For a further four days he preached more powerfully than ever to thousands of people who flocked to a Prabhupāda Centennial festival in Bhubaneswar. Then he left for the annual ISKCON management meetings in Śrīdhām Māyāpur.
On February 9, 1996, the holy appearance day of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasavatī, two senior devotees requested an appointment to see Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami. They had never spoken with him before, but they had become eager to hear from him after reading some of his books.
As if by providential arrangement, they entered his room at 6:00 P. M. and submissively inquired, “Why did Caitanya Mahāprabhu stay in Jagannātha Purī?” He laughed with delight and began to explain the confidential significance of Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.
In answer to the question, he lovingly described the pain of separation felt by Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa when Kṛṣṇa was away from Vṛndāvana. Enchanting all the devotees in his room with the nectarean topics of Kṛṣṇa, he gradually unfolded the pastime to the point where Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa were finally united after Their long separation. He described how Kṛṣṇa became so ecstatic upon seeing Rādhārāṇī that He manifested a form with big round eyes, known as Lord Jagannātha. With a choked voice Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami said, “Then the eyes of Kṛṣṇa fell upon the eyes of Rādhārāṇī. Eye-to-eye union.”
Overwhelmed with love for Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, he apologized with folded hands, “Please excuse me. I cannot speak.” Then, in a barely audible voice, he gave his final instruction: “Kīrtana! Kīrtana!”
The five devotees still in the room began to chant as their spiritual master lay back on his bed, breathing very slowly and deeply. A servant nearby placed a picture of Gopāl Jiu in his hand. Then, gazing lovingly at that picture of his worshipable Deity, Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami called out, “Gopāl!” and departed for the spiritual sky to be united with his beloved Lord.
Every day before the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam class, Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami would sing a song he had learned as a boy. Now his prayer was fulfilled:
Listen to the song
Paramananda He Mādhavaparamananda he mādhava paduṅgāluci makaranda se-makaranda pāṇa-kari ānande bolo hari hari hariṅka name vandal vela, pāri karibe cākā-dolā se cākā-dolāṅka-payare, māna_mo rahu nirante māna mo nirantare rahu, ha-kṛṣṇa bali jīva jāu mote udhara rādhā-dhava
“O supremely blissful Mādhava! Nectar is coming from Your lotus feet. Drinking that nectar, I blissfully sing ‘Hari! Hari!’ Taking the name of Hari, I am binding a raft on which Lord Jagannātha will ferry me across this ocean of material existence. My mind always remains at the lotus feet of that Lord Jagannātha, who has very large round eyes. In this way I call out, ‘Alas! Kṛṣṇa!’ and give up my life. O husband of Rādhārāṇī, please deliver me.”
The sādhu never speaks theoretically.Article by Parantapa Dāsa, Rāghava Paṇḍita Dāsa, and Gokula Dāsa, 1996. Disciples of Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja.
Simply by His Will a Pure Devotee Leaves
Below is a wonderful lecture delivered by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on 4th July, 1994, in Bhubaneswar, wherein he, at his unique way, explains how a pure devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa can leave when he wishes too.
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