The Chief Devotee of Lord HariLecture given by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on Govardhana-pūjā 4 November, 1994, Bhubaneswar, India.
One day when Mahāprabhu was going to bathe in the ocean, He saw Caṭaka Parvata, a sand dune. If you have been to Jagannātha Purī you might have seen it. Caṭaka Parvata is situated in between the Ṭoṭā-gopīnātha temple and the Puruṣottama Gauḍīya Maṭha, the Gauḍīya Mission’s Maṭha, which was established by Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī. As soon as Mahāprabhu saw Caṭaka Parvata, He thought it was Giri Govardhana appearing before Him and He immediately recited a verse from the Tenth Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam spoken by the gopīs in glorification of Giri Govardhana,hantāyam adrir abalā hari-dāsa-varyo yad rāma-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa-sparaśa-pramodaḥ mānaṁ tanoti saha-go-gaṇayos tayor yat pānīya-sūyavasa-kandara-kandamūlaiḥ (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.21.18)
O my dear girl companions, Girirāja Govardhana has become purified by the touch of the lotus feet of Rāma and Kṛṣṇa. He looks very joyful, blissful. He supplies nice clear running water, fresh grass, roots and fruits for our cows, calves, the cowherd men, boys and women. In this way he is offering pūja, worship, to Rāma and Kṛṣṇa. Therefore this mountain, Girirāja Govardhana is known as hari-dāsa-varya. Nārada, Yudhiṣṭhira and Uddhava are hari-dāsa, devotees of Lord Hari, and Girirāja Govardhana is hari-dāsa-varya, one of the chief devotees of the Lord.”
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