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Taking Care of Bhakti-Lata

Taking Care of Bhakti-Latā  A brilliant lecture on Caitanya-caritāmṛta,  Ādi-līlā  8.50-57 by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja. Given on the 5th December, 1991 in Bhubaneswar, India.   The significance of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma – plough and flute – is cultivation and attraction. First Lord Balarāma will use His plough and repeatedly cultivate the land. Only […]

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Guru-Purnima – Paramahamsa-Sangita

Guru-Purnima  Paramahamsa-Sangita Srila Vyasadeva’s Last Contribution This full moon day in the month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru-purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. Guru-purnima is the appearance day of Sri Krishna Dvaipayan Vedavyasa, the son of Parasara Muni and Satyavati, who appeared five-thousand years […]

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Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa

Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa The Ornament of Knowledge An evening class delivered by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on the disappearance day of Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, 8 June 1995, in Towaco, USA.   “That night Govindajī appeared to Śrī Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa in a dream and told him, “Write a commentary and whatever you write, I will accept. No […]

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The Fourth Dimension

The Fourth Dimension Excerpt from a lecture on Cc. Ādi 5.84-86 given by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami on 14 September 1989, Bhubaneswar, India.   We are conditioned souls, we can only understand or we can only conceive such a thing that has three dimensions; length, breadth and height. We cannot conceive a vastu or thing that has […]

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The Vision We Should Develop When Guru Leaves

The Vision We Should Develop When Guru Leaves  Darshana, France 18 July 1986   Devotee: What happens when. . . . Gour Govinda Swami: His instructions are there, vapu rūpa, vāṇī rūpa. Guru means pure devotee, Vaiṣṇava. Guru means very, very intimate associate of Lord Krishna. He is guru, spiritual master. When he is physically present, […]

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Vyasa-Puja

The Most Blessed Event Śrī Vyāsa-Pūjā Mahā Mahotsava of Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja   Vyāsa-pūjā Address by His Divine Grace Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on 28 August 1995, Bhubaneswar   Vyāsa-pūjā is generally known as the pūjā of Śrī Vyāsadeva or the pūjā of Śrī Gurudeva on his birthday. On the 50th appearance day of Śrīla […]

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Hear from a Physically Present Sri Guru

Questions & Answers with Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja Published in The Worship of Sri Guru, chapter 3   Devotee 1: Śabda-brahma is Kṛṣṇa in sound vibration? Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami: Yes. One has to hear. It is not that, “All right, tapes are there, I’ll hear the recorded tapes.” Śabda-brahma will never descend. Devotee […]

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My Gurudeva Appears to Me Everywhere

  My Gurudeva Appears to Me Everywhere By Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada Acarya Thakura   “Our spiritual masters (asraya-jatiya guru-varga) are the abodes of love. They appear to us in different forms to bestow their mercy upon us. They are reflected in all objects and in every entity. Indeed, they are the special manifestations of Srila […]

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The Dust of the Lotus Feet of Great Devotees

Mahat-Pāda-Rajaḥ The Dust of the Lotus Feet of Great Devotees   rahūgaṇaitat tapasā na yāti na cejyayā nirvapaṇād gṛhād vā na cchandasā naiva jalāgni-sūryair vinā mahat-pāda-rajo-‘bhiṣekam   “My dear King Rahūgaṇa, unless one has the opportunity to smear his entire body with the dust of the lotus feet of great devotees, one cannot realise the […]

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Guru and Disciple Relation is Reciprocal

Guru and Disciple Relation is Reciprocal Evening Darsan with Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja the 20th November 1989, Bhubaneswar. Sent in by Murali Kṛṣṇa Swami.   Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami: dīkṣā-guru has responsibility. It is said, if the disciple goes to hell, the guru has such responsibility that he has to go to hell to […]

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