Dear Nimai Panditaji,
In this Krsna-lingita-vigraha, the life and precepts of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami have been presented in a unique, vibrant style. Having been the secretary of His Holiness for a few years, the author had a special opportunity to observe closely his wonderful Vaisnava qualities and behaviour. He is displaying his strong guru-nistha_the backbone of bhakti_by sharing his insights in a fervent way, enriched by the statements of various witnesses of the amazing life of Srila Gour Govinda Swami. This makes for a very enlivening reading, taking us straight into the life of a contemporary Vaisnava saint. The reader will be surprised to learn that such a powerful devotee walked amongst us. I found great inspiration in diving into this detailed acccount of the life and teachings of my revered siksa-guru in this first volume of his biography, and I’m eagerly waiting for the next volume. I couldn’t put it down and practically read it from cover to cover with great emotion.
Indeed, as stated by Srila Prabhupada, “It is the duty of a disciple to glorify his spiritual master.” And Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura writes in Sajjan Tosani (7/4), “A devotee should faithfully glorify the transcendental qualities of his guru for one hour everyday.”Nimai Pandita Prabhu has captured the powerful spirit animating his spiritual master and rendered it in a very moving way, with devotional fervour, matching the intensity of the character of Srila Gour Govinda Swami.
I am an avid reader and eagerly wait for any new title published by the enthusiastic and dedicated Tattva-vicara team.
I first heard about Srila Gour Govinda maharaj through a friend who returned from India. He was talking non-stop about maharaj. I couldn’t understand a word of what he was saying. One day I was bored and I thought- alright, let’s check him out. I listened to a lecture on Gaura tattva first and was a bit dejected as I didn’t understand anything. I thought I’ll still give it a try and listened to one/ two other lecture snippets. I was impressed but I just thought he was ok. Then I stumbled upon ‘A real grihastha is a bramhachari’. This time I was completely bowled over. I was hanging onto every word of the lecture and who is there in the three worlds who has such firm faith in Krishna?? !! He is a pure devotee! He quoted from puranas, goswami literatures, Vedas etc etc..which I have never heard. After that, listening to one lecture after another has been an ‘out of the world’ experience. Each time some new deep philosophy.
After months of listening to his mind-blowing lectures, I wanted to know more about Maharaj’s life – background and everything. After asking many people and searching the internet extensively, I suddenly found an online version of the book Krsnalingita vigraha. This was exactly what I was searching for! Maharaj’s life story. I started the ebook in the evening and finished it about 5 am next morning. My eyes were so sore in the end!
I just couldn’t stop reading. It was like I was almost stumbling over the words to see what’s next ! I was very very moved by it. I deeply thank Nimai Pandit Prabhu and team who have produced such a masterpiece. Truly, a vaishnava takes birth in this world of his own accord and simply by reading about Maharaj, I can feel a spirit of renunciation and increase in devotion to Krishna.