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of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

“Nothing is to be begged from Krishna…”

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“You may very strictly follow the principles of dharma – you may offer very opulent worship to Lord Vishnu …

paricarya viṣṇuvicarya tīrthāni, you may visit all the holy places in the world – vicārya vedān, you may become a Vedic pandit – but vinā na gaura-priya-pādasevāṁ vedādi-duṣprāpya-padaṁ vidanti, without serving the lotus feet of a dear devotee of Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu, you cannot enter into Goloka Vrindavan.”

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“Do you belong to yourself? You belong to Krishna. You are the property of Krishna. …

… The jīva doesn’t belong to himself. Krishna is the sole proprietor. Everything is Krishna’s property. Nothing is mine. No “I” and “mine”. This is real vairāgya, renunciation.”

— Darshan – Mayapur – February 10, 1993

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“Who sees Krishna everywhere? Those who have developed pure love towards Krishna…

Those who have bound Krishna with the rope of love in their heart, they see Śyāmasundara within and without. This is a question of love!”

— Darshan – Mayapur – February 10, 1993

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“Do you belong to yourself? You belong to Krishna. You are the property of Krishna. …

… The jīva doesn’t belong to himself. Krishna is the sole proprietor. Everything is Krishna’s property. Nothing is mine. No “I” and “mine”. This is real vairāgya, renunciation.”

— Darshan – Mayapur – February 10, 1993

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“You may very strictly follow the principles of dharma – you may offer very opulent worship to Lord Vishnu …

paricarya viṣṇuvicarya tīrthāni, you may visit all the holy places in the world – vicārya vedān, you may become a Vedic pandit – but vinā na gaura-priya-pādasevāṁ vedādi-duṣprāpya-padaṁ vidanti, without serving the lotus feet of a dear devotee of Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu, you cannot enter into Goloka Vrindavan.”

“… without serving the lotus feet of a dear devotee of Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu, you cannot enter into Goloka Vrindavan.”

— Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja