Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayatah
Vol: E-11 12/21/04

"If the infinite can be known by the finite, he is not infinite." To which Srila Sridhar Maharaj replied,
"If the infinite cannot reveal himself to finite, he is not infinite!" This revelation is coming through Sri Guru.

naisam matis tavad urukramangrim
sprshaty anarthapagamo yad arthah
mahiyasam pada-rajo' bhishekam
nishkincinanam na vrinita yavat

When questioned by his demoniac father about the source of his transcendental knowledge, Prahlad Maharaj replied: "One will not be able to attain shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Krishna or be free from the polution of material existence until one has taken a bath in the pollen of the lotus feet of a great devotee. (To be attached as a servant at the lotus feet of a devotee)" Srila Govinda Maharaj executed this instruction at the tender age of 17 and never, under any circumstances, ever lost his mood or position of being attached to the lotus feet of Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Because our conception of master and servant is polluted by our competition on the plane of exploitation, it is hard for us to conceive of the happiness of the servant. Srila Sridhar gave the example of Gandhi looking for a personal assistant and the biggest personalities of the time applying for that position. Then, how special is it to be attached to a Vaishnava as his servant?

Srila Govinda Maharaj gets a clean bill of health from his post operative exam by Dr. Jeffrey Gutman and Dr. Paul Dossick (Sripad Pusta Krishna Prabhu). "Swimming and light aerobics will be no problem" :)

santah sadaiva hridayeshu vilokayanti
yam shyamasundaram acintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami

"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Shyamasundara, Krishna Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love." Srila Govinda Maharaj blesses the moving and non-moving living entities with his merciful glance. Because his eyes are anointed with the drops of divine love, his vision remains crystal clear, in all circumstances. We were fortunate enough to experience that during his recent visits to the hospital, both in Mexico and California. Simati Jivana didi drooped off some 'treats' for the kind nurses the other day and they remarked, "So much love seemed to emanate from him."

The next two quotations are some of his expressions the past few days.

pranamami sada prabhupada-padam

In his famous Prabhupada-padma-stavakah,Srila Sridhar Maharaj expressed, "He is the eternal shelter and the Universal Guru for the souls surrendered unto Sri Gauranga. Absorbed in the service of his Gurudeva, Sri Gaura Kisora, he wholeheartedly adores Sri Bhakti-vinoda Thakura. I make my obeisance unto him; I eternally make my obeisance unto the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord, Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur." This beautiful prayer, written in the sweetest Sanskrit poetry is sung in every Temple in the Gaudiya-Vaishnava world. By serving Srila Govinda Maharaj, the deep meanings of these beautiful conceptions will reveal in our hearts.
"I always want to speak with my friends." Srila Govinda Maharaj exclaims as he takes a call outside from Hari Kirtan Prabhu.

tunde tandavani ratim vitanute tundavali‑labdhaye
karna‑kroda kadambini ghatayate karnarbhudebhyah sprham
cetak prangana‑sangini vijayate sarvendriyanam krtim
no jane janita kiyabdhir amrtaih krsneti varna‑dvayi

"When the holy name of Krsna descends and captures the tongue and lips, it controls them so strongly that it en-gages them in chanting the holy name as if the lips and tongue have gone mad. In this way, the power of the name descends in them, and one feels that only one tongue and one mouth are not enough; thousands of mouths are necessary to taste the name. Then the holy name of Krsna enters the ear with such a great force and current that the ears are captured, and one thinks that only two ears are insufficient; he wants millions of ears to attend to the sweet current entering the ears. Two ears are nothing to him; he wants millions of ears. The nectar of the holy name is coming like a flood through his ears, pushing its way within the heart. I don't know, I can't say, I fail to express how much nectar there is in the holy name of Krsna. These two syllables contain so much sweetness, and such a high quality of sweetness. And this sweetness is so aggressive that it captures everything." Translated by Srila B. R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami

This incredible description of the glories of the divine name of Krishna was written by Srila Rupa Goswami and Mahaprabhu forced him to reveal it to his most intimate associates. From Sri Ramananda Ray to Srila Haridas Thakur, they all agreed it was the most beautiful, unique and unprecedented expression. Srila Govinda Maharaj is always reciting this verse.