Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayatah
Vol: E-12 12/26/04

In all circumstances his consciousness remains on the highest level. Recuperating from surgery and still in pain, Srila Govinda Maharaj continues to shower unprecedented nectar on all within earshot of him.

vrndavana, govardhana,     jamuna-pulina, bon,

sei kuïje rasadika lila

sei brajera braja-jan,     mata, pita, bandhu-gan,

boro citra, kemane pasarila

vidagdha, mridu, sad-gun,     sushila, snigdha, korun,

tumi, tomar nahi doshabhas

tabe je tomar man,     nahi smare braja-jan,

se—amara durdaiva-vilas

na gani apana-duùkha,     dekhi’ brajeshvari-mukha,

braja-janer hridoya bidore

kiba mara’ braja-basi,     kiba jiyao braje asi’,

keno jiyao duùkha sahaibare?

tomar je anyo besh,     anyo sanga, anyo desh,

braja-jane kabhu nahi bhay

braja-bhumi charite nare,     toma na dekhile more,

braja-janer ki habe upay

How have you forgotten Vrndavan, Govardhan Hill, the bank of the Jamuna, the forest where you enjoyed your best times, and what to speak of your mother, father and many friends? “It is astounding! You are very cultured, gentle, well-behaved, softhearted and merciful. You really have no faults. Still, you cannot remember the people of Vrndavan. This is my unfortunate situation. I do not count my own misery, but I am pained when I see the face of mother Jashoda and the broken hearts of all the Brajabasis. Do you want to kill them, or do you want to enliven them by coming here? Or are they alive just to suffer? Now you dress differently and live a different life in the city and the Brajabasis have no atraction for you. They cannot give up this place and staying here they cannot see you and are dying. What is the solution for their lives?

I am not so foolish to think I can give a certificate to the higher plane, where I am disqualified to enter by every consideration. I am also not trying to patronize a real Vaishnava because that is too offensive, even for an offender like me. However, to be in the company of Srila Govinda Maharaj and hear him recite these expressions, with his fully blossomed smile, while still in great physical pain from his surgery, is something I could never imagine. Still, it is happening regularly. For the purpose of these pages, I thought I would make some notes of the exceptional things he says, but he says so many of them, it is difficult to chose from, difficult to remember and also difficult to locate them.

ye ‘nye parartha-bhavaka yamunopakulah
shamsantu krishna-padavim rahitatmanam nah

The Gopis, while searching for Shri Krishna said, "O Chuta, Priyala, Panasa, Asana and Kovidara, O Jambu, Arka, Bilva, Bakula, Amra, Kadamba, Nipa and all you other plants and trees living by the banks of the Jamuna who have dedicated your very existence to the welfare of others, we have become mad, so please tell us where Krishna has gone."

Srila Govinda Maharaj, now back in his scooter, after seeeing a newly arrived Campaka tree in the Soquel Ashram, reflects on the mood and atmosphere of Vrindaban.

vrajendra-kula-candramah sphurati ko ’pi navyo yuva
sakhi sthira-kulangana-nikara-nivi-bandhargala-
cchida-karana-kautuki jayati yasya vamshi-dhvanih

In his unaparlelled Sanskrit Poetry, Srila Rupa Goswami expressed Lalita Sahki's statement to Sri Radhika, "Oh friend, this freshly youthful Krishna, the moon in the family of Nanda Maharaj, is so beautiful that he defeats the pride of the topmost crown jewels. The  vibration of his flute, is very cunningly shaking the patience of chaste ladies by cutting their belts and tight dresses."

I only know of the quality of Srila Rupa Goswami's poetry because Srila Gurudev describes it as such. Otherwise, linguistically or by any other basis, I have no entrance.

ishavasyam idam sarvam
yat kinca jagatyam jagat
tena tyaktena bhunjitha
ma grdhah kasya svid dhanam

"Everything is meant for Krishna. We are also meant for Him (isavasyam idam sarvam). This is true knowledge, and this is the true situation of the world. Exploitation is an incomplete and reactionary idea for which we incur a debt that we shall later have to pay. We may go to Satyaloka, the highest planet in the material universe, but by exploiting nature, we incur a debt, become heavy, and go down. And when we go down, others come to exploit and extort us until our debts are paid. Then the heaviness goes, and we become light and go upward to the higher planetary systems again. And when we go up, we exploit those who are in a lower position. In this way, there is continual exploitation and clearance of debt."

This verse from Sri Isopanishad is explained here by Srila Sridhar Maharaj and quoted by Srila Govinda Maharaj. I had not heard this verse for many years, but it was famous in the preaching of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad and one of the first books he brought with him to the West.