Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami
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You are not worthy. You are not qualified enough. First, qualify yourself. Make yourself worthy. Guru is giving you Hari — Krishna, but you should take care of him or else the reverse effect will be there. There are aparādhas to watch for and regulative principles to be maintained. A...
The flower decorations and prasadam was superb. A highlight this year was the feast. 70 devotees were invited, and we had enough prasadam we felt for 100. Much to our surprise 250 devotees showed up! Somehow (partly by the mercy of a few devotees who quickly went and collected some prasadam from several kitchens around Mayapur) we were able to feed everyone.
A number of senior devotees attended and either spoke or listened, including HH Umapati Swami, HH Rama Govinda Swami, HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami, HG Hari Sauri Prabhu, HG Padmanayan Prabhu and others.
Our thanks to Pradosh Prabhu, Suprasad Prabhu, Bhagavan Prabhu, Gunarnava Prabhu and all of the devotees who worked hard to organize everything, as well as the many devotees who generously donated for flowers and prasadam.
Below is the schedule of events at ISKCON Mayapur
Remembrances Venue: Upstairs at the Panca-tattva extension classroom
* 9:00 AM - Kirtan procession from Radha Madhava’s temple to Maharaja’s puspa-samadhi
* 9:15 to 9:30 AM - Guru-puja and puspanjali at the puspa-samadhi
* 9:30 AM - Kirtan procession from puspa-samadhi to Radha Madhava’s temple, circumambulating Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi on the way.
* 10:00 to 11:00 AM - Remembrances and glorifications of Maharaja at the Panca-tattva extension
* 11:00 to 11:30 AM - Special lecture by a senior devotee (to be announced.)
* 11:30 to 11:50 AM - Remembrances and glorifications
* 4:30 to 5:30 PM - Special lecture by a senior devotee (to be announced.)
* 5:30 to 8:00 PM - Remembrances and glorifications
Anyone in Mayapur who would like to cook something for Maharaja can do so. Please bring the offerings to his samadhi by 11:45 AM on the 3rd.
You are not worthy. You are not qualified enough. First, qualify yourself. Make yourself worthy. Guru is giving you Hari — Krishna, but you should take care of him or else the reverse effect will be there. There are aparādhas to watch for and regulative principles to be maintained. Associate with sadhus, chant the holy name, hear Śrīmad Bhāgavatam — engage yourself 24 hours a day in the loving service of the Lord under the guidance of a bona-fide sādhu-vaiṣṇava guru. It is a razor-edged path, very sharp. If there is the slightest negligence you will fall down from the path. Guru has said all these things and you should follow, accept it as it is and make yourself worthy. But you are not doing anything. You are not following the instruction of guru. You are thinking, “Oh, now I have gotten everything.” If you think like that then you will lose whatever you have gained.
Devotee: Some devotees say that now that Srila Prabhupada has left they don’t know how to get his mercy and they are not sure what to do. In reply you said that if someone is really eager, their guru can appear in different forms to help. Can you explain?
Gour Govinda Swami: This is a most important question. You can see your guru if you have developed the right vision. Prahlad Maharaja saw the Supreme Lord in a stone pillar. But his father saw only the stone. You can see your guru if you are really eager to see him. “Yes, my guru is here. He is speaking to me.” If you are really thirsty you will cry for water and run, “Where is water? Where is water?” This is real eagerness. In the same way, if you are eager for your guru’s instruction then you will be able to see how he is there. He will give you instructions. He will definitely impart knowledge.
Devotee: In the form of sādhu and śāstra?
Gour Govinda Swami: Just like śāstra is always there and sādhu is always there, similarly, guru is always there. He is eternal. But you are not eager. You have no thirst, so how can you get water? You are not eager for water, so how can you get water? “Oh, I have gotten. I have no thirst.” This mentality is very dangerous. You think yourself so great. You are puffed up. You are not humble at all. In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (ādi 17.31), Mahaprabhu says:
tṛṇād api sunīcena taror api sahiṣṇunā
amāninā mānadena kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ
This is a very important thing. Kaviraj Goswami says, make a garland of this verse, put it around your neck, and do hari-bhajana. Otherwise you are not doing hari-bhajana at all. You are not feeling lower than the grass, you are not more tolerant than a tree, you are not free of false pride, and you are not giving respect to all. So how will you do hari-bhajana? But you say, “Oh I am doing hari-bhajana. I am doing. I am doing.” This is not bhajana. (From a darshan in Bhubaneswar. 14 November 1991. Printed in KK Bindu #136)
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