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Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj



of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

A brief biography of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj published originally in the Revealed Truth:
"His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj made his appearance in this world on 18 December 1929 in the holy land of Sri Gaura Mandal in a village known as Bamunpara within the Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. Like the sun rising and inspiring lotuses to bloom, Srila Govinda Maharaj appeared in a brahman family and filled the land of Sriman Mahaprabhu with joy...."





Golden Reflections
Published in 1992 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the book presents a series of reflections of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on how the Math was founded and developed over the course of time, as well as affectionate guidance for the practitioners on how to proceed in their spiritual life.
"This Nabadwip Dham, on the banks of the Ganges, has such great value, especially for the realisation of our highest self, as recommended by Sriman Mahaprabhu. It is the land of love, sweetness, charm and beauty all are synonymous. It is heart-capturing. Our real existence is neither in our knowledge nor our power, but in our heart. Really, our proper identification is with our heart. So, in which direction our heart is moving, that is the all-important factor in our life. It is a heart-transaction."


The Divine Servitor
Printed in December 1990, this is the first printed publication compiled from lectures of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and it is a jewel full of spiritual nourishment, encouragement and guidance, explaining the pitfalls, the ups and downs a divine servitor faces on the path of their practising life and divine service.
"We have this human body in our hand, and it is very rarely achieved. Many, many births have passed, but suddenly we have attained this human body by our karma, good karma no doubt. If you want to cross a river or an ocean, you need a boat. This human body is like a boat and we have now attained it. With the help of this human body, our soul can easily cross over the ocean. But who is the guide of the boat?"


Dignity of the Divine Servitor
A very gentle and affectionate guidance from the lotus mouth of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on how to maintain enthusiasm in our devotional life, how to adjust ourselves to different circumstances in life, and how to keep the vision of our brightest prospect.
"Our beloved Srila Guru Maharaj began the great Sankirtan fire sacrifice and up to date I am seeing that Sankirtan fire, day by day, spreading all over the world through his devotees. All the devotees are trying whole-heartedly to fuel that fire. Each one is like an auspicious stick of wood fully dedicating himself for the exaltation of Srila Guru Maharaj by entering into the Sankirtan fire sacrifice."


Divine Guidance
Printed originally in 1993, this is the third book by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that was published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. It contains the wealth of extensive guidance on how to see, how to reach, and how to serve the transcendental Holy Dham of the Lord, as well as how to guard against the obstacles on the way.
"Everyone everywhere spends their life eating, sleeping, enjoying, fearing, and protecting themselves, and then dying—taking birth and dying. But that is not real life. Real life is doing something of eternal value. If someone can do something in connection with the eternal world, they will receive an eternal result. That connection comes through transcendental knowledge, consciousness and activity; therefor we have no other course but to follow the divine guidance of Sri Guru."


The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration
Printed in 1993 upon the completion of the first World Tour of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, this book contains several discourses His Divine Grace delivered in Santa Cruz (USA), Hawaii, and Mauritius and that present Krishna consciousness conception in a very clear and concise manner.
"What we need are good friends and association. Then we can proceed happily. And the other factor is that if our surrender is perfect, then from the upper level faith will come to us and protect us. If someone is fully surrendered to Krsna in His form as Guru or sadhu, then Krsna will certainly protect him. He must protect him."


Affectionate Guidance
Printed in March 2004, this book is an extensive compilation of lectures and discourses of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that were printed over the years in such publications as Sri Chaitanya Saraswati, Sri Gaudiya Darshan, Divine Message, and others.
"We must be very serious in our practising life, then I can give you a guarantee that you must get your goal. You are in the line of Srila Guru Maharaj, you have the mercy of Srila Swami Maharaj and Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur, then you must get it, but you must be very conscious about your practising life. I have seen many in our line who think they are proceeding very happily and practising very happily, but they are not seeing themselves through my eyes."


Religion of the Heart
This book was prepared and published first in 2006 by Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj, and was received with great joy by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This book is now available on the website for both online reading and downloading as a PDF.
"We can't imagine how much happiness exists in Vrndavan. Everything is gracious, glorious, and extremely beautiful there. We are searchers of the spiritual world, of spiritual life and of God, and through these topics we have got a chance to explain something about the glories of Krishna. We have received a clue as to whose lotus feet we should worship and who we should take shelter of."


The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
The Divine Pastimes of Sri Nityananda Prabhu compiled from lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accompanied by a compilation of scriptural verses, kirtans, and Sanskrit compositions in glorification of Lord Nityananda Prabhu.
"We are very fortunate souls because we heard the divine Name of Nityananda Prabhu and we are following, as possible by us, Nityananda Prabhu's line. That is most clean and clear for the conditioned souls. We will get everything by the grace of Nityananda Prabhu and His associates. I must say to everyone: take shelter of the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu and you will have no fear from anywhere. We are all fallen souls and our only hope is the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu."


In Search of the Original Source
Printed first in 1999, this is a small introductory booklet that has been distributed all over the world by sankirtan parties and that contains simple and sweet presentation of Krishna consciousness, inspiring for both newcomers and all sincere practitioners.
"It is very rare to get this human body but it has fortunately come to us and it is of utmost importance. With this human form one can understand and find the way for studying the spiritual world, and for seeking the essence of transcendental knowledge. Thus the value of this human body is supreme."






The Math Logo
An explanation of the concept of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's logo that was manifested and revealed by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Excerpted from Golden Reflections.


Chayoa ("A Wish") | চাওয়া
A Bengali poem written by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 1955: "I do not desire to be an autonomous king of this world. I do not desire to be an exalted young renunciant on the path of liberation... I only want to have love and attachment to the feet of Sachi Suta's servants."


The Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava
"There is no doubt that our Guru is supreme in our life, but the Vaisnava is also not less than that. The Vaisnava can give us Krsna. Guru always lives on a higher level of honour, but the Vaisnava is the general helper for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnava's position is very merciful for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnavas also very affectionately try to help each other..."


Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj
"Srila Jajavar Maharaj joined the Gaudiya Mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at a very young age. He could sing nicely, and he looked very simple—there was not a shadow of inauspiciousness in his body..."


A Miracle and Wealth of Our Mission
"Ajita Krishna Brahmachari was an ideal servitor of Srila Guru Maharaj. I am surprised to see his mood of service. I did something, no doubt, but he used ten times more energy for the service of Guru Maharaj! That was his peculiarity. That type of all-rounder brahmachari was the wealth of our mission."


Sripad Rishabdev Prabhu: A Miracle Personality
"I have seen so many miracles in my life, and Rishabdev Prabhu is also one kind of a miracle personality. If you see what your scriptures say (they show so many rule and regulations) and if you see Rishabdev Prabhu's case, you will not be able to harmonise it."


Sri Gaurahari Bhakti Sampad Prabhu
"Before I saw how he changed having met with Srila Guru Maharaj, I did not understand that it was possible—within one moment, we can come in touch with such a supreme wealth, such a spiritual wealth that we shall feel extremely fortunate."


On the Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
"In this world there is no comparison or substitute to Srila Bhakti Vinod's unparalleled gift. He appeared on today's date. Thus this day is also supremely worshippable, desirable, and merciful. I have no gift with which I worship this great day..."


Sri Ramananda Ray Prabhu
"Ramananda Ray was very strong and a very good administrator. He controlled the whole situation and the whole atmosphere after Mahaprabhu's disappearance and gave full nourishment to the devotees. Ramananda Ray stayed alive until finally, today, when everything had become peaceful and settled, he also disappeared..."


The Greatest Gift of Sri Vedavyas
A wonderful extensive talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describing the holy appearance of Srimad Bhagavatam:
"Srimad Bhagavatam is the oldest and finest book of Krishna consciousness. Vedavyas had composed all the scriptures, but he still did not feel happiness in his heart. He started searching what had happened..."


A Separation Day
"Nobody can properly glorify the Vaishnav-mahima, then what can I say to you? I am always waiting for mercy—for causeless mercy. I have no qualification, causeless mercy is the only hope for me, and for others also. I am trying to express my heart today at the lotus feet of Vaishnavs. I pray they bestow their mercy, and that mercy cannot but be causeless. We are all unqualified, we cannot properly respect Vaishnavas, but by their mercy we can get that qualification, I have no doubt about it. Today is the disappearance day of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami. It is very hard for a disciple for tolerate the disappearance of their Guru..."


Mahaprabhu's Directives
"Mahaprabhu has given three directives to us. He did not compose so many slokas. He could compose it, it was within Mahaprabhu's capacity, but He did not do it. He has only given us some directives to show us the direction, and He has given only one sloka for our direction. These three directives will give us life—through these three directives we will get a real spiritual life."


"Do Not Despair"
"You have come to see me. I am your friend, your master, or your everything, I can feel that you feel it. There are so many devotees from different countries here. Different countries means different languages, different cultures, different lifestyles, different food—everything is different; but our conception is one, and that is Krishna consciousness. We have been practising for a long time, then we must have some Krishna-conscious mentality and we can proceed with that to our goal, which is the life of a servitor."


The Pain of Broken Hearts
"We always remember Srimati Radharani, Her associates and other Vraja gopis, but we forget about Nanda Maharaj and Mother Yasomati. It has come out of Radharani's mouth: 'We do not consider our heart's pain, but when we see Mother Yasoda's face and Mother Yasoda's situation without Your presence, our heart is breaking after breaking after breaking.'"


Sincerity and Chastity
"We will follow what our Guru Maharaj follows. We do not want to know who is good, who is bad, who is better, who is worse. It is not necessary to criticise others. We will only be chaste to our Guru Maharaj, and we will follow our Guru Maharaj's conception. This is the best."


"Merry Christmas"
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is speaking on the Christmas day in 2006: "You must give honour to wherever there is some piety and religious manifestation. This is our religion. Today is a very big festival day here in Bengal as well as all over India. The whole world knows that it is the appearance day of Jesus Christ, and India celebrates this day now too."


Appearance of Sri Gaura
In 1955, our Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj wrote a very beautiful editorial article in our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's magazine Sri Gaudiya Darsan (Year 1, Issue 9), called 'Appearance of Sri Gaura'. We would like to present this article here.


Sri Samadhi Mandir Verses
In honour of the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (year 2016) we humbly present these pages containing the verses that were selected to adorn the samadhi-mandir of His Divine Grace. May these pages please and nourish the Vaishnavs' hearts.


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Divine Message
Life's Destination
Revealed Truth



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