Our Disciplic Succession:
"The Sun Never Sets on Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math":
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
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...."
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
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
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."
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."
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."
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
"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
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."
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."
ARTICLES, POETRY, etc.
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") |
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
The Wonderful Nature of the
"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
Sripad Bhakti Vichar
"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
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
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
"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
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
The Greatest Gift of
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 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
The Pain of Broken
"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."
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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