March 27, 2010
I received an e-mail from our spiritual master's secretary (Mahanada das, now BR Madhusudhan Swami) a short while ago that said in part:
'At 4:25am today, 27 March 2010, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj gently passed away from our vision by his own sweet will and surrounded by sannyasis and servitors chanting softly.
'His holy form was presently taken with a convoy of vehicles from our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, to Nabadwip where this afternoon he is being given samadhi close to the Samadhi Mandir of his beloved Srila Guru Maharaj.
'Around the world devotees are observing a day of chanting, prayer, glorification and simple living in honour of this event.'
On a personal note--although there is a wrench in the heart it is always a joyous occasion when one of Krishna's dear servants go back to the Divine Home. We still feel connected to his Grace, feeling his loving and protective presence ever around us.
The homecoming of Krishna's dear friend is a joyful occasion in the spiritual world. And so it should be here as well.
During his presence on the planet in this lifetime Govinda Maharaj was a most powerful Vaishnava devotee-healer by the grace of his spiritual master Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj. (Pictured at right.)
Govinda Maharaj greatly expanded Sridhar Maharaj's teachings. He preached and propagated Krishna consciousness worldwide, connecting many souls to the Light. Maharaj was always jovial and enthusiastic in whatever he did radiating joy at everyone he came across.
He freely gave of his qualities to his disciples, and he gave me the spiritual name of 'Nayan Abhiram Das Adhikari Dev-Sarman'. This was a somewhat unusual name.
Maharaj explained my name as meaning that, all eyes would become very pleased and delighted upon seeing me, creating a calming effect, and that wherever I looked I would create and see happiness and joy. The 'das' part of the name meant that I was a confidential servant of the Divine in His aspect as 'Nayan Abhiram'--He whom the eyes are pleased and joyful to see; 'adhikari' meant that I was entitled to share in the sacrifices offered to the deva administrators of the universe during various sacrifices meant for spiritual elevation; 'Dev-sarman' meant that I was equivalent to, and entitled to a seat with the deva administrators.
Srila Govinda Maharaj was very special to the administrators of the universe, especially with Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.
Maharaj's presence came at a very crucial juncture in our life. We were greatly blessed that he appeared to us when he did.
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.