Simply by His Will a Pure Devotee Leaves
A lecture given by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami on 4th July 1994, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Today we celebrate the holy disappearance day of
our most beloved and eternal spiritual master,
His Divine Grace Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya 108
Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja
Time To Leave
Excerpt from the article “Cry for Kṛṣṇa”.
Published in Back to Godhead Magazine 330-03, 1996.
In late January of 1996, Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami mentioned privately, “Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta said that this material world is not a fit place for any gentleman. Therefore, because he was disgusted, he left this world prematurely. I may also. I don’t know. I simply depend on Gopāl. I will do whatever He wants.” The next day Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami went to Gadai-giri to see his Gopāl. The word of Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami’s remarks quickly spread among his disciples, who felt confident that Gopāl would not let him leave them.
For a further four days he preached more powerfully than ever to thousands of people who flocked to a Prabhupāda Centennial festival in Bhubaneswar. Then he left for the annual ISKCON management meetings in Śrīdhām Māyāpur.
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