Śrīla Gurudeva Promotes Books

Posted on July 20, 2013 by admin-vasanti

Śrī Jayadeva Gosvāmī was a very high-class mahā-bhāgavata,
and he wrote a book called Śrī Gīta-govinda, The Glories of
Govinda. When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw this book, He
made a copy and instructed His followers to also obtain one.
At that time there was no printing press, books were reproduced
by hand. Mahāprabhu therefore ordered His followers
to copy it by hand, and then preach. In Jagannātha Purī, all
the Vaiṣṇavas and associates of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu
copied that book by hand and thus crafted for themselves a
necklace of the beautiful songs therein.
Mañjarī dāsī has sung the first song in this book, namely
Śrita Kamalā. The words and meaning of the song are so very
near and dear to Kṛṣṇa. A devi-dāsī was once singing this song
in the forest at night. Hearing this sweet kīrtana, Kṛṣṇa in
the form of Jagannātha-deva opened His door. It may seem
to some persons that He is a statue of wood, but He is not.
He left the temple and began to run very quickly through the
forest towards that singing, causing the many thorny bushes
in that forest to scratch His body and tear His clothing. Before
He reached that devi-dāsī, she stopped her kīrtana, but He had
already become maddened.
He somehow returned to His temple and closed the door.
In the morning, when the pūjārī came for maṅgala-ārati,
he found Jagannātha covered with scratches and His cloth
torn. The pūjārī called the main priest and the king, who
both became very anxious, wondering, “Who could have
done this?” They wanted to arrest the culprit, but of course,
Jagannātha Himself was the ‘culprit.’

Why did Jagannātha run after a lady? It was because of His
intense attraction for that song. Jagannātha-deva appeared to
the King in a dream. He explained to the King that He had
heard His maidservant singing from very far away, and was
so attracted that He was impelled to run to her. He told the
King that it was the bushes and thorns of the forest that had
scratched His body.
After this incident, it was mandated as a precaution that
this song be sung only in the presence of Jagannātha-deva.
Everyone was ordered to be very careful not to sing it in a
distant place.
Once at night, when Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was going
to Caṭaka-parvata [a mountainous land located in Jagannātha
Purī on the coast of the Indian Ocean], a lady was sweetly
singing Śrita Kamalā in a very beautiful tune. Mahāprabhu
could not restrain Himself. He was oblivious to who was
singing and began to run in the direction from which the
song was coming. His servant, Govinda, knew that this song
was coming from a lady ‒ a very young lady. He chased after
Mahāprabhu, calling, “Don’t go! Don’t go! Otherwise You will
want to give up Your life for having embraced a lady!” He could
not run like Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who was moving very
swiftly, so he loudly shouted, “O Prabhu, what are You doing?
This song is coming from a very beautiful young lady! Don’t
go and embrace her!” Hearing this, Mahāprabhu became
alert and came to His external senses. He then told Govinda,
“If you had not stopped Me and I had touched that lady, I
would have jumped into the ocean and given up My life.”
This song is so full of rasa.
Gīta-govinda is very famous, and we have now translated
it from the original Sanskrit into Hindi, with good explanations.
It will soon be ready for distribution all over India,
and to Hindi speaking people around the world. The English
edition will also be available very soon, and so many other
books will be available as well.

 

I am working very hard, and my associates are helping.
Śrī Kṛṣṇa and my parama-pūjyapāda Śrīla Bhaktivedānta
Svāmī Mahārāja have sent me so many learned and qualified
bhaktas. I’m very lucky. They have arranged everything; they
are helping me. Śrī Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi and other very good
books will also be published soon. Śrī Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu
of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, and the Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta of
Śrīla Sanātana, the guru of even Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, will be
printed soon. Studying these books will greatly help you in
your understanding of bhakti.
Evening Discourse
Los Angeles, California: May 12, 2003