Srila Gurudeva Promotes Books

Posted on July 20, 2013 by admin-vasanti

Jayadeva GosvA?mAi?? was a very high-class mahA?-bhA?gavata,
and he wrote a book called AsrAi?? GAi??ta-govinda, The Glories of
Govinda. When AsrAi?? Caitanya MahA?prabhu 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. MahA?prabhu therefore ordered His followers
to copy it by hand, and then preach. In JagannA?tha PurAi??, all
the Vaia??a?i??avas and associates of AsrAi?? Caitanya MahA?prabhu
copied that book by hand and thus crafted for themselves a
necklace of the beautiful songs therein.
MaAi??jarAi?? dA?sAi?? has sung the first song in this book, namely
Asrita KamalA?. The words and meaning of the song are so very
near and dear to Ka?i??a??a?i??a. A devi-dA?sAi?? was once singing this song
in the forest at night. Hearing this sweet kAi??rtana, Ka?i??a??a?i??a in
the form of JagannA?tha-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-dA?sAi??, she stopped her kAi??rtana, but He had
already become maddened.
He somehow returned to His temple and closed the door.
In the morning, when the pAi??jA?rAi?? came for maa?i??gala-A?rati,
he found JagannA?tha covered with scratches and His cloth
torn. The pAi??jA?rAi?? called the main priest and the king, who
both became very anxious, wondering, ai???Who could have
done this?ai??? They wanted to arrest the culprit, but of course,
JagannA?tha Himself was the ai???

Why did JagannA?tha run after a lady? It was because of His
intense attraction for that song. JagannA?tha-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 JagannA?tha-deva.
Everyone was ordered to be very careful not to sing it in a
distant place.
Once at night, when AsrAi?? Caitanya MahA?prabhu was going
to Caa?i??aka-parvata [a mountainous land located in JagannA?tha
PurAi?? on the coast of the Indian Ocean], a lady was sweetly
singing Asrita KamalA? in a very beautiful tune. MahA?prabhu
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 ai??i?? a very young lady. He chased after
MahA?prabhu, calling, ai???Donai??i??t go! Donai??i??t go! Otherwise You will
want to give up Your life for having embraced a lady!ai??? He could
not run like AsrAi?? Caitanya MahA?prabhu, who was moving very
swiftly, so he loudly shouted, ai???O Prabhu, what are You doing?
This song is coming from a very beautiful young lady! Donai??i??t
go and embrace her!ai??? Hearing this, MahA?prabhu became
alert and came to His external senses. He then told Govinda,
ai???If you had not stopped Me and I had touched that lady, I
would have jumped into the ocean and given up My
This song is so full of rasa.
GAi??ta-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.
AsrAi?? Ka?i??a??a?i??a and my parama-pAi??jyapA?da AsrAi??la BhaktivedA?nta
SvA?mAi?? MahA?rA?ja have sent me so many learned and qualified
bhaktas. Iai??i??m very lucky. They have arranged everything; they
are helping me. AsrAi?? Ujjvala-nAi??lamaa?i??i and other very good
books will also be published soon. AsrAi?? Bhakti-rasA?ma?i??ta-sindhu
of AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi??, and the AsrAi?? Ba?i??had-bhA?gavatA?ma?i??ta of
AsrAi??la SanA?tana, the guru of even AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi??, will be
printed soon. Studying these books will greatly help you in
your understanding of bhakti.
Evening Discourse
Los Angeles, California: May 12, 2003