offer my obeisances to my respected Godbrothers, Godsisters,
and the villagers of Sri Hapaniya. Today we have very happily
come to Sripat Hapaniya Dham. Our destination is Goloka, even
if we may not know where Goloka is. However, we must know
that the abode of Goloka has personally become manifest in
this world as the abode of the Divine Master, the residence
of the devotees and the Temple where the Deities are worshipped.
Today, whether we can perceive it or not, we have arrived
in this holy place which is non-different from Goloka Dham.
Many years ago we brought our Divine Master back here to Hapaniya,
the place of his advent. We had a purpose, as also did the
residents of this village; and all wanted to have Guru Maharaj's
company once again, since so many long years had passed since
Guru Maharaj left his family to accept the renounced order
of life, sannyas, and went out to preach throughout the whole
of India, after which Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur
departed from this mortal world, and Guru Maharaj remained
in Vrindavan, Gokula, and Sri Nabadwip Dham. His family members,
especially his brothers Sriyukta
Mani Babu and Sriyukta Amar Babu, tried their level best to
bring Guru Maharaj back to his 'home town' Hapaniya, but he
had no desire to come here and never agreed to their proposal.
Afterwards, on the request of Guru Maharaj's Godbrothers,
Parama-pujyadpada Srila Jajavar Maharaj, Paramahamsa Maharaj,
Madhusudan Maharaj, etc. -- all the Vaisnavas who had much
regard and affection for him -- Guru Maharaj finally agreed
to come here for a day or two.
My underlying intention through all this was to locate the
exact spot where Guru Maharaj took his birth. I thought that
could be indicated only by him personally. No one else could
do that because all were younger than him. He was the eldest
remaining of all his family members of the village, and furthermore,
his memory was the sharpest of all. Therefore I considered
that only he could accurately point out the place of his birth.