Maharaj himself was so very affectionate to me, he did not like
me to be away from him for even a few hours. Sometimes when
I would go to Calcutta, Guru Maharaj would send a Godbrother
by a shortcut on the cycle to the bridge to intercept me and
call me back. "Call Govinda Maharaj back, I am not feeling well."
This happened many times. Sometimes, even if there was very
important work in Calcutta, he would send someone by cycle with
the order, "Bring him back immediately." But whenever I had
to come here to Hapaniya, Guru Maharaj would always very happily
grant me permission. Even if he was not in very good health,
his mood would change and he would become very pleased. He always
encouraged me to come to Hapaniya. But so many times when I
had to go to Calcutta, he would call me back. Therefore, I am
very attached to Hapaniya Dham. After the manifestation of the
Deity, when I was about to go to Hapaniya, sometimes Guru Maharaj
would ask, "Where are you going?" And I would reply, "I am going
to my math." Guru Maharaj would enjoy, and laughing he would
say, "Oh, Hapaniya is your math? Alright. You may go." Guru
Maharaj's mood was very happy if I served the Deity of Radha-Gopinathjiu.
This is why I have become more and more enthusiastic to serve
the Deity. Also, many of my Godbrothers, especially I can mention
that Sripad Yudhamanyu Seva Vikram Prabhu and Sripad Aravinda
Lochan Seva Sundar Prabhu, are assisting me very much for the
Hapaniya seva. Many other Godbrothers are also helping. Whenever
the devotees hear that their contribution is utilised for Hapaniya,
their hearts feel peaceful and happy.
One of the cows cared for in the small goshalla
behind the temple.
enjoy here very freely. When I am in Calcutta I have heavy responsibilities,
and in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math also I am not worry-free.
But in Hapaniya, I feel much peace at heart. I come here weekly
or fortnightly. Although I don't stay very long, I appreciate
So now you have come to this very place, Hapaniya, where Guru
Maharaj manifested himself to the world, where all the trees,
all the animals, all the men and women -- everything is transcendental.
Even all the vegetables are transcendental. But it is necessary
to eat with a transcendental body. Otherwise, how can we digest?
That day we came here with Guru Maharaj, a humble meeting was
held here in this very place. As shelter, only a tarpaulin was
erected above our heads. We sat on the ground, and Guru Maharaj
sat on a chair. He discussed various slokas. At that time it
was my greatest fortune to hear a special sloka from my Guru
Maharaj for the first time. Guru Maharaj wanted to inject our
hearts with the feeling that we had come to the Holy Abode.
yat kincha trnagulma-kikatamukham
gosthe samastam hi tat
told us, "Everything here is transcendental and very auspicious.
If you can see in this way, you will be benefitted. You will
retrieve your transcendental life, and also, you will attain
the service of Srimati Radharani." In this way, Guru Maharaj
gave his blessings to us here on that day, and we always remember
that. I have tried to speak a little of the glories of Guru
Maharaj, for his satisfaction, and I know that if I can see
the meaning of his sloka, my prayer must reach its destination
the offering is being made to the Deities. After the bhogarati
we shall happily take the Prasadam of Radha-Gopinathjiu, Giridharijiu
and our Guru Maharaj. This is my desire and prayer. My obeisances
to you all -- the villagers, the sannyasis, brahmacharis, etc.
Jaya Om Visnupada Paramahamsa-parivracaryya-varyya Astottara-sata-sri
Srimad Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, ki jaya!
Tadiya Avirbhava-bhumi Sripat Hapaniya, ki jaya!
Jaya Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Radha-Gopinathjiu, ki jaya!
Tadiya Bhogarati, ki jaya!
Jaya Sripad Ananga Mohan Prabhu, ki jaya!
Jaya Gauri Matadevi, ki jaya!
Jaya Sri Upendrachandra Vidyaratna ki jaya!
Jaya samaveta Vaisnava-mandala, ki jaya!
Samaveta Bhaktavrnda, ki jaya! Harinama-sankirttana, ki jaya!
Gaura-premanande, Hari bol!
Honouring Prasadam at the conclusion of this sweet
Festival in the special place of Sripat Hapaniya.