Sri Sri Guru-Gaurangau Jayatah!
One day while Srila Govinda Maharaj was here recently, I informed him of the names of the devotees who have been donating to the cows, and mentioned I had received a hand printed card of the sloka 39 from "Sri Sri Prema Dhama Deva Stotram" which begins, "prema-gunjanali-punja-puspa...." I asked Srila Gurudev if He would like to speak on that sloka for us. Srila Gurudev jokingly said, "My fee is $100..." I happily agreed, and agreed to give more as it was exactly my cue to offer to his lotus hands the cow-seva collection so far.
His Divine Grace was very happy and proceeded to give us a very sweet talk, and it was just the right thing for that moment. He spoke in a very personal and sweet way about Mahaprabhu's mood while He was in Vrindavan. The following is a transcription of his explanation:
Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj then asked Srila Gurudev about the time when Krishna was returning from the Vrindavan forest and looking at Srimati Radharani and the Sakhis. Srila Gurudev began to describe how Sri Radha and the Gopis had taken on the brightness and beauty of the flash of lightning and Krishna and Balaram were playing their flutes with other cowherd boys. His Divine Grace added, "Others have flutes also."
I asked, "So Krishna is not alone playing the flute?"
Srila Gurudev answered, "Krishna's flute is Krishna's flute, there is some special charm coming from that flute." He continued, "I like to discuss with you this matter, but when I am thinking how so many sahajiyas are doing that then I am hesitating and avoiding it." Srila Gurudev then went on to tell about His own personal affectionate relationship with plants and animals in general, including dogs, horses and to all of our surprise, tigers! Throughout Srila Gurudev's life He has lived in such conscious harmony with all living creatures, and we all received wonderful blessings simply hearing of that.
Updated (with transcribed section) 22 November 2000
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