Srila Gour Govinda Swami is widely respected as a great scholar and teacher of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. He saw his mission as preaching to the preachers, as showing how Srila Prabhupada gave everything in his books. Here are a few excerpts from those teachings.

1 The Origin of the jiva
2 Do Not Disturb the Mood of Gaura - Peacock Feather
3 Sabdha Brahman Cannot Be Recorded
4 Preaching is Life
5 Guru is Always There


(In 1994 HH Rasananda Swami wrote to Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja asking about his own understanding on the subject of the Origin of the Jiva.)

His Divine Grace replied to his letter,

“The resolution that you have quoted has been passed by our GBC, and as such it is meant for all of the members of our society to follow. You ask what is my own, personal conclusion on this matter, so for your own information, I reply as follows.

"Srila Prabhupada has on many occasions made different statements about this subject matter. He has also himself drawn the conclusion. When the conclusion is given, it is to be understood that whatever might have been said before, if it may appear to be different from that conclusion, for what ever reason, is now cancelled. The conclusion is what stands.

"For example, Srila Prabhupada gives the following conclusions regarding the origin of the jiva.

‘The conclusion is that no one falls from the spiritual world, or Vaikuntha, for it is the eternal abode.’ (SB 3.16.26 purport)

‘The conclusion is that the origin of all life is the bodily effulgence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.’ (SB 4.30.5 purport)

"What is Srila Prabhupada's conclusion, that is what I accept. I accept Srila Prabhupada's own conclusion, that is all”.

(from The Embankment of Separation; Gopaljiu Publications)

Can you put a flute on Gaura? Although He is Krsna, you cannot put a flute on Gaura. Similarly, how can you put a peacock feather on He who is crying for Krsna, like Radharani? His mood will be disturbed.

Although He is Krsna, Gaura’s mood is different. Therefore Srila Prabhupada has said, “Don’t disturb the mood of Gaura.”

It is very painful to Him. Our service is meant to give Him pleasure, not pain. We are servants and we must render service to please Him, not for our own pleasure. If we say, “O Gaura, a peacock feather is on Your head. You are Krsna,” then how can he cry? “Oh, I am Krsna? I cannot cry now.”

But Mahaprabhu is crying, “Where is Krsna, kva nanda-kula-candramah? Kva sikhi-candra-kalankritih, where is Krsna on whose crest is a peacock feather? Where is that Krsna, indranilamani, whose complexion is blue like an indranila jewel? Rasa-rasatandavi, who dances in that rasa dance, where is that Krsna? O sakhi please tell Me where He is..."

So Mahaprabhu is always crying, rorudhya mana. He is Krsna Himself but feeling the pangs of separation from Krsna because He is in radha-bhava. Radha-bhava is predominating; that is vipralambha bhava.


Srila Gour Govinda Swami explained to listening disciples at Heathrow airport in 1995, "You see, Srila Prabhupada came to the western world, he went to America. He went to Tompkins Square Park. He chanted Hare Krishna with karatalas. So many hippies were rolling there intoxicated with very strong drugs, half naked boys and girls. As soon as they heard this transcendental sound, they immediately woke up. Alright, now you should go there to Tompkins Square Park with a tape recorder playing Prabhupada’s voice. We’ll see if they will wake up and come. Then I will understand, ’Yes, it is giving sabdha'. This is the test."

[Devotees should understand that Srila Prabhupada himself explains, “Just like I am speaking and it is being recorded in the tape recorder. When the tape recorder is replayed again, you'll find that I am speaking again. But that speaking and my present speaking is different. Therefore that speaking is separated energy. Now I am speaking directly. That is not separated, but when it is transferred to another matter that is separated energy.” Bombay 30.3.71

Again – “Then how I shall make progress?" Now, namanta eva san-mukharitäm bhavadiya-vartam. "Just hear the message of God." "From whom?" San-mukharitam: "through the mouth of the devotees." Not professional, not gramophone—through the mouth of, through the lips of real devotee.” – class in Chicago on July 8th 1975 on S.B. 6.1.24]]

(from the upcoming book Vedic dharma and Grhasta Ashram; Tattva-vichar Publications)

Those who even hesitate to go out and preach the message of Lord Hari, Mahaprabhu, hari-katha pracara, are subject to committing the sin of animal killing. Thereby, they violate that regulative principle and commit a sin. A Vaisnava should never hesitate or be weary, at any moment, to go out and preach!

This is real life! Therefore if there is no hari-katha, then you are as good as dead. Those who hesitate to go out and preach are considered animal killers; thus they are definitely affected by Kali. The acaryas have said this.


This is from a Srimad Bhagavatam class at New Talavan in USA on 17 June 1994

Devotee: Seeing as Guru’s discipline is required to control the stupid mind what should the disciple do when the Guru passes away (to get that instruction)?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Are! You are a fool!! (To think Guru passes away). Guru is always with the disciple baba. That is only apparent guru passed away. Not that guru is not there baba. Guru is always there. Yes. “I am eternally his disciple, he is eternally my Guru.” I am eternally his disciple, he is eternally my guru”. Yes Such relationship is there. It is only apparent that he passes away. But he is always with…

We have such loving relationship. Though he is not present here, he’s gone, went back home, back to Godhead, from that land, Vraja Bhumi, nitya Goloka Vrndavana, he has eye on his dear disciple, takes care. Caksu dan dilo yei, janme janme prabhu sei, one who has opened my eyes, he’s my Master life after life, why not in this life?
If guru passes away... but he has eye on his dear disciple. What he does ? He takes care. He appears in the form of sadhu, sastra. In the form of sadhu and sastra he appears. Where the disciple is staying, nearby if some qualified sadhu vaisnava is there, he empowers him and he teaches through him. That guru is there yes, nitya, eternal. “I am eternally his disciple, he is eternally my master. Fools cannot understand “O no more, my guru is gone, gone. I can act anything. I can do anything.” Then you hear your stupid mind. Now you become hippy, long hair, big moustache and drinking liquor “O my Guru has passed away. No more. Prabhupada is no more.”

What happened baba, such condition ?! Fools, isn’t it ? So many Prabhupada’s disciples. Seeing them my heart cracks . . . Fools. Fools.

Guru is always there baba always there. He takes care. He takes care, yes. He has . . . If you are serious, if you are really crying for the help of guru he is always there baba, always there. “Oh my Guru has gone, I am independent now. I can act anything.” Then you have become servant of your stupid mind, go dasa, go dasa. Yes. You are not using the weapon given to you by Guru. You have lost it. Understood? Alright, thank you very much.

Then from the darshan...
Guru is there. He slaps me. Do you understand? Very well. So. Yes. Yes. If you have vision (then) you can see baba. And if you are really crying in your heart for the help of guru he is always there. Always there. Yes. Always there. But fools cannot understand it. You are fools. They cannot understand it. “Guru is gone, no more, nobody to inflict discipline on me. I am independent. I can do whatever I like.” Then you become dasa of your stupid mind. Hear the prompting of your stupid mind. Then falls down. Now he is hippy. Again hippy. . .