“SRILA PRABHUPADA IS A GOPI” Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja


BV Bhagavat Maharaja

In the many years of my deeply personal relationship with Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja I saw Him perform many pastimes in Bombay, Bhubaneswar and Mayapur. On Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja’s Appearance day I wish to relate one of these glorious pastimes for the pleasure of the assembled Vaishnavas.

Once, a few months after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance, a couple of our God brothers visited our little mud hut in Bhubaneswar. We were all talking together about Srila Prabhupada and the talk turned to what is Srila Prabhupada’s rasa. Some of my God brothers said that because he stopped writing Srimad Bhagavatam during the telling of Lord Brahma stealing the cowherd boys that Srila Prabhupada might be a cowherd boy. I mentioned a pastime I heard about Srila Prabhupada that when he was asked “Srila Prabhupada are you a cowherd boy it appears from your mood that you are like a cowherd boy” and Srila Prabhupada replied “I do not know what I am but I like cowherd boy” Then we were talking about how Srila Prabhupada made Krishna Balarama Deities and How He loved Vrindavan and He used to say it was His playground. So we all started to come to this conclusion that Srila Prabhupada was a Cowherd boy. During this entire conversation Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja said nothing. He sat gravely and listened. When we had come to our foolish conclusion then he stood up to speak and correct our foolishness. “What is this you are saying” He spoke in a tone of incredulous disbelief. “Srila Prabhupada is a cowherd boy”? Again he questioned our conclusion with a tone of shock and amazement. Shaking his head and making a tsk tsk sound and muttering “No No No” He finally looked at all of us very gravely and began to speak with a clear and authoritative voice. “He is not a cowherd boy, no no” Then opening His eyes widely and speaking in a mystical whisper He said “Srila Prabhupada is a GOPI!” Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja said that we were not qualified to know the details of Srila Prabhupada’s rasa that is why he never told us. I was astounded and convinced by nothing more than his statement without any evidence other than Him saying so because when He said it you could feel the power of the pure devotee speaking sabda Brahman and I knew then that this is the fact Srila Prabhupada is a Gopi.

Since it was so close to the time when Srila Prabhupada had just left I could understand that he must have received this knowledge when Srila Prabhupada was in Bhubaneshwara. I remembered that Srila Prabhupada used to tell everyone to leave the room and then he would have private talks with Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja. When Srila Goura Govinda Maharaja would leave the room I would see him shining very effulgently. I thought at the time WOW he must be getting some powerful mercy from Srila Prabhupada. Now I could understand the mercy he was getting it was the darshan of Srila Prabhupada in his Gopi Form. Later Srila Goura Govinda Maharaja gave more details about Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual relationship to Srila Saraswati Thakura in their Manjari forms. What special service they did together etc. This was all given to him by Srila Prabhupada in Bhubaneshwara when Srila Prabhupada was there in January 1977. Srila Prabhupada could not give this knowledge to any of his western disciples since we were not qualified to understand such a thing.

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