Chapter 21 – Depend on Sri Krsna

His sannyasa initiation, the moment Gour Govinda Swami had been waiting for since leaving family and many years before that, had been realized. He was now initiated into the renounced order of life and could begin preaching the mission of Mahaprabhu under the authority of his spiritual master; Srila Prabhupada. Gour Govinda Swami went first to Hyderabad to conduct service there, and finally went to Bhubaneswar to begin the mission of Srila Prabhupada and to establish a temple there.Whilst in Hyderabad, he wrote to Subhash Biswal, his former student and old acquaintance; it was the second letter he had written to him since leaving family life. The letter was dated 28 September 1975 and Subhash received it on the 4 October. In that letter he wrote:

“… One should depend on Krsna. Even the demigods Siva, Brahma etc. cannot do anything unless sanctioned by the Supreme Lord, Krsna. According to Krsna’s desire everything is going on and no one can change it!…”

In That Letter He also Urged Subhash:

“…You should become Krsna conscious and take shelter of the lotus feet of Krsna, then you can achieve the perfection of life…the human form of life is rarely achieved, so you could become Krsna conscious to make your life perfect…”

He was now speaking from personal experience, “…one should depend on Krsna.” This Gour Govinda Swami had been doing since his departure from family life; in fact he had been doing this his whole life. In his own words, “From the first day that I left home Gopala has looked after me. I have never gone without anything due to Gopala’s mercy…” And this was especially the case since his departure from Government service and leaving his family.

Then on 24 December 1975, Gour Govinda Swami wrote to Subhash again and asked him to come to Cuttack because he would also be there and they could meet. But when Subhash arrived on the day arranged for the meeting, he could not find Gour Govinda Swami. He then learnt from some of the local people that Gour Govinda Swami had gone to Bhubaneswar, to the donated land where the ISKCON temple was to be built.

Subhash set off for that place and began to search for Gour Govinda Swami; he learnt from the local people that a sadhu was living in a dharmasala in the old town of Bhubaneswar, at the Lingaraja temple, area to the east of Bhubaneswar. So Subhash also went to that place, but he couldn’t find Gour Govinda Swami. Gour Govinda Swami was not there. For the time being, Subhash had lost track of Gour Govinda Swami.

In That Letter He Also Urged Subhash:

“…You should become Krsna conscious and take shelter of the lotus feet of Krsna, then you can achieve the perfection of life…the human form of life is rarely achieved, so you could become Krsna conscious to make your life perfect…”

He was now speaking from personal experience, “…one should depend on Krsna.” This Gour Govinda Swami had been doing since his departure from family life; in fact he had been doing this his whole life. In his own words, “From the first day that I left home Gopala has looked after me. I have never gone without anything due to Gopala’s mercy…” And this was especially the case since his departure from Government service and leaving his family.

Then on 24 December 1975, Gour Govinda Swami wrote to Subhash again and asked him to come to Cuttack because he would also be there and they could meet. But when Subhash arrived on the day arranged for the meeting, he could not find Gour Govinda Swami. He then learnt from some of the local people that Gour Govinda Swami had gone to Bhubaneswar, to the donated land where the ISKCON temple was to be built.

Subhash set off for that place and began to search for Gour Govinda Swami; he learnt from the local people that a sadhu was living in a dharmasala in the old town of Bhubaneswar, at the Lingaraja temple, area to the east of Bhubaneswar. So Subhash also went to that place, but he couldn’t find Gour Govinda Swami. Gour Govinda Swami was not there. For the time being, Subhash had lost track of Gour Govinda Swami.

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