Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave
a complete revelation of God's
love for the souls, and the
souls' love for God. This is
unparalleled in any movement.
or any religion. Caitanya
Mahaprabhu wanted that
greatest treasure to be given
out to as many people as
possible. Therefore He has also
taught a process—the simplest
and most direct process: nama-
sankirtana. Chanting the
names of Krsna does not
require any qualification
This prediction of Lord Caitanya
Mahaprabhu's is now actually coming to
pass. The Krsna consciousness
movement is being distributed all over
the world through the chanting of the
holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krsna
maha-mantra, and people who were
leading confused, chaotic lives are now
feeling transcendental happiness. They
are finding peace in sankirtana, and
therefore they are acknowledging the
supreme benefit of this movement. This
is the blessing of Lord Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. His prediction is now
factually being fulfilled, and those who
are sober and conscientious are
appreciating the value of this great
Srila Gopal Krishna Goswami was born
in Delhi on Aug 14, 1944. He became an
initiated disciple of His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of
the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1969 and
accepted the renounced order of life,
Sannyas in 1982.
Currently he is GBC of ISKCON
around the world. He successfully
opened the Sri Sri Radha-Parthsarathi
temple in New Delhi, amongst many
throughout the world. Following in the
footsteps of his spiritual master, He is
spreading Krishna Consciousness all
over the. world by giving people,
transcendental knowledge, and
cuidance resulting in solace, happiness
and love of God.
Since our childhood, we are in search for the treasure of our heart — Pleasure
or Happiness! And why not? Happiness is the birthright of every living
being. Even the Vedic scriptures declare that the real nature of the pure
soul is — anandamayo ‘bhyasat i.e. we, as pure souls, are full of bliss. But
misidentifying ourselves to this temporary body we're subjected to an endless
cycle of changing bodies, aging, disease, and death. In this regard a famous English
saying is "Pleasure is the measure of your treasure." We're trying to find pleasure
in this mortal world, which is full of anxiety and misery. Misunderstanding the
source of real happiness, we are trying to get the pleasure from the dead matter by
inventing many gadgets, luxurious facilities to pamper the body but are unable to
get permanent happiness.
In order to find out the greatest treasure of this human form of life, we must
find out the source of all the pleasure — Krsna — and know more about Him.
Vedic scriptures teach us how to find the treasure of heart, which is forgotten from
time immemorial. One way is to find out someone who knows the real meaning of
human form of life and how to achieve it. In Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.2.29-30, King
Nimi is saying:
"For the conditioned souls, the human body is most difficult to achieve, and it can
be lost at any moment. But I think that even those who have achieved human life
rarely gain the association of pure devotees, who are dear to the Lord of Vaikuntha.
Therefore, O completely sinless ones, I ask you to kindly tell me what the supreme
good is. After all, even half a moment’s association with pure devotees within this
world of birth and death is a priceless treasure for any man."
Now we are entangled in the cycle of birth, old age, disease and death. Because
our entire situation can be devastated in a single moment, we are constantly in fear.
But the pure devotees of the Lord can teach us the practical way to free ourselves
from material existence and thus abolish all types of fear. According to Bhagavadgita,
the goal of life is to free oneself from the cycle of birth and death and reinstate
oneself as an eternal servant of God on the platform of spiritual bliss. One who
is actually intelligent is overjoyed to gain the association of a pure devotee of the
Lord, by which one’s life can easily be perfected.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura says, "The materially conditioned souls
spend their days and nights discussing various topics of sense gratification.
They never find time to hear about transcendental knowledge. But if even only
briefly or accidentally they hear hari-kathd, topics of Krsna, in the association
of pure devotees of the Lord, their propensity to suffer in material existence
will slacken. When one sees liberated persons, hears about Krsna from them,
remembers their saintly behavior and so on, one’s tendency to bind himself in
the illusion of sense gratification is diminished, and he becomes eager to serve
the Supreme Lord." In this way the conditioned soul finds the greatest treasure
of life in the association of devotees of the Lord.
The unique contribution of Lord Caitanya is His detailed exposition of the
highest rasa, which He personified by acting as a devotee of the Lord, experiencing
pure love in the mood of Sri Radha. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted this greatest
treasure to be given out to as many people as possible. Therefore He also taught
a process—the simplest and most direct process: nédma-sankirtana. Chanting the
names of Krsna does not require any qualification except faith. Birth, caste, race,
country, profession, and education are not considerations in chanting God’s names.
The only requirement is a sincere acceptance of one’s own position as the servant,
offering service out of selfless love to the most attractive, deserving object: Krsna.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu encouraged His followers to distribute the names of Krsna
freely to all. He desired that not only the Indians, but the whole world, take up the
chanting of Krsna’s Holy names and attain the greatest treasure—love of God.
He ordered His followers to distribute the names of Krsna and teach others
about Him. Srila Prabhupada, being the Commander-in-chief of Lord Caitanya, in
the same mood distributed this Holy name freely to anyone and everyone he met.
He distributed this greatest treasure throughout the globe and now his followers’
are carrying on the movement he started. In Sri Harinama Cintamani Srila
Bhaktivinoda Thakura says.
It is a wonderful opportunity to find the meaning of life in the association of
devotees, who have found the greatest treasure — the Holy Name of Krsna. This book
is a compilation of selected lectures of Srila Gopal Krishna Goswami, which he gave in
the various parts of the world. He has spoken about the glories and practical aspects of
spiritual life and how to achieve the desired success in life.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the devotees who helped me to
compile and publish this wonderful book for the pleasure of Vaisnavas. First and
foremost I would like to thank Sitarani Devi Dasi and Anand Caitanya Dasa for
their editorial services. I am also thankful to Sammohini Rupa Devi Dasi, Bhaktin
Sneha & Bhaktin Manisha as associate editors. Two other devotees whose efforts
are invaluable are Guru Caran Dasa and Amal Caran Dasa, who transcribed all of
the lectures for this book. I would also offer thanks to Vrindavan Vinod Dasa for
designing the beautiful cover and Anuttam Hari Dasa for spending hours and hours
working with me on the layout. My special thanks go to Nandgopal Jivan Dasa
for sincerely assisting in presenting this book in the best way for the pleasure of
By the kind assistance of these wonderful souls I have been able to complete this
book. Without them it would not have been possible. The sole purpose of this book
is to make available that content which is the very heart of Srila Gopal Krishna
Goswami, who is tirelessly serving his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada to spread
Krsna consciousness around the world. We pray to Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha-
Parthasarathi to kindly bless them all with Their unalloyed devotional service,
which is the most wonderful thing.
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