In the book Caitanya-mangala,
by Srila Locan Dasa Thakur, it
is recorded that Narada Muni,
while visiting the spiritual
world, came upon Lord
Gauragga. The Lord told him of
His mission to destroy the sinful
activities of the Age of Kali.
"With the powerful chopper of
nama-sankirtana," He said, "I'll
cut the hard knots of demoniac
desires from the hearts of
everyone. Even if the sinners
reject religion or flee to foreign
countries, still they will get My
mercy. I will send mor
senapati-bhakta to go there and
Mor senapati-bhakta refers to
that commanding acarya who
will be empowered by Lord
Caitanya to lead His sankirtana
movement. That acarya, whom
Lord Caitanya referred to, is
Srila Prabhupada, who is
destined to spread Krishna
consciousness all over the world.
Shrila Gopal Krishna Goswami
He was born in Delhi on
August, 14, 1944. He became
an initiated disciple of His
Divine Grace A. C.
Founder-Acharya of the
International Society for
(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
Consciousness all over the
world by giving people,
transcendental knowledge, and
guidance resulting in solace,
happiness and love of God.
Religion means to surrender unto God. At the end of
Bhagavad-gita, Krsna, says, "Sarva-dharman parityajya mam
ekarh Saranam vraja — give up all other religious principles and
simply surrender unto Me.
Referring to this very verse, Srila Prabhupada in a lecture
on May 8, 1976, Honolulu, says "Krsna has come to you to give
you nice instruction how you can go back to home, back to
Godhead.....If somebody says, good man, that "You surrender.
I shall give you good instruction," "Oh, why shall I surrender
to you?" That is material life. But this Krsna consciousness
movement begins when you are ready to surrender. That is
beginning.....To learn the surrender, it will take many, many
births, bahainadm janmandm ante. But those who are intelli-
gent, they will surrender immediately: "Krsna says ‘Surrender,
and why not? Krsna is the Supreme Lord. Let me surrender."
Then his life is successful, immediately. Within a second his
life is successful. But we are not prepared to surrender. That
is our material disease. So if we do not surrender to Krsna and
take His instruction and make our life, that is our choice. But
if you like, you can make your life successful within a moment
simply by surrendering to Krsna."
If we follow Krsna’s instructions, these will eventually bring
out the best in us and will make our life more enjoyable and
blissful. Srila Prabhupada once said that material opulence
is like zeroes and Krsna is like one in front of those zeroes. If
we try to understand those instructions and try to implement
them in our lives, then we can achieve the greatest success.
All the men who surrender to Krsna are pious. Unlike the
miscreants, these people follow the regulative principles of
the scriptures, the moral and social laws, and are, more or
less, devoted to the Supreme Lord. When these four kinds of
persons come to the Supreme Lord for devotional service and
are completely purified by the association of a pure devotee,
they also become pure devotees.
Devotees are those who follow the regulative principles.
One cannot be independent and at the same time become
a devotee because all devotional activities are based on
surrender. So, in the association of devotees we learn this
important aspect—how to surrender, but if we keep our
independence and try to become devotees, that is not possible.
But in the devotional service of the Lord the only
qualification required is surrender. Surrendering oneself is in
one’s own hand. If one likes, he can surrender immediately,
without delay, and that begins his spiritual life.
This book entitled as "Surrender - The Most Auspicious
Decision" is compiled from the lectures of Srila Gopala
Krsna Gosvami. He is tirelessly and dedicatedly preaching
and serving in the mission of His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Svami Srila Prabhupada for the past fifty
years. While traveling to different parts of the world, he
enlightens various kinds of people through his discourses
from the Vedic scriptures like Srimad-Bhagavatam and
Bhagavad-gita. This book is a humble attempt to present
some of these discourses that are filled with transcendental
yet very practical realizations.
I would like to express my gratitude to many devotees who
have helped me in various capacities to publish this work. I
want to thank Guru Carana Dasa for spending several arduous
hours in transcribing the audio lectures. I would also like to
thank Ganga Sakti Devidasi and Nandani Ripa Devidasi for
their transcribing and proof-reading services. I am indebted
to Sitarani Devidasi and Ananda Caitanya Dasa for their
editorial services. I am very thankful to Anittama Hari Dasa
for his service, Bhaktin Richa Jha for sketches and Divya
Kegava Dasa for beautiful cover design.
Last but not the least, I beg forgiveness from all those who
have been with me over the course of many years and whose
names I have failed to mention.
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