The spirit of observing disappearance days.

By Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Today Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami must be merciful to us. In service to our Guru Maharaj we are trying as possible by us to glorify them.

suna, he rasika-jana krsna guna aganana
ananta kahite nahi pare
(Kalyana-kalpa-taru: Guna-kirtana, 2.1) 

No one can properly glorify the Vaisnava. So, what can I say to you? I am always waiting for the mercy, the causeless mercy, of the Vaisnavas. I have no qualification. Causeless mercy is my only hope. It is the only hope for many others also.

You have come from so far away to search for Krishna consciousness, and you are getting that consciousness through Guru and Vaisnava. We try to glorify them on their disappearance days. It is written in the scriptures that both the appearance days and disappearance days of the Vaisnavas are holy (pavitra).

You have seen the name of Srila Guru Maharaj’s Temple in Nabadwip. I gave this name: The Temple of Union in Separation. Separation is the highest thing in devotional life. When very strong feelings of separation come to us, then we see the holy form of our Guru Maharaj, Krishna, and Mahaprabhu. The viraha tithis, days of separation, bring very important feelings into our hearts. Through those feelings we remember the character of the Vaisnavas, our Guru Maharaj, the Pancha Tattva, and Radha-Krishna. We remember them all in one way.

Today, I am trying to express my heart at the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas. They must give me their causeless mercy. We are all unqualified. We cannot properly respect the Vaisnavas, but by their mercy we will become qualified. I have no doubt about that.


Spoken on 1 October 1990.