Krsnalingita-vigraha: Always Embraced by Krsna Vol 1 Part 1


This book is on the glorious life of Srila Gour Govinda Swami, who was an emissary from the spiritual world. From his first days on planet Earth he was surrounded by hari-kirtana and hari-katha. He was born in a family of great Vaisnava kirtaneers, and they are the most famous kirtaneer family of Orissa (Odisha). Many of their family members have picked their time of leaving this world, left with a mighty kirtana going on and the day they leave on is the appearance day of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura. This book discusses the life of Srila Gour Govinda Swami from his divine birth, teenage years, married life and subsequent life as a great renunciant and Vaisnava. A must read for anyone who is interested in the lives of great saints.

Recalling his childhood Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami said:

“…The first thing I could remember as a child were the songs of Śrīla Narottama dāsa Thākura sung by my uncles from Gadāi-Giri. My uncles knew kīrtana; they were great kīrtanīyas…”

“…I can remember from when I was very young that my grandfather, my father and all my uncles had a śikhā, would put on Vaisnava tilak after bathing and wore kanthi-mālā. They were all Vaisnavas and they were always chanting Hare Krsna…”

Fakir Caran Kanungo: “…Brajabandhu once told me that whenever he would become restless and start crying, his mother would simply put the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in his hands and he would stop crying. From a very young age he would read this sacred book and become so absorbed in it that, he would forget to take his meals. The family was too poor to afford candles or a lamp for reading, so in the evening he would sit close to the cooking fire and read. At night he would go to sleep clutching the Holy Scripture to his chest…”

Ghanasyam Giri: This village of Gadāi-Giri is the home of Brajabandhu’s maternal uncles. He stayed here, studying, reading Bhagavad-gītā and doing bhajana. In the evenings, he would come into the temple room, dance and chant before Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Gopāla Jiu, and sometimes at night he slept on the temple room floor. He would join his uncles in the bhajans, playing the karatālas. His older uncle, Gopinath Giri, my father, played the mrdanga, and our second uncle, Jagannath Giri, played harmonium and karatālas. All together they would make a very wonderful kirtana.

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