Jay Jay Sri Sri Giriraja Govardhana!
[A devotee asked Srila Narayana Maharaja if there was any special significance in Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja having expressed a desire to go to Govardhana at the very end of his life. The following is Srila Narayana Maharaja's reply:]
Before the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, various incarnations of Bhagavan such as Matsya, Ramacandra and even Krsna Himself descended to offer a particular gift for the welfare of human society according to the people's eligibility to receive it. Each gift had its own unique characteristic. Nrsimhadeva came to give more than Matsya and Parasurama came to give more than Nrsimha. What Ramacandra came to give for the welfare of the living entities was still more advanced, and what all incarnations gave collectively together, as well as that which They did not give, was absorbed into Krsnacandra for His descent. He gave what no incarnation ever gave before Him. He gave one very special item - prema. Ramacandra gave dasya-bhava but not pure prema because at that time people were not qualified to receive it.
They were not eligible. Therefore Ramacandra only gave prema which was bound within the limits of maryada (rules and regulations). This was suitable and useful for the people of that age. But Krsnacandra removed this maryada and gave prema combined with visrambha-bhava, the most beautiful variety of prema which is unrestricted in any way and very intimate. And He gave it not only to human beings, but to birds, animals, insects and even to creepers. No other incarnation had ever done this before.
The eternal position of every living entity, in any species of life, is to love Krsna - jivera svarupa haya nityera-krsna-dasa. Krsna gave prema to creepers, peacocks, cuckoos, parrots and He also made them mad with this prema. Other incarnations gave the Vedas and instructions to respect your parents, respect your elders and to live properly with your marital partner. These instructions are included within the category of regulative injunctions, but no incarnation before Krsna had shown so clearly that the very svarupa of the jiva is to love Krsna. Therefore the prema which Krsna bestowed is very special.
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