I begin by offering my obeisance to the lotus feet of my Divine Master, Om Visnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, praying that this offering may satisfy his heart and that by his grace I may make this offering with all the chastity, sincerity, love, and affection that he desires from his aspiring servitors. Next I offer my obeisances to all the aspiring servitors of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s lotus feet, as it is by their mercy that I am so fortunate as to have a connection with His Divine Grace and the opportunity to make this offering. Finally, I offer my obeisances to all the readers who open their hearts to the divine teachings presented in this book.
I would like to explain the origin of this compilation. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj has travelled the world twenty-four times over the last eighteen years preaching the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. A relatively boundless mine of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s recorded discourses now exists. Revealed Truth is an attempt to excavate, prepare, and array a collection of gems from this mine.
Considering that both content and organisation are elements of revelation, in Revealed Truth content from Srila Govinda Maharaj’s lectures has been structured according to one of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s favoured models of presentation: the Dasa-mula-tattva, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur’s consolidation of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s siddhanta into ten fundamental principles. Sriman Mahaprabhu delineated the whole of revealed knowledge using three foundational concepts: sambandha, abhidheya, and prayojan. He summarised these as Krishna, Krishna-bhakti, and Krishna-prema. More specifically, sambandha-jnan means understanding Krishna, His energies, and their relationships; abhidheya means the practice of pure devotion to Krishna; and prayojan means the ultimate necessity of every soul: love for Krishna. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur summarises Sriman Mahaprabhu’s teachings on sambandha, abhidheya, and prayojan in the introductory verse of his Dasa-mula-tattva, in effect, encapsulating the whole of Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta in a single verse. Revealed Truth presents Srila Govinda Maharaj’s lectures as an exposition of this verse and the ten principles it summarises.
The aim of Revealed Truth is not to publish particular discourses of Srila Govinda Maharaj, as has been done in previous publications, but to expound prominent themes within the compass of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s preaching by weaving together content from numerous lectures with the hope of making the profundity of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s realisations and teachings clearly accessible. To further this end, Revealed Truth’s typographic scheme arrays images, captions, verse translations, and scriptural references beside the text to augment its themes. All translation has been done with reference to commentaries by Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and other Acharyas in the Rupanuga sampradaya.
I encourage readers to approach this book with a faithful heart and prayerful mood. As terminology, concepts, and moods are being presented in the text, I request readers to move through the text with confidence that any term or concept that is not immediately explained will be addressed later on. Furthermore, I enthusiastically entreat readers to seek out the association of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s disciples, wherein clarification regarding his teachings can be gained.
As I introduce Revealed Truth I feel compelled to honour the devotees who helped with this project. It is not possible to mention all the devotees who contributed in various ways, so I pray that everyone with whom I had the fortune to collaborate with on this project will consider that here and now I am expressing my heart’s appreciation for their assistance. I must mention, however, the late Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj, who left the world just prior to the completion of this work. It was my hope to bring joy to his heart by completing Revealed Truth during his last days, as it was Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj who requested me to compile this book, enthusiastically supported its conceptual structure, and supplied me with a portion of its material.
In closing I wish to state my objective that this book serve as an enlightening source of inspiration for everyone to practise pure devotion.
guru-mukha padma vakya chittete kariya aikya
ara na kariha mane asa
«Make the teachings from Sri Gurudev’s lotus mouth one with your heart. Do not desire anything else and all of your desires will be fulfilled (ye prasade pure sarva asa).»
Arjuna expresses such earnest attachment for the words of his Guru, Sri Govinda Himself, in Srimad Bhagavatam:
Desa-kalartha-yuktani hrt-tapopasamani cha
haranti smaratas chittam govindabhihitani me
«Sri Govinda’s words are imbued with novel import throughout all of time and space, and extinguish the fire of worldly existence — the fire of separation — that burns in my heart. Remembering them captivates my soul.»
By reading Revealed Truth with attachment for our beloved Srila Govinda Maharaj like that of Arjuna for Sri Govinda, sincere souls will be able to extract the maximum from the discourses compiled herein and feel the wave of revelation flowing from Srila Gurudev’s heart into theirs.