In pursuance of the instructions of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja, Gopal Jiu Publications aspires to assist the Gaudiya Vaishnava community in the following ways:

  • To show how everything is in the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and to help uphold the purpose and prestige of his mission by propagating krishna-katha and the teachings of the predecessor Vaishnava Acharyas.
  • To help inspire the preachers of Krishna consciousness to continue their efforts to push on Lord Chaitanya’s movement and achieve pure love of God.
  • To research the history, holy places, and literature of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, particularly as found in Odisha.

  • To encourage devotee scholars and artists to produce transcendental art and translations of the literature of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.

Gopal Jiu Publications is a project of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Sri Gopal Jiu

Although presently being worshiped in ISKCON, Sri Gopal Jiu has been worshiped in the Giri family in Odisha for over 350 years. Gopal was originally in Vrindavan. He came to his sevak in a dream and told him that he wanted to come to Odisha to be worshiped by Sri Gopal Giri, who was doing bhajan in Puri and serving at that time as a cashier in the Jagannath temple.

Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja, a descendant of Sri Gopal Giri, was very dedicated to Gopal from his earliest childhood. The current ISKCON temple for Gopal Jiu in the village of Gadeigiri was started by Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja shortly before he left this world. When Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja established a publishing house in 1994, he named it “Gopal Jiu Publications” after his beloved deity.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The following is from a lecture given by Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja on the occasion of Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance festival, Bhubaneswar, 17 November 1993: Today is the auspicious disappearance day of our revered spiritual master, Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-acharya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He is not a mortal being like we of this material world. He is a most dear and intimate associate of Krishna from Goloka Vrindavan. Out of mercy he descended here on 1 September 1896 in Calcutta.

He first met his revered spiritual master, Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada Maharaja, in 1922. At their first darśana Srila Prabhupada accepted him in his heart as guru. It was also at that meeting that he received the instruction to go to the Western world and preach the science of Krishna consciousness in English. He took that order to heart with much seriousness. After eleven years, in 1933, he took formal initiation from his spiritual master in Allahabad.

Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja was born as Braja Bandhu Manik on the second of September 1929 in Jagannathpur, a small village near to Jagannath Puri, Orissa. In his youth he mostly lived with his maternal family the Giris in the village of Gadeigiri. The Giris were Gaudiya Vaishnavas and well known for their expertise in kīrtana. Braja Bandhu’s maternal grandfather, Bauri Giri, was famous in the local area as a paramahaṁsa vaiṣṇava. He was constantly chanting the hare kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra and worshiping the family deity of Gopal Jiu.

As a boy Braja Bandhu was very quiet and serious. Whatever free time he had from his studies he spent rendering services to Gopal and accompanying his grandfather and uncles in going from village to village, chanting hari-nāma and singing songs of the vaiṣṇava ācāryas. He was very attached to Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. As a young boy his mother found that whenever he would cry she need only place the Bhāgavatam in his hands and he would stop. At night Braja Bandhu would go to sleep with the book clutched to his chest.



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