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Question: Guru Mahārāja you said that Gopakumar when he was going to the spiritual world, he was about to enter into the impersonal brahmā jyoti and at that time he shouted the name of Govinda and in this way he was transferred to a Vaikuṇṭha planet. Now when he was in Vaikuṇṭha planet he was thinking of himself as a cowherd boy and because of this he came back to the earth planet again and he performed his devotional service and in this way he went back to Goloka. So my question is that how is it that once Gopakumar a worshiper of the impersonal brahman, he was taken to the brahman effulgence? And the other question is that we heard that once one goes to Vaikuṇṭha, he never returns, but how is it that Gopakumar returned from the Vaikuṇṭha planet to the earth planet?

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Jayapatākā Swami: He was not a devotee or worshiper of the impersonal brahman that is why when he was merging into the impersonal effulgence brahman out of fear he called out Govinda! So when he came to Vṛindāvana on earth, Vṛindāvana is like an extension of the spiritual world. So, it is easier to reach Goloka from Vṛindāvana than Vaikuṇṭha. In Vaikuṇṭha people worship Nārāyaṇa with awe and reverence, but in Vṛindāvana Kṛṣṇa is worshiped in a very simple manner in different relationships with Him.
17-July-2021 Sridhama Mayapur, India