Come and Try

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Public programme in Caracas, Venezuela
25 September 2009

 

We are very happy to see all the devotees, as well as all gentlemen, ladies, and beloved children. We are here today, and today is a very good and very fortunate day in our life because we can sing some spiritual songs, as well as hear some spiritual lecture.

Only a fortunate soul can hear this kind of conference—only those who have some sukriti (fortunate men and women) can come and join this holy association. Without good fortune no one can join this kind of association. That is why I am first paying my obeisance to my Divine Master, Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, to all godbrothers, godsisters, and I am also thanking all the good gentlemen, ladies, and children...

Why is it said that that only a fortunate soul can come and join such conference? It is necessary to know it.

We live in the age of Kali at present. The scriptures say that the age of Kali means the age of 'kalah', fighting. In this age, everybody always fights with each other: somebody takes somebody else's things, somebody steals something, and so one. This Kali-yuga is the age of fighting. We are, however, greatly fortune because we have got a human body in this Kali-yuga and because in this age Krishna Himself came in this world in the form of the Name.

This Kali-yuga's people's lifespan is very short, that is why Krishna Himself gave His Name to the people—He came in form of His Name and distributed it door to door, house to house. In Satya-yuga, Treta-yuga, Dvapar-yuga, the lifespan was very long: 100,000 years, 10,000 years, and 1,000 years respectively, but now our life is short (we can die at any time).

Before this human body, we had had so many bodies, like a cow's body, a dog's body, a cat's body, and so on. We are greatly fortunate that in this life we have got a human body. We think we are Muslim, we are Hindu, we are Christian, we are Buddhist, we are Venezuelan, we are Indian, we are Russian, and so on, but we are not like this. We come from the same place, we have our common father—He is Lord Krishna, or God. We came from the same place and we must also go to the same place, otherwise we are always going in a cyclic order, wandering all over the world. As you sow so you reap: according to what you want, according to your action, you get the corresponding result. However, we are greatly fortunate to have got a human body. We must use this body to find out which way we must go to get to our real home.

The scriptures say that only through the chanting of the Holy Name and service can we come to our own home. The scriptures also tell us about the loving search for the lost servant: Krishna himself, God, is also searching for us. Since so many days, so many years, so many yugas (ages) we have lost our father—we must go back, He is also searching for us. How can we come there?

When we were in our mother's womb, we made a promise to Lord Krishna, God. When we were in so much difficulty in our mother's womb, we were crying and suffering there so much, we wanted to come out and be free, and Krishna showed Himself to us at that time. He said, "When you come out of your mother's womb, when you are born, you will be attacked by illusion and forget everything. Promise Me that if I give you hands, you will serve Me, if I give you eyes, you will see Me," and so on. We promised this to Him.

Now Krishna Himself sent His associate as a Guru to preach Krishna consciousness, and if we surrender to that Guru, he will show which way we must go to come to our real home. In Venezuela, here in Caracas, also, our Gurupadpadma opened a temple—Parama Karuna temple. You can come and join the programmes there and you can see what is going on there. You will get so much happiness. You think, "Oh, we have a family, we have a job, etc. How will I come?" but it is not necessary to leave anything, just find some little time for this.

Actually, you think that you are working, you are doing everything, but you ask yourself in your heart and soul, "Who is doing it?" Krishna Himself does everything.

ঈশ্বরঃ পরমঃ কৃষ্ণঃ সচ্চিদানন্দবিগ্রহঃ ।
অনাদিরাদির্গোবিন্দঃ সর্ব্বকারণকারণম্ ॥

isvarah paramah krsnah sach-chid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah sarva-karana-karanam

"Krishna, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes."

(Sri Brahma-samhita, 5.1)

He is the cause of all causes. Everything happens for Him, and He does everything. Because of our ego we cannot see anything, we are like blind men, but through good association we can wash our eyes, we can wash our hearts, then we will be able to understand everything. We do not do anything.

Our followers also have a family, job, etc. It is not necessary to leave your family, job, house, etc. You can continue as you are now, but only worship Krishna, only chant the Holy Name, at any time. The Holy Name is a sound vibration through which your mind and your everything will become clean. Try it. Come and join this association, and you will see what it is about.

We are trying to do good to everybody. For example, a flower has also life, it also has a jiva soul in it. How many days is a flower's life? Just a few days, but you can pick it and offer it to Lord Krishna, then the flower will be benefitted through you.

You think, "This is my house, my children, etc." but how many days will you live here? This is like a rented house—when the house proprietor comes and tells you to get out, you will have to go out. We can leave our body at any time, and it is not certain that you will get this kind of human body next life. This body is rare to get, but fortunately we have got a human body now. Only in this life it is possible to get Krishna consciousness, only in this life you can practise spiritual life. Cats and dogs do not know what this is. Even Lord Himself also likes human body.

The Lord is one of our family members. Just as you have children, parents, a husband, and so on, the Lord is also your family member, and you can worship Him in this way.

 

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Odds and Ends
'When you say 'Haribol', 'Haribol' comes to their ears—this is what kindness to others is.'

 

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offence of breaking the pot of yogurt that his mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.'
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We do not know what is good for us, we do not know what is beneficial
for us—only the Guru, Vaishnavs can say it.

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