Real Service Mood

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
21 November 2010


Today is the installation day of the Vrindavan Deities, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Rasa-bihari, on this day the Deity was installed there. When the old house there was bought, that Deity was found there. The Deity is very nice—small but very nice...

Whether the Deity is small or big, it does not matter. As Gurudev said, Madan Mohan is a very small Deity, but how much He did! Also, Mahaprabhu gave a Govardhan sila to Das Goswami Prabhu—it is a very small sila, but when he served it, he could see the pastimes of Radha-Krishna. It depends on the service mood. If the seva-vrtti is good, then everything is possible; and if the seva-vrtti is not good, then there will be nothing. It is necessary to have seva-vrtti (service mood).

বিষয়ে যে প্রীতি এবে আছয়ে আমার ।
সেই মত প্রীতি হউক চরণে তোমার ॥

visaye ye priti ebe achhaye amara
sei-mata priti hauk charane tomara

"May I have the same affection and attraction to your feet that I now have for material things."

(Gitavali, 4.5, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

"We should have the same kind of love for the lotus feet of the Lord that we now have for the material world." Do you like hearing Hari-katha or do you want to hear other things? You can understand then whether devotion is coming or not. You can tell the difference yourself. Ask yourself, "Do I like Krishna-katha, Hari-katha, like reading spiritual books or scriptures, or do I like some other kinds of books?" Then you can understand if your devotion is increasing or decreasing.

We must use ourselves for the service to the Guru, for the service to the Lord.


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