Cherishing Service (1)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
তোমার সেবায় দুঃখ হয় যত,
tomara sevaya, duhkha haya yata,
"All the distress I encounter in Your service is also my greatest happiness."
When you do service, some kind of sorrow, some kind of sadness, some kind of problems will come—that is our happiness. We are very low, like worms in stool, but Gurudev takes us out, cleans us and takes us to the Lord.
So much pleasure also comes through service: when we engage ourselves in chanting, dancing, playing, with sankirtan, that brings even much happiness.
I am thinking how much Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu served his Gurus, Rupa Goswami and Sanatan Goswami, when he came to Vrindavan. He served twenty-two and a half hours a day and he spent only one and a half hours on eating and sleeping. You saw the temple of Radha Damodar near our temple in Vrindavan, he stayed there. Rupa Goswami also served Sanatan Goswami. He would bring water from the Yamuna, massage his Guru with some oil, clean the room, clean the temple, do puja, cook—he did everything, alone. And he also wrote so many books...
Now we think, "You must serve this department, that department"—we are doing departmental service, but Rupa Goswami did everything himself—preaching, Vaishnav seva, writing books, writing slokas, cooking, puja, cleaning the temple, distributing prasadam. And to bring water he had to walk to the Yamuna. Now Yamuna is a little far because it is dry, but that that time they would walk to the bank of the Yamuna and bring water...
অন্যাভিলাষিতা-শূন্যং জ্ঞান-কর্ম্মাদ্যনাবৃতম্ ।
anyabhilasita sunyam jnana-karmady anavrtam
"The highest devotion is that which satisfies Lord Krsna, free from the coverings of any pursuits such as action, knowledge."
(Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhuh, 1.1.11)
It is very nice...
অন্য অভিলাষ ছাড়ি, জ্ঞান কর্ম্ম পরিহরি,
anya abhilasa chhadi, jnana karma parihari
"The topmost process of devotional service is to worship the Lord with body and mind, giving up desires for fruitive activities and mental speculation. One should serve Lord Krsna in the association of devotees without worshipping any demigods."
(Srila Narottam Das Thakur's explanation of Srila Rupa Goswami's verse above)
That is our service.
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