Simple. Sincere. Sufficient.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
Morning, 12 December 2010

 

Everybody should wear Tulasi mala.

tulasi dekhi' judaya prana
madhava-tosani jani'

"Seeing Tulasi Devi soothes my soul, for I know she pleases Madhava."

If somebody serves Tulasi, Krishna is always happy with them. If you wear Tulasi on your neck, Yamaduts cannot touch you.

You cannot always carry your japa mala with you, but you must always wear Tulasi neck beads. Everybody can wear Tulasi mala—those who are initiated or not initiation. The science says that it is good for health also (people take the juice of Tulasi leaves for cough or some throat problems), but devotees always wear Tulasi beads.

"যাঁকো দরশে পরশে অঘনাশ হোই, yako darase parase agha-nasa hoi: if you touch or if you see Tulasi, all your sins will be removed." We cannot always touch Tulasi leaves, but if we wear Tulasi, it is even better.

Also, when you bring a Deity, you have to install the Deity, but it is not necessary to install Tulasi. Tulasi and Vaishnavs are self-manifest, they are always automatically installed.

 

Every day I sing the same songs. I know many songs, but I do not sing them. Do you know why? I want to give so many things but not everyone can digest it, that is why to teach you I give the same songs every morning and evening.

When we do parikrama, we sing "Jivana anitya yanaha sara tahe nana-vidha vipada bara: remember that life is temporary and full of all kinds of danger." If you sing and learn this song, you can give one-two hours' lecture, give Hari-katha explaining its meaning word by word. It is the same about "Jiva jago jiva jago Gaurachandra bole", "Nama gaya Gora madhur sware," "Durlabha manava janama," and so on. "Nama gaya Gora madhur sware" is only two-three lines, but I saw a cassette recording where A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj explained it for two or three hours.

Every day when we sing "Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari" we make a promise... We sing this song every morning and evening, and it is meaningful—if you can memorise it and explain its meaning, you will be a 50% preacher.

Srila Prabhupad also said, "বহু গ্রন্থ না পড়িবে, বহু কলাভ্যাস না করিবে, bahu grantha na paribe, bahu kalabhyasa na karibe: do not read so many books, and do not practise so many things." Simple books are sufficient, for example Gaudiya Gitanjali that Param Guru Maharaj made. You can recite, sing, and memorise these songs, and practise every day.

All our life every day we sing five-seven songs, not more: five-six songs in the morning, five-six songs in the evening. Guru, Vaishnav, Bhagavan: first is Gurudev's kirtan, then we do Pancha-tattva vandana, Vaishnav vandana, Nityananda vandana, then Mahaprabhu's vandana (every day we sing three-four different songs about Mahaprabhu), and finally the maha-mantra. This is our line.

Gurudev always sang "Emona durmati samsara bhitare." It is written by Bhakti Vinod Thakur, it is his realisation, and it is also Mahaprabhu's song. Sometimes we also sing Vasudev Thakur's song, "Yadi Gaura na ha'te", "Gaurangera dyuti pada", "Gora pahu na bhajiya mainu." There are so many songs, but we do not sing many. If you can translate and explain the meaning of these songs, then you can easily realise everything...

 

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