Morning Practice

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
20 December 2010

 

The meaning of the songs that we sing every morning is very nice. If you just sing them and read their meaning line by line, you can easily give a one-hour lecture.

First we sing Guru vandana, then two arati songs for Gurudev; then Guru vandana, Bhajare bhajare mana, Vaishnav vandana, Pancha Tattva vandana, Thakura Vaisnava gana, a song about Nityananda Prabhu, and a song about Mahaprabhu.

Emona durmati is a song glorifying Mahaprabhu. Gurudev would always sing it. Bhakti Vinod Thakur's songs teach about Mahaprabhu:

তোমা হেন কত দীনহীন জনে
করিলেন ভবপার
তোমারে তারিতে শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য
নবদ্বীপে অবতার
মহাপ্রভু নামে নদীয়া মাতায়
সঙ্গে ভাই অবধূত

toma hena kata dina-hina jane
karilena bhava-para
tomare tarite sri krsna-chaitanya
navadvipe avatara
mahaprabhu name nadiya mataya
sange bhai avadhuta

"He has brought many humble souls just like you to the shore of the ocean of material existence. Sri Krishna Chaitanya has appeared in Nabadwip to deliver you. ...Bearing the name 'Mahaprabhu' and driving all Nadia mad with divine love in the company of His brother Nityananda."

Bhakti Vinod Thakur at that time sang "Nadiya mataya" [driving all Nadia mad with divine love], but you can sing now "jagate mataya": the whole universe [driving the whole universe mad with divine love].

After Mahaprabhu's song you can sing any song. For example, we sing the song Vibhavari sesa about the Lord. Gurudev says this morning song is very nice.

How many hours are necessary? Wake up early in the morning, practise, and then go to your work. Every office opens at 10 o'clock, so if somebody does a job, leads a householder life, they can also practise. It is not so hard. Come early in the morning to the mangal arati, sing, then take a bath, and go to work. Is it possible or not? But everything is impossible for those who do not do anything.

নিদ্রালস্য-হত সুকার্য্যে বিরত
অকার্য্যে উদ্যোগী আমি

nidralasya hata sukarye virata
akarye udyogi ami

"I am subdued by laziness and sleep, averse to performing good deeds, and eager to perform sinful deeds."

Kali-yuga has come and everything is going to bad. It lasts four lakhs, 400 000 years, and only about 5 500 years have passed, but it is becoming very difficult. Krishna Himself will have to appear, otherwise so many bad things are coming, waiting for us in the future. At the same time, everything is possible if people only chant the Holy Name and engage in kirtan, Krishna sankirtan movement: it can rescue the whole universe. Nothing else can.

In Mahaprabhu's time also there was much opposition, many problems were coming, and Gurudev said that Mahaprabhu rejected Nabadwip and accepted Puri because He could not tolerate it. One of His class friends was a debating man. He always came to Mahaprabhu and debated with Him, and he arranged some gunda to beat Mahaprabhu. There were so many problems, and Mahaprabhu rejected and left everything and everyone immediately—Vishnupriya, Sachi Mata, and others.

Mahaprabhu even went to Bangladesh for preaching, but some are telling the opposite things about Mahaprabhu. He went to Bangladesh only one time, and you can go and see everyone there knows Gauranga Mahaprabhu. They do not know the pure conception, but they know Mahaprabhu, and they are all devotees of Mahaprabhu. There is not so much misconception, nonsense, but they are a little sahajiya. Sahajiya means they do not get good guidance, an expert Guru. Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur went there only a few times, he did not spend there much time, that is why they did not get good guidance. Kirtan, chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra are all over Bangladesh, but they do not follow the rules and regulations properly. Still, they are devotees; they have a devotional mind...

 

 

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