One More Year Passed
His Divine Grace
2010 is going to finish today at midnight. Only four hours are left, and one more year will be gone...
জীবন অনিত্য জানহ সার
jivana anitya janaha sara
"Understand the essence: life is temporary and filled with all sorts of adversity. Carefully taking shelter of the Name, engage in your work."
'Udila aruna' by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
Life is very uncertain, temporary—we do not know when this life will be gone.
ভজহুঁ রে মন শ্রীনন্দ-নন্দন
bhajahu re mana sri-nanda-nandana
"O mind, serve the son of Nanda's lotus feet, which make one fearless. Day and night I remain awake, suffering from the heat and the cold, the wind and the rain."
Above and below: 'Bhajahu re mana' by Srila Govinda Das Kaviraj
এই আছে এই নাই জীবন টলমল
jivana talamala ei achhe ei nai
Life is shaky—it is here now, and then it is gone. Serve the Lord's feet!
হরি হরি ! বিফলে জনম গোঙাইনু ।
hari hari! viphale janama gonainu
O Lord! My life has passed uselessly. I attained a human birth, but I did not serve Radha and Krishna. Knowingly I drank poison.
Above and below: 'Hari Hari viphale' by Srila Narottam Das Thakur.
Everybody knows that, but still they do not worship—it is the same as taking poison.
গোলোকের প্রেমধন হরিনাম-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন
golokera prema-dhana hari-nama-sankirtana
This is glorification of the Holy Name. "Hari-nama-sankirtan comes from Goloka Vrindavan, and it is its very wealth, but I do not have any taste, any attachment to that... I always suffer so much in my family life, and I cannot find any relief, or solution."
ব্রজেন্দ্রনন্দন যেই শচীসুত হৈল সেই
vrajendra-nandana yei sachi-suta haila sei
He who is known as Vrajendra Nandan, Vraja Kumar, who is Lord Krishna Himself, came as Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Sachi Suta, the son of Sachi Mata; and Balaram appeared as Nityananda Prabhu. How did they rescue the souls through the Holy Name? Jagai and Madhai are the witness to that.
হাহা প্রভু নন্দসুত বৃষভানুসুতাযুত
ha ha prabhu nanda-suta vrsabhanu-suta-yuta
Narottam Das Thakur is praying to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, asking the Lord, "Please, give me some mercy, please allow me to take some shelter at Your lotus feet. Do not reject me. Please accept me." Narottam Das Thakur cries and sings, "Prabhu, You are my only hope, without You there is nothing, no one. My hope is only You—I can depend only upon You."
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 Krishna in the association of devotees without worshipping any demigods.
Sri Prema-bhakti-chandrika, 13
If you do something for the Lord but do not get good association, proper guidance, then it will not be proper service, this is why it is said "sadhu-sange Krsna-seva" (serve Krishna in association of devotees).
Some also worship so many demigods, but we must follow our Guru-parampara line and follow the way they serve, the instruction they give:
মহাজনের যেই পথ, তাতে হবে অনুরত,
mahajanera yei patha, tate habe anurata
Sri Prema-bhakti-chandrika, 14
মহাজনো যেন গতঃ স পন্থাঃ
mahajano yena gatah sa panthah
সাধন-স্মরণ লীলা, ইহাতে না কর হেলা,
sadhana-smarana-lila ihate na kara hela
Sri Prema-bhakti-chandrika, 14
Do not neglect, or avoid your sadhan, practising, and smaran, remembering.
অসৎ-সঙ্গ সদা ত্যাগ, ছাড় অন্য গীতরাগ,
asat-sanga sada tyaga chhada anya gita-raga
Sri Prema-bhakti-chandrika, 15
Avoid dishonest association, take association of devotees. Association means consulting, talking about Krishna consciousness, about your service, spiritual life—not about material things.
Avoid yogis, nyasis, karmis, jnanis (pursuers of mystic powers, renunciation, material benefit, or knowledge)—reject all this, and only worship Girivaradhari, worship your Guru, the Lord. This is what is necessary.
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