Smooth and Strong Preaching

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in London
31 July 2011, part 5


Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj made this temple in 1941, but actually at first he did not want to. He wanted to go and stay in Vrindavan, but by the mercy of Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, he came and joined the preaching. He decided to stay in Koladwip, aparadh-bhanjan-pat ("place where offences are forgiven")—he came there and made this temple. After that, many of his godbrothers came here too and helped him in his preaching movement. Many helped him to preach.

Preaching is the main thing. If the water in the river is not running (something stops it), then many dirty things come and the water becomes dirty. But if the water runs, the river is clean. In the same way, if our Guru's preaching movement goes smoothly, if our preaching runs smoothly, then all bad illusory environment will be finished in a moment. It is necessary to understand this. Preaching is the main necessity for our Mission.

For our Mission, it is necessary to preach, to do sankirtan, to distribute books. We must make ourselves good receivers. The line and everything else is OK, but if we are not good receivers, how will we understand anything? Through sravanam, kirtanam (hearing and chanting—hearing and practising), all dirty things will go away, all illusory environment will go away, then we will be able to understand everything easily, and we will easily understand what Gurudev wants.

For example, Gurudev wanted a temple in Ekachakra—there were so many problems, but I finished it. Gurudev wanted it and I finished Gurudev's samadhi [in Nabadwip]. Also, Gurudev told me, "I want to stay in Govardhan," and I am going to make his puspa-samadhi in Govardhan. I told devotees, "They can kill me, I can die, but still I will go there to manage the construction of Gurudev's puspa-samadhi in Govardhan." Gurudev wanted to stay there, that is why I am going to make it.

We must do what is necessary for service. We must think about that. Some devotees call me and say, "O Maharaj, there is another big temple here now..." What is the problem? In Malaysia, there are four temples; in Russia, there are two-three temples; in India, there are more than fifteen branches—what is the problem? They are all under Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, they preach together.

If somebody is preaching for their own benefit, for themselves, it will not work, but if somebody is preaching for their Guru, then it will work. One more temple is not a problem—Gurudev actually wanted that house, and the devotees bought it. They made there a temple, I have no objection, they can do their preaching. They can preach all over the world, in many villages, many countries, many cities. For example, Bharati maharaj wanted to make a centre in Germany—he can do it, I am very happy. We do not have a centre in Germany, and if he wants to make a centre there, I told him I had no objection. If somebody wants to serve my Guru, if somebody wants to make Chaitanya Saraswat Math in another country, I will give them my full support, my full cooperation and I will full engage myself in their service. I will give my cooperation to whoever will serve my Guru. That is my mood.

Another thing is that many devotees are now becoming old, and we need a young generation for preaching. We must make a young generation. When devotees become old, some health problems come or sometimes they say, "Oh, I am very old now, I cannot do it," but on the other hand even old devotees can do much. How old was A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj when he went to preach in the West? He was almost seventy. Our Gurudev finished his world tours when he was eighty-eighty-one. So, it actually depends on the devotee. If you continue serving in the movement, then your mind and health, everything will run properly. When some devotees are sick, we must look after them; when somebody cannot do something, we must not push them. There is a young generation, they can run the movement. We must keep the Krishna consciousness movement strong, we must continue and protect our Gurudev's mission.


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