Do You See What I See?

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
6 August 2011, part 1


Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Vishva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Prabhupad ki jay!
Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay!
Sach-chid-ananda Bhaktivinod Thakur ki jay!
Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay!
All the assembled devotees ki jay!
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math all the world-wide devotees ki jay!
Samagata Gaura Bhakta Vrinda ki jay!
Harinam sankirtan ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol!

যস্য প্রসাদাদ্ভগবৎ-প্রসাদো
যস্যাপ্রসাদান্ন গতিঃ কুতোঽপি ।
ধ্যায়ং স্তুবংস্তস্য যশস্ত্রিসন্ধ্যং
বন্দে গুরোঃ শ্রীচরণারবিন্দম্ ॥

yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadat na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyayam stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam

"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, praising and meditating upon his glory at the three junctions of the day. By his grace, one gains the Lord's grace. Without his grace, one has no shelter anywhere."

(Sri Sri Gurvastakam, 8)

গুর্ব্বাভীষ্টসুপূরকং গুরুগণৈরাশীষসংভূষিতং
চিন্ত্যাচিন্ত্যসমস্তবেদনিপুণং শ্রীরূপপন্থানুগম্ ।
গোবিন্দাভিধমুজ্জ্বলং বরতনুং ভক্ত্যন্বিতং সুন্দরং
বন্দে বিশ্বগুরুঞ্চ দিব্যভগবৎ-প্রম্­ণো হি বীজপ্রদম্ ॥

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.

I am happy today to tell something about our Gurudev and our preaching movement.

Our preaching movement is going on all over the world very nicely. Krishna's movement, Krishna's preaching movement will never be stopped—some illusory environment will come, it will try to stop our preaching of Krishna consciousness, our preaching movement, but we have to run ourselves, we have to go on, we have to proceed ourselves.

All over the world Sripad Avadhut Maharaj in Russia, Sripad Ashram Maharaj in Mexico, Srila Trivikram Maharaj, Srila Janardan Maharaj, many other sannyasis, here in India also Sripad Tyagi Maharaj, Sripad Shanta Maharaj, Sripad Tirtha Maharaj are doing very nice preaching. In my absence, Sripad Tyagi Maharaj is preaching is very nicely, he is running in lieu of me and he is constantly going on and continuing this preaching movement very well. They are all our friends. Many things come up, many problems come, but they do not stop their preaching movement.

Those who have some kind of opposite character always search our faults, they always search bad things in us, but Gurudev told me that I must glorify the Vaishnavs and their good side, their best side. Everybody has some good quality, and you must look at everybody's good qualities, do not see others' bad qualities. Nobody of us is perfect, nobody of us is fully perfect, everybody has some faults, but we must not look at anyone's fault. We look at everyone's good side—we will take good things and we will reject bad things in people. It is necessary to have such mood.

Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj also told the same thing. He always engaged others and always looked at the good things in others. Everybody has some quality, and you should use that quality for the service of the Lord. Everybody has different qualities, everybody has different qualifications, so you must see what quality or qualification a person has and use that qualification for the service to the Lord, for the service to the Guru. This is how we are trying to engage and serve everybody.

Everybody wants to serve Gurudev, and you must help everybody to serve Gurudev, you must not discourage anybody. It is not our duty to discourage anyone. If somebody searches for fault in others, they must first think about their own self—are they guilty or are they innocent themselves? There were such people in Mahaprabhu's time also. You know that Ramachandra Puri was also always like that—everybody wants to do service to Mahaprabhu, but Ramachandra Puri always searched their fault. It happened in Mahaprabhu's time also. We must realise our own faults and merits.


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Where Your Desire
Can Take You
Two lessons taught by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: both King Prataparudra and Damodar Pandit had strong desire for Mahaprabhu's mercy and earnestness in service, but was their attainment the same?


Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya
'When will this soul attain such mercy and become fulfilled? I am devoid of ability and intelligence, and greatly distressed. Please accept me.'
গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া

You want to leave maya, but maya does not want to leave you. That is the problem.