Be Alert and Assiduous

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in Australia
14 August, 2011


I am very happy to see you all. It was a good day yesterday—the appearance day of Sri Sri Baladev Prabhu, there was a good festival, and today is also a good day because we get to see you all. I am very happy. Seeing you I am getting energy, I can see Gurudev through you all. It is an important day for me because I am getting some association from you, and it gives me purification.

First I am giving obeisance at my Divine Master Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's lotus feet. I am also giving obeisance to all the sannyasis, all the brahmacharis, all my godbrothers and godsisters, and my love and affection to all the children also. I am very happy to see all of you devotees there today.

Now is a very important time in our life, but we cannot understand it—so much illusory environment comes and attacks our spiritual life. It is a bad problem. By our fortune we have got a bona fide Guru, our Gurudev, but sometimes we lose our faith through our bad karma, that is a big problem. Somebody says something, and we believe that, but we do not believe our Guru. That is a lack of foundation. We do not have the strongest faith, that is why sometimes we lose Krishna consciousness, and maya is always ready to take us, to remove us from our service. That is main, most important thing.

It happens because there is a lack of practising. It is necessary to practise more. Because we do not practise well and properly the illusory environment can sometimes remove us from service. We need good association, we must study, read.

Our mind is always naughty, mind can take you away from service. Gurudev always says, "Do not follow your mind." You must make yourself a good devotee. You are your own friend, and you are also your own enemy—nobody is your enemy. You must think in this way. Nobody is your enemy—you yourself are your own enemy, just as I myself also my own enemy. And you are also your own friend, you can make yourself your friend.

Gurudev gave us so many scriptures, and Gurudev said, "Wherever you live, wherever you say, you must practise, you must continue your spiritual life." That is necessary for us.


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