Be Great. Be Strong

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Venezuela
22 August 2011, part 2

 

 

Any questions from you?

Question: When are you coming?

I am always with you, you are always in my heart.

Today is also a nice day because it is Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's appearance day. You know that he made a tunnel for us all, and he also had a good relationship with Srila Sridhar Maharaj and with Srila Gurudev. Gurudev got mercy from all the Vaishnavs and he preached all over the world, giving us so much hope. It is a very special day for us. In India too they celebrate Srila Swami Maharaj's appearance today. You must pray to him for his mercy so that we can preach all over the world and so that we can stay within this worldwide preaching movement. We must all pray to Gurudev so that all groups of temple unite.

Now everybody is coming together slowly, and those who are out—

দুর্দ্দৈবে সেবক যদি যায় অন্য-স্থানে ।
সেই ঠাকুর ধন্য তারে চুলে ধরি' আনে ॥

durdaive sevaka yadi yaya anya sthane
sei thakura dhanya tare chule dhari' ane

If by chance a servant falls down and goes somewhere else, glorious is that master who captures him and brings him back by the hair.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.47)

We are fallen souls, we can go out, but Gurudev is merciful—he brings us back. It actually all depends upon practising. If your practice is very strong, no one can remove you from this Krishna consciousness line, from our original line.

You must take the original boat, the boat whose captain is Gurudev, and that boat will take you to the place where Gurudev is taking you. We should not take any other boat. You must always remember this. We will only take that boat whose captain is Gurudev, and we will be successful, there is no doubt about that. The only little problem is that sometimes some wind comes and there appears some wave. If somebody throws a stone, there is some wave, but no one can break our Chaitanya Saraswat Math. We can declare that with confidence. Gurudev told me, "Protect our temple, protect our devotees, protect our society." This is Gurudev's desire, I know that.

Stay together, continue preaching movement, invite devotees. I am very happy with your preaching. You can go to other countries from time to time—to Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and so on. You can travel everywhere and preach.

Some day, I would like to make a preaching group made up from Venezuelan devotees, and I want to send them to each and every country to preach. You will be an example for the whole world—I want to show everybody how much unity you have, how much strength you have, how much you are serving the Mission. Caracas devotees serve in Nabadwip and all Indian branches, and only from Caracas they come for every festival. You can set an example for everybody. Of course, devotees come from many other countries (Brazil, sometimes Russia, sometimes America also send some devotees, etc.), but you can be an example for everybody. I want Caracas to become the most important and largest society all over the world.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay! All the worldwide devotees ki jay!

 

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'I told him, 'Why are you talking like this? You will be OK, do not worry,' but who will listen to me? The Lord is the proprietor. 'Marabi rakhabi, yo ichchha tohara: You can kill me, You can protect me, it is up to You.''

 

Gaya Gora madhur svare
'Your life is ending, but you have not served Hrsikes. Bhakti Vinod advises: once relish His Name's nectar.'
গায় গোরা মধুর স্বরে

If we take that mahaprasad, our senses will be controlled and bad elements can be removed from our heart—our tongue will be clean and we can start chanting properly.

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