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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
8 October 2011

 

Both Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu and Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami were born in Bengal. A few days ago I sent our preaching party led by Sripad Tyagi Maharaj to the birthplace of Raghunath Das Goswami, near Katwa (the place where Mahaprabhu took sannyas) and to Jhamatpur, Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's birthplace. They both left their body in Vrindavan, they did their bhajan there... (You know also that by Gurudev's mercy we got the house where Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's stayed in Vrindavan. We have got that place that bears his memory.

Disappearance day is about viraha (separation). "Vaishnav-viraha vina duhkha nahi dekhi para (কৃষ্ণভক্ত-বিরহ বিনা দুঃখ নাহি দেখি পর): I cannot see any other sorrow except that of separation from a Vaishnav." Mahaprabhu asked Ray Ramananda in their discussion called "Ramananda sambad", "What is a bad, a sad day for us? What is our greatest sorrow?" Ramananda Ray answered, "Vaishnav-viraha, the disappearance of a Vaishnav."

What do we make a festival on this day for? To make the Vaishnav happy. We want to serve Vaishnavs (do Vaishnav seva), but "Ki-rupe paiba seva muni durachara (কিরূপে পাইব সেবা মুঞি দুরাচার): I am so wicked, how will I ever get service?" We have no qualification, we always do bad things, ours is bad qualification (durachar); we do not follow the rules systematically. How can we get Vaishnav seva? How will we do Vaishnav seva? We have no qualification to do it. (This is what Narottam Das Thakur says.) That is why we pray to the Vaishnavs, "Please give us some mercy so that we can serve your associate, a servant of your servant—so that we can become their footdust."

We do not want to be a master, we do not want to be a Guru—we want to be a servant of the servant. This is the most important thing in our spiritual life. If we can become a servant, that has more taste—if we want to be a master, that is a big problem. Our qualification, our main goal is that we want to become a servant. If we can become a servant of a Vaishnav, that is the highest, that is the best qualification, the best designation...

 

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