Deceptive Looks

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in London
9 October 2011, part 4

 

—Maharaj, there is one devotee from Bangaladesh here...

Where do you stay in Bangladesh?

—Chittagong area

Chattagram?

—Yes.

That is Pundarik Vidyanidhi's house! Mahaprabhu always called him "baba" (বাবা, "father").

Gadadhar Pandit did not like him at first. Pundarik Vidyanidhi always ate pan, he wore fancy expensive dhoti, good kurta, and looked like a big grihastha, and seeing him Gadadhar Pandit was puzzled, "How can he become a sadhu? How can he become a guru?" At that time Gadadhar Pandit was waiting to take initiation—Mahaprabhu had told him, "Wait, your Guru is coming!" Mahaprabhu arranged Gadadhar Pandit's initiation through Pundarik Vidyanidhi. So, you come from a good place, a devotee's place. Pundarik Vidyanidhi is the incarnation of Raja (King) Vrisabhanu...

 

...Somebody is asking for mercy but they have no place to keep that mercy. I am giving you one very nice example:

There was once a sadhu who lived in a small house, like the 466 Green Street house. One day, one big pandit, a great knowledgeable scholar, decided to test him. So, he came to that sadhu. As soon as he entered the house, he sat in the sadhu's chair and asking him, "O sadhu, what do you know? I have heard that you are a great scholar, a great pandit—can you teach me something?" He challenged the sadhu in this way. What did the sadhu do? The sadhu brought a glass of water and some fruit juice to the man, and poured the juice into the glass full of water. The water and juice started falling down and the man became angry, "Hey! Sadhu! You are a scholarly man, you are a pandit and know everything, but you are behaving like a fool!" The sadhu explained then, "What can I do? You have come to learn something from me, but you are already full, so how will you learn to me?"

So, I am asking mercy from my Guru, but if I am already full, how will I keep his mercy in my heart?

 

[The conversation then shifts to another subject.]

—[A famous politician] was fasting recently...

Yes, he fasted for three days, but it is a political mood, not a spiritual mood. You fast on Ekadasi Janmastami, etc. for the Lord—to make the Lord happy, to make your Gurudev happy—but they fast for their own enjoyment, for their own glories. That is the difference. Seva and karma look the same—suppose two people are cooking something, one person is cooking for her husband and children, and the other person is cooking for the Deity; somebody can be marketing for their family, and somebody can be marketing for their Deity, for their Guru.

 

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Jay Sripad Devashish Prabhu ki jay
Jay all the London devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Samagata Gaura Bhakta Vrinda ki jay
London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Jay Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundarjiu ki jay
Samagata Gaura Bhakta Vrinda ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Samagata Gaura Bhakta Vrinda ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari Hari bol

 

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Ki-rupe paiba seva
'It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus.'
কিরূপে পাইব সেবা

Without mercy of Gauranga there is nothing.

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