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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to the devotees in Ecuador
16 October 2011, part 2

 

I am very happy with your practising and the preaching movement is Ecuador, it is running very nicely. I am very happy with your preaching, with the devotees' mood of listening. The devotees want to know something, they always desire to serve, and that makes me happy. If somebody has this service mood, this desire to serve, if they want to serve heart and soul, that is good. I want that kind of devotees who try heart and soul, who not only serve with their body, but serve with their mind and heart. That is necessary.

21 October 2011 is coming soon—our Param Gurudev Srila Guru Maharaj Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance day. We must give full obeisance at his lotus feet because if he had not come to this world, we would not have been able to get our Gurudev. Guru Maharaj came in this world to give us a great bona fide Guru. We must give full obeisance at his lotus feet. His appearance day is coming and we must make a festival for him. That will give me more pleasure and that will give more benefit to you—it is necessary for our life to do Vaishnav seva.

If we cannot make Srila Sridhar Maharaj happy, our Guru will not be happy. We must make Srila Sridhar Maharaj happy, then our Guru also will be happy. Gurudev said to me, "If you want to love me, first love my dog. If you want to serve me, you must serve my dog." This is necessary for us.

If you want to get association of Gurudev, you can listen to his kirtans. There are so many kirtans, sometimes Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Gurudev sing together also (Srila Gurudev would sing, Srila Sridhar Maharaj would follow that kirtan, or Srila Sridhar Maharaj would sing, and Gurudev follow that kirtan)—you can listen to those kirtans, then you will get association of them both.

It is not necessary to show so much false renunciation. I like the householder devotees who serve properly, who maintain their spiritual life from householder life, who follow Krishna consciousness, who try to fulfil Gurudev's desire. I always keep love and affection for those who have some faith in Gurudev's instruction. If somebody does not like me, it is not a problem—they can even kick me out, it is also not a problem. As long as they have love and affection for Gurudev, as long as they have faith in Gurudev, in Gurudev's lectures, I will always serve them until my death. I promised to Gurudev, "Until I have even one drop of blood in my body, I will serve your mission, serve your Deity, serve your devotees." Many problems are coming, many obstacles are coming, but I am not afraid—I was born one day and one day I have to die, so death is not a problem for me. I always want to serve all those who follow Gurudev, who serve Gurudev. I want to be their servant.

Can you understand everything?

Devotee: Absolutely, Maharaj. Very, very clearly. We are very inspired to hear your lotus words. The words that are coming from your mouth are so beautiful, and we understand what you are saying very clearly, and we love you very much. Also, the devotees here are asking if it is possible for you to come to Ecuador some time?

Yes, I am trying heart and soul... I have always told that next time I visit Venezuela, I will come to Ecuador, you can tell them that it is sure. Actually, nothing is sure in this world, but if Krishna allows me to meet with you all, then I can do that. OK?

 

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Arrange and Enjoy
'Devotees only come at the festival time and enjoy the festival, but enjoying the festival is easy, and arranging the festival is a little hard. You must come earlier to arrange the festival.'

 

Jaya 'guru-maharaja'
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জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’

We cannot do anything ourselves, that is why we always give people to Gurudev.

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