Practise and Preach—More

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in Singapore
13 November 2011, part 1


Everybody should be together, it is good, and practise—if there is a lack of practice, then you will lose your faith. Practice makes perfect. Otherwise, without proper practice, we cannot proceed in our spiritual life. We must practise, and Gurudev said also, "Wherever you live, you must practise, you must maintain your spiritual life." Practice is necessary for our spiritual life.

Actually, you can see that just as the telephone line gets cut our life too will finish one day. Time is short. If we do not use our time properly, if we do not adjust ourselves properly and do not use our life for service to our Guru, for service to the Lord, that is bad fortune in our life. We must use our life for the service of our Guru.

I know it is difficult to preach with sankirtan outside in Singapore because of the local government rules, but that means we must give more attention to the preaching inside, that will be good. Invite people from outside to your centre. You can invite devotees for Srila Gurudev's appearance day that is coming or for any other holy day, you can arrange a programme, that is good for us.

All other countries preach in the street, they do sankirtan—only sankirtan can spread our conception, and only sankirtan movement is actually necessary. Mahaprabhu conquered the whole world through sankirtan movement. Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad also conquered all countries all over the world through sankirtan, with the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. We too must preach and engage in the preaching movement in this way.

Preaching movement is necessary. I tell you this all the time. We must preach more in Singapore. And when it comes to Gaura Purnima, everybody can come and join the parikrama here, it would be good. Everybody can take four-five or a week holiday to come at the Gaura Purnima time. Also, some devotees can come to Ekachakra also for Nityananda Prabhu's appearance festival, that will be good for everybody.


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