Born to Thrive

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Addressing students and youths,
5 December 2011, part 1


Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay!
Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundarjui ki jay!
All the assembled devotees ki jay!
All the worldwide devotees ki jay!
Samagata Sri Gaura bhakta vrinda ki jay!
Nitai Gour premanande Hari bol.

I am sending this message to all the students. If you listen to it, it will be good for you. I am happy also that I am getting this chance to say something, to give Mahaprabhu's message all over the world.

We must understand clearly that we are a jiva soul and just as we always change our clothes, we also always change our bodies. It is the same thing. Finally, fortunately, we have got this human body. What is this body for? It is not only for eating and sleeping and enjoying your whole life, and life after life, birth after birth. We are enjoying ourselves all the time (we always engage ourselves in eating, sleeping, etc.), but we do not become happy. One time, Gurudev said: when we had a pig's body, we ate so much stool, but even then we were still hungry; when we had an elephant's body, we ate so many banana trees, but even then we were still hungry. We are still hungry—now we eat rice, chapati, etc. but your hungry will never be finished, your desires will never be fulfilled through this. How can you get satisfaction? What is the food of the jiva soul? It is the Krishna-katha, Hari-katha. This is what we need. Rice, dal, etc. is the food of the body—just as food is necessary for the body, some food is also necessary for the jiva soul, jivatma. What is that food? It is called Hari-katha.

We are actually fortunate because only fortunate souls get good association, and through that good association we can hear some Krishna-katha, Hari-katha, Bhagavad-katha. It is necessary to have some sukriti, and through sukriti there will come some faith. We must have the strongest faith because devotion depends upon faith—as much faith you have, that much devotion you have. So, you must understand clearly that we have got this body for not eating and sleeping—we have got it for the service to the Lord and we must use it and everybody else for the service to the Lord, for the service to the Guru.

Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the creator of all demigods. We worship so many demigods but we cannot please everybody, we cannot make everybody happy. If, however, we make Lord Krishna happy, then everybody else, all other demigods, are automatically satisfied because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We must try to make the Lord happy through service to Him, through His associates. Krishna Himself says, "It is not necessary to serve Me directly. You should serve My devotees' devotee." So, we should listen to the devotees—to the sadhu, Guru, then all your desires will be fulfilled.

Actually, the Kali-yuga's message, or dharma (religion) is japa, chanting the Holy Name. It is not only Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's religion—even Muslim people chant some japa, Buddhists chant some japa, etc. In every religion there is some japa (chanting). We too chant this sound vibration, "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare." Even if somebody chants this Hare Krishna maha-mantra negligently, they also get the result.

Chanting the Holy Name is the yuga-dharma of Kali-yuga (the prescribed religion for the current age of Kali). Krishna Himself comes in the form of His Name, and Krishna's Name, Beauty, Pastimes are non-different from Krishna. The Name comes to this world, to this abode from Goloka Vrindavan through a Guru-parampara. If you take this Harinam from a bona fide Guru, it will be good for you and I will also be very happy. I am telling it to everybody.


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