Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
I am very happy today to see that all devotees together are very happily doing the festival of Parama Karuna in Caracas. My body is a little far from there, but my mind is with you all. Actually, I am very sorry that because of some disturbance here I could not attend this grand festival in Caracas. Physically, I cannot be present, but next time I really want to go.
I am always with you, and truly my love and affection are always with you—I cannot forget your service, your love and affection, and how Nitai Gaurachandra constantly bestow Their mercy on you all.
Today is the Deities' installation anniversary festival. This day comes every year, and all year we wait for this day to come. Actually, today is a very important day—the day when the Deities were installed in the Parama Karuna temple in Caracas.
You all always help me in Venezuela, Caracas, so much. I am very happy that service and preaching are going on very enthusiastically, very gorgeously there, and I always pray to Gurudev for you. Anywhere I go, anywhere I preach, I always tell how much, how affectionately—with heart and soul—the devotees in Caracas serve Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra Prabhu.
You know that "বিগ্রহ নহ তুমি, সাকষাৎ ব্রজেন্দ্রনন্দন, vigraha naha Tumi, saksat Vrajendra-nanandan" ("My Lord, You are not an idol, You are Vrajendra-nandan Himself," Cc, 2:5:96). You also heard that even when Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj started preaching and giving initiation, he went first to Ekachakra to take mercy from Lord Nityananda—নিতাইয়ের করুণা হবে ব্রজে রাধাকৃষ্ণ পাবে, Nitaiyer karuna habe Vraje Radha-Krsna pabe—without mercy from Nityananda Prabhu we cannot get mercy from Gaurachandra, Radha, Krishna. I also heard that in 1990, after Gurudev took charge as the successor in 1988, he too went to Ekachakra. Later, Gurudev gave an order to me, "You can make a temple in the birthplace of Lord Nityananda Prabhu."
I remember when Gurudev was in hospital and was going for an operation, we were so sad, but although he was in the operation theatre he was chanting,
nitai-pada-kamala, koti chandra-susitala,
Cooling like ten million moons, Nitai's lotus feet soothe the world with their shade.
The sun gives light and heat and the moon cools. One moon is cool, and you can imagine then how cool ten million moons must be (koti chandra-susitala)—you will feel that kind of cool, that kind of mercy, happiness and joy if you take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu's lotus feet. Gurudev showed that...
Guru is nondifferent from Nityananda Prabhu. That is our conception, and our scriptures say that. Nityananda is Guru-tattva—Nityananda is the Guru. And today we are celebrating this festival of Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra Prabhu in Caracas:
How much enthusiasm Amita Sakti Didi has! She came to Ekachakra, brought the Deities' dress, and so many devotees from Caracas came with her and helped—there was a grand festival in Ekachakra in Nityananda Prabhu's birthplace. You may be thinking, "There is Nitai, Nityananda Prabhu, in Ekachakra, and here also there is Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra"—but They are nondifferent! Nityananda Prabhu came there to distribute His mercy to the devotees. You can understand that, you can realise that.
How many devotees' hearts Nityananda Prabhu has captured, how many hearts Gurudev has captured! It is not on the physical level—they have captured the heart! Today we are going to celebrate it. You cannot see me there, I cannot stay there physically, but actually I am always with you, and if you can realise it, if you can understand it, you will be able to see me there.
This is our only hope... Sometimes some problems come, or some disturbance comes, but Chaitanya Saraswat Math is very big, it is like a vast ocean, and if somebody throws one stone, some wave will come but it will immediately disappear by the mercy of Gurudev. So many things are going on, and many devotees feel a little bit sad, "Oh, Maharaj cannot come..." but I am always with you, I am always with all the devotees. That is my hope.
Today is a very important day. Deity installation does not mean we just make a festival for one day, give some sweets, etc. it is not like that actually. It is the day when Nityananda Prabhu Himself came to give mercy to the devotees.
I am very happy, and I am also inviting all the devotees to come to Nabadwip and stay here. Try to come here with your family. If you can stay in Ekachakra, in Nabadwip, or in Siliguri, it will be good. It is a crisis time for us here, so please come from time to time, stay in Nabadwip. There will be some austerity, but austerity is temporary—if you want to get more benefit in your spiritual life, you must serve Nityananda Prabhu. নিতাইয়ের চরণ সত্য তাঁহার সেবক নিত্য, Nitaiyer charana satya Tahara sevaka nitya: the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu are the truth, and sevaka nitya, His servitor is eternal. নিতাই-পদ সদা কর আশ, Nitai-pada sada kara asa: always hold onto His lotus feet, they are our only hope. We must remember it. Actually we cannot remember it, but we must try to remember—we must try to remember the mercy of the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu.
Please forgive my offences. I am very happy to see all the devotees there and to have got an opportunity to speak to you.
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Maharaj ki jay!
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