Sankirtan Movement

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in London
30 July 2011


Are there any questions from the devotees?

Question: How can we increase our desire to go for preaching?

Through sravan, kirtan, and sadhu sanga, good association. Good association is necessary. You may ask, "How can we get good association?" Read the scriptures, listen to Gurudev's lectures, read Gurudev's books, Guru Maharaj's book, listen to Guru Maharaj's lectures, and you will get desire for preaching.

If through their service somebody becomes proud, thinking, "I am the pujari," or, "I am the manager," it is very harmful for their spiritual life. You should think, "I am the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant. I have come to serve Krishna, but He is so powerful, and I cannot do anything for Him; but Gurudev allowed me to serve Lord Krishna through him." If we serve our Guru, our service will easily go to the Lord. Some do not understand it and become proud that they are a pujari, thinking it is the best service, but those who serve Gurudev understand that service to Gurudev is the best and most powerful. That is why when we do puja, we first do Guru puja, and we say, "Guru, Vaishnav, Bhagavan," we do not say, "Bhagavan, Vaishnav, Guru". First Guru, then Vaishnav, then Bhagavan.

Do not think, "Oh, from the day after tomorrow we will do..." No, from tomorrow we must sing, chant, and dance in the street and distribute books! It is my earnest request: if we all together, all our society, all our centres and temples preach like this, we can do it. If even two devotees lead a centre and go preaching, that is sufficient.

Actually, that is our life. I always tell all devotees that they should all together run the program every day—give a class, preach, engage in sravanam, kirtanam, atma-nivedanam, etc. Practising movement is necessary—our life is not only to do puja and give some prasadam.

I tell it to all temples, you can believe that.

A temple is a house. The householder devotees can cook and serve the Deity, and all the brahmacharis and sannyasis are not meant to only sit and do japa. Their place is in the street—chanting, dancing, and preaching! Let the householder people keep and protect the house, and the brahmacharis, the sannyasis and those who have some ability should go preaching. Everybody is surprised, "What is Maharaj saying?!" Yes, a temple is a house, and maintaining the house, cooking for the Deity, serving the Deity is a householder's job. Sannyasis and brahmacharis must go preaching in the street, chanting and dancing.

I am happy to hear all the devotees, and if I have done anything wrong, please forgive my offence. I am actually a fallen soul, I have no qualification, but Gurudev told me something, and I am only repeating his words to the devotees...

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!



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Keep Your Promise, Do Your Duty
'You promised all that, but if you do not do it—as you sow so you reap!—you will get your result. Sometimes you will become a demon, sometimes you will become a demigod, another time you will become Ganesh, Kartik, or Mother Kali—but all these lives are temporary. We must use our life for the service to the Lord.'


'His long, supple, golden form crushes the pride of golden lotus stems. His moon-like feet are worshipped by millions of Cupids. Eternally I offer my obeisance to them.'

Why did we take initiation? Why did we join the mission, take shelter in Gurudev?
It is all useless if we have come with material desires and do not try to progress.