Service Capacity

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
10 March 2012

 

It is necessary to maintain your spiritual life during your whole life. Gurudev said that in all countries everybody is doing some service according to their capacity, but a little problem is that very few people have service attachment. Everybody does service, but it is necessary to have sincerity, nistha. Today doing, tomorrow not doing is not serious.

Actually, everybody has some capacity, some service, but you must use that capacity...

It is my wish and Gurudev's desire to make a temple in —— country. I will be very sad if I cannot make a temple there because when I was sent there for the first time, I promised Gurudev to make there a Govinda Ashram and send Radha Krishna (Mahaprabhu is already there). This is my wish, but they worry about money, "Oh, we have no money." They do not think about service, they think about money, then why will money come to them? If you think about service, money will come to you, but if you think 99% about your own interest, Krishna will not help you.

So, those who have much capacity, must use it. If you have some knowledge, you have some capacity for preaching but do not preach, it is a hellish position.

Problems will always come. Gurudev said that if you want to do something good, problems must come. Somebody thinks, "Oh, there are so many problems, but here in Vrindavan, I feel peaceful." What is this? Gurudev did not tell you to stay in Vrindavan and do bhajan. "Vrndavane giya na thakiya chira kala": you can stay in Vrindavan but not your whole life, otherwise you can become a sahajiya. Then you will have a problem.

For example, there is a boy, a disciple of Gurudev. He is a good preacher, has good capacity—he knows the whole Srimad Bhagavatam by heart, knows Bengali, Odia, Hindi. He has capacity, but what is the use? He knows everything, but he has become a sahajiya... He can give class also—5-10,000 people sit in his Hindi lecture, but it is sahajiya style, not our line.

That is Vrindavan people. You know that almost all South Indian and Vrindavan people are sahajiya. They do not worship Mahaprabhu, they worship Radha Krishna, and you know what sahajiya do, pretending, etc. It is not our line.

After Chaitanya Math, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj also went to Vrindavan, he stayed in Nanda-gram and did bhajan, but what inspiration did he get after that? A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj also stayed in Vrindavan, Radha-Damodar temple. He always translated Srimad Bhagavatam there. How much inspiration did he get from his Guru that suddenly at his old age (he was 69) he left India and went to preach in America. Now there is such a big mission.

First is jive daya (preaching, giving benefit to the jiva souls). Preaching is our life; without preaching it is kaitava, cheating. Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswat Thakur writes in his poem Dustha mana tumi kesera Vaishnav?

প্রতিষ্ঠার তরে নির্জ্জনের ঘরে
তব হরিনাম কেবল কৈতব

pratisthara tare nirjanera ghare
tava harinama kevala kaitava

If for your own pratistha you want to stay alone in some small quiet place and do bhajan, chanting Hari Nam, it is not a life, it is kaitav. You will be chanting on the beads, but it is actually cheating—cheating yourself and cheating others also.

 

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