Devotional Prudence

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
Speaking to devotees in London
29 July 2012, part 4


Sometimes we go out, we go here and there and everywhere. Our mind is very naughty, but we have some sumedha, subuddhi (fine, theistic intelligence), so we must think, "How can I spend the rest of my life?" We have taken shelter of Guru Maharaj, of Gurudev, we must understand clearly what their desire is and try to fulfil that desire. It is necessary to try heart and soul.

তোমার সেবায় দুঃখ হয় যত,
সেও ত' পরম সুখ ।

tomara sevaya, duhkha haya yata,
seo ta' parama sukha

"Whatever distress I encounter in Your service is also my greatest happiness."

(Saranagati 16.4)

Through service some kind of sadness comes, some kind of unhappiness comes, but it is all our happiness. This is what Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur said. It is all our happiness. Sometimes something good comes, sometimes we are happy, some times we are disturbed, sometimes we are not disturbed—such is life! Whatever comes, we must realise what we want to spend our life on.


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Dedication to Service
'By the mercy of Gurudev we are given a tongue to chant the Holy Name, to chant the glories of the Guru and Vaishnavs, but if we criticise others and tell bad things about others, what is then the difference between the mouth and the other gates?'


Janama saphala ta'ra
'Krishna's complexion is the colour of a fresh rain cloud. His forehead is adorned with tilak, curling locks, and a fine peacock feather.'
জনম সফল তা'র

If you make a mistake and Gurudev chastises you, but out of ego you do not
understand it and think you did right, it becomes a problem for your service life.