Loving Search for the Lost Servant (1):
Knock and Bow

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
Speaking to devotees in London
29 July 2012, part 2


I have had a very busy day today—in the morning I gave five skype initiations in Colombia, the morning class, after that I was cooking... Now I can cook for myself, and that is good for me also because I can keep myself busy. Every day I give morning class, evening class, preach everywhere through skype programmes, it is good for me. There are so many centres, so many temples, and I always think about them. Also, thirty-forty letters come every day, I have to give answer. In this way service is going on properly.

Gurudev's puspa-samadhi in Govardhan is still not finished and I must finish this job. The works are going on now. Also, Gurudev wanted to make a gate in Govardhan, and I have already started making that gate—I am going to Vrindavan and Govardhan every week now. Here also, many devotees come from abroad, they stay with me, I give class for them, some new devotees (good, educated people) come, I am teaching them also.

I also think about London and if they develop the mission in London, it will be good. You must invite all devotees. It is loving search for the lost servant—some devotees do not come to the temple, but you must call them. Everybody has some quality—everybody has some bad qualities and some good qualities—you must take everybody's good quality.

Everybody is not 90-100% surrendered. Gurudev always said that there is 10% surrender, 20% surrender, 50% surrender, and so on. Not everybody can surrender 100% and properly, full time. To get a full-time servitor is always a problem, but whatever percent somebody can serve their Guru, we will take, we will accept their service. Somebody may do a little wrong, but, as Param Guru Maharaj said, mercy is above justice. Our mood must be we do not want to reject anybody, we want to take everybody's help and we want to keep them near us.

We can invite everybody, they can come, it is not a problem. The temple is open for everybody, it is Guru Maharaj's temple, so what is the problem? I may make some mistake, somebody else can make a mistake or the manager can make a mistake, but why will we not go to the temple? It is Guru Maharaj's temple (especially London temple is Guru Maharaj's temple), so why do we not come to the temple to see the Deities? What is the problem? Why have we left service? That is our bad fortune, you must understand it.

Devotees always become tired and they go to their own homes and do there whatever they want, but this life is not meant for this. This life is only for

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

"One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124)

This is what life is for. We have got this life, we have got initiation—why did Gurudev, why did Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) leave us here? You must finish their service. You must do the service that they could not finish here, and we must try our best to fulfil their desire. We must continue our preaching, we must continue our Gurudev's service, continue his mission. The mission is growing and you must help expand it. This is our duty and this is what we are trying to do.

It is good if we try to help the devotees. We must call everybody—we will call them and call, knocking at their door! If somebody is fast asleep, it is not a problem, we can take them, but if somebody closes their door and pretends to be asleep while they are actually awake, this is a problem. But we can do something to help them—we can call them again and again, we can bow our head down at their lotus feet, this is not a problem. The only problem is the ego. Somebody thinks, "I am a disciple of this Guru," "I am a disciple of that Guru," "I am senior," "I am this and this"—such thought comes to some people's minds, that is why problems always come to us and we cannot proceed...


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