Follow and Protect

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, evening class, part 2
7 November 2012, mostly translated from Bengali

 

Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur gave Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj the name "Bhakti Raksak" ("one who can protect devotion"). So many problems and difficulties came and are still coming, but he protects this Mission.

After Prabhupad left, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had some disturbance in his mind—he left Mayapur and went to Vrindavan to do bhajan there. After that, he came here in Nabadwip on the order of Prabhupad and established this Math for the protection of devotion, the line of Rupanuga sampradaya.

We must all together protect his Mission—it is not only my responsibility, everybody should take some responsibility to protect this Mission, to protect this line. It is not only my duty. Everybody must serve, following the proper line. We have all come to this bona fide line not for our own enjoyment, we have come to this real, bona fide line to serve the Lord. We must engage ourselves in the service to sadhus, Guru, and Vaishnavs, in the service to the Krishna. Scriptures say that when it comes to service of Krishna, there is no distinction based on one's class, caste, etc. Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) served the Lord together with everybody. Bhajan (service) means following Guru, Vaishnavs, engaging in the service to the Guru and Vaishnavs. Lord's Name, qualities, form, associates, features are nondifferent from the Lord...

You all know that today is the adhivas day (eve) of Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance. We must all engage in glorification of the Name and qualities of the Lord on this day. We must do service.

Tomorrow is the festival day and so many devotees are coming at noon, so it is necessary to decorate the temple, to cut vegetables, etc. The day after tomorrow we are going to Hapaniya, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's birthplace. There will be no breakfast, we will take prasadam in Hapaniya one time. We will start from here at 6 o'clock in the morning and go to Hapaniya by bus. There, we will start parikrama, do some kirtan, lecture, and at 9-9:30 a.m. take prasadam and come back because after lunch we are going to Vrindavan and many devotees are coming with us—they need to get to Howrah (our train to Vrindavan leaves from Howrah).

So, try to do service. Do not just come, eat and leave. Somebody can sweep, somebody can help cleaning, somebody can cut vegetables, somebody can make garlands—everybody has different quality and capacity, so engage yourself according to your quality in the service of the Lord, in the service to Gurudev.

We must finish now, much time has passed... Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!

 

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