Heartfelt and Fervent

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
Speaking online to the devotees in Caracas
5 December 2012


In some countries, there are now rumours, "Oh, why does Maharaj give so much mercy to the Venezuelan devotees?" But my answer is this. This Bhagavad-gita sloka is there (9.29): Krishna said, "In this world, nobody is My enemy, and nobody is My friend, but when somebody serves Me with full faith, with full surrender, I feel attachment to them, and they too feel attachment to Me."

...Damodar month finished a few days ago. It is a very nice month—the dearmost month of Radharani.

kuveratmajau baddha-murttyaiva yadvat
tvaya mochitau bhakti-bhajau krtau cha
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayachchha
na mokse graho me 'sti damodareha

O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera (Manigriva and Nalakuvara) were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.

(Sri Damodarastakam, 7)

Do you know the meaning?

Kuveratmajau: the two sons of Kuver got trees' bodies, and they had spent many hundreds and thousands of years in these tree bodies. Prabhu, I am more fallen than them! My attachment to the illusory environment is even more than theirs! Tatha prema-bhaktim: Prabhu, please give me that kind of devotion by which I can be liberated and get Your lotus feet.

Tvaya mochitau bhakti-bhajau krtau cha: the sons of Kuver, Manigriva and Nalakuvara, became liberated from that kind of situation, and they got Your lotus feet from You—Your mercy to them was such that You gave them devotion! But, Prabhu, I am an even more fallen soul, please rescue me from this kind of situation!

This is the meaning of what the sloka. We are praying to the Lord, "In this kind of situation, two trees can become liberated—even two trees can get Your lotus feet, can get mercy from You, Prabhu! But I am even lower than that, I have no devotion, but You can rescue me..."


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