Selfless Dedication

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
11 April 2013

 

Gurudev's disappearance festival is coming soon. It is the wish of Gurudev... We are all here serving Chaitanya Saraswat Math, all over the country, and we must not see our own interest so much. We must not take from Gurudev, we must only want to give something to Gurudev—it is necessary to have a giving mood, not taking mood. If we proceed in this way, we will be able to serve our Gurudev's mission and we will also get the real result.

We often think that so much time has passed since we came to Krishna consciousness but we are not getting the proper result—we must not think about it in this way. If you can surrender properly, serve properly, then big things are waiting for you, you will get the result one day. There is no doubt about that, it is necessary to have full faith in that. Srimad Bhagavad-gita says also (18.66),

সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
অহং ত্বাং সর্ব্বপাপেভ্যো মোক্ষয়িষ্যামি মা শুচঃ ॥

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said one time, "I am bringing so many brahmacharis from their family life. I tell people to leave their job and family, and they leave their parents, friends, etc. in the same way as they pass and leave stool and urine [Prabhupad says it, these are not my words!]. They come here to the Math, become devotees and then I again send them to the householder people. They came from the householder life, but I again send them there—am I making a mistake? Am I doing wrong? No. What do I send them there for? To preach. Where will brahmacharis go to preach? To the householders, otherwise where will people come from?"

That is "'Gaudiya' pathao ghare ghare: you [Srila Prabhupad] send Gaudiya messengers door to door."

One time, Sripad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj went begging (collecting donations and distributing books) in Kolkata, and somehow he came to a prostitute quarter. Bon Maharaj returned to Prabhupad and said, "Prabhupad, I did not know what that place was, but I went to a prostitute quarter in Kolkata for begging..." When Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur heard it, he said, "No, you went to the right place, you did not make any mistake. You went to a pros-quarter, but you did not go there for your own enjoyment, you went there for your service."

Do you understand? We should surrender and use ourselves in this way—for service. What are you afraid of? When your death is already written there for you, no one can stop it, why are you then afraid of dying? Why do you think about it? You must cross death. If you think in this way, then you will easily get the real benefit, there is no doubt about that—the real benefit is waiting for you then.

 

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