Chaste Journey

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
4 July 2013, Sri Nabadwip Dham, part 4

 

Question: Is there any message for all the Gurudev's disciples and your disciples all over the world?

Yes, everybody knows what that message is, everybody knows what I want from them. I want everyone to protect Gurudev's mission, to help protect Gurudev's mission—I want everyone not to go their own way but stay in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's boat. Gurudev is still the captain of the boat. You may see some boat going jigzag way, some boat has much opulence, some boat is decorated elaborately, but you can also see that those boats may sink on the way—they may not reach Goloka Vrindavan. We must stay in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's boat, this boat will slowly, slowly take you to your destination. Even if it is slow, but it is sure. Slow and steady wins the race.

Sometimes, we think, "That boat is going fast, let me jump into that boat!" but that boat sinks on the way. It is like the story of the hare and the tortoise. Once, a hare and a tortoise decided to have a running competition. The hare thought it was nothing—it could just jump and win the race. So, when the race began, the tortoise started walking very slowly, and the hare started jumping very far and fast. After a few jumps, the hare saw a banyan tree and thought, "Let me take some rest under this tree, I feel tired." So, the hare lay under the tree taking a nap, thinking that by the time the tortoise came slowly, it would wake up, make a few more jumps and easily win the race. In the meantime, the tortoise kept walking slowly and when the hare woke up and jumped to the finish line, it saw that the tortoise was already there.

We must not make the same mistake. We need quality, not quantity. We sometimes look at quantity thinking, "Oh, there is so much opulence there. I will join that consciousness, I will go there." There are so many "consciousnesses"—Rama Krishna mission has so many disciples, Bharat Seva Ashram has so many follwers, but what do they do? They only want liberation, they want exploitation, etc. but Gaudiya Math, Chaitanya Saraswat Math can give the real devotion, pure consciousness. We must only follow Gurudev's instruction.

I have told it many times,

“গোরার আমি, গোরার আমি” মুখে বলিলে নাহি চলে ।

গোরার আচার, গোরার বিচার লইলে ফল ফলে ॥

"gorara ami, gorara ami" mukhe balile nahi chale
gorara achara, gorara vichara la-ile phala phale

Just saying, "I am Gora's! I am Gora's!" does not do. Only when you follow Gora's practices and Gora's conception will you get the proper result.

(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 8.6)

We always say, "We are devotees of Mahaprabhu," but we do not follow Mahaprabhu's conception, Mahaprabhu's instruction. We say we are all disciples of Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, but we do not follow Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's instruction because we want some name and fame, we want pratistha. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that pratistha means 'sukarer vista'—it is the stool of a pig. It is very easy to fall down because of pratistha—when you get much pratistha, you become very heavy and your boat sinks. We must be always careful—we must follow the proper line, Gurudev's line and we must be happy with whatever Gurudev gives us; we do not want more than that. Prayascha (thinking, "I want more," "I want more," "I want more!", "I am not happy with this, I want more!") is very bad for us; it causes a fall down from Krishna consciousness.

So, Gurudev is the captain of our ship, and we must stay in that ship. The ship may be sometimes crowded, it may be sometimes not so good, there may be no good rooms, but anyhow we must stay on board—we must try to stay on that ship. Even if this ship may be broken, we must still stay and go slowly, slowly and we will reach our destination.

 

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