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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
5 October 2014

 

Devotee: Maharaj, I would like to introduce to you my friend...

Very nice. How are you? I am very happy to see you.

Actually, a devotee always engages the jiva souls in the service to Krishna, in the service to the Guru. It is a devotee's nature. A drunkard engages others in drinking whisky, alcohol, in bad things; a devotee always engages the jiva soul in the service to the Lord.

A devotee always wants good for others. Krishna is always very busy, He has so many things to do, and it is the duty of the Guru and Vaishnavs to always think for the jiva souls, for the fallen souls. They always think for the good of others and teach how to adjust properly, how to behave properly, how to follow the proper etiquette, how to learn humility, sincerity, dedication.

You must take good association, and if you get it you will be very benefited, you can be successful. You have got a human body, and this body is not only for eating, sleeping, and enjoyment—you must use this body for the service to the Lord. Your head is very heavy on your shoulders, but if you bow your head to the Lord's lotus feet, to Vaishnavs' lotus feet, then it will be light. We have five properties, chaksu, karna, nasika, jihva, tvak (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin)—we have all this property, but we must use it for the service to the Lord.

Do you have any questions?

Devotee: You say that without mercy of the Guru, we cannot attain the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. How we can attain Srila Gurudev's mercy?

We will get Gurudev's mercy through service to the Guru and Vaishnavs. Service means association with great Vaishnavs. Also, your aim should be one-pointed, "I will fulfil my Gurudev's desire. What Gurudev will tell, I will follow that. Do or die." If Gurudev says that the sun rises in the West, we must believe that. The Guru must not be questioned. Do you understand? If you have this kind of surrender, this kind of anugatya, this kind of feelings, then easily you can get mercy.

Gurudev is always merciful. He is ready to give his mercy, but the problem is our ego. We think we know everything, that is why we cannot accept his mercy. Everything is all right, but we must be a good receiver—that is the main mistake.

 

 

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Sanatan-siksa: Surrender in Good Association
'Giving up all bad association, giving up adherence to social rules of varnas and asrams, thus ridding yourself of all material possessions (attachment), take exclusive shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna.'

 

Sri-guru-charana-padma
'Sri Guru is an ocean of mercy and the friend of the fallen. He is the lord and life of all people. O master! Be merciful. Give me the shade of your feet. This fallen soul has taken shelter of you.'
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Who is my friend? Who is my enemy? I am my own friend, and I am my own enemy.

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