Proceed Smoothly

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
speaking to the devotees of Veracruz, Mexico,
23 November 2014

 

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration.

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124

These are the main things.

সাধুসঙ্গে কৃষ্ণনামে—এই মাত্র চাই ।

সংসার জিনিতে আর কোন বস্তু নাই ॥

sadhu-sange krsna-nama—ei matra chai
samsara jinite ara kona vastu nai

I desire only to chant the Name of Krishna in the association of the sadhus. There is no other way to conquer samsara.

Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 6.13

By the mercy of Gurudev, the devotees are very happy because they are practising Krishna consciousness, and everything goes smooth because sravan and kirtan go on regularly.

If we practise properly, we will be very happy. There will come so much bondage, so many obstacles for Krishna consciousness, there will be some bad things, but if we get mercy from the Guru and Vaishnavs, that kind of bondage will not be able to do anything, we will be able to overcome it.

Anger and ego are obstacles for our spiritual life. যদি হয় সাধু-জন সঙ্গ, yadi haya sadhu-jana sanga: if we get good association, association of great sadhus, these kinds of bad elements will be removed from our heart.

Proper guidance, proper instruction are necessary for us because we are simple-hearted and can be cheated any time by a bogus sadhu, by some cheaters. We must be always careful: when we see somebody wearing saffron colour, we think they are a maha-bhagavat, a great bhagavat, but it is not so. We cannot recognise with these mundane eyes who is a sadhu. Only by the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of great Vaishnavs, can we recognise a sadhu, otherwise not.

We must practise and think properly, then we can focus on the main way and realise the Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan, otherwise we cannot understand them properly.

 

Our beloved Gurudev's appearance day is coming soon. We are going to see his festival, his appearance day, celebrated... We must celebrate it in a proper way, because Gurudev did not leave us here only for eating, sleeping, and to just maintain the body—he left us for preaching Krishna consciousness. We must complete what he had not completed. So, everybody should come together to glorify and preach about our Guru, to please our Guru. A disciple's main duty and service is to please their Guru.

Try to always serve Gurudev, always keep connection with Gurudev, and always remember him and his pastimes, then everything will go smooth.

 

Devotee: We try our best to make daily programmes. Unfortunately, some devotees could not come today...

No problem. Every day we make a programme, and Saturday is good for a larger programme.

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

"One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration.

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124

যে দিন গৃহে ভজন দেখি
গৃহেতে গোলোক ভায় ।

ye-dina grhe, bhajana dekhi,
grhete goloka bhaya

"The days when there is practising, it becomes non-different from Goloka Vrindavan..."

 

Devotee: We would like to show you the altar...

Good, very nice.

Sraddhaya sri murti sevana: everybody can serve in any way, Krishna will be very happy, but it is necessary to serve the Deity with full faith.

One time Mukunda said to his son (his son Raghunandan was about 10 years old), "We are going out, offer the bhog to the Deities." When he offered the bhog, the Deity took everything. His father came back and wanted to take prasadam, but Raghunandan said, "You cooked a little bit less, the Deity has taken it all." His father did not believe it. In the afternoon he told him to offer again so that he could see how the Deity would take it. Raghunandan again gave the offering, and he chastised the Deity, "You must take it, otherwise father will not believe me!" The Deity took half of the sweets. Mukunda was very surprised, "How is this possible!"

We do not believe it—we think the Deity is made of wood, made of steel—but the Deity is non-different from Krishna...

 

 

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