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"The Name is for Everyone"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
14 May 2015, Sri Nabadwip Dham


[His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, Chapter 7]

asadhu-sange bhai krsna-nama nahi haya
namaksara bahiraya bate tabu nama kabhu naya [1]

Brother, the Name of Krishna never appears in bad association: the letters of the Name may appear, but the Name never does.

kabhu namabhasa haya, sada nama-aparadha
e saba janibe bhai krsna-bhaktira badha [2]

Sometimes a semblance of the Name appears, but offences to the Name always do. Know both of these, brother, to be obstacles to devotion to Krishna.

How to serve the Name (nama-bhajana-pranali)

yadi karibe krsna-nama sadhu-sanga kara
bhukti-mukti-siddhi-vanchha dure parihara [3]

If you want to chant the Name of Krishna, then associate with sadhus and leave behind the desires for enjoyment, liberation, and supernatural power.

"dasa-aparadha" tyaja mana apamana
anasaktye visaya bhunja ara laha krsna-nama [4]

Give up the ten offences, honour, and dishonour, tolerate the world with detachment, and chant the Name of Krishna.

We should not worry: whether somebody gives me respect or not, whether they pay obeisance to me or not, whether somebody says something bad to me, it is all OK. We must be detached from this world—my body, my life, family, my house, my children, friends, etc.—be detached and chant the Holy Name. We can take care of the parents, children, and do our duty, but we must be detached. Remember it.

krsna-bhaktira anukula saba karaha svikara
krsna-bhaktira pratikula saba kara parihara [5]

Accept everything favourable to devotion to Krishna, and reject everything unfavourable to devotion to Krishna.

jnana-yoga-chesta chhada ara karma-sanga
markata-vairagya tyaja yate deha-ranga [6]

Give up attachment to material activity and endeavours based on knowledge and yoga. Avoid 'monkey renunciation', in which there is only bodily enjoyment.

False renunciates show to the people, "See how detached I am? I do not need any clothes, I do not wear any clothes!" but monkeys too do not wear clothes.

krsna amaya pale rakhe jana sarva-kala
atma-nivedana-dainye ghuchao janjala [7]

Always know, "Krishna protects and maintains me." Put an end to your troubles through self-surrender and humility.

Krishna protects me, nobody else. We forget that, we think our mother, father will protect us, we think a doctor can protect us, but the protector is Krishna! We must surrender to Krishna, then all troubles will go away.




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'It does not look good for a saffron-clad brahmachari to go to a restaurant and take food there. Sitting there, gossiping and talking, is very ugly. They must be a little shy, they must think a little what they are doing.'


Yadi gaura na ha'ta
'Sing Gauranga's glories again and again, keeping your heart simple. In the ocean of this material world, no one has ever seen anyone so merciful.'
যদি, গৌর না হ'ত

As much as you are kind and loving towards yourself, be kind and loving towards others.