Glorious Parama Karuna

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to Caracas
3 June 2015

 

So many devotees have come today! I am very happy to see you all, today is the festival of Parama Karuna, the Deity installation day. It is a very auspicious day for you all because by the mercy of Gurudev, through Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the Deities, Nitai Gauranga, appeared in Caracas on this day. Remembering that day, we are making a festival—you all have joined today and I am very happy to also take some share of this festival.

Actually, it is such a glorious and happy day! Gaura Nitai wanted to come but They were searching who They would come with. When They finally got Gurudev's good association, They suddenly caught Gurudev's hand and came to Caracas. It makes me so happy to see how many devotees have come today—there is no place in the kirtan hall to even stand, and I see some devotees are sitting and standing behind and some devotees are outside the hall...

Why have you joined the festival? Because you have faith—you have the strongest faith in the Deities, Gaura Nitai, and you know that without Gaura Nitai's service you cannot enter the service planet of Radha Krishna. If somebody worships Krishna directly, it is not service, it is the wrong way, but you are doing it the proper way—you are serving Gaura Nitai, and therefore you are entering the service planet of Radha Krishna.

I know how difficult it is to properly practise Krishna consciousness, especially if you have proper chastity to Gurudev, if you follow Gurudev's word, and I know how much you all have to tolerate. When I joined, I also was trying to keep full chastity to Gurudev, and because of that Gurudev's godbrothers gave me such a hard time! You also have that kind of situation now in Caracas, Venezuela, because you have so much chastity for Gurudev, and I understand how much you are tolerating.

The whole world is criticising you, but you are tolerating it and not losing your faith because you have that full chastity. When Raghunath Das Goswami threw away the buttermilk pot, some criticised him, "Oh, he is showing he is so fanatic to Srimati Radharani!" and told many things about him—just like that because you are following Gurudev's word you too have to tolerate so many things...

It is easy to blame and criticise others, but those who can arrange and who are arranging the festival, who are managing the temple and doing it properly know how difficult it is practise and how much it takes to maintain the devotees and disciples. Arranging the festival, doing service at the festival, or permanently staying at the temple, and coming to the temple just to enjoy festival is not the same! Somebody can criticise from outside that you are making a festival and there is some little fault, they cannot tolerate it, but it is easy to criticise a festival but it is hard to make a festival.

 

 

 

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