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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to San Jose
14 June 2015

 

I am always eager to make more and more temples. This is my situation. I am always making, always increasing preaching centres for Gurudev, but at the same time it is very difficult for me to maintain it. Money is not a problem, the only problem is in the servitors—we are short of servitors. Devotees do not want to give their attention to service, that is why all disturbance is coming to me.

If I tell somebody to do some service, they think that I am making them work. They do not think that if they are getting more and more service, more and more kripa, mercy, is coming. That is their bad luck and bad fortune...

There are many festivals going on here. A few days ago there was Panihati festival, the festival of flat rice, yoghurt, and mango, remembering the festival that was made by Raghunath Das Goswami. Devotees went to Panihati and took part in it.

After that, devotees went to Siliguri for the Deity installation festival. More than two thousand people took prasadam that day.

And now the Ratha Yatra festival in Puri is coming. This year there will be new Deities for Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra—after fifty years new Deities are installed in Puri, that is called 'new kalevar'. Now the Jagannath temple is closed—everybody can go inside but nobody can see the Deities. They arrange everything one or one and a half months before the festival.

5,000,000 people are expected to come for the Ratha Yatra festival this year, and we are also going there. 400 devotees are going with me in one train this year, and I am also a little bit afraid because our temple does not have so many rooms. We have only 25 rooms, how is it possible for 500-600 people to stay there together? We cannot also rent a house outside because it is a very busy time. That is why I am a little worried about the devotees...

 

 

 

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