"Come Home!"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking on Sri Krishna Janmastami
6 September 2015

 

Question: Is there any message to the devotees that you would like to give?

I am giving some advice to them. Do not just fast and celebrate for one day—you eat every day, you sleep every day, so serve Krishna every day. You must do nitya service, then you will get the real home. If any of you is still staying in Maya's family, illusory family, become a member of Krishna's family.

We used to all be members of Krishna's family before, but we have lost our father, we have lost our mother—Krishna is our father, Krishna is our mother. We have lost Him, and He is searching for us—"loving search for the lost servant." He is searching for us, and we are also searching for Him. That is why you must understand what you got this human body for and what is necessary for your human body—simple living, high thinking.

You have got the passport (liberation), but you cannot come to Goloka Vrindavan with a passport only, just as you cannot come to India with only a passport—you have to get a visa from India. So, to enter Goloka Vrindavan, you have to enter a service planet—you have to take a visa from that planet.

What is service and what is karma? Everything can be service. You can make all your family Krishna's family. When you are cooking, you think your husband will come back to eat it, but maybe he cannot come back, ever. Cook for Krishna, cook for Gurudev, cook for Gaura Nitai, for Gauranga Mahaprabhu—cook for the Lord.

Krishna gave us a very important message in Srimad Bhagavad-gita,

সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
অহং ত্বাং সর্ব্বপাপেভ্যো মোক্ষয়িষ্যামি মা শুচঃ ॥

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

This is the solution that Arjun got. Arjun was thinking what to do—he could finish all his enemies, or he could leave the battlefield—and Srimad Bhagavad-gita gave this solution.

King Pariksit Maharaj got a notice that he had to leave his body, leave this world in seven days. Who gave him the solution? Srimad Bhagavatam.

Try to understand what Krishna said,

সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
অহং ত্বাং সর্ব্বপাপেভ্যো মোক্ষয়িষ্যামি মা শুচঃ ॥

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

What is your deficiency? What is your problem? Do you think you need money? Do you think you need food? Gold? A woman? How many days will you be alive in this world? Death is sure for everyone. What we all want is ananda, pleasure, happiness. How can you get that happiness? Serve Krishna, surrender to Krishna.

I heard some statistics about California—it is considered one of the richest areas in this world, but it has the highest suicide rate. They have everything—money, a wife, a husband, children—but why do so many people there commit suicide? Because they are not happy. If, however, you join Krishna's family, if you practise Krishna consciousness every day, then you will get happiness: you can enter the spiritual life, the transcendental life—you can enter the service planet.

Give some time to the Lord. You have got this body, it is like a boat, and the Guru is the captain of the boat—if you do not try to cross this ocean of material life, if you do not want to go to a higher plane, you are committing suicide (atma-ghati). Try, search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful.

As I have just said, Krishna is crying for you because you are all His sons and daughters. You have lost your address and now think that this is your home, but you are only a security guard of this house. Your father was a security guard, your grandfather was a security guard, then they left and you became a security guard, and after you your child will become a security guard, and so on. We are living in this temporary house, but where is our permanent house? Back to God, back to home—our permanent home is seva planet! If you come there, you will not have to come back to this world of janma-mrtyu, birth and death. You can escape it. If, however, you do not try for that, you life is nothing, your life is then no better than a dog's life, or a pig's life.

You are enjoying, eating, sleeping, dancing, but in this life find some time for Lord Krishna.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!

 

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