Serve Your Guru with Strongest Faith

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
11 September 2015

 

তৃণাধিক হীন দীন অকিঞ্চন ছার ।
আপনে মানবি সদা ছাড়ি অহঙ্কার ॥

trnadhika hina, dina, akinchana chhara
apane manabi sada chhadi' ahankara

"Give up your false ego, and always consider yourself lower than grass, poor, needy, and mean."

বৃক্ষসম ক্ষমাগুণ করবি সাধন ।
প্রতিহিংসা ত্যজি অন্যে করবি পালন ॥

vrksa-sama ksama-guna karabi sadhana
pratihimsa tyaji' anye karabi palana

"Practise tolerance like a tree. Do not ill-treat others, instead nurture them."

জীবন-নির্ব্বাহে আনে উদ্বেগ না দিবে ।
পর-উপকারে নিজ সুখ পাসরিবে ॥

jivana-nirvahe ane udvega na dibe
para-upakare nija-sukha pasaribe

"Do not trouble others for your own upkeep, and forget your own happiness in the course of helping others."

(Gitavali, Sri Siksastaka, 3.2-4, by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

Be humble, tolerant, and give honour to others; leave your ego and do not be jealous of devotees or others' things. You must leave the jealous mood (matsaryata) because Krishna did not give any place for it.

Leaving ego and envy, always serve with the strongest faith, with patience, remembering your Guru. Wherever you are staying, practise Krishna consciousness life, then one day you can eventually reach your real home. This is my message. It is necessary to have the strongest faith and to serve your Guru with the strongest faith, then you will get the best result in your spiritual life. I am sure about that.

So much patience and so much tolerance is necessary... If you look at me—if you see how much problem is coming to me all over the world and how much I am tolerating—then you can understand it... Gurudev said, "No one can understand how much I am tolerating." Now I feel that to be the Guru, to be the Acharya, you should have so much tolerance...

Actually, it is not necessary to be a big Guru—it is not necessary to be a big man. If you are a little man, that is OK for you. You must be happy with whatever position you have got. Krishna always tests us, always examines us. Our position is that we are a little soul, and we should be happy with that.

Devotees need mercy from the Guru, and the Guru also needs mercy from the devotees: that is why Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur would tell his disciples, "Daso 'smi, I am your servant."

 

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