Take Notice

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
25 October 2015

 

What is the religion of Kali-yuga? In Satya-yuga people did meditation, their lifetime was 100,000 years. In Treta-yuga, the lifetime was 10,000 years and they did fire sacrifice. In Dvapar-yuga, the lifetime was 1,000 years and they did archan, puja. In Kali-yuga, people are given only 120 years of life—it is a very short time!

We are not as fortunate as Pariksit Maharaj. Pariksit Maharaj too had a very short time, but he was very fortunate because he got a seven-day notice, "In seven days you will have to leave everything—you will have to leave your body and your kingdom."

Khatvanga Maharaj got a forty-eight-minute notice. Once, the demons and the demigods were fighting. After the demigods won the battle, they told Khatvanga Maharaj,

"Maharaj, by your mercy we have got the heaven. Tell us what you want—we can give you a place in heaven, you can stay there."

"OK, I will tell you later, first you tell me: how many days do I have left to live?"

"You have only one moment (one muhurta, or forty-eight minutes) to live: you will have to leave your body in forty-eight minutes."

"Oh! Then I do not want to waste my time! I want to keep my mind, body—everything!—at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna."

How many days will we be alive in this world? We do not know it. So, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur sings,

এখনও চেতন পেয়ে, রাধামাধব-নাম বল রে ।

ekhana-o chetana peye, radha-madhav-nama bala re

Now that you have a human life and consciousness, chant, "Radha-Madhava"!

 

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Enthusiasm for Service:
the Yajna-Patnis
'One of the qualities that are favourable to devotion is enthusiasm. 'Oh, when will the day come? When will the day come? When will I do my service? When will I go to the temple?'—this kind of enthusiasm, utsaha, is necessary to have.'

 

Samsara-davanala
'I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, who is said by all the scriptures to be the Lord Himself, and considered to be so by the sadhus, yet is the Lord's beloved devotee.'
শ্রীগুর্ব্বষ্টকম্

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“If you go to satisfy the minds of others, you will only cheat yourself. Gora knows your thoughts, so how will you hide your heart from Him?”

 

If you can avoid these three—kanak, kamini, pratistha—and give them to their proprietors, then you will have no problem and you will not fall down.

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