Perfect Family Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 9 March 2015

 

Many come to the Math, but how many per cent among them do Hari-bhajan? How many per cent come to this line?

"করিয়া কৃষ্ণের সংসার ছাড়ি' অনাচার, kariya Krsnera samsara, chhadi anachar: make your family Krishna's family and give up bad habits." You must avoid what is unfavourable to devotion and accept what is favourable to devotion.

You should practise every day. Chant the Holy Name, recite your Gayatri, always remember Krishna—not only one time, or three-four times. When you are in your house practise the same way as you are doing here at the temple: you can wake up at the mangal arati time, sing the bhajans, then offer some things to the Lord, or at the altar, then you can take that prasadam and go to work. When you go to work, take also some prasadam with you; try not to eat anything outside. Maintain your spiritual life in this way, and you will get real benefit.

You must take the Lord's prasad and practise in this way—once a day going into the temple and paying obeisance is not service, not worship. Our bhajan (practice) is eternal, every day service: we eat every day, and we must serve every day, must cook for the Lord every day; we go to the toilet every day, and we must serve every day. If you do this continuously, you will see that your family will become Krishna-mayi (Krishna will become the centre of it).

You must think your family life is not your family life, but Krishna's family—your wife is Krishna's maidservant, you are Krishna's servant, and your son and daughter will be Krishna's servant and maidservant. In this way, as the scriptures say, করিয়া কৃষ্ণের সংসার ছাড়ি' অনাচার, kariya Krsnera samsara chhadi' anachar, make your family Krishna's family and avoid bad things, what is not in favour of devotion.

Continue the family life like this. I cannot tell everybody, "Take sannyas." Taking sannyas is not a problem, but sannyas is for preaching. A sannyasi means serving even more—a sannyasi does not take service but gives service, gives benefit to others.

You too can give benefit to others—if you can preach Krishna consciousness in this way, it will be very nice. When Mahaprabhu went to householder people, He would tell some devotee, "Now you are the Guru in this village. Preach in this village and thus increase Krishna consciousness."

পৃথিবীতে যত আছে নগরাদি গ্রাম ।
সর্ব্বত্র প্রচার হইবে মোর নাম ॥১২৬॥

prthivite yata achhe nagaradi grama
sarvatra prachara haibe mora nama

"My Name will be spread in every town and village of the world."

In this way Mahaprabhu spread His Name all over the world, village by village...

 

 

 

 

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