His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
By the mercy of Gurudev you are here in India, in a holy place—Nabadwip Dham. This is Koladwip, aparadh-bhanjan-pat. Only the fortunate souls can come to Nabadwip—those who are not fortunate souls cannot come here. "Nabadvipa hena grama tribhuvane nei": there are so many villages, so many cities, so many towns all over the world, but this is not an ordinary place. You are living in the age of Kali, and in this age the Lord appeared in this village—the Lord comes with Goloka Vrindavan itself and acts in a human body, going door to door,
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য-দয়া করহ বিচার ।
sri-krsna-chaitanya-daya karaha vichara
"If you consider the mercy of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, you will be wonder-struck to realise it."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 8.15)
He went door to door, calling the souls
জীব জাগ, জীব জাগ, গোরাচাঁন বলে ।
jiva jaga, jiva jaga, gorachanda bale
Sri Gorachand calls, "O souls, awake! O souls, awake! How long will you sleep on the lap of the witch Maya?"
"This is not your house, this is not your address! After death your body will stay here, but where will you go? You must think about it. Previously you got a cow's body, before that maybe a monkey's body, and so on (as you saw, so you reap), but after that you have finally got a human body. If you do not do what this human body is meant for, if you do not hear any good teachings, then what will you do after death? What will you get? After you lose this human body, you will get another body." Do you understand what I am saying? Who is saying this? Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said it.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also said,
পৃথিবীতে আছে যত নগরাদি গ্রাম
prithivite achhe yata nagaradi grama
"My Name will be preached all over the world." Mahaprabhu only said it, but who distributed this Name? Our Guru-varga: Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. They preached and went door to door, telling you, "You have lost your address! You have lost your house! This place where you are living now is a temporary address. You are renting a place, paying rent, but one day the rent term will finish and you will have to leave this house. Neither your friends, nor your father, mother, or any relatives can stop you.
So, what is necessary for this age? You must chant the Holy Name. Krishna appeared in the form of the Name,
হরের্নাম হরের্নাম হরের্নামৈব কেবলম্ ।
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
"Only chanting the Holy Name, chanting the Holy Name, chanting the Holy Name—there is no other way, no other way, no other way."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 7.76)
Chant Hare Krishna, and through your heart you can get a connection with the Lord through a mahanta-guru—then you can practise Krishna consciousness. Whether you are a brahmachari, a householder, a vanaprastha, or even a sannyasi, you can practise Krishna consciousness and maintain your spiritual life wherever you are. You can stay in the householder's life, no problem, but you must maintain your spiritual life—follow the rules and regulations, and also reject obstacles to Krishna consciousness, reject what is not favourable to Krishna consciousness.
If you practise Krishna consciousness in this way, you will get a real life, you will get pleasure. Everyone is searching for pleasure, ananda. Do you want happiness? Do you want pleasure? Who does not want to play football with Krishna? Do you want to play football with Krishna? Then you can join Krishna consciousness and you can play football and do so many other things—you can enjoy with the Lord. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and whatever kind of enjoyment you want to have, you will get that.
জীবন অনিত্য জানহ সার
jivana anitya yanaha sara
"Remember that life is temporary and full of all kinds of danger."
Life is very short, Prabhu. So much danger is coming in your life, and you can leave your body at any time. In the meantime, we must not misuse our time.
We are always surrounded by Maya, we are always in the cage of Maya, illusory environment, but if you pray to her, pray to the Lord, if you surrender to the Lord, then the Lord will come to you, and when you come in touch with the Lord, if you are a surrendered jiva soul, then slowly, slowly Maya will be removed from you—Maya will run away from you.
জীবে দয়া, নামে রুচি, বৈষ্ণব সেবা ।
jive daya name ruchi vaisnava seva
"Be merciful to the souls, chant the Holy Name, and serve the Vaishnavs. Sanatan, besides this, there is no other religion."
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that people make millions of hospitals, but we are not patients with a material disease, we are patients with an eternal disease. Who can remove that disease? You must go to a proper doctor who can remove our eternal disease—he will give you some good advice, and through that good advice your material desires will be removed. Material desires means bhukti-, mukti-, siddhi-kami: you want to have some liberation, some enjoyment, some powers, and so on. This kind of disease can be removed through the advice of a bona fide Guru, a bona fide associate of the Lord.
You can understand this all easily yourself. First you have to understand and ask yourself, "Who am I? What is my duty? What am I suffering for? We are suffering so many kinds of miseries—adhibhautik (আধিভৌতিক), adhyatmik (আধ্যাত্মিক), adhidaivik (আধিদৈবিক)—but what for? What is our duty? How can we get a real connection with the Lord?" These are the main things.
তব নিজ-জন কোন মহাজনে
tava nija-jan kona mahajane
You have sent a great soul, Your associate (to rescue me). Seeing me so fallen and being merciful, he came to me and said...
We are fallen, conditioned souls, but if we surrender to our Guru, surrender to the Lord, then the chaitya-guru (the Guru that we have in our heart) will take us to the bona fide Guru who will then tell you:
You do not know, but Krishna Himself has appeared in this world as Gauranga Mahaprabhu, a combined form of Krishna and Srimati Radharani. Gauranga Mahaprabhu came in this world and told everybody, "Do not sleep! You are sleeping so much!" Sleeping means you are now sleeping on the lap of Maya, on the lap of illusory environment.
If we can continue spiritual life, we can become a member of Krishna's family—and when we join Krishna's family, we will see everything clearly. At present, we are members of Maya's family, and the Guru comes to hijack us from from Maya and keep us in Krishna's family, make us a servant of the Lord. This is the Guru's duty, and this is what I am doing now. I am here to hijack you.
It is Gurudev's duty to hijack the jiva souls, conditioned souls—we do not hijack your money, your gold, your wealth or property, nothing like that—we hijack you from the illusory environment and bring you to Krishna's family, give you service. This is our scheme; but you must have some desire. I think you have that desire, otherwise why would you come to me? You have some desire to know something about Krishna consciousness, and I am telling you about it, that is my service—Gurudev gave me this service to hijack people from the illusory environment.
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