Temple—Transcendental School

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
17 February 2017, Tarakeswar
Bengali evening class, part 1

 

You have got this human live and if you spend your life chanting the Holy Name, you will attain Goloka Vrindavan. This temple here is for your benefit. What kind of benefit is it? In this world, you can get everything for your enjoyment. You go to school, college and in the end you become an ass, but the school that Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur made can actually make you a human.

Why an ass? When the children grow up, get married, etc. and they do not take care of their parents—they pass school exams, get some big job in a bank, get a master degree, a doctor's degree and all they worry about it how to get the property and wealth of their father—when the father dies, he leaves everything to their mother and the children kick their mothers out of their houses. What did Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur write? People go to big schools, big colleges, and what do all these Ph.D., M.A. do?

jada-vidya yata, mayara vaibhava,
tomara bhajane badha
moha janamiya, anitya samsare,
jivake karaye gadha

"All mundane learning is an exhibition of maya and an obstacle to Your service. It brings about infatuation for the temporary world and makes an ass of the soul."

(Saranagati, 3)

People go to school and become pandits by going to school, they learn so many things but what is the result? They do not look after their parents or kick their parent out of home. But Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says those who listen about the Lord (engage in Bhagavat-sravan) get the supreme benefit—they do not have to return to this world again and again, do not have to take birth again in this world as snakes, cats, frogs, dogs, mosquitos, etc. Where do they go? To Goloka Vrindavan.

There, there are surabhi cows. In this world, we come to a cow and milk the cow with our hands, but there you come to a surabhi cow, put a bucket and the milk flows on its own. There, you come to a mango tree and say, "I want a jackfruit," and the mango tree gives a jackfruit. The trees there are kalpa-vriksa, wish-fulfilling trees—you can come to a tree, and the tree can give you whatever you ask for. That is called Goloka Vrindavan.

And we live in this world and only worry about our bodies—you worry what you will eat, what you will wear, how you will maintain your lives. But what do you actually worry about? When we die, do they burn us or do they burn our body? The body.

So, the sadhus (the gurus and Vaishnavs) come to teach you all this, they come to tell you about this truth.

মহান্ত-স্বভাব এই তারিতে পামর ।
নিজ-কার্য্য নাহি তবু যান তার ঘর ॥

mahanta-svabhava ei tarite pamara
nija karya nahi tabu yana tara ghara

"It is the general practice of all saintly people to deliver the fallen. Therefore they go to people's houses, although they have no personal business there."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 8.39)

They have no want or need of food or clothes. They go house to house to save such low and fallen souls like us—this is why they come to this world. Having travelled through 8 400 000 species we have got this human body and having got this body if you do not serve the Lord, the Guru and Vaishnavs, then you will have to come to this world again and again—you will come again, you will go again.

 

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