Division Is Wrong Vision

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 12 March 2017, part 1

 

মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
যৎকৃপা তমহং বন্দে শ্রীগুরুং দীনতারণম্ ॥

mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
yat krpa tam aham vande sri-gurum dina-taranam

"The dumb can speak, the lame can climb a hill—all it takes is mercy from Gurudev."

(Bhavartha Dipika)

ওঁ অজ্ঞানতিমিরান্ধস্য জ্ঞানাঞ্জনশলাকয়া ।
চক্ষুরুন্মিলিতং যেন তস্মৈ শ্রীগুরবে নমঃ ॥

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
chaksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

I offer my obeisance unto Sri Gurudev, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the salve of divine knowledge.

গুর্ব্বাভীষ্টসুপূরকং গুরুগণৈরাশীষসংভূষিতং
চিন্ত্যাচিন্ত্যসমস্তবেদনিপুণং শ্রীরূপপন্থানুগম্ ।
গোবিন্দাভিধমুজ্জ্বলং বরতনুং ভক্ত্যন্বিতং সুন্দরং
বন্দে বিশ্বগুরুঞ্চ দিব্যভগবৎ-প্রম্­ণো হি বীজপ্রদম্ ॥

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.

দেবং দেব্যতনুং সুছন্দবদনং বালার্কচেলাঞ্চিতং
সান্দ্রানন্দপুরং সদেকবরণং বৈরাগ্য-বিদ্যাম্বুধিম্ ।
শ্রীসিদ্ধান্তনিধিং সুভক্তিলসিতং সারস্বতানাম্বরং
বন্দে তং শুভদং মদেকশরণং ন্যাসীশ্বরং শ্রীধরম্ ॥

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam

I offer my obeisance unto my lord, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, whose speech is most pleasing; whose divine form is adorned with garments the colour of the newly-risen sun; who is an abode of intense, ecstatic devotion; who is the sadhus' sole choice; who is an ocean of renunciation and knowledge; who is a treasure-house of perfect conclusions; who is resplendent with pure devotion; who is the best of Srila Saraswati Thakur's followers; who is the giver of all good; who is the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis; and who is my sole shelter.

First, I am giving obeisance to my Divine Master, Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; then to Param Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, who is the founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Next, I am paying my heart-felt obeisance at the lotus feet of all other Guru-varga, sannyasis, godbrothers and godsisters.

Krishna gave nine doors to this body, and bad things come from each of the doors of the body—urine comes from one door, stool comes from another door, vomiting, spit comes from the mouth, wax comes from the ears, mucus comes from the nose, and so on. But Krishna is very merciful because He has also given us a tongue and a mouth that can chant the Holy Name, but if in lieu of that you do para-charcha, para-ninda, Vaishnav ninda (offend, criticise, gossip about others), then there is no difference between the door that passes stool and your mouth.

"I am his disciple; he is another Guru's disciple," "He is my disciple; he is not my disciple"—Gunarnava Misra did that. He did not give respect to Minaketan Ramdas (devotee of Nityananda Prabhu), and after that Nityananda Prabhu called Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, "Do not stay with your brother, you must come to Vrindavan." Why did Nityananda Prabhu call him to Vrindavan? Because He did not want him to mix with his brother (who supported Gunarnava Misra). If we are going divided, it is very bad. "He is my disciple," "I give class only to my disciples," "He is not my disciple, I will not give class to him," "You must not go to his class because you are my disciple"—these kinds of things are not good at all for our spiritual life. We must realise what Gurudev's conception is and follow that.

I promised Gurudev that I will not leave this Mission until there is one drop of blood left in my body. Even if the opposition group possesses everything, even if there is only one place under a tree left, I will stay there, that is not a problem for me. Gurudev had said that they would disturb me, but it will not last forever. We do not know how many more days they will disturb, but it is almost going to finish. It is necessary to understand this.

We cannot understand it because we do not have a great faith. I got so much money from the devotees, and if I did not have faith I could have taken the money and run away from here—I could have made another temple and stayed here. I have also made many new temples and I could stay there, but this is not Gurudev's desire, that is why I will not do that. I must stay here until my death. That is my strongest desire.

We must understand how much I am suffering, how much disturbance I am tolerating, how much I am protecting the mission, how much those who are doing service here, are suffering, they are getting austerity but continuing their service. This Gaura Purnima my health is also very bad, I thought I would not be able to do the parikrama, but you know that I did not even have to take the car except to come back—I did all parikrama on the cart, sitting or sometimes standing, chanting from the morning until after lunch time. I managed to do it properly.

 

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Odds and Ends
'It does not look good for a saffron-clad brahmachari to go to a restaurant and take food there. Sitting there, gossiping and talking, is very ugly. They must be a little shy, they must think a little what they are doing.'

 

Nitai gunamani amara
'Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth.'
নিতাই গুণমণি আমার

I want us to run this mission together and want the preaching to go on
happily everywhere. I will be very happy with that.

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