Love The Lord
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
You can see how much all the souls are suffering, how much we are suffering... We turn away from Krishna, forget the Lord and become engrossed in other works, and by and by the life comes to an end. Those who become averse to the Lord suffer from the blazing fire of material existence, they forget the Lord...
দুর্লভ মানব জন্ম লভিয়া সংসারে ।
durlabha manava janma labhiya samsare
"I have got a very rare human life in this world, but I have not worshipped Lord Krishna. Whom can I tell of my misery?"
This is not only about the life in this material world—we have come to the material world so many times. Before too we got a life with all its paraphernalia (samsara).
সংসার সংসার ক'রে মিছে গেল কাল ।
'samsara' 'samsara' ka're michhe gela kala
"Time has passed in the affairs of material household life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened... As if spellbound, I was attracted to this pointless material life, and being so much engrossed into it I pass my days in vain."
(Kalyan-kalpataru, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)
In this way times passes in the affairs of material life...
দিন যায় মিছা কাজে নিশা নিদ্রাবশে ।
dina yaya michha kaje nisa nidra-base
My days are passed in useless work and nights are wasted on sleeping. It never occurs to me that there is death sitting next to me.
('Durlabha manava janma labhiya' by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)
We never think about this, but the sadhu and Guru come and tell us so sweetly,
ব্রহ্মাণ্ড ভ্রমিতে কোন ভাগ্যবান্ জীব ।
brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
"Having travelled throughout the universe and got the mercy of Guru, Krishna, a fortunate soul receives a seed of the devotional creeper."
মালী হঞা করে সেই বীজ আরোপণ ।
mali hana kare sei bija aropana
"As a gardener, they must plant that seed and water it with practising: hearing and chanting."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 19.151-152)
You must love the Lord with your heart. Nothing else is necessary. Even if you have nothing, you can worship the Lord with the water of Ganges and Tulasi leaves and hold Him close to your heart. Do you think if you have no money, no wealth, the Lord will not come to you? You have heard before,
দীনেরে অধিক দয়া করে ভগবান্ ।
dinere adhika daya kare bhagavan
"Those who have a high birth, knowledge and wealth are so proud of themselves, but the Lord is very merciful to those who are poor and needy."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.68)
I have also told you this story before. There was one Lala Babu in Vrindavan who had a sworn enemy. One day, he came to his enemy's house and asked him, "Will you give me some alms? I have come to beg from you..." The man was going to give him some gold, but Lala Babu said, "No, I only want the remnants of the rotis that you had yesterday." It is necessary to have such humility.
দৈন্য, দয়া, অন্যে মান, প্রতিষ্ঠা বর্জ্জন ।
dainya, daya, anye mana, pratistha-varjana
"Humility, mercy, consideration of others, and giving up position are the four qualities needed to perform kirtan."
It is necessary to be humble, kind and give honour to others. We always pray to Gurudev and the Lord,
সকলে সম্মান করিতে শকতি
sakale sammana karite sakati,
"Prabhu, please give me such power that I can give honour to everybody. Please make it possible for me to do this!" This is what we want from Gurudev. Just several days it was Nrisingha Chaturdasi—what is the main meaning of that pastime? "Prabhu, please give me such boon that all asking desire is removed from me! The only thing I want from You is that I stop wanting anything from You." We want to get relief from any karma-misra bhakti (devotion motivated by some gain).
When Mahaprabhu talked with Ramananda Ray and Ramananda Ray spoke about karma-misra bhakti, Mahaprabhu said, "Eho bahya age kaha ara (এহো বাহ্য, অগে কহ আর): go deeper, say more." Then he spoke about jnana-misra bhakti (devotion motivated by the desire to gain knowledge)—Mahaprabhu said the same, "Eho bahya age kaha ara: go deeper, say more." Only when Ramananda Ray came to jnana-sunya bhakti (devotion devoid of any pursuits of knowledge), then only Mahaprabhu accepted it. We must always think about such jnana-sunya bhakti...
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