Successful Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Siliguri, 20 May 2017, Bengali class, part 2

 

The Lord gives you everything and He can take everything away, but still you do not do anything—janiya suniya visa khainu (জানিয়া শুনিয়া বিষ খাইনু), we know it, we heard about it, but still we take poison. That is why sadhu, Guru and great souls come in this world and, going door to door, tell everybody,

জীব জাগ, জীব জাগ, গোরাচাঁন বলে ।
কত নিদ্রা যাও মায়া-পিশাচীর কোলে ॥

jiva jaga, jiva jaga, gorachanda bale
kata nidra yao maya-pisachira kole

Sri Gorachand says, "O souls, awake! O souls, awake! How much longer will you sleep in the lap of the witch Maya?"

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur

"O sleeping jiva souls, wake up!" They come and try to explain something to us—we hear it but do not take it serious... The love and attachment that we should have for the Lord is not coming to us... When you feel the same kind of love for the Lord that you feel towards your wife, brothers, friends, etc., then you can understand that there is some service.

We must serve the Lord. One day we will leave—we have got this rare human birth and we must take advantage of this opportunity. When it is gone, you will not be able to do anything. We have got a great fortune to serve the Guru and Vaishnavs, to follow and be chaste to the Guru and Vaishnavs, to live as the Guru and Vaishnavs tell us to live, and if we can use this opportunity, then our life will be successful. Do you understand it? We must always remember this.

কৃষ্ণ ভুলি' সেই জীব অনাদি-বহির্ম্মুখ ।
অতএব মায়া তারে দেয় সংসারাদি-দুঃখ ॥

krsna bhuli' sei jiva anadi-bahirmukha
ataeva maya tare deya samsaradi-duhkha

Having forgotten Krishna, the soul wanders throughout the universe. Being thus covered by illusion, the soul goes through all kinds of material suffering.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 20.117)

We have forgotten the Lord and as a result we are now burning in the three-fold miseries (adhibhautik, adhidaivik, adhyatmik, আধিভৌতিক, আধিদৈবিক, আধ্যাত্মিক: miseries caused by one's body, by the nature, and other souls)...

 

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the Lost Servant
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Thakura vaisnava-gana
'I have never accepted the proper conception. My mind has been immersed in illusion, and I have never aspired for your feet. Narottam Das says, 'Seeing and hearing about my situation, I am stricken with fear. Please rescue me and keep me by your side.''
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