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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Guru who delivers all fallen souls and by whose mercy even the dumb can speak, even the lame can climb a hill."
ওঁ অজ্ঞানতিমিরান্ধস্য জ্ঞানাঞ্জনশলাকয়া ।
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
"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."
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Guru by whose mercy even a dumb man can speak, even a lame man can cross a mountain..."
সাধুসঙ্গে কৃষ্ণনামে—এই মাত্র চাই ।
sadhu-sange krsna-nama—ei matra chai
I desire only to chant the Name of Krishna in the association of the sadhus. There is no other way to conquer samsara.
(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 6.13)
Every day you are chanting the Holy Name in the association of the sadhus... There are five most important practices,
সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
"One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith."
Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124
Among these, sravan-kirtan is main:
তার মধ্যে সর্ব্বশ্রেষ্ঠ নাম-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন ।
tara madhye sarva-srestha nama-sankirtana
"Of the practising processes, the best is Nama-sankirtan. If you chant the Holy Name without offence, you will get the wealth of divine love."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.71)
You must chant the Holy Name without offences. The Lord has given us a tongue so that we can do Hari-kirtan (chant the Holy Name and glories of the Lord). Mahaprabhu said to Raghunath Das Goswami,
গ্রাম্যকথা না শুনিবে, গ্রাম্যবার্ত্তা না কহিবে ।
gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
"Do not listen to the mundane talks, do not listen to the mundane news. Do not eat fancy food, do not wear fancy clothes."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.236)
বৈরাগীর কৃত্য—সদা নাম-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন ।
vairagira krtya—sada nama-sankirtana
"The duty of a person in the renounced order is to always chant the Hare Krishna mantra. He should satisfy his belly with whatever vegetables, leaves, fruits and roots are available."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.226)
This is the nature of a vairagi, renunciant. They fill their stomach with vegetables, leaves, fruits and roots... You must live remembering it. It is necessary to leave unfavourable association—there are things that are not favourable to devotion and it is necessary to gradually leave them, otherwise if you do not leave what is unfavourable, you will not get attachment to this path of devotion.
"Jivana anitya janaha sara tahe nana-vidha vipada-bhara (জীবন অনিত্য জানহ সার তাহে নানাবিধ বিপদ-ভার)": life is uncertain, any time danger can come... Every day you sing kirtans, and it is necessary to understand their meaning and think about their meaning. Just now we were singing,
জীবন হইল শেষ, না ভজিলে হৃষীকেশ ।
jivana ha-ila sesa, na bhajile hrsikesa
"Your life is ending, but you have not served Hrsikes. Bhakti Vinod advises: once relish His Name's nectar."
Bhaktivinod Thakur is saying, "Please say this Holy Name once! Say it just once!" Life is uncertain and full of all kinds of dangers—so many diseases obstruct us, all the time something comes up, and we cannot serve the Lord...
জীবন অনিত্য জানহ সার
jivana anitya janaha sara
"Understand the essence: life is temporary and filled with all sorts of adversity. Carefully taking shelter of the Name, engage in your work."
Nobody prohibits you to do your own work, but when you become old and so many diseases come, how will you serve then? When your health is bad, when you are not feeling well, you do not feel like doing anything, you know it yourself. Now your health is good, but every day we waste our time on other things. We have got this life only to serve the Lord, but if we waste time on other things, then, when this body is gone later, we will regret, "I could not serve the Lord! I could not do any service!" When this life is gone, who know whether you will get this chance again or not. We have time now, we can do service, but so many problems come in the way...
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