Sri Gaura Purnima Festival:
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
"The dumb can speak, the lame can climb a hill—all it takes is mercy from Gurudev."
First of all, I am offering my full obeisance at the lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, begging him for his causeless mercy, after that I am offering my obeisance to all Guru-varga, all the worldwide acharyas, to all my God-brothers and sisters, to all devotees and all of you praying for your mercy to this low soul.
Today is a very good day, the holy appearance day of Sriman Mahaprabhu. He appeared in this world in the land of Gaura on a full moon day in the month of Phalgun in Sri Dham Mayapur, in the house of Jagannath Misra. We went there during the parikrama, and it is on the occasion of this parikrama that so many devotees have come from so many places.
Pujyapad Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj has come from Mexico, South America (he is the acharya there). We have a new temple there now. Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj has come from Brazil. He is the acharya of our Brazil Math. The acharya of the Russian Math is Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj, he is on the way now here, he has also come. Srila Bhakti Chaitanya Bharati Maharaj has come from Russia/Germany. Srila Bhakti Chandan Parvat Maharaj has come from America. And here is also Sriman Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj. He preaches all over the world, he is always with you, you know him well. Although junior in age, he always speaks and teaches the true conception (bhakti siddhanta suddha saraswati katha). He always preaches about the Lord, about Mahaprabhu, preaches the conception of Hari-bhakti-vilas, Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, and so on.
Many other devotees have came from many countries. Devotees have come from Venezuela. Adhoksaja Prabhu has come from Mauritius, some have come from Colombia, from America, from Delhi. Visakha Didi has come from London. Here is Tripta Krishna Prabhu and many other devotees from South Africa. There are devotees also who have come from South India, there is a girl (Nanda Priya Didi) from Nepal. There are devotees from Bangladesh and other different places. Many devotees have come from Russia with Avadhut Maharaj and Bhakti Chaitanya Bharati Maharaj. Here is also Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj. Here is also Bhakti Amrita Paramarthik Maharaj who is doing the puja at the temple. There are devotees from Colombia, South Africa. Abhinava Prabhu and Kelikadambanana Didi have come from Australia. Here is a girl from Russia who is sitting at the book table every day, Kundalata Didi. She has been here from the Ekachakra festival. Ananda Vardhan Prabhu has come from New Zealand. Here is also Shyamali Didi from South Africa. Here is also Divya Sakti Didi from America, Anjali Didi from London. Damodar Acharya Prabhu is also sitting here from Brazil. He has actually opened a temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here is also Purna Prajna Prabhu, who has been helping with the management very nicely. Here is also one more Damodar, from Colombia. Kamalendu Prabhu is also here, he always stays with me. Ramachandra Prabhu and Krishna Mohini Didi are here from Soquel, America. Nimai Prabhu has come. Bindu Madhav Prabhu has come from Bangladesh. I cannot remember all other names now.
Here is also the father of Niriha Maharaj from Bihar. At first he was very angry that his son had run away from home. He threatened me, "I will put a court case against you! You have stolen my son!" but later he actually took initiation himself. One time, in Ekachakra, somebody came to the temple and it was not the time to take prasadam. They began to create some disturbance, but he said, "No, no. First they will take prasadam, then you can take." He has become very intelligent now.
Also, Sanjiv Prabhu, my secretary from Delhi, Vrindavan, has come. Tarok Prabhu has come from Hapaniya, he brought the pots and utensils. You know that we did not have anything, but he brought the iron kadai which you cannot get so easily. Ashok Prabhu has come, he went on collection in Hooghly every day and here he is managing the festival. Rama Prabhu also has come as always. Paramarthik Maharaj, who always travels from place to place, is also here. And Mahaprabhu has also came, the vijaya vigraha from our Chaitanya Math in Kolkata...
I took decision that I will not go to the Nabadwip temple just one day before the festival, on Saturday morning, at 10 a.m. because we want to celebrate Nabadwip Dham parikrama and Gaura Purnima festival peacefully and smoothly.
Our conception is
বৃক্ষসম ক্ষমাগুণ করবি সাধন ।
vrksa-sama ksama-guna karabi sadhana
Practise tolerance like a tree. Stop ill-treating others, instead nurture them.
Those who harass others, who are envious create disturbance, but Mahaprabhu teaches us, our Gurudev teaches us that we must be humble, tolerant, and give honour to others.
তৃণাদপি সুনীচেন তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা ।
trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
"One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more forbearing than a tree, who gives honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.239)
You should know that I started preparation for the parikrama and festival here in Nrisingha Palli only two days in advance—from Saturday, 10 o'clock in the morning. It is less than forty-eight hours. By the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by the mercy of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, by the mercy of Jiva Goswami Prabhu, Rupa Goswami Prabhu, we have done this parikrama smoothly and happily, without any disturbance, without any problems. By the mercy of Gurudev, we are having a very good celebration of this festival today also. Tomorrow is Jagannath Mishra's anandotsav, and by the mercy of Gurudev we will finish it smoothly too.
Before the festival, I was thinking, "Where will I get the big pots?" When I decided about Nrisingha Palli, I told Tarok Prabhu from Hapaniya, "Come as soon as possible." Then, I arranged the bhog and called the cook. The cook had called me many times, asking, "Maharaj, what should I do? Where should I go, to Nabadwip or another place?" I told him, "Wait, wait." Many asked me, "Will you go to the Nabadwip temple?" I always said, "I do not know, it depends on the mercy of Gurudev."
If Gurudev needs me there, then he will take me to the Nabadwip temple. If Gurudev and Guru Maharaj do not need me to go there, if I am useless, then it is not necessary for me to go to the temple of Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip. We had so many cows there, but they are selling them; I had planted so many trees in Nabadwip temple, but they are cutting the trees now and selling the wood for money; they are not giving food to the deer, etc. Then, I think that everything depends upon Krishna. What Krishna wants or what Krishna wanted, that is happening. If Gurudev does not need me there, if I am useless, then Gurudev will not take me to Nabadwip, Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
I have so many temples, even after after Gurudev disappeared I have made many temples, many centres, so by the mercy of Gurudev I have no problem staying anywhere. I believe that wherever I go, devotees will always stay with me. If I can serve my Gurudev, if I can make my Gurudev happy, that is sufficient for me. I have no attachment with the buildings or any material things, I do not want all that. If, by the mercy of Guru, Vaishnavs, by the mercy of devotees, I die serving devotees, that is my happiness. If I can give my last drop of blood for the devotees, that is my happiness. I have promised to Gurudev, "I will give my blood for your Mission and devotees. Do not worry about it."
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