Mercy Above Justice

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 May 2018, Siliguri, part 2


"Yogyata vichare kichhu nahi pai tomara karuna-sara (যোগ্যতা বিচারে কিছু নাহি পাই তোমার করুণা সার). Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj often said, "Mercy above justice." Do you understand the meaning? It means that Gurudev's mercy is above any judgement, that there is no judgement applied in it.

I just remembered there was a man who was sent to prison by the Siliguri court. The court decided that he had to be hung. To appeal against the hanging, he went to the High Court in Kolkata, there too it was judged that he had to be hung. Then, he went to the Supreme Court in Delhi, and there too his sentence did not change—he had to be hung. Do you know what he did in the end? He appealed to the president, "I have made a mistake, please forgive me! I have a child and a wife, if I die, they will have no one. Please forgive me!" In the end, he was acquitted. Look at this—he went higher, higher, and higher, and in the end appealed to the president and got acquitted.

So, Gurudev can do what even Krishna cannot do. Mercy is above justice. When it comes to the mercy of Gurudev, there is no place for judgement. "If I judge myself, I get nothing; I cannot come to the Lord if I am judged by my qualification, but Gurudev, if I get your mercy, then I can get the Lord." How beautifully it is said. If I judge my qualification—if I think, "I am chanting the Holy Name, I have done so many things, I have done so many fire-sacrifices, etc."—I cannot come to the Lord through this, but, "Gurudev, if you give your mercy, then it is possible. Tomara karuna sara—your mercy is everything."

I have seen so many people leave their service, I have seen service leave many people, and sometimes I think about it. I remember Gurudev's words that this is actually natural. We must always think that it happens because of our own fault.


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