Depend On Your Guru

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
17 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Vishva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay!
All the assembled devotees ki jay!
All the worldwide devotees ki jay!
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay!
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay!
Harinam sankirtan ki jay!
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay!
Suddha-bhakti-vighna-vinasankari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay!
Sada Siva Gangadhar jiu ki jay!
Giriraj Govardhan ki jay!
Harinam sankirtan ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari Hari bol!

Yesterday I was explaining what we have got the human body for and how we should utilise that body. Pariksit Maharaj also asked, "I have got eyes, ears, nose, everything, but how should I utilise these things?" Then, Sukadev Goswami came and spoke Srimad Bhagavatam—everybody listened to Srimad Bhagavatam for seven days. This is how the solution came to Pariksit Maharaj, then he could understand everything clearly.

We have got this human body by fortune, we do not know where we will be posted next—we have so many wishes, so many different desires inside us, and depending on these desires we will be posted in some place, we will go to a particular place. We must realise that twenty-four hours is His time, it is the Lord's time, so we must use these twenty-four hours for His service. We must understand the value of time and be miserly when it comes to wasting time on nonsense things. If you wasted even a little time on some other job, it means you have wasted time from your life.

What is our duty? Krishna has given all His power to our Gurudev, and all you need to do is to listen properly to his advice, his order. We are not independent. If we do some service under the guidance of Guru and Vaishnav, then we can realise everything properly. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur told clearly,

বড় দুঃখ পাইয়াছি স্বতন্ত্র জীবনে ।
সব দুঃখ দূরে গেল, ও পদ বরণে ॥

bado duhkha paiyachhi svatantra jivane
duhkha dure gelo o pada-varane

"I experienced only great distress in my independent life. All my distress has gone away by embracing Your feet."

(Saranagati, 21.5)

"When I was independent, I got some sadness, some unhappiness, but all unhappiness, all sadness is gone, it has run away once I surrendered to the Lord."

Krishna has given His all power, everything to the Guru, and if we can depend on him, if we can listen to his advice properly, then we can understand everything clearly.

Srila Madhavendra Puripad also said,

কামাদীনাং কতি ন কতিধা পালিতা দুর্নিদেশা,
তেষাং জাতা ময়ি ন করুণা ন ত্রপা নোপশান্তিঃ ।
উৎসৃজ্যৈতানথ যদুপতে ! সাম্প্রতং লব্ধবুদ্ধি-
সত্বামায়াতঃ শরণমভয়ং মাং নিযুঙ্ক্ষ্বাত্মদাস্যে ॥

kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesa,
tesam jata mayi na karuna na trapa nopasantih
utsrjyaitan atha yadu-pate! sampratam labdha-buddhis
tvam ayatah saranam-abhayam mam niyunksvatma-dasye

"O Lord! How many kinds of wicked orders from lust and others I followed! They had no mercy on me, nor were they ever satisfied! O Krishna! Suddenly, I managed to leave their side and got some good intelligence—I have surrendered at Your fearless lotus feet, please engage me now as Your servant."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 2.22.16)

There are so many bad things—kama, krodha, lobha, anger, lust, greed, ego, etc. We became their servants and followed their orders. At that time they were our masters, and so many problems came, so much sadness came, but when we got good association, when we got the mercy of Gurudev and he gave us some service, then we understood what the real position is and what we should do...

 

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