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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
18 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 2

 

Srimad Bhagavatam tells,

কলের্দোষনিধে রাজন্নস্তি হ্যেকো মহান্ গুণঃ ।
কীর্ত্তনাদেব কৃষ্ণস্য মুক্তসঙ্গঃ পরংব্রজেৎ ॥

kaler dosa-nidhe rajann asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-bandhah param vrajet

"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."

(Srimad Bhagavatam, 12.3.51)

"Kaler dosa nidhi"—there are so many faults in the age of Kali, but there is also one great quality in it: Krishna Himself comes in the form of His Name. If we take shelter of the Holy Name—if we can chant the Holy Name properly, without offence—then we can understand the real truth.

It requires some patience. Sometimes we think that we took initiation many years ago and we chant sixteen rounds as Gurudev has told, and even more than that, but still we are not getting the result. What is the reason?... Do not lose patience. It is necessary to have patience, it is necessary to believe properly. If you do service properly, if you follow Gurudev's guidance properly, if you take shelter in Gurudev and follow his advise properly, then one day Krishna will take you to Him. It is necessary to realise these things and to have patience. This is very important for our spiritual life.

We know also:

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

"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)

We need good association. You cannot be a sadhu without good association. We have been rusting for so many years that now, just as a magnet cannot attract a piece of rusty iron, Krishna cannot attract us. There are so many bad elements in our lives—kanak, kamini, pratistha (desire for money, companions, fame), kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya (lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness, envy)—and we have been their servants since time immemorial, but now we have understood that we must become servants of our Guru, servants of the servants of the Lord. We did not come to this world to become a Vaishnav, we have come to be a servant of the Lord.

We do not know anything—how to continue our life, how to utilise this life—we do not understand anything, but we now have a guardian, then we can understand easily what is necessary for our spiritual life (sadhu-sanga, Nama sankirtan, etc.).

I told everybody: wake up in the morning, sing five songs in the morning and five songs in the evening (Guru-vandana, Pancha Tattva's vandana, Vaishnavs' vandana, Nityananda's vandana, Mahaprabhu's vandana, then chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra). Recite these five songs minimum and try to understand their meaning. If you sing with the Gaudiya Gitanjali, the Kirtan Guide, and understand the meaning of these songs, then you will get proper guidance through that.

 

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Odds and Ends
'You do not have to make everybody happy. You must make your Guru happy. That is sufficient.'

 

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offence of breaking the pot of yogurt that his mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.'
শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্

If the sun is shining from one side and there is a wall, the sun rays will not fall on the other
side of the wall. Ego is also like that—through our ego we cannot see things properly.

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