Highest Devotion

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to devotees in Caracas, Venezuela
20 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!
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay!
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Parama Karuna Nitai Gauranchandra Prabhu ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad ki jay!
Jay Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga ki jay!
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay!
Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay!
Tadiya sakha-math-samuha ki jay!
All the assembled devotees ki jay!
All the worldwide devotees ki jay!
Our Founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
All the worldwide devotees ki jay!
Samagata Sri Gaura-bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari Hari bol!

I am very happy to see you all after so many days. I have not seen you for a very long time and I was thinking when I would meet with you all. Fortunately, today I can have the darshan of the devotees, I can meet and see you all. My activities, my sadhana, everything is with you all. I want to give everything I have, everything I have ever done in my spiritual life after coming to Gurudev, to my Guru and to my Gurudev's devotees and associates. That is my heartfelt desire.

I did not come to the temple to be a Vaishnav, I always want to serve devotees, serve Gurudev's family. We are all members of the same Sri Chaitanya Saraswat family and I want us to be together and preach Gurudev's conception, Mahaprabhu's conception, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's conception.

When Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was at Radha Kunda, he spoke about the devotion of Prahlad Maharaj. He did not even speak about Srimati Radharani because he said if he had preached about Srimati Radharani, we would become sahajiyas. He did not preach about madhura-rasa, it is a very high conception. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur preached what Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave, what Nityananda Prabhu gave and preached about the conception of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

We always say that Vraja gopis are the highest devotees, that they have the highest devotion, but these Vraja gopis themselves say, "We have no devotion. We have nothing." Then we can understand that the highest devotees, the highest Vaishnavs can never say that they are a Vaishnav.

'আমি ত' বৈষ্ণব', এ বুদ্ধি হইলে
অমানী না হ'ব আমি ।

"ami ta' vaisnava," e-buddhi ha-ile,
amani na ha'ba ami

"If I think, 'I am a Vaishnav,' then I will never stop expecting honour from others (I will never become free from the desire for honour)."

(Kalyan-kalpataru, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

If somebody says that they are a Vaishnav, then the truth is that they are not a Vaishnav. We have come to this spiritual life to be a servant of Vaishnavs and if you want to continue your spiritual life you must be a servant of devotees. The main thing is how we can serve devotees, how much we can serve our Guru and Gurudev's associates. Even Vraja gopis say that they do not have any devotion that could be compared to the devotion of Prahlad Maharaj. That is why we consider Vraja gopis to be the highest devotees.

 

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