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Triumph of Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
4 January 2019, part 4


Try to understand what Sri Brahma-samhita (5.1) says,

ঈশ্বরঃ পরমঃ কৃষ্ণঃ সচ্চিদানন্দবিগ্রহঃ ।
অনাদিরাদির্গোবিন্দঃ সর্ব্বকারণকারণম্ ॥

isvarah paramah krsnah sach-chid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah sarva-karana-karanam

"Krishna, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes."

Brahma says that the figure (vigraha) of the Lord is sach-chit-ananda. He always exists, present, past and future: He existed before, in the past, He is present now, and He will be there in future also. Krishna says that when everything is demolished, only He is there. It will happen after Kali-yuga, you know that. There are four ages—Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali. After Kali-yuga finished, Krishna will come to Sambalpur in Purusottama Ksetra as Kalki Maharaj and He will demolish everything. The duration of Kali-yuga is 432,000 years, and only about 5500 years have passed so far.

In the meantime, we must understand what is necessary for our spiritual life. Life is very short—we can die any time. We do not know when we will leave our body, when we will go to the cremation ghat, that is why time is very short. Mahaprabhu appeared in this age of Kali and went door to door calling you, offering to take you to your real home—back to God, back to home.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also said

পৃথিবীতে যত আছে নগরাদি গ্রাম ।
সর্ব্বত্র প্রচার হইবে মোর নাম ॥১২৬॥

prthivite yata achhe nagaradi grama
sarvatra prachara haibe mora nama

"My Name will be spread in every town and village of the world."

But who actually arranged this? Mahaprabhu only said it, but which guru-parampara accomplished this? Our Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, our Gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, all the sannyasis, brahmacharis and followers go door to door and tell, "This is not your house. You have lost your address, this is not your real home. Please come with me, I take you home—I can show you the way to your real home!"

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also told,

জীব জাগ, জীব জাগ, গোরাচাঁদ বলে ।
কত নিদ্রা যাও মায়া-পিশাচীর কোলে ॥

jiva jago, jiva jago, gorachanda bale
kata nidra yao maya-pisachira kole

Sri Gorachand calls, "O souls, awake! O souls, awake! How long will you sleep in the clutches of the witch Maya?"

"How much longer will you sleep on the lap of Maya Devi? How much longer will you sleep? You must wake up! Please wake up and listen to this Hare Krishna maha-mantra! Chant this Hare Krishna maha-mantra! Come! Krsna bolo, sange chala, ei matra bhiksa chai. I am begging you only for one thing: come with us and chant 'Krishna'! I am begging you, I am praying to you—I am coming to you and I am sending all my followers, everything to you, please listen to them, come with them to your real home."

তব নিজ-জন কোন মহাজনে
পাঠাইয়া দিলে তুমি ॥

tava nija-jana kona mahajane
pathaiya dile tumi

O Lord! I am very wicked-minded and have fallen into this material world, but You have sent a great soul, Your associate (to rescue me).

দয়া করি' মোরে পতিত দেখিয়া
কহিল আমারে গিয়া ।
ওহে দীনজন শুন ভাল কথা
উল্লসিত হবে হিয়া ॥

daya kari' more patita dekhiya
kahila amare giya
ohe dina-jana suna bhala katha
ullasita ha'be hiya

Seeing me so fallen and being merciful, he came to me and said, “O humble soul, listen to this wonderful message and your heart will rejoice.

'Emona Durmati' by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

"Ohe dina-jana suna bhala katha: please listen to me! Ullasita ha'be hiya: you will be very grateful, you will be very glad and happy!"

তোমারে তারিতে শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য
নবদ্বীপে অবতার ।

tomare tarite sri-krsna-chaitanya
navadvipe avatara

"Sri Krishna Chaitanya has appeared in Nabadwip to deliver you."

"You will be rescued from this illusory environment."

You all the time keep coming and going, coming and going—you have got this human body now and you have a family life; when you were in a cat's body, you also had a cat's family at that time; when you were in a dog's body, you also had a dog's family. We always come and go, come and go—we are always swimming in an ocean, but when we get to the shore, then we will finally get some rest—that shore is your real home. We are swimming in an ocean of illusory environment (Maya samudra) and we do not understand which way we must go, we do not know what will happen, but we have finally got this human body, we are fortunate souls. We must understand what is our duty in this human body—only sleeping, eating and enjoying like cats and dogs?

When Mahaprabhu went to Gaya to do his father's sraddha ceremony, He met with His Guru, Sri Ishwar Puri, at that time, and He said,

সংসার-সমুদ্র হৈতে উদ্ধারহ মোরে ।
এই আমি দেহ সমর্পিলাঙ তোমারে ॥

"samsara-samudra haite uddharaha more
ei ami deha samarpilana tomare"

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat, Adi-khanda, 17.54)

"Please rescue Me from this ocean of Maya. I am surrendering to you, please rescue Me from this kind of situation." He also said

প্রভু বলে, "গয়া-যাত্রা সফল আমার ।
যতক্ষণে দেখিলাঙ চরণ তোমার" ॥

prabhu bale, "gaya-yatra saphala amara
yata-ksane dekhilana charana tomara"

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat, Adi-khanda, 17.50)

"I have come to Gaya, a holy place, and My pilgrimage has now become successful because I have got a real Vaishnav, I have got a bona fide Guru here!"


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