Astonishing Service Mood

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
8 January 2019, part 1

 

vande 'ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams cha
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana raghunath-anvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-chaitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita sri-visakhanvitams cha

I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of my Guru, the predecessor Gurus, the Lord's devotees, Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatan, Sri Raghunath, Sri Jiva, Sri Rupa's followers, Sri Krishna Chaitanyadev, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Advaita Prabhu, Sri Chaitanyadev's associates, Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri Lalita Devi, Sri Visakha Devi, and all of Their associates.

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
chaksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

I offer my obeisance unto Sri Gurudev, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the salve of divine knowledge.

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev's associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam

I offer my obeisance unto my lord, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, whose speech is most pleasing; whose divine form is adorned with garments the colour of the newly-risen sun; who is an abode of intense, ecstatic devotion; who is the sadhus' sole choice; who is an ocean of renunciation and knowledge; who is a treasure-house of perfect conclusions; who is resplendent with pure devotion; who is the best of Srila Saraswati Thakur's followers; who is the giver of all good; who is the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis; and who is my sole shelter.

vanchha-kalpatarubhyas cha
krpa-sindhubhya eva cha
patitanam pavanebhyo
vaisnavebhyo namo namah

Again and again I offer my obeisance unto the Supreme Lord's devotees, who are saviours of the fallen, oceans of mercy, and wish-fulfilling trees.

vrndayai tulasi-devyai priyayai kesavasya cha
krsna-bhakti-prade devi satyavatyai namo namah

Again and again I offer my obeisance unto Vrnda Devi, who is known as Tulasi Devi and Satyavati, who is most dear to Krishna, and who bestows devotion to Krishna upon us.

atha natva mantra-gurun gurun bhagavatarthadan
vyasan jagad-gurun natva tato jayam udirayet

Having offered obeisance to one's initiating Guru, to the Gurus who have taught one the meaning of the Bhagavat, and to all the authors of Vedic literature, who are the Gurus of the entire world, proclaim "Jay!"

jayah sa-parikara sri-sri-guru-gauranga-gandharvagovindasundar-padapadmanam jayastu!

All glory to the lotus feet of Sri Guru, Sri Gaurasundar, Sri Sri Gandharva-Govindasundar, and all of Their associates!

vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami.

sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura-bhakta-vrnda

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

We are very fortunate, actually I am very fortunate because I have come again to Vijayawada after almost four years, and with the help of Sripad Bhakti Niskam Shanta Maharaj, Sripad Bhakti Amrita Paramarthik Maharaj, Sripad Bhakti Vijnana Muni Maharaj, Kamalendu Prabhu, Vasudev Prabhu, Purna Prajna Prabhu, Uttam Krishna Prabhu, and all the South Indian devotees a great preaching has happened here. All these devotees have been helping this preaching programme very enthusiastically, they have been working and serving hard, and I am very pleased with their service.

Today is the last day of this programme you know that I have some other duties. 12 January is the inauguration anniversary festival in Ganga Sagar, I have to go there on 11 January; after that there will be a festival in Ekachakra, Nityananda Prabhu's birth place, and the Deities installation anniversary festival there; then, there will be a new Lord Siva temple inauguration in Burdwan district on the Siva-ratri day; and finally, Gaura Purnima is also coming soon. I do not want to leave seeing devotees' enthusiasm and service, that is why I am a little sad today because I am going so far away, but I am always with you and you are also with me. I am at your service, you can call me at any time, you can speak to me. I may not understand your language, but the heart to heart connection is there. You can call me at any time, do not hesitate. I am always at your service, and you can always come to any festival, or any temple.

Actually, I have seen your service mood, and the most important thing is that you do not do something externally—you do everything internally, with heart. I am quite astonished to see your service mood. I am actually taken by surprise that you are practising so properly. You must continue practising in this way every day. Start from mangal-arati, then do Tulasi parikrama, then sing some bhajans and kirtans, then go to cook for the Deities and make an offering, after that you go to work, etc. In the afternoon, you offer some fruit, some bhog, and in the evening you again do arati and some programme, as far as possible after a work day.

You may work the whole day, but you should always chant the Holy Name. You can chant even when you work; it is not necessary to always carry the beads with you—you can chant the Holy Name with your mouth, with your tongue, with your heart, and in this way you can serve properly. This is our main practice every day.

যে দিন গৃহে ভজন দেখি ।
গৃহেতে গোলোক ভায় ॥

ye dina grhe bhajana dekhi
grhete goloka bhaya

On the days when I see devotional service taking place in my home, I feel that Goloka has manifested there.

('Suddha-bhakata-charana-renu' by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

Where is Goloka Vrinavan? If you any day serve the Deities, worship the Deities, chant the Holy Name, and remember sadhus, Gurudev, Vaishnavs, Krishna, Bhagavan—at that time Krishna always stays there. Krishna says, "I stay in devotees' hearts, in devotees' houses."

 

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