Bhakti Siddhanta Vani

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, morning class
15 February 2019, part 7

 

Once, somebody asked Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur a question, "Prabhupad, how will we get the right to chant the Holy Name?" He replied very nicely. Who brings this Holy name to this world? Sriman Mahaprabhu. So, you must first serve Mahaprabhu's devotees. If you serve Mahaprabhu's devotees, then through their service you will get the right to chant the Holy Name.

Somebody asks also, "How can we get Vaishnavata, qualities of a Vaishnav?" Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur told that many people do not want to be servants of Vaishnavs, but they want to be Vaishnavs—he said it is impossible to become a Vaishnav without service to a Vaishnav's servant.

Prabhupad said also: I am not a devotee. I cannot serve the Lord and the Lord's servants constantly, at all times. Sometimes we are born as a man and we are attracted by the beauty of ladies; sometimes we think we are a lady and we are attracted by men. How can I be a devotee? I am a pasandi, an atheist! How can a naradham sinner like me become a devotee! Do you know the English word for naradham? [A devotee: An animal with two legs?] [His Divine Grace laughs.] Fallen people (naradham) cannot become a devotee.

Another thing Prabhupad (and Gurudev also) told is this: I cannot understand it—so many people are chanting the Holy Name, they actually want to serve devotees, but do they increase their devotion? They are only mind-enjoyers—they are only enjoying with their minds...

 

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Initiation into Chanting of
the Holy Name
The goal, the path, and the means of attaining the highest benefit in one's spiritual life, as well as the primary practices of a sincere disciple..

 

Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya
'Gurudev, give me the strength to tolerate everything, and make me free from any desire for personal honour.'
গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া

Those who love Gurudev, they tolerate everything—any discomfort, any kind
of opposition that can come through the service. When some problem comes,
they still do their service—then Gurudev will love them too.

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