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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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Service Without Ego and Tiredness
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is replying three questions: How important is it to serve the devotees? How to do service and not increase ego? How to do service and not get tired.

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha
'All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga. I pray for their remnants'
কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ

Sometimes some bondage, some problem may come in our spiritual life, but it is Krishna
testing us: how much love and affection do we have for our Guru, for the Lord?

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"