Engage Yourself In Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, morning class
15 February 2019, part 9

 

Why are you afraid of me? If somebody is making some offence inside or doing something wrong, they will be afraid of me, otherwise no one should be afraid of me. I am sometimes angry with those who do not follow properly, but other than that I am not an angry man.

I am a very strict person, and I do not speak about anyone behind their backs. If I want to say something, I will say this in front of the person. That is my nature. I have told before that I cannot harmonise with any deceit (kapatata, কপটতা). I tell what is necessary clearly. Gurudev is also like this—he never lies, he tells what is the truth. He does not try to avoid it through some duplicity. Why is it necessary to lie? If you want to say something, tell me. Tell me everything, honestly.

[To a male devotee who has grown his hair 3-5 cm:] You need to shave your hair. Why is it necessary to keep long hair? I know you are going back to your country soon, but will nobody give you a job if your hair is short? Some people grow a big moustache and I ask them, "Do you get any tax concession with this moustache?" Do you get any benefit from the government by keeping hair? Do not grow your hair, keep it very short.

Always avoid mano-dharma (mental concoction)—do not please your mind.

You will not get any letter from the Lord, but you will get a letter from devotees. Here in India, they think that the atma and the mind are the same, but mind is external and atma is internal. Atma has connection with the Lord—atma knows what is necessary for the Lord. That is why Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur says that you will not get a letter from the Lord, but you will get a letter from devotees, i.e. Lord's servants. Those who are intimate friends of the Lord can bring a letter from the Lord and can give you the message from the Lord. That is why we are servants of devotees.

You can see my example—I do not think that I am the Acharya, or that I am a sannyasi. You saw yesterday that when I came here in Ekachakra I did not immediately go to my room. I was busy all day and was tired—I could come to my room and take rest, but I did not do that. You saw that I first engaged everybody. I stayed here and made sure devotees cleaned everything—all verandas, prasadam hall, etc. I have been busy past five-six days. I did potato collection for four days and during those four days I went to five hundred houses (120 houses each day). I went house to house asking, "How much potato will you give?" "One bag." "OK." Writing it down. Next house, "How much potato will give?" "Two bags." Writing it down. In this way, I went house to house. You must engage yourself in service.

Another thing is that you have got a mouth—Krishna has give you a tongue—therefore you must chant loudly. You can even say softly, "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna," that is also good, but not silently, with your mouth shut.

 

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Surrendered Soul's Etiquette
Rejecting the unfavourable: who not to associate with, who not to see, where not to live, what work not to do, what books not to read, what classes not to listen to, which places not to go to, and whom not to love.

 

Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam
'He is the best of the paramahamsas and the guardian of the supreme wealth (Krsna-prema). He accepted the robes of a sannyasi to deliver the fallen. His feet are served by the best of the sannyasis. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet.'
সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং

If you do not have money, it is not a problem—you can just serve with some water and Tulasi and keep Lord Krishna in your heart.

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