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Wrong Endeavour

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
speaking online to devotees in São Paulo, Brazil
22 September 2019, Kolkata, part 2


Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur writes very nicely:

প্রাকৃত বস্তুর আশে ভোগে যার মন ।
প্রয়াসী তাহার নাম ভক্তিহীন জন ॥

prakrta vastura ase bhoge yara mana
prayasi tahara nama bhakti-hina jana

"Those whose mind always goes to enjoy material things are devoid of devotion and called prayasi (an over-endeavourer)."

A prayasi is a person who only wants material things, who only wants to enjoy with the material things like a good fancy bed, good food, fancy things, etc. That is called prayas (excessive endeavour).

কৃষ্ণকথা ছাড়ি জিহ্বা আন কথা কহে ।
প্রজল্পী তাহার নাম বৃথা বাক্য বহে ॥

krsna-katha chhari jihva ana katha kahe
prajalpi tahar nama vrtha vakya vahe

"Those whose tongue speaks about anything else other than Krishna-katha have got the power of speech in vain and are called prajalpi (idle-talkers)."

Speaking about any other things except Krishna is called prajalpa. Do not waste your time on anything where there is no Krishna-katha. Proper devotees pass their time with Krishna-katha, and at all other times they chant the Holy Name or think about their service, about spiritual things. Do not gossip so much, do not talk so much—talk little. You can call this being a little bit nirjan (reserved). When I say nirjan, I do not mean that you must go to the hills or live in some cave, not that, what I mean is that you should not talk so much without Krishna-katha.

ভজনেতে উদাসীন কর্মেতে প্রবীণ ।
বহ্বারম্ভী সে নিয়মাগ্রহী অতি দীন ॥

bhajanete udasina karmete pravina
vahvarambhi se niyamagrahi ati dina

"Those who are indifferent towards service and Krishna consciousness but well-experienced in material activities make much of preparations and are interested only in rules and regulations."

Bhajanete udasina means being disinterested about one's service—a person may be doing some pious activities or some other activities, but it is not bhakti, devotion. Bhakti is something else. Devotion (bhakti) means doing service to the Lord under the guidance of a guru. In this world, people do something for their own name and fame, for their own enjoyment, but while they are busy doing these things, they do not know what will happen after their death. They make money the whole day and night, they work all day long, making their body sweat so much, but what will happen after they leave (after their death)?



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