Love Your Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Salt Lake City, USA
10 October 2019, part 4

 

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says that whenever people write a letter or speak to Gurudev, they say, "Gurudev kripa korun. Gurudev, please, give me some mercy. Please give me your blessing." People say this and ask for material things, material benefit. Even when people come to the Deities, they always ask for some material benefit. However, it is not good to ask Guru and Deities for anything. If you live under the guidance of a proper great Vaishnav, you will get the proper benefit. The main thing is to follow the Guru and Vaishnav's guidance.

Sometimes we do some service—we cook, do puja, etc. The main thing is that we must do the service that the Guru and Vaishnavs want me to do and engage me in. The Guru and Vaishnavs tell us to do something, we may feel unhappy doing it, but we must not leave the service because of that—you should do the service that Gurudev has given you. Sometimes we cannot know it clearly because we are not getting guidance from our Guru, in this case there are Vaishnavs there—you can happily accept their instruction.

Sometimes it happens also that Gurudev gives you some service, but you do not want to do it. You must think then that Gurudev always does all service himself—he is Nityananda, he is Baladev. Gurudev always wants to make the Lord happy. So, you may not do some service, but it will still be done—anyhow, some other devotee will come and do it. Krishna's service, Deities' service can never be stopped. Sometimes we think, "Oh, it will not run without me! It will not happen without me!" This is ego. Actually, even if you leave some service, it will still be done through somebody else.

One more thing I want to say is that everybody—even householders, even those who live in the temple, even brahmacharis, sannyasis, everybody—must keep their hearts open for Gurudev. If a patient does not tell the doctor clearly what his disease is, what his problem is, how will the doctor (Gurudev) prescribe the treatment then? Everything must be open, do not hide anything from Gurudev. Be always be open to Gurudev, that is called saralata (সরলতা, being simple-hearted). It is a good quality for everybody.

 

 

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