Thirst for Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Salt Lake City, USA
10 October 2019, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Vrinda Devi Tulasi Devi Sri Bhakti Devi ki jay
Sri Shyama Kunda Radha Kunda Sri Giri Govardhan ki jay
Mayapur Dham Nabadwip Dham Vrindavan Mathura ki jay
Purusottam Ksetra ki jay
Baladev Subhadra Jagannathjiu ki jay
Akar Math-raj Sri Chaitanya Math ki jay
Mayapur Yogapith ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Jay Sripad Bhakti Vigraha Nyasi Maharaj ki jay
All the Salt Lake City devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Jay Sriman Mahaprabhu ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
Jay saparikara Sriman Nityananda Prabhu ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

I am very happy to see you all. By the mercy of Gurudev, we are here and you are also serving the Deities there. Our life is the conception given by Sriman Mahaprabhu. Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu distributed the Holy Name house to house, door to door, and so did our our Gurudev and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj also preached from his house—so many devotees came to him and he would all the time give class to them, give nourishment to everyone. Our Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, also always went country to country preaching Krishna consciousness all over the world. Our duty in this life is that we must as much as possible be surrendered to Gurudev's lotus feet and preach Gurudev's message, Sriman Mahaprabhu's message all over the world. What Gurudev told, what Gurudev wanted should be distributed all over the world. This is our foremost duty.

You know that there are some court cases put against me, that is why I still have not got my passport and cannot go to the West. I went to some countries after Gurudev's disappearance and visited many places in Gurudev's time also, but in this modern age, we have got by the mercy of God so many instruments for publishing and preaching Krishna consciousness—youtube, facebook, websites, etc. You can see what is necessary for our spiritual life. I almost all the time talk about Krishna consciousness everywhere—there are many branches here in West Bengal, India, and I always go temple to temple, and sometimes house to house also, preaching and distributing Gurudev's message.

Actually, you cannot understand Gurudev without Gurudev's mercy. A guru is not a small matter—it is a very big matter. There are so many gurus in this world who will take your obeisance and who will take your donation (pranam and pranami—when people come, they often pay obeisance and give ten, twenty, fifty rupees' pranami). However, the problem is that there are many gurus, but there are not so many disciples in this world—it is not so easy to find a real disciple in this world. There are many gurus, but not so many disciples.

A proper disciple is always thirsty for service and always alert to any order that comes from Gurudev. Sometimes, Gurudev does not give a particular order, but he shows something and you can understand through his activities what Gurudev wants or what Gurudev wanted. We must try to do our service properly. This is the main thing.

If you give some Tulasi leaves to Gurudev on Gurdev's birthday or some other day, or if you spread some flowers at his lotus feet, this is external. Internal devotion means you must fulfil the desire of Gurudev. The main thing is what kind of service Gurudev wants and to what extent you can make him happy, to what extent you can make Vaishnavs happy—that is called Guru-seva or Vaishnav-seva. Vaishnav-seva or Guru-seva means following the order of the Vaishnav or the order that the Guru shows in this world.

 

 

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Sujanarvuda Radhita Pada Yugam
'...His lotus feet are worshipped by millions of virtuous souls and fulfil the desires of those who dispel souls' fears. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's worshippable feet.'

 

Janama saphala ta'ra
'Beholding Krishna's form, which surpasses the beauty of a sapphire, beneath a kadamba, my heart was overwhelmed. My feet could not move. I forgot the world.'
জনম সফল তা'র

Somebody may say, 'Oh, it is not necessary to do anything—Krishna is in my heart!'
Actually, they are not practising, they are cheating.

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