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On Deity Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to the devotees in Orizaba, Mexico
8 December 2019, part 3

 

I am very happy to see that your proper service to the Deities. What does Deity service mean? It is not necessary to know so many mantras—if your heart, mind, everything is for the Deities, it is sufficient. Whenever you cook something, you should think, "I am cooking for Srimati Radharani, Lord Krishna and Mahaprabhu. Actually, Radharani, You are cooking Yourself. I am not a cook, I am not the master of the cooks. You are cooking, I am only Your instrument." This is how you must cook. And when you offer it to the Lord, you should just say, "O Krishna, please take it." That is the mantra. "I do not know any necessary mantras, please take it. I have cooked this for You, maybe it has burnt, maybe it is not tasty, but You please take it."

Actually, if we follow Gurudev's instruction, we will get his property. Gurudev's property is not some building, construction, or temple. Gurudev's property is his love and affection, his heart, mind. You can get Gurudev's property—his love and affection, his heart, etc.—if you give proper respect to your Guru, if you follow his instructions properly, without any hesitation.

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
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan jiu jay

Madan Mohan Deity gives the relation, sambandha. It was served by Srila Sanatan Goswami in Vrindavan, and we have gone to see that main Deity of Srila Sanatan Goswami this year. It is in Karauli now, near Jaipur.

Jay Sri Madan Mohan jiu ki jay.

You know, we also have visited Vishnupur recently. There is also a very old Deity of Madan Mohan there, installed a few thousand years ago. That Deity Himself fought for the king. Once, some Muslim people attacked the kingdom and the king's son got sick, so Madan Mahan Himself fought, and when they came to the Deity's room after the battle, they saw that Madan Mohan was bleeding and covered with so much sand and mud. So, we went to see that Deity near Vishnupur. I had never been there before, but this year I had a preaching programme at a university in Purulia, near Vishnupur, so we went to see that Deities—I wanted to see which Deity fought for the king...

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Jay Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
All the assembled devotees, all the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

Thank you so much, Prabhu. Please forgive my offence. Dandavat.

 

 

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My Grief
'Today, by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, by the mercy of Gaura Hari, you have successfully, beautifully and without any obtacles completed Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. It is a very happy, joyful day, but at the same time it is also a sorrowful day..'

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha
'His dear disciple, who constantly endeavours to fulfil his desires, is Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Srila Govinda Maharaj's dear successor, who is devoted to practising and preaching his teachings, is Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.'
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Service means you must get some austerity—you cannot hope
that everything will go smooth in your service.

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