Beacon Light for Lost Souls

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Vijayawada, Andhra Predesh
3 January 2020, evening, part 2

 

From time to time, some sannyasis (Gaudiya Vaishnavs) come to you. They do not come for themselves—they come for you. They go door to door for your benefit. Suppose you buy a mobile phone. If you do not charge it properly, you will not be able to talk on that phone, you will not be able to use it. In the same way, sometimes Vaishnavs come to us and they charge our 'batteries' so that we may not forget and practise properly. You all get their association, you are inspired by them. That is your great fortune. They come to you once or twice a year, they invite you to come for the dham parikrama—Vrindavan Dham parikrama, Puri Dham parikrama, Nabadwip Dham parikrama. When you join them, when you get their association and visit so many holy places, you always remember Krishna. Through their association you do not forget Krishna.

I told you in the morning also that when you offer bhog to the Lord or Gurudev on the altar, you do not know whether the Lord takes it or not, but the guru is the Lord's associate—he is saksat Hari (the Lord Himself). So, when he comes to you, you can personally serve him, you can give prasadam to him, you can talk with him, tell him about your problem, consult with him, etc. Through the guru you can get spiritual benefit and you can get the message of the Lord. If you follow the instruction and guidance of great souls, great Vaishnavs, that is what is called being a real disciple. Only taking the mantra and not following the guru's instruction is not the duty of a disciple. A disciple only follows his/her Gurudev's instruction. That is the duty of a disciple. A real guru always thinks about your spiritual life, about your spiritual benefit—he does not think about your material benefit. Gurudev always thinks what is necessary for your real benefit, "How will I take my disciple to his real home? I want to send him to his real home so that he may not again get birth and death." This is what a real guru always thinks about.

You think that you have no money, that you do not have anything, but even a crorepati (a millionaire) who has crores of rupees also thinks that he wants more and more and more—he is also not happy with what he is getting. That is why, you must remember that a devotee always thinks about the service of the Lord, about the happiness of the Lord. A devotee always thinks how to make the Lord happy. Vraja gopis do not think about themselves—they think, "If we give our footdust, we may go to hell, but that is not a problem for us—as long as our Lord Krishna's headache is cured. That is our real happiness."

Therefore, I am telling to everybody—in this age of Kali you must take shelter of a bona fide guru. In this age of Kali, there are so many conceptions, there are so many gurus, but actually Sri Sukadev Goswami and Srila Vyasadev have told what is the real conception, they told everything in Srimad Bhagavatam. If you read Srimad Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and if you read our temple's scriptures—Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's books, our Guru Maharaj's books, you will see what is the real benefit and what is the real conception. It is "loving search for the lost servant"—Krishna searches for us! We are all lost servants, we are searching for Him, and He is also searching for us—He always thinks how to take us to our real home and how we can get eternal service.

 

 

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