Our Dear and Near

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


Almost all people in this world, almost 100% of people, always pray to demigods and ask for something for themselves—"Dhanam dehi, vidyam dehi, rupam dehi, varyam dehi, kavitam dehi" (make me rich, make me clever, make me beautiful, give me a good wife, make me a poet, etc.). We want wealth, we want gold, we want money, we want property, we want women, etc. We think about all these things, but Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told

ন ধনং ন জনং ন সুন্দরীং কবিতাং বা জগদীশ কাময়ে ।
মম জন্মনি জন্মনীশ্বরে ভবতাদ্ভক্তিরহৈতুকী ত্বয়ি ॥

na dhanam na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagadisa kamaye
mama janmani janmanisvare bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi

"I do not want wealth, I do not want knowledge, I do not want beauty, I do not want to be a poet. I only want causeless devotion to Your lotus feet. Give me that kind of devotion to Your lotus feet so that I could do Your service life after life."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 20.29)

We only pray for devotion: Prabhu, we only want some mercy from You, we want to serve You; please please give us some service, please give us some opportunity to serve You. We do not want wealth, we do not want property, we do not want liberation, we do not want anything—if we can only get only ahaituki bhakti (unconditional devotion) to You, that is sufficient for us.

Actually, we think that our mother is our relative, our father is our relative, our son is our relative, our husband is our relative, our wife is our relative, and so; but Mahaprabhu and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur say that if they are your relatives, then why do they leave you? When you die, they all leave you—they drop you at the cremation ghat and return home...

Just the day before yesterday I saw an article in the newspaper saying that one lady's husband died and when the family was going to the cremation ghat, they saw a gold ring on the man's body and wanted to take it off—the ring did not come out, so the family cut his finger for that gold ring. Then you can understand how much love and affection a wife has for her husband. That is an example for you all. So many court cases also are filed in Bengal and everywhere else—some little fight happens and the wife puts her husband into jail! This is case number 498 [domestic violence]. Any woman can go to the court and file a false case saying, "My husband tortures me!"

So many things are happening in this life... You can understand then how much happiness you get in family life. You must understand who your real relative is. Krishna is your real relative, and Krishna will not leave you. If you chant His Holy Name, if you remember Him, He will always help you, He will always support you. You must have faith. It is necessary to have the strongest faith in your spiritual life.



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Real Mercy,
Real Service
Real mercy: 'Getting mercy means getting service: if you have service, you have mercy.'
Real service: 'Practise properly, keep proper association, and always avoid the Nama aparadh, seva aparadh, dham aparadh, Vaishnav aparadh. Chant the Holy Name properly, without deceit, and with proper attention and service mood.'


Nitai gunamani amara
'Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth.'
নিতাই গুণমণি আমার

If you want to learn, be humble.