Purity of Heart
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Through chanting the Holy Name you can get real service from the Guru and Vaishnavs, who can show you the real way how to go to your real home. That is why, only a only bona fide guru, who descends from Goloka Vrindavan, who is an associate of the Lord, can distribute this Holy Name in this world—if you take initiation from such guru, you can get real benefit in your spiritual life.
At the same time, it is necessary to be pure—you must only not pretend to be a devotee—you must be a devotee. It is necessary to be a real devotee. Only putting tilaks, wearing kanthi-mala, etc. are external things. Sometimes people ask me, "Maharaj, what is the mantra to do this? We do not know anything." I tell them, "That is the mantra—'I do not know anything.'"
We have to be humble,
তৃণাধিক হীন দীন অকিঞ্চন ছার ।
trnadhika hina, dina, akinchana chhara
Give up your false ego, and always consider yourself lower than grass, poor, needy, and mean. Practise tolerance like a tree. Give up vengeance and nurture others.
If somebody gives me some problem, it is my duty to tolerate it and not to make any problem for them in return. They can give me a problem, but I will show them patience and tolerance.
Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur writes in his song "Kabe habe bolo se dina amar":
তৃণাধিক হীন কবে নিজে মানি
trnadhika hina kabe nije mani
"When will I feel that I am lower than a blade of grass, when will I bring the quality of tolerance into my heart?"
কবে হবে বল, সে দিন আমার ।
kabe habe bala se dina amara
"Please tell me, when will that day be mine? When will my offences be removed? When will the taste for the pure Name arise in my heart by the power of mercy?"
When will these qualities necessary for chanting the Holy Name come to me? It is necessary to have these qualities—you must be humble, tolerant and give honour to others.
জীবন-নির্ব্বাহে আনে উদ্বেগ না দিবে ।
jivana-nirvahe ane udvega na dibe
Do not trouble others for your own upkeep, and forget your own happiness in the course of helping others.
You must not give any anxiety to others for the sake of your enjoyment; and for others' benefit, you must give up your own happiness. Just as sannyasis leave their parents, their families and go door to door begging, "Please chant the Holy Name!"
প্রভুর আজ্ঞায়, ভাই, মাগি এই ভিক্ষা ।
prabhura ajnaya bhai, magi ei bhiksa
"O brothers, on the order of Sriman Mahaprabhu, I beg from you this favour: chant 'Krishna', serve Krishna, and learn about Krishna.
We always pray to devotees, we always beg from people, "Please chant this Holy Name! Please take this book." Distribute books, take prasadam, etc.—there are many kinds of devotional activities, and we come to tell everyone, "Please engage in devotional activities."
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