Sacrifice Your Life
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
We will not waste our time on prajalpa.
গ্রাম্যকথা না শুনিবে, গ্রাম্যবার্ত্তা না কহিবে ।
gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
"Do not listen to the mundane talks, do not listen to the mundane news. Do not eat fancy food, do not wear fancy clothes. Do not expect honour to yourself, but offer all respect to others. Always chant the Holy Name of Krsna, and in your mind serve Radha-Krsna."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.236-237)
This is Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's advice to us, and you must follow this instruction. Always avoid prajalpa (gossiping, idle talks), para-ninda (abusing others), para-charcha (criticising others).
ভক্তি-অনুকূল মাত্র কার্য্যের স্বীকার ।
bhakti-anukula matra karyera svikara
"Engage only in activities that are favourable to devotion, reject everything unfavourable to devotion."
(Saranagati 1, by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)
You must do what is favourable to devotion, but if you in the meantime also do what is unfavourable to devotion, then you will not get any result. You must do what is favourable to devotion and at the same time you must also reject what is unfavourable to devotion. Always avoid unfavourable things.
Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur writes,
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, who is said by all the scriptures to be the Lord Himself, and considered to be so by the sadhus, yet is also the Lord's beloved devotee."
yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, praising and meditating upon his glory at the three junctions of the day. By his grace, one gains the Lord's grace. Without his grace, one has no shelter anywhere."
(Sri Sri Gurvastakam, 7-8)
You can have everything, but if you have no mercy of Gurudev, if you have no good connection with Gurudev, if you have no proper attitude to your Gurudev, then you have nothing. You can be doing everything, but actually you are doing nothing. On the other hand, you may not be doing anything, but if you have a good relationship with your guru, if you have a good connection with your guru—that is sufficient for your spiritual life.
So, you must try to maintain your spiritual life. Practise every day, maintain your practising life. This is the main thing. People will not listen to what you tell them because they have too much attachment to family life and to materialist life—this is why they cannot sacrifice anything. But you must sacrifice your life for your guru. This is the main thing—that is called saranagati (surrender). You must sacrifice your life for your guru, for Vaishnavs and Bhagavan.
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