Victory over Visaya

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, late morning class
5 February 2020, part 5


We say,

প্রসাদ-সেবা করিতে হয়
সকল প্রপঞ্চ জয়

prasada-seva karite haya,
sakala prapancha-jaya

"By honouring the Lord's prasad I conquer all worldly illusions."

(Saranagati, 31.5, by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

If we take prasad, all kinds of bad elements, bad diseases will be removed; if we chant the Holy Name, all Nama-aparadhas will go away; if we do service, all seva-aparadhas will go away—we do it, but why are we not getting the result? Because we cannot do it properly, it is our fault. It means that there is some fault in what we are doing, that is why we are not getting the result properly. That is the main thing. If you want to do something, if you have a strong desire, then you will succeed, there is no doubt.

বিষয় ছাড়িয়া কবে শুদ্ধ হ'বে মন ।
কবে হাম হেরব শ্রীবৃন্দাবন ॥

visaya chhadiya kabe suddha habe mana,
kabe hama heraba sri-vrindavan

"When will my mind, leaving the material world, become clean? When will I see Sri Vrindavan?"

When will all these material desires, all these nonsense things be removed? It is necessary to live a detached life, like that of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. The problem is that we cannot do atma-nivedanam (we cannot surrender) properly. We say we surrender, but actually we do not surrender properly. If you can surrender 100%, you will get everything. That is our main conception.

Mainly, the problem is Vaishnav aparadh, doing what is not favourable (what is unfavourable) to devotion. If we do some service but in the meantime use time to do something that is not related to service, then that is not appropriate. Even if you are tired, you can take rest and sleep, that is good, but talking, talking, talking, prajalpa, telling lie, etc. is not good. When prajalpa is going on, then lie, nonsense talks, so many things are there. You must always be reserved, you must always talk less, not so much. When you talk, it should be Krishna-katha. This is the main thing.

Accept only what is necessary for your life, minimum necessity—it is not necessary to have so many things; whatever is required for your life, a little bit, you can use that, otherwise do not accumulate or desire so many things. If you think, "I want this, this, this,"—then you will spend your whole life on that, desires will never stop.

If you have some other desires, some material desires, you think you need something, you will get it, but you will not be happy—you will want something else, you will get that too, and you will again not be happy. For example, you like rasagullas (sweet balls) a lot—you take one piece, OK, two pieces, OK, then ten pieces, then twenty pieces, then another twenty pieces, and when they want to give you more, you will say, "No, I do not want more, I do not like it any more." But when Krishna-prema starts, when it comes, comes, and comes, then you will be happier and happier. You will not feel, "Oh, I have had twenty rasagullas, now I do not like it"—when more and more Krishna-prema comes, you will like it. But when material desires come, you will not be happy with that—you will never be happy, you will never be ananda with that.



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