Spiritual Promotion

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, evening class
8 February 2020, part 6


[About the background sounds coming from a temple in the neighbourhood:]

They are singing nonsense things. Do you know what they are singing? Nauka-vilas (boat pastimes). Krishna is the boatman and all the Vraja-gopis are going in His boat to the other bank of the Yamuna to sell curd, yoghurt, butter, etc. They mix it with material things and tell nonsense.

Anyhow, we are starting our preaching again from tomorrow....

...If you live in family life, it is not bad, but do not be too attached with the family life. Gurudev said it, and I also tell it clearly—I do not like it when you always change husbands, always change wives. I do not like it. Harmonise with each other. Sometimes, husband and wife say something to each other one time, one of them gets angry and says, "Get out!" This is not good. You must harmonise with each other.

You struggle so much in your life, but how many days have we got in this lifetime? We do not want to be demoted. We want to be promoted, and this promotion will come through service—through the service to the guru and Vaishnavs. That is the main thing. Ask for Krishna, do not keep any material desires. Only think, "How can I make Krishna happy?"

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)

Krishna says we are babies—we want to eat soil. When we get the taste of something sweet, then we will think that sweet is better than soil. When we want soil, we are like little babies who do not know anything, who always want to eat soil. Dhruva Maharaj also wanted to get his kingdom, but when Krishna came to him and wanted to give him the kingdom, he said, "Prabhu, I am getting shy. Please take Your kingdom. When You have come to me, I do not want any kingdom any more. When I have got You, everything else is useless for me."



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The Meaning of Sahajiya
'We cook to please Krishna, to make Krishna happy. It is not like you are doing some nonsense and think you are making Krishna happy. If you use Krishna's name, use Gurudev's name, but actually you cook and eat it yourself without offering it to Guru, Krishna, it is sahajiya.'


Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbued with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.'

Wake up, you have no time in your hand. Any time we can leave; any time we can die.