Loving Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Evening class, Sri Nrisingha Palli
2 March 2020, part 3


Somebody serves the Lord because they are afraid. Somebody serves the Lord because they think they will get some material benefit. For example, so many people come to Nrisingha Palli, to Nrisinghadev, they give something, some fruit, etc. and say, "O Nrisinghadev! I want to have a child," "I want this," "I want that." People ask the Lord to fulfil their material desires, but they do not think what Prahlad Maharaj wanted, what devotion Prahlad Maharaj had.

Prahlad Maharaj said, "O Lord, I want one boon. What boon do I want from You? I want You to remove all my material desires so that I never want to ask for anything ever again." This is the boon Prahlad Mahraj asked for.

Therefore, we have come here to Devapalli (Nrisingha Palli), we are living here, but we do not know what is necessary for our spiritual life. That is the main problem. We do not know what is our life's destination, what is necessary for us, what is real devotion.

Among, those who serve the Lord, there is also a third category—those who serve out of kartavya-bodh (sense of duty). It means people think, "Oh, I am doing it because it is necessary to do it. Krishna is the Supreme Personality, so I must serve Him." Most people do that.

How should we actually serve the Lord? Sri Yamuna Acharya composed one sloka a thousand years ago, and our Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) included that sloka into Sri Prapanna-jivanamrita. In that sloka, Sri Yamuna Acharya says very nicely that we must serve the Lord with love and affection. The most important thing is to serve with love. We must serve the Lord not only out of duty, out of fear, or asking for some material things—we must serve the Lord very nicely, with love and affection. He is our master, He is everything to us, that is why we must serve Him with love and affection. For example, a husband loves his wife, or a child loves his parents—we must serve the Lord with even more love and affection than that. That is what Yamuna Acharya tells. I read it in Sri Prapanna-jivanamrita. We must really, truly understand these things.



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