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


We are very fortunate because we are going to start Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama this Thursday. Today is Monday, tomorrow is Tuesday and the programme will start on Thursday. This year, ekadasi does not fall on the first day—the fasting is on the next day, when we go to Antardwip. The first day is the parikrama until Svarup-ganj (Godrumdwip). On the next, second, day, we will go to Mayapur. We will all go to the ghat by bus, then cross the Ganges in a boat, and when we are in Mayapur, then we will walk. We will return by bus too. On the third day, we will go to Nabadwip. We will go to our Gauranga Setu bridge by bus, our temple is nearby, and from there we will walk. At the end of the parikrama, the bus will be waiting for us there. So, it is not necessary to go by rickshaw so much. This arrangement is very nice. On the last day, the bus will take us a little farther, and we will walk from there; the bus will also pick us up at the end. It will not be necessary to return on foot; everybody can come back by bus.

In this way, we will start our parikrama, and we can easily understand what is necessary for this parikrama. Sri Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama is very important for our life.

Also, I do not want to give any trouble to devotees, I always think how they will do this parikrama. Those who have a problem walking bare feet, can walk in their shoes, it is not a problem. If somebody can go bare feet, that is their benefit. Indian devotees always walk bare feet because this is a dham parikrama. However, if you have problems with your legs, how will you walk without shoes? Before I too used to go bare feet, but now it has become very difficult for me.

Anyhow, our parikrama is starting on 5 March, and 9 March is Gaura Purnima. I see that people all over the world struggle so much to maintain their life. They do not know when they will close their eyes and leave their body, but even then they struggle so much for themselves. What is necessary is to preach Krishna consciousness—to preach the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, to go door to door. This is the main thing in our lives.

I tell this every year. When one person joins this parikrama, they should bring another person with them next year. In this way, if five hundred people come this year, next year one thousand people should come. Our target should be, "I must bring more people. I must preach and make at least one person a devotee." Gurudev always told this. If somebody can make four devotees, that is very high, but minimum is to make at least one person in 365 days of the year—in one year you should try to make one person a devotee. In this way, our family can grow. This is our target, and we should try to fulfil it.



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