Plane of Faith

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Evening class, Sri Nrisingha Palli
2 March 2020, part 8


I have told today also what Gurudev said about the kind of service mood we should have. There are two ideals—a cat that catches and takes its baby with its mouth; and a monkey that walks everywhere while the baby holds onto it. What service should we accept? Everybody says we must accept the 'monkey' type, but Gurudev says no. Gurudev says, "I want to follow neither the cat's, nor the monkey's example. I want to follow the example of Mother Yasoda." What did Mother Yasoda do? She tried, tried, tried, and tried to tie Gopal with a rope. She sweated so much, her hair became unkempt, etc. We think we want to be like this too—we will try and try and try our whole life to please the Lord anyhow. This is our ideal. Do you understand it? It is necessary to have such mood. In our practising life also, we must go to our real home, we must please our Gurudev, and we will try and try and one day we will be successful!

Nitai Gaura prema-anande Hari bol! Hare Krishna. Hari bol. Hari bol. Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay. I want to sing one kirtan, it is a Saranagati kirtan. Saranagati, surrender, is always necessary,

দৈন্য, আত্মনিবেদন, গোপ্তৃত্বে বরণ ॥
'অবশ্য রক্ষিবে কৃষ্ণ'—বিশ্বাস পালন ॥

dainya, atma-nivedana, goptrtve varana
'avasya raksibe krsna'—visvasa palana

Humility, self-submission, embracing the Lord’s guardianship, maintaining the faith that 'Krishna will certainly protect me'...

Krishna protects us, He is our saviour, and not only saviour—He will look after us. If you think, "Krishna is looking after us," then everything else (dainya, atma-nivedan, avasya raksibe Krsna—humility, self-submission, faith that Krishna will protect) will come automatically, then you can understand everything easily. If you think in this way, then you will not have any problem. Krishna is looking after us. We must think in this way. To save us, to look after us, Krishna sends His representative (acharya mam vijaniyam). We must always remember that Krishna Himself is taking care of us. You must believe this, you must have such strongest faith.

Gurudev says that when you have come to this line, you will get real, proper benefit, and it is necessary to believe it. It is necessary to have the strongest faith in this. Gurudev says you will go to Goloka Vrindavan, then you must think, "OK, that is my destination, that is my target." Such visvas (faith) is necessary.

'শ্রদ্ধা' শব্দে—বিস্বাস কহে সুদৃঢ় নিশ্চয় ।
কৃষ্ণে ভক্তি কৈলে সর্ব্বকর্ম্ম কৃত হয় ॥

'sraddha'-sabde—visvasa kahe sudrdha nischaya
krsne bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya

"Sraddha is firm, determined faith that by service to Krishna all actions are accomplished."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.62)

If you have no faith, then it is a problem. It is necessary to have faith. Our life is always based on faith. Krishna will protect us, Krishna is our saviour, and Krishna is looking after us. This is what our guru-varga says; and Gurudev says that if you come to this line, you will get real benefit, you will go to Goloka Vrindavan—we must have faith in that. We must tell, tell, and tell ourselves that every day, then faith will come.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay.

[His Divine Grace then chants "sarvasva tomara charane sampiya" kirtan.]



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