World Pandemic: Use This Time Wisely

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 28 March 2020, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Vrinda Devi Tulasi Devi Sri Bhakti Devi ki jay
Sri Shyama Kunda Radha Kunda Sri Giri Govardhan ki jay
Sri Mayapur Dham Sri Nabadwip Dham Sri Vrindavan Mathura ki jay
Sri Purusottam Ksetra ki jay
Baladev Subhadra Jagannathjiu ki jay
Akar Math-raj Sri Chaitanya Math ki jay
Mayapur Yogapith ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math all the worldwide devotees ki jay
Samagata Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhakti-vighna-vinasankari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay
Sri Sada-Siva Gangadhar jiu ki jay
Giriraj Govardhan ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

After so many days after Gaura Purnima, I have come today in front of everybody by the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of the Lord.

All over the world, all devotees at this moment always think and are always afraid of COVID-19, coronavirus. Actually, we must think that in this world, people are now busy with taking care of themselves, i.e. taking care of their bodies... At this moment, devotees in many countries cannot go out of their homes, there is much restriction, they cannot gather many people, etc., and they are passing their life in their home. This is very difficult for everybody—there is no job, no business, people cannot open their shops, there is a lot of difficulty everywhere, there is a want of money, food, things, medicine, etc. So many things are happening. However, those who are real devotees, they are serving now, they are trying to serve the Lord, they are trying to serve their Guru and fulfil his desire even at this moment.

Now that all the devotees are always in their house, it is a good time—they can read many books such as Srimad Bhagavatam, Chaitanya-charitamrita and all our good books. They can concentrate their mind on Krishna consciousness and chant more rounds of the Holy Name. They can do more service in their houses.

Actually, I came back here to Kolkata the day before yesterday after having visited many temples. I went to Nrisingha Palli, Murshidabad temple, Mahadiya temple (West Bengal), Ekachaka temple, Bakura temple, then Tarakeshwar temple, and then I came here. I had arranged so many things to make Gurudev's disappearance festival, but now we cannot make a big festival, so I thought, "What can I do with all these things?" That is why I distributed everything among all the temples—I distributed all the groceries, rice, dal, sugar, oil, etc. among all the branches. And I was thinking that I should give some message to the devotees.

I am getting many news from all over the world, how is everyone, what everyone is doing, etc. What is happening now all over the world is Kali's pradurbhav (প্রাদুর্ভাব, outbreak). Human beings have so much ego, they do not give respect to other jiva souls. I am thinking this coronavirus affects only all human beings—only humans are dying all over the world, I do not see that any animals die of it. Then, this is the reaction—all over the world people kill so many cows, they kill so many dogs, monkeys, etc. and these species are desperate because of human beings' aggressive mood. That is why a reaction is coming now.

Great scientists are making experiments in their laboratories, they try so hard, but they still cannot find the cure to finish this virus—it is not so easy because this virus is coming from Yamaraj. Scientists cannot believe that Yamaraj is giving this virus—they are giving medicine, they are trying to stop this virus, but still so many people have died. I heard yesterday that the British prime-minister is also affected by this virus. Before that, he had told everyone, "You must take good food," "You must do this, this, and this"—he had given so much advice, but after that he himself became attacked by the coronavirus. That is an example for you.

When people suffer too much, they remember the Lord. So, now because everyone is suffering, they are remembering the Lord, and it is also good for them, but when everyone is enjoying, when they have no problem, then they forget the Lord. I am also thinking what can we do about it? Government restriction, lockdown in every country, quarantine in so many places, social distance—on the one hand, all this is good, but on the other hand people do not think that we must remember the Lord, chant the Holy Name of the Lord.

This is the main thing, and this is what our community will do—it concerns everyone, independent of whether or not they are listening to this class right now. Everyone must understand that when we have to leave this body, there is nothing any treatment can do. We cannot do anything about it—when the time comes, we will have to leave our body. However, as many days as we may have, we must not waste our time! You have got a good opportunity now that you are in lockdown, you can chant the Holy Name. Do not always think, "Money, money, money," do not always think how you will pay your bills. This is nothing. You worry how you will maintain yourself, but Krishna will send you some help. Depend upon Krishna.

I have not heard any news so far that any of our devotees are affected by this virus. This is good news for us. I am getting so many news from every country, and everybody is still OK. So, I am telling you all that you must be always careful, it is necessary to always keep some social distance from everyone. Actually, I always tell you that it is necessary to keep distance from everybody—your close friend is a devotee of Krishna, your close friend is the Lord. We must be close with Lord Krishna, we must be close with our Guru (we must make a good relationship with our Guru). This the main thing. Those who are our relatives in this world are not our relatives—they are svajanakya-dasyu (স্বজনাখ্য দস্যু, disguised dacoits), they always want to take something from you. So, ultimately, it is not a problem for us—if we die from coronavirus, it is not problem...

 

 

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