"May I Always Remain a Disciple"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 10 May 2020, part 4

 

Oh, Srila Janardan Maharaj! Dandavat, Maharaj. Please give me shelter under your lotus feet.

Srila Janardan Maharaj: My dandavat pranams to you and your lotus feet, Maharaj.

Dandavat. How are you, Maharaj?

Srila Janardan Maharaj: I am fine. How are you, Maharaj?

By the mercy of Gurudev, I am OK. Is your health OK?

Srila Janardan Maharaj: Yes.

Good.

Srila Janardan Maharaj: And yourself?

Yes, my health is also good. I am always worried about you because you are more than seventy now, are you not?

Srila Janardan Maharaj: Seventy-five...

Oh, you must be very careful with this kind of virus.

Srila Janardan Maharaj: Now everyone is becoming bhajana-anandi.

[His Divine Grace laughs] Yes, everyone is becoming bhajana-anandi, that is correct!

Srila Janardan Maharaj: I am very happy to see your beautiful face.

I am always thinking about you, Maharaj. I always ask Hasyapriya Prabhu how you are, how you are doing. So many of our friends have left us—Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj, Sripad Vaishnav Maharaj, Sripad Parvat Maharaj...

Srila Janardan Maharaj: Yudhamanyu Prabhu...

Yes, and also Ramai Prabhu. Devotees are leaving us one by one, and it gives us a heavy pain...

Question: How can a disciple feel that you are actually here while in separation from Your Divine Grace's presence?

Do not worry. You are not so far—you are always with us, you are always with me. What did Krishna say in Srimad Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam? He says, "I cannot stay without devotees. I always live with My devotees and I do not know anybody except devotees." Devotees always live in Krishna's heart, and Krishna also always lives in devotees' hearts. So, wherever you are, whether you are near or far, it is not a question. Always keep the heart-to-heart connection, always remember your Guru, remember devotees, remember Lord Krishna, and Krishna will understand where you live—He will catch you like a magnet wherever you are. You can be in any place—wherever you are serving Krishna, even if we are serving Krishna in patal-loka (hellish plane), Krishna will catch you from there and take you to Goloka Vrindavan.

Devotee: We are very happy to hear your Hari-katha, Maharaj, and we pray that we can practise these things by your blessing.

Yes, it is necessary to practise it...

Actually, what I am telling is not so easy to practise, but I am also thinking that I must speak about it—if I keep telling about it again and again, then if I listen to it myself all the time, I will be able to practise it properly one day, too. "Sisya thakibo sarvada (শিষ্য থাকিব সর্ব্বদা)—I always want to be a disciple." That is my eternal aspiration.

 

 

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'If you have even a little desire to serve the Guru, the Guru will come and take service from you—Krishna will come and take service from you. The Lord always searches, always hankers and desires to take service from the devotees.'

 

Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam
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