Maintaining Gurudev's Legacy

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 19 July 2020, part 3

 

I will speak about Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance tomorrow—I will give a class and speak more and more about Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, about what Gurudev told everybody and told to me also.

In Gurudev's time, when Gurudev left Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip, he gave me two keys and said, "This is the key from Guru Maharaj's [Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's] veranda and the key from his almirah." He gave those keys to me, and I know that Gurudev does not like to open Guru Maharaj's bhajan kutir for everybody to go there and disturb Guru Maharaj. So, it is very sad to say this, but now those who live in Chaitanya Saraswat Math open Guru Maharaj's bhajan kutir for everybody. Some devotees go there, touch Srila Sridhar Maharaj's mala, put his mala on their heads and post such pictures in facebook. I have heard about it. They think, "Oh, I have become very powerful because I have touched Srila Sridhar Maharaj's mala and put it on my head! I have got pure devotion!" They do this but they cannot understand how much offence they are making.

Gurudev never allowed anyone to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's bhajan kutir. Only some special devotees could go there, or on some special occasions like Srila Prabhupad's disappearance and appearance festivals, Gurudev would go there himself, otherwise he did not allow everyone to go there. Gurudev always kept that place closed. Those who served the bhajan kutir, it was only one person, they would go there and quietly clean the place and come out, other than that nobody could go and disturb Srila Guru Maharaj's place.

Now they open the place for anyone—even outside people, who are not initiated, who are initiated, everybody can go there, and they earn money from them. Those who are foolish think, "Oh, it is a very nice pastime! I have visited Srila Sridhar Maharaj's bhajan kutir! I have touched his mala! I am a great devotee! I have got pure devotion!" This is foolishness. How much they disturb Guru Maharaj and Gurudev!

We do not understand that those devotees [who stay in Nabadwip now] could never stay in the temple with Gurudev—in Gurudev's time they would always come from behind and they would not even be allowed to enter Gurudev's veranda. Now they have become great devotees and run in this way...

We must understand how to make Gurudev happy, how to follow Gurudev's line, and how to maintain Gurudev's legacy. We must think about these things.

I have written a little bit about the guru-disciple relationship, you can read about it Guidance, Volume 4. I was busy the whole day yesterday, but this afternoon I got some time and read also a little. [His Divine Grace then reads 'Related Vaishnavs are worshippable for everyone' chapter from Guidance 4:]

"Relationship with Gurudev is not created just by taking the mantra from him. If somebody loves Gurudev, for whatever reason, then they have this relationship with him. Whatever one's previously acquired nature is, whatever one's fortune is, for whatever reason it may be, if you have this close, affectionate relationship with Gurudev, then you have started your way along the path of devotion. This is the first step on the stairs of devotional path. If you take Gurudev as your very own, it means you have devotion and love.

"'Gurudev is mine'—if such feeling has not appeared, then your practising life has not started yet. Mother is my mother, sister is my sister—I understand this very well; but that Sri Hari Thakur is my Lord, that Sri Guru Thakur is my Gurudev—I have not learned this yet. Yes, I say 'Jay Guru' and offer many flowers to his photograph. There is nothing wrong in that, but it is necessary to develop a relationship. I love Gurudev, and he loves me—you cannot understand this relationship of the heart by reading scriptures or kirtan books, it comes from within one's heart—then you can progress towards the domain of devotional service very quickly. My Gurudev has two thousand disciples—whether others come to visit him or not, I must go to see my temple and my Lord. They did not cook properly for the Lord today, the Lord is fasting—this will give pain to my heart. If you have affectionate feelings towards the Lord and the guru, then your practising life will be successful—you may still have sins, offences, faults and shortcomings, but they will not be there for long. When you feel this relationship, then everything will float away in the flood of divine love. This feeling of close relation ('he is mine') is so strong—it is so powerful and potent! I have him seated in my heart—when such feeling comes, then the guru's job is successful.

"Those who have got such a relationship are venerable. Those who feel such a relationship—even if it is a little girl or an old man—they are worshippable. Even if they do something wrong, they love Hari Thakur and Guru Thakur, and I offer them my obeisance. Somebody may not know how to sing well or how to cook well, somebody may not have any qualification, but because they love Hari Thakur and Guru Thakur, I offer ten million obeisances at their feet. It can be a very young girl, it can be an incompetent or an invalid person, it can be a person with no good qualities, but they are worshippable and venerable."

We must understand this and such should be our vision.

 

 

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