No More Wasting Time
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Maharaj ki jay
Please accept my humble obeisance to you all. I am eager to meet with you all today again, that is why I came back from visiting all the temples. I have visited many branches this week, and I came back to Kolkata this afternoon, being eager to meet with you all and knowing that I meet with you all every Sunday. The network signal is good in Kolkata, that is why I came back here. I am very happy to come to you all and to meet with you all. "Vaisnava sangete mana anandita anuksana" (বৈষ্ণব সঙ্গেতে মন আনন্দিত অনুক্ষণ): "In the association of Vaishnavs, my mind is always joyful." (Srila Narottam Das Thakur) When I get association of Vaishnavs and devotees, I am always very happy and I am getting much energy to serve Gurudev's mission and Gurudev's devotees. So, today I have again got a chance to serve Gurudev's devotees.
We are all Chaitanya Saraswat family, the line of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur (Bhaktivinod-dhara). This line of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur will never be stopped and we must always go forward and take this line of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur forward. What past is past, it is not necessary to think about it—we must direct all our attention to what is in front of us, we must think what is necessary for us.
If we sit in one place and do not preach in this age of Kali, our mind will always disturb us and we will always be attacked by maya, we will always be attacked by many problems of the illusory environment. Many things come up, but if sit in one place and do not start preaching, we are only wasting our time. It is the age of Kali—many problems will come, many diseases will come, many viruses will come; but the flow of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's line will never be stopped. That is why, all sadhus, all preachers of our mission must proceed in their practice and they must also preach. Sankirtan means practice and preaching. Now, all countries are one by one lifting lockdown and we are again getting chance to preach, getting chance to do sankirtan, and we will not sit behind—we must restart our preaching. As it is, we have already lost almost six months of our spiritual time, it is a very long time, and we do not want to lose another moment. We must remember every moment:
রাধা-ভজনে যদি মতি নাহি ভেলা ।
radha-bhajane yadi mati nahi bhela
"If you do not worship Srimati Radharani, your worship of Krishna is nothing."
"Gayatri muralista-kirtana-dhanam Radha-padam dhimahi: Krishna's flute does not make any other tune except the glorification of Srimati Radharani, and that is the real meaning and gist of the Gayatri mantra." This is always our meditation. Gauranga Mahaprabhu is the example for us. Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is Radharani and Krishna's combined form, and we must give our full mind, our full heart, our everything (kanak, kamini, pratistha, all desires, aspirations), we must surrender everything at the lotus feet of the Lord, at the lotus feet of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. This is the main thing. Saranagati, surrender is the main thing.
দৈন্য, আত্মনিবেদন, গোপ্তৃত্বে বরণ ।
dainya, atma-nivedana, goptrtve varana
"Humility, self-submission, embracing the Lord's guardianship, maintaining the faith that 'Krishna will certainly protect me', engaging only in activities that are favourable to devotion, rejecting everything unfavourable to devotion."
What is favourable to devotion and what unfavourable to devotion cannot run together. We must always stop doing what is unfavourable to devotion, always stop bhakti-pratikul.
গ্রাম্যকথা না শুনিবে, গ্রাম্যবার্ত্তা না কহিবে ।
gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
"Do not listen to the mundane talks, do not listen to the mundane news. Do not eat fancy food, do not wear fancy clothes."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.236-237)
Do not gossip, do not listen to gossiping. The whole world is running with gossiping, and mind is always naughty, it always wants power, name and fame, it always runs behind wealth, women (kanak, kamini, pratistha). However, many scriptures say that one day you will have to give answer. You think that you have got this human body and you will have to give answer to the Lord, but it is not so—first you must give answer to yourself: are you happy with what you are doing or not? Is what you are doing coming from above, from your Guru, or not? If you do what your Guru tells you to do, that is called seva, but we sometimes do something thinking it is service, but it actually becomes karma because we do something without the permission of your Guru or we disobey our Gurudev's order. You must be fully honest, do not be dishonest. You must honestly ask yourself, "Are you practising properly? Are you preaching properly?"
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