"Please Be Careful"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 11 October 2020, part 1

 

Haribol. Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki 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
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Samagata Sri Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

I am very happy to see all the devotees' faces. Please be careful. I am concerned about you all because if your health is good, then you can do more and more service. That is why, sometimes you must take care of your health also, it is necessary, otherwise, if you become sick, you cannot do more service. We have this body and disease will come, but the problem is that we must not 'invite' disease ourselves.

Next week, you can make guru-puja, but do not make any festival. That is my advice for everybody. You can make guru-puja (offer worship), it is not problem, but please do not make any festival because if you make a festival, there will be a large gathering. Be very careful with this festival. I am very concerned about it. Here also, there are many branches making a festival next week and they are inviting me, but I will not go—I am not making any big festival this year because of the covid pandemic situation. I can meet and talk with you all on that day by skype, by zoom, we can have a virtual meeting, it will be good in this way. Do not worry, you have time to make a festival next year, but in this pandemic situation it is not necessary to make a big festival. This is my request for everybody. It will be good for you.

When Gurudev was very sick in 2009-2010, he asked me, "Will you manage the Gaura Purnima festival? If you can manage without me, then it is not a problem, you can do it, otherwise you can stop the parikrama for one year." At that time, Srila Gurudev told me (I did not see it because I had not joined the temple at that time) that in Srila Sridhar Maharaj's time he also had to stop Gaura Purnima parikrama because Srila Sridhar Maharaj was very sick.

Therefore, I am requesting you all not to arrange a big festival, a big gathering for this festival. This situation will not last many years, it will finish soon—the vaccine will probably come out in 2021, and then, perhaps, at Gaura Purnima time everybody can celebrate freely. We also pray that perhaps we can make Srila Gurudev's Vyasa Puja properly in early January next year. For now, please do not make large festival. This is my request for everybody. If you can do what I am saying, I will be very happy.

 

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