Accommodating Heart

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 10 January 2021, part 3

 

Now accommodation in Nrisingha Palli is not a problem for devotees. It is not necessary to go to a hotel, not necessary to stay in somebody else's house any more. A very nice building ('Sri Bhakti Sundar Angan') is coming out now in the land.

Actually, some devotees (mostly foreign devotees) are helping to make the construction, otherwise how could I be doing it? Even though I left the mul-math (main temple) of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, all the devotees are with me, they are giving their mercy to me, that is why I am able to do something for them. How did Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math appear? Gurudev went abroad and many foreign devotees gave him money for the Centenary Buidling, the two guesthouses at the Govinda Kunda, the prasadam hall—they gave so much money to Gurudev and for the temple, but now they cannot even stay there. It is giving me very much pain. Not only that, those asuras (demons) even beat them! That is why I am trying to make new arrangement now. Devotees come every year for Gaura Purnima, Ekachakra Festival, Gurudev's Vyasa Puja, and I am thinking that I must do something for them, I must arrange their accommodation, and it is happening by the will, by the desire of Gurudev.

Today is the disappearance day of Sripad Bhakti Bhudev Shrauti Maharaj, a disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and tomorrow is the disappearance day of Srila Mahesh Pandit and Srila Uddharan Datta, both are Nityananda Prabhu's associates. We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees.

Question: We hear that Mahaprabhu experienced His greatest spiritual ecstasy when He was a sannyasi in Jagannath Puri, but we also hear that devotees do not like to remember Mahaprabhu as a sannyasi. Why is that so? Should not the devotees be happy that Mahaprabhu is experiencing much more ecstasy when He is a sannyasi than in His married life?

It is not the question of married life. Nabadwip-basis (residents of Nabadwip) do not want to see Mahaprabhu leave Nabadwip and take sannyas. It is a matter of feeling separation from Mahaprabhu. Nabadwip-basis always think, "Mahaprabhu will stay as it is! We do not want Him to take sannyas and leave Nabadwip!" Mahaprabhu rejected Nabadwip and accepted Puri, but Nabadwip-basis do not want that. Before, they used to neglect and criticise Mahaprabhu, even all the brahmans also criticised Him, but after Mahaprabhu left, they understood their mistake and they were very sad because of that.

It actually has nothing to do with Mahaprabhu's married life. Mahaprabhu took Vishnupriya Devi and Laksmi Priya Devi as His sakti for His pastimes (lila). If you mix the married life of us, ordinary householder people, and the pastimes of Mahaprabhu, it is not good. Some think, "Oh, Mahaprabhu got married, everybody accepts it, so I will get married too!"

You must understand how much Vishnupriya Devi sacrificed in her life. Vishnupriya Devi made a huge sacrifice for us because if she had not left Mahaprabhu, how would we have known about Mahaprabhu's Radha-bhav, separation pastimes in Gambhira?

Everybody understood that—Jagadananda Pandit, Nityananda Prabhu, and others knew who Mahaprabhu was, they knew He is the Lord Himself. Mahaprabhu is the Lord Himself, but He comes in this Kali-yuga to practise and preach, so He had to show practising life. If He had stayed with His wife, who would have listened to Him? Nobody would. They used to say, "Oh, He is a householder, and I am also a householder, why must I listen to Him?" That is why Mahaprabhu decided, "I have to leave My family life and take sannyas." In this way, He showed practising life. Moreover, when He left Vishnupriya Devi, He sang and cried at that time,

আমি যাই মনে করি
যাইতে নাহি পারি
আমি যাইব সাধনে পারিব কেমনে
মহামায়া পিছনেতে টায়

ami yai yai mane kari
yaite nahi pari
ami yaibo sadhane paribo kemone
maha-maya pichhanete taya

"I am thinking, 'I will leave! I will leave!' but I cannot do it! How will I enter exclusive practising life when Mahamaya is pulling Me back?"

Mahaprabhu would say like this...

 

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Service Without Ego and Tiredness
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is replying three questions: How important is it to serve the devotees? How to do service and not increase ego? How to do service and not get tired.

 

Namo namah tulasi maharani
'O Tulasi Maharani, Chandrasekhar sings your glories. Give him the gift of devotion.'
নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি

If even for a moment you think of something that is not related to Krishna—if your mind goes to another place—that is bad for you.

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