Pride in Our Identity

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Ekachakra—Worldwide, 21 February 2021, part 7


Question: We are going to speak in one college about identity. Is there any message we can give to them?

The message is what Gurudev tells. They are studying to become a doctor, an engineer... An engineer can make a big construction, a big building that will stand for many years, but they do not know how many days they will be alive this world—how many days they will stay in this world. They have got a human body by a great fortune, and they use this body only to eat, enjoy, and sleep, but this is not what this body is for. When you got this human body, you promised to Lord Krishna that you would remember Him, that you would practise Krishna consciousness. A doctor treats other people, but this is only physical help. First you must treat yourself. You must understand that you are not this body. You think you are this body, but it is not true, you are actually a jiva soul, an atma. To improve the position of your atma, to bring benefit to your atma, it is necessary to chant the Holy Name, to follow what Krishna tells us. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We always pray to the Lord for our own physical, mundane benefit, we never think about our spiritual benefit.

These are the main things you can tell them. It is unfortunate that people become big, great Ph.D., get doctorate and become very proud of that. We forget that we are eternal servants of the Lord. What should we be proud of? We must be proud of being eternal servants—eternal servants of the servants of devotees. This is our main pride. Yet, we become proud of our education—this education is mundane. Real education is when you learn to be a devotee.

If you do not practise Krishna consciousness, then even if you live for one hundred or two hundred years, such a life is nothing. On the other hand, you may stay in this world for only ten years, and that can be sufficient if you chant the Holy Name, if you practise Krishna consciousness. It is necessary to understand this.

I would like to finish now, I still have some things to arrange for tomorrow. I must give service to some devotees because it is ekadasi tomorrow and all the devotees will start coming. Actually, devotees have already started to come today (Sripad Niriha Maharaj is giving them class now). Sripad Niriha Maharaj came three-four days ago, and some devotees have come today also. So, I am finishing here, and I am asking you all for forgiveness—please forgive my offences. Please remember this festival and always chant the Holy Name. That is the main thing.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.


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