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Service Subordination

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
21 September 2009


মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
যৎকৃপা তমহং বন্দে শ্রীগুরুং দীনতারণম্ ॥

mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
yat krpa tam aham vande sri-gurum dina-taranam

"The dumb can speak, the lame can climb a hill—all it takes is mercy from Gurudev."

(Bhavartha Dipika)

We start service by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, by the mercy of Radharani. Without Their mercy we cannot do anything.

When we do parikrama during the Kartik, we first go to Ucchagaon, Lalita Devi's birthplace. Without mercy of Lalita Devi we will not get mercy of Radharani, and without mercy of Radharani we cannot get Krishna. We follow this line when we do the parikrama also. We follow a line of subordination: first you must be a servant of a Vaishnav, then a servant of the Guru, then you will be a servant of the Lord. We must serve in this way, following this this channel, otherwise it does not work.

Our Gurudev also said, "If you serve devotees, then you can think that one day Krishna will come to serve you." Gurudev told it to me also. He said that if you serve the devotees, one day you will see that Krishna Himself will come to serve you...

There is one solitary place, quite far from Vrindavan, called Kadam Khandi. (When we do Vrindavan parikrama, we go there every year.) Our Param Guru Maharaj, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj stayed at that place before he started Chaitanya Saraswat Math. When Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur expired and there was some problem at Chaitanya Math, Srila Sridhar Maharaj came to Vrindavan and stayed in this place, Kadam Khandi. It is a very nice place. Param Guru Maharaj wrote some sloka there and you can still see it there. Rupa Goswami Prabhu also lived in that place.

One day, Sanatan Goswami came to Rupa Goswami. He asked him, "It has been so long since I left Bengal... For so many days I have not taken sweet rice. Can you please arrange some sweet rice here?" Rupa Goswami thought, "Yes, I will see..." and answered, "OK, wait and see."

Then, Sanatan Goswami went begging, to do some collection, and suddenly a small ten-twelve-year-old girl came to Rupa Goswami—and She brought some sugar, rice and milk! Rupa Goswami asked the girl,

"Where did you come from?" Rupa Goswami asked the girl.

"Oh, there is a village nearby called Javat, I came from there. My mother sent Me with these ingredients for sweet rice..."

"But I do not know how to cook sweet rice..."

"My mother sometimes cooks it, and I saw how she does it. Do you have a pot?"

Rupa Goswami brought a broken pot. Then, She looked around and thought, "Where do I find some wood for cooking?" So, She went to the garden and saw some dry branches fallen from the trees. She collected some wood and said to Rupa Goswami, "Please, sit down here, you can see how I cook. I am starting now."

Then, She quickly finished cooking the sweet rice and saying, "Oh, I have to go now, My mother will be angry!" She ran away.

Soon after that, Sanatan Goswami came back from collection, and Rupa Goswami said to him, "Oh, the sweet rice is ready!" Sanatan Goswami was surprised, "How did you manage to make it so quickly?! Where did you get the ingredients? How is it possible to make it in such a short time?!" Rupa Goswami explained, "After you left, a girl came from a nearby village. She brought the ingredients and also cooked herself." Sanatan Goswami then tasted the sweet rice and said, "This sweet rice has a very different taste! When I was in Bengal, I took sweet rice, but this sweet rice tastes different! Let us go and find out who the fortunate girl is, who Her parents are! We must go and see them."

They both went to the Javat village and started asking house to house, "Did you sent your daughter?" Somebody said, "I do not have a daughter!" At another house they were told, "My daughter has not left the house." So, they did not find that girl.

Sanatan Goswami started crying. He said to Rupa Goswami, "Rupa, do you know who came to you? We are waiting to serve Her, but She came Herself to serve us! You have given so much austerity, so much hard labour to Her! She Herself cooked for you!"

Do you see? Srimati Radharani Herself came to serve them...

Krishna is always ready to serve the devotees, always ready to serve Radharani, and you can see also that Krishna Himself serves Radharani in the Seva Kunja... but that is another, very high conception...


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