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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
11 December 2010


durlabha manava-janma labhiya samsare
krsna na bhajinu duhkha kahiba kahare?

"I have got a very rare human life in this world, but I have not worshipped Lord Krishna. Whom can I tell of my misery?"

'samsara' 'samsara' kari' michhe gela kala
labha na ha-ila kichhu, ghatila janjala

"Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened."

kisera samsara ei chhayabaji praya
ihate mamata kari vrtha dina yaya

"What sort of world is this? It is like a trick, a show. While I affectionately take it as my own, days pass by in vain."

dina yaya michha kaje, nisa nidra-vase
nahi bhavi marana nikate achhe vase

"My days are passed in useless work and nights are wasted on sleeping. It never occurs to me that there is death sitting next to me."


Question: What does 'chhayabaji' mean?

Did you hear yesterday there was some sound like a bomb blast? Somebody was playing, throwing crackers. That is called baji (firework). Chhaya-baji means there is a very nice picture but once you throw something at it what happens? There is nothing. Ihate mamata kari: but we do not know it. We think this samsara is very nice, but once you die, everything finishes. This is called 'chhayabaji'.

মায়ারে করিয়া জয় ছাড়ান না যায় ।
সাধু-গুরু কৃপা বিনা না দেখি উপায় ॥

mayare kariya jaya chhadana na yaya
sadhu-guru krpa vina na dekhi upaya

"It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

('Ki rupe paibe seva', Srila Narottam Das Thakur)

নিত্যবস্তু করুন সন্ধান, nitya-vastu karuna sandhana: search for the eternal things. Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful—you must search where the nitya-vastu is.

We sing, "Ara kota kal ghumaibe maya-pisachira kole. How much longer are you going to sleep on the lap of this witch Maya?" Maya-pisachi: a pisachi (witch) is very dangerous.

পিশাচী পাইলে যেন মতিচ্ছন্ন হয় ।

মায়াগ্রস্ত জীবের হয় সে ভাব উদয় ॥

pisachi paile yena mati-chchhanna haya
maya-grasta jivera haya se bhava udaya

"When someone is possessed by a ghost, they become bewildered. This condition overtakes souls bound by Maya."

(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 6.3)


I am thinking how much they (great Vaishnavs) chant... You know Haridas Thakur chants three lakhs of Names, and we chant for ten minutes and become tired, is it not? But how much do they chant? Three lakhs means eighteen hours minimum are necessary. If you chant constantly for eighteen hours, then three lakhs (300,000) will be finished. 25,000 Names (about sixteen rounds) takes one and a half hours, and how many rounds are ten minutes?


Nothing! We do not get energy to chant. We must think how much they chant and how much they serve. Even also sevon mukhe Krishna Nam (chanting while serving): Das Goswami Prabhu would clean, sweep and chant at that time, "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare."

You know, when Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj came here, one shopkeeper said, "This babaji always comes for eating." The shopkeeper does not actually know any conception. Babaji Maharaj always came to see Srila Guru Maharaj—he had no desire for food or anything else.

Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur also said that in this world there is no want of food, no want of money, no want of anything except only one thing. What is that? Krishna-katha, Hari-katha. Prabhupad said, "If somebody chants the Holy Name, does kirtan, takes the Name of Nitai, I will send food for them from Vaikuntha!"

Babaji Maharaj heard the words of the shopkeeper. He went into his room and stayed inside for three days without any food (and not eating for three days means a big problem!). He only lay in his bed and chanted, chanted, chanted, "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare." When somebody passed his room, they heard him chanting... This is how he was practising...


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