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Clearing the Obstacles

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
Morning, 12 December 2010


When Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu was about twelve-fourteen years old, he would always from time to time try to go to Mahaprabhu. Do you know how old he was when he got married? Seventeen years old. His father forced him to marry, thinking, "If I give my son a good wife, then he will not leave." He brought him a girl, beautiful like an apsara (demigoddess), but Das Goswami did not care—his life was anasakta (অনাসক্ত, he had no attachment).

"কৃষ্ণকৃপা যাঁরে, তাঁরে কে বান্ধিয়া রাখিতে পারে, krsna-krpa yanre, tare ke bandhiya rakhite pare." These are Mahaprabhu's words. He told about Das Goswami Prabhu, "If somebody has got mercy from the Lord, no one can bind them."

অন্তরে নিষ্ঠা কর, বাহ্যে লোক-ব্যবহার ।
অচিরাৎ কৃষ্ণ তোমায় করিবে উদ্ধার ॥

antare nistha kara, bahye loka-vyavahara
achirat krsna tomaya karibe uddhara

"Be fixed internally, and behave like everyone else externally. Krishna will rescue you soon."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 16.239

"Deal with your wife very nicely, externally show her some affection, but internally have affection to Me." This is what Mahaprabhu taught him. 'Antare nistha' means be a sincere seeker internally, and 'bahye' means externally show some affection to your relatives. Do you see what Mahaprabhu is teaching?

Before Das Goswami Prabhu came back to his house, he asked Mahaprabhu, "Prabhu, how will I know when it is time? How will I run away from the illusory environment? Wife, security—there are so many obstacles. How will I get that kind of cleverness?"

Mahaprabhu replied,

সে ছল সেকালে কৃষ্ণ স্ফুরাবে তোমারে ।
কৃষ্ণকৃপা যাঁরে, তাঁরে কে রাখিতে পারে ॥

se chhala se-kale krsna sphurabe tomare
krsna-krpa yanre, tare ke rakhite pare

"Krishna will reveal to you how you can come. Who can stop the one who has got mercy of Krishna?"

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 16.241)

"That is not the matter. It is not necessary for you to think how you will come. Depend upon Me. How you will come out of that illusory environment is not your business, it is not for you to think about. If you follow what I am telling you, then when the time comes Krishna will show you how to come. He will let you know."

When Mahaprabhu left His family, do you know who came at that time? Kalanidra. There are 33 crores (330 million) demigods and Kalanidra is one of them; also, 'kala-nidra' means a deep sleep, the kind of sleep that you cannot wake up from. So, Kalanidra came to the Lord and asked, "Prabhu, I have come. Why did You call me? What is my duty?" Mahaprabhu told her, "Now do your duty," and Vishnupriya fell into such a deep sleep that she could not wake up the night when Mahaprabhu left. Kalanidra did her duty at that time, and did it very well, otherwise Vishnupriya would shout and cry so much and Mahaprabhu would not be able to run away...


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