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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
6 August 2011, part 3


Devotees are serving so much all over the world. I saw, for example, how Venezuelan devotees go preaching, I heard devotees in Malaysia did Ratha-yatra this time, etc. They want to serve. Many problems comes to devotees' lives, but still they are serving. Devotees in Singapore, in Malaysia and other countries always want to serve. The other day a devotee called me from Australia and said he wanted to do service. Gurudev wanted to make a temple in Australia, it was his desire, that is why I want to make a temple there too. If Gurudev wants something, I want to fulfil his desire. So, if Krishna gives me life, if Krishna gives me time to do it (Gurudev engages me in service, but if he allows me to do this service), then I will try my best.

I always want to help the devotees. I am not asking you for money, I am only asking you for your love and affection... I may be wrong, I may have no qualification, but Gurudev gave me this position and told you all, "Love him," and I also want to give my heart to you all. Those who can realise this, can understand this clearly.

I want to do something for my Guru, for my Gurudev, and I am not going to run away until my death. You worry that I am out of Nabadwip, but why does it happen? This is the will of Gurudev. When time comes (it is coming soon), I will again come to Nabadwip and will be able to see all the devotees with me.

I am very happy that the devotees all over the world are together, that they are chanting and dancing. I want to make a preaching party that I could send to different countries. For example, devotees called me from Italy, they say they want to preach there but they need a preacher. Whom shall I send there? I want to send somebody who will preach about the Guru, who will preach about Gurudev. Some people want to preach for their own business, they want to make their own mission and they think their own things. That kind of preacher is not necessary for us—no benefit will come to us from such preachers. You know that there are many singers in India, there are many people who can speak much Hari-katha, but these preachers are doing their own business. But we must present what our Gurudev showed us. We must present his teachings for other souls' benefit, as well as our own benefit. In this way, there will be super benefit for others. This is how you should preach and serve.

I am very happy today to be able to can say something about the devotees, about the preaching movement. Jive daya, Name ruchi, Vaishnava seva (mercy to other jiva souls, chanting the Holy Name, and service to Vaishnavs). Give some mercy to the jiva souls (jive daya), serve Vaishnavs (Vaishnava seva), and engage in Nama sankirtan (Name ruchi). Other than this, five things are necessary,

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

"One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124)

If you do even a little bit of it, you can get some small benefit; and if you do it every day, you can get super benefit. This is how we must run our preaching movement.

So, I am very happy to hear that devotees want to preach. Not everybody has so much qualification, but Gurudev said you can use everybody—everybody has different qualification, and whatever qualification one has, you can use them for the service of the Lord.

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


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