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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to devotees in Salt Lake City, USA
25 September 2011, part 2

 

I am very happy with all the devotees everywhere, but sometimes I become sad because sometimes some simple matter turns into a big problem.

When there is some relation, for example when you put together two utensils or two stainless steel pots, some sound comes. If we stay together, there is bound to be some small fighting, some verbal fighting, but some think, "Oh, it is a very big matter! I must not talk with this person, I will not associate with them!" It is not a good idea. It is very sad when devotees think in this way.

Gurudev told me: you must reject small matter because big matter is waiting for you. But what do we do? For our own self, for our own benefit we reject big things. You must understand this. "Nija sukha lagi' pape nahi dari (নিজ সুখ লাগি' পাপে নাহি ডরি)": for our own happiness we are not afraid to do sinful work. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says it.

নিজ সুখ লাগি' পাপে নাহি ডরি
দয়াহীন স্বার্থপর ।

nija sukha lagi' pape nahi dari
daya-hina svartha-para

I am never afraid to engage in sinful activities for the sake of my own happiness. I am unkind and selfish.

We have no kindness, we are selfish. We only think about our own benefit, we only think about our own enjoyment—we do not think about big matter. Instead, we take small, simple matter as something big. This is not a good idea—this is actually lack of faith.

It is necessary to have the strongest faith. We must follow what Gurudev says, this is our faith. We do not know anything. Gurudev also gave me one example of what faith is. Suppose you are walking along a street and you see a snake. You cry, "Gurudev, there is a snake!" But Gurudev says, "It is not a snake, it is a piece of rope." You must believe it. This is called faith. If it comes to your mind that, "No, what Gurudev is saying is not correct. I saw it was a snake!" This is wrong. If Gurudev says it is a rope, it is a rope. This is the main thing. We must follow what Gurudev says and know these things.

We must preach for our Guru—we do not preach for our own self, our own benefit. You must understand that when somebody preaches for their own self and when somebody preaches for their Guru, there is a difference. Who do you preach for? You preach for your Guru. That is our main things. You must glorify your Guru.

 

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''Do not show your false renunciation to people. Serve accepting material things, but without attachment'—it is about emotion and devotion. Here it is said, 'Practise! Always practise,' and Das Goswami, Sanatana Goswami practised so much.'

 

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