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Vaishnava-Vandana: Service Track

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
28 February 2012


"Samsara-davanala" is Guru-vandana. Whose vandana do we do after Guru-vandana? Our line is Guru, Vaishnav, Bhagavan. Do you say Bhagavan, Vaishnav, Guru? No, it is Guru, Vaishnav, Bhagavan. So, after the Guru-vandana goes Vaishnav-vandana. This is how you must practise, this is the line you must follow. What happen if you do not follow the line? What happens if the train goes off the track? The train will fall upside down. There are many buses on the street, but if I am going to Nabadwip, I need to take the bus that goes to Nabadwip. If I go to Vrindavan, I must take the train that goes to Vrindavan. You must get on the right train. So,

bhaja re bhaja re amar mana ati manda
   (bhajan vina gati nai re)
   (ohe amar mudha-mana bhajan vina gati nai re)
(bhaja) vraja-vane radha-krsna-charanaravinda [1]
   (jnana-karma parihari' re)
   (suddha raga-patha dhari' jnana-karma parihari' re)

Serve! Serve! My mind is so foolish. There is no way other than service! O my foolish mind! There is no way other than service. Serve Radha-Krsna's lotus feet in Vrndavan. Abandon worldly knowledge and action! Follow the path of divine love and abandon worldly knowledge and action!

What does it say? Jnana-karma parihari. It says you must give up karma. Does it mean you must give up your job, you must stop cooking, eating, etc.? What does it mean? You must understand what karma is. If you cook for yourself, this is karma; if you cook something and offer it to Govinda, this is seva (service). What happens when you do karma? You become bound by that karma. Suppose two brothers go to the market. Why do they go shopping? One brother says, "I have parents, children, their families at home, and I need to get some fruit, vegetables, etc. for them." The other brother says, "I have Gopal (Govinda) at home, and I am doing the shopping for Him." One is karma, one is seva. When a cat catches a mouse and carries it in its mouth, what does it do it for? For its own food, for pleasure. But when the same cat is carrying its own kitten in its mouth, does it do it to eat the kitten? No. It is carrying it and looking where to keep the kitten, how to protect it, etc. One is karma, one is seva.

আত্মেন্দ্রিয়প্রীতি-বাঞ্ছা—তারে বলি 'কাম' ।
কষ্ণেন্দ্রিয়প্রীতি-ইচ্ছা ধরে 'প্রেম' নাম ॥

atmendriya-priti-vancha—tare bali 'kama'
krsnendriya-priti-ichchha dhare 'prema' nama

"The desire to gratify one's own senses is kama (lust), but the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is prema (love)."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 4.165)

When you do something for your own pleasure, it is called kama, desire for enjoyment, lust, it is pleasure-seeking. When you do something for the Lord, it is called prema (love), or devotion.

So, again, what happens when you do karma? You become bound by the karma, and what is the result of the bondage of karma? Suffering in hell. So, jnana-karma parihari—give up knowledge, give up karma.

(bhaja) gaura-gadadhara-advaita-guru-nityananda
   (gaura-krsne abhed jene)
   (guru krsna-priya jene gaura-krsne abhed jene re)
srinivasa, haridasa, murari, mukunda [2]
   (gaura-preme smara smara re)
   (srinivasa, haridase, gaura-preme smara smara re)

Serve Gauranga, Gadadhar, Advaita, Nityananda, and Sri Guru. Know that Gauranga and Krsna are nondifferent, and that Sri Guru is Krsna's dear devotee. Remember Srivas Thakur, Hari Das Thakur, Murari Gupta, and Mukunda Datta. With love for Gauranga, always remember them. With love for Gauranga, remember Srivas Thakur and Hari Das Thakur.

   (yadi bhajan karbe re)
   (rupa-sanatane smara yadi bhajan karbe re)

Remember Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, Jiva Goswami, Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Raghunath Das Goswami. If you want to serve, then remember Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatan.

Remember Rupa and Sanatan. Why? To to be able to do service.

Jiva Goswami Prabhu served twenty-two and a half hours a day, and he used the remaining one and a half hours to sleep, eat, go to the bathroom, etc. How much service he did! There are eight divisions (asta-prahara) in a day, four at night and four in the day time, and he served his Guru during seven and a half of these praharas. But we do the opposite—we do service one and a half hours and sleep for twenty-two and a half hours. If you want to serve, you must remember Rupa-Sanatan and Jiva-Raghunath (Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu served Svarup Damodar and Jiva Goswami Prabhu served Rupa Goswami Prabhu). If you remember how much they served, you will be able to serve them.

Mahaprabhu sent Rupa and Sanatan to Vrindavan, because He loved them so much, but everybody thinks, "Oh, Mahaprabhu sent Rupa and Sanatan to Vrindavan, there is so much austerity there, it is so hot and so cold there!" If I send now somebody to Siliguri, they will say, "Oh, it is a very bad place!" If I send them to Bamunpara, "Oh, it is a very bad place!" Even if I send them to Ekachakra, they will say, "No, it is a very bad place, it is too hot there, and there is no internet, no electricity, nothing!" What internet was there in Jiva Goswami Prabhu's time? I told once an Indian sannyasi to stay in some place and preach, but he said, "Oh, there is no internet there, and it is too hot there!" What can I do? They think I do not like them... In Ekachakra, for example, so many new visitors come there every day, may a thousand a day—if you just sit there and preach, going to Tarapith and Ekachakra from time to time, it is sufficient for the whole Bengal.

Mahaprabhu once told Gadadhar Pandit,

"Stay in Puri."

Gadadhar Pandit answered, "I will stay with You!"

"You want to stay with Me because when I am preaching, they are giving Me so much food, and you probably want to take good food! No, you must stay in Puri and do Gopinath's service!"

"If I see Your lotus feet one time, it is equal to a million times of Gopinath's service!" answered Gadadhar Pandit.

Gadadhar Pandit is expert, he is a scholar (pandit), and Mahaprabhu understood, "If I talk with him and fight with him further, I will lose, I cannot compete with him." Finally, Mahaprabhu closed his mouth and said, "Do not say anything more. You stay here, otherwise if you go with Me it will be seva aparadh. Go and serve there." Then, Mahaprabhu took a boat and left. As soon as Mahaprabhu took the boat, separation came to Gadadhar Pandit and he fainted.

What is service? Gurudev says you must stay wherever your service is, even if it is a jungle, it is not a question. If there is no service in some place, what will you stay there for? You have no interest there.

So, if you want to do service, who should you remember? Rupa, Sanatan and Jiva, Raghunath.

raghava-gopala-bhatta-svarupa-ramananda [3]
   (krsna prema yadi chao re)
   (svarupa-ramanande smara krsna-prema yadi chao re)

Remember Raghava Pandit, Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Svarup Damodar, and Ramananda Ray. If you want Krishna-prema, then remember Svarup Damodar and Ramananda Ray.

gosthi-saha karnapura sena-sivananda
   (ajasra smara smara re)
   (gosthi-saha sena sivanande ajasra smara re)
rupanugasadhu-janabhajana-ananda [4]
   (vraje vas yadi chao re)
   (rupanuga sadhu-jane smara vraje vas yadi chao re)

Remember Kavi Karnapur, Sivananda Sen, and their family. Always remember them! Always remember Sivananda Sen and his family. Remember the sadhus who follow Sri Rupa and the joy they feel in their service. If you want to reside in Vraja, then remember the sadhus who follow Sri Rupa.


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