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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online with devotees in Brazil
7 September 2014


...They must chant properly, they must follow the rules and regulation and they must practise properly. This is my advice.

They must practise the four rules and regulations, avoid what is said there, and engage themselves properly. Devotion, everything will gradually come through practising Krishna consciousness. Without practising it will not come. It is necessary to practise, and this is not one day's matter.

You must understand who is Krishna and you must understand that without the mercy of devotees you cannot be a Vaishnav, you cannot be a devotee. Do you understand it? Mercy is necessary. "Mahat-krpa vina kona karme 'bhakti' nay (মহৎ-কৃপা বিনা কোন কর্ম্মে ‘ভক্তি’ নয়): without mercy, no matter what you do, it cannot be bhakti" (without mercy from Vaishnav devotion will not come; Cc, 2.22.51). That is why you must practise Krishna consciousness properly. I can give one example to you (I have told it before too).

Suppose the prime-minister or the president comes to you. You will give him a big chair, a big asan, you will give him respect and say, "Sir, this," "Sir, that." But when that minister or prime-minister goes to his own house, he is not the prime-minister there—he is somebody's father, somebody's relative. Krishna is also like that. He is somebody's father, mother. Like this. You must deal with Krishna in this way—you must consider Krishna a member of your own family. You have a family, and Krishna or Gurudev is the guardian of this family.

Thinking in this way, you must also try to stay in this family, do not get ousted from this family. I always tell this to you, I always give this advice to you—you are now entering this family of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math where Gurudev, Guru Maharaj are the main guardians, and you must stay in this family. This is the main thing. Do not be ousted from this kind of stage. This is my point.

Do you have any questions?

Devotee: We are very happy to see you, Srila Acharyadev!

Yes, I am also happy to see you all. I was very busy today... Actually, I am busy every day, what can I do? Gurudev is giving me so much service, he keeps me busy, and I am very happy through his service. But Bhaktivinod Thakur writes

নিদ্রলস্য-হত সুকার্য্যে বিরত
অকার্য্যে উদ্যোগী আমি
প্রতিষ্ঠা লাগিয়া শাঠ্য-আচরণ
লোভ-হত সদা কামী ।

nidralasya hata sukarya
virata akarya udyogi ami
pratistha lagiya sathya-acharana
lobha-hata sada kami

"I am ruined by laziness and sleep. I do not like to do what is good, I like to do what is bad. I always do bad things for my own name and fame. I am ruined by greed and I am always full of desires."

এ হেন দুর্জ্জন সজ্জন-বর্জ্জিত
অপরাধী নিরন্তর ॥

e hena durjana sajjana-varjita
aparadhi nirantara

"Devotees avoid such a sinner as I am. I am a constant offender."

We are always offenders, we always make so many offences. Our mind always goes here and there, to so many bad places...

ঐছন আমার মন ফিরে যেন অন্ধজন
সুপথ বিপথ নাহি জানে

aichhana amara mana phire yena andha jana
supatha vipatha nahi jane

('Thakura Vaishnava-gana' by Srila Narottam Das Thakur)

Mind does not know what is the right place, what is the wrong place, but we follow the mind wherever it goes. Do not follow your mind! You must worship the Lord and chant the Holy Name under guidance of Guru and Vaishnavs.

We chant so much but proper chanting does not happen--we always chant Nama-aparadha. As I was saying today, Nama (the Name) and Nama-aparadha (offensive chanting of the Name) is not the same thing--they look the same, there is a difference, just as pearls and some broken glass look the same but it is actually not the same.


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