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Clean and Sincere Heart

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to London devotees
5 July 2015

 

Question: How can I make my heart a clean place?

Through service. "Abhiman chhadile, suddha habe." How to do service? The answer is there:

অভিমান ছাড়িলে ভাই ছাড়িবে বিষয় ।

বিষয় ছাড়িলে শুদ্ধ হবে তোমার আশয় ॥

abhimana chhadile bhai chhadibe visaya
visaya chhadile suddha habe tomara asaya

Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 10.11

"If you leave your ego, you can leave the world; if you can leave the world, then you can clean your heart." The answer is easy—if you leave your pride, or ego, then you will leave the world (the world means 'visaya', material things); if you leave the world, your heart will be clean. "Visaya chhadile suddha habe hrdaya." Jagadananda Pandit asked Mahaprabhu, and Mahaprabhu gave this answer.

One time also a disciple of Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, "Prabhu, I cannot do bhajan—nothing happens." 'Bhajan' means seva. In other words, he said, "I cannot do any seva, or bhajan."

"Are you telling the truth?" asked Prabhupad.

"Yes."

"Then something is happening to you."

Sometimes also somebody pretends and deceitfully says, "Oh, nothing happens, I cannot do any service," but at the same time they have a full ego in their heart. They think, "I have done so many things for the temple!" or, "I took initiation many years ago and have done so much for the temple!" They become very heavy, and when they get on the boat, their boat will sink in the river...

My words are heavy, and some may have a problem with that sometimes, but I must speak the truth: what is necessary for our spiritual life, is necessary.

 

 

 

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The Bliss of Solitude
Are you tired of the world around and feel like being alone? An educational story told by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur may help you curb that desire—and all other material desires as well.

 

Namo namah tulasi maharani
'O fortunate Tulasi, by your performance of austerity you have become Sri Salagram's worshippable consort.'
নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি

If you do not give up these four—dyuta, pana, striya, suna—it is bad for you,
and you can be attacked by Kali Maharaj.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"