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Yukta-Vairagya: The Right Perspective

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, speaking online to Venezuela
25 April 2015


[His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, Chapter 9]

We do not mix with those who are not loyal to Gurudev, to Guru Maharaj. They may be great big Vaishnavs, they may even think they are Rupa Manjari, Lavanga Manjari, or some other manjari, but we are servants of the servants of Radharani, servants of great Vaishnavs, of Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, of Gurudev. We do not think we are Vaishnavs—we want to serve Vaishnavs. That is our quality.

You must accept what is favourable to devotion and reject what is unfavourable to devotion. Always follow yukta-vairagya, proper renunciation:

"From now on, avoid dry renunciation. Bring proper renunciation into your heart and keep it there forever."

Mahaprabhu told to Raghunath Das Goswami,

"Stay at home and always chant the Name of Krishna. As appropriate, interact with the world, remaining detached.

"Those who reject this purport and misinterpret the phrase are sensualists controlled by pleasures; they follow the path of deceit."

'Deha-rami' means 'a sensualist'.

"They eat fancy food, wear fancy clothes, and accumulate immense wealth. Attached to the company of women, such fools roam about night and day searching for a mansion with a fancy bed."

What is necessary in our life?

"Instead of all this, maintain the body by accepting things that are suitable and actually necessary for its preservation.

"Eat food in the mode of goodness and reject intoxication. Be kind to all beings and loudly chant the Name.

"Do not engage in worldly affairs on the pretence of Deity worship, and always avoid attachment and aversion to worldly matters.

"Never behave enviously, deceitfully, or inimically with others, brother, if you want to follow My advice.

"Discuss resolute devotion in seclusion, and spend your days engaged in the service of Krishna.

"If you do not have wealth, then simply perform pure worship. Offer water and Tulasi to Giridhari and hold Him to your chest."

If you do not have money, it is not a problem—you can just serve with some water and Tulasi and keep Lord Krishna in your heart. Unfortunately, however, you get a wife, friends, parents—you get some happiness and, enjoying with that, you forget Krishna. You must think: who gave you your parents, wife, and children? You got it from the Lord, from Gaura-Nitai, from Krishna, but once you get it, you forget about it. If Krishna wishes, He can remove your happiness, He can take everything away—your parents, children, wife...




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A Loving Search for
the Lost Servant
'When will you come to Me? When will you come to serve Me?'—the Lord goes to the extremes waiting for us to come to Him, so why is it that we cannot come to Him at once?


'He is Srimati Radharani's beloved servant. I hold on my head the dust of his tremendous, wondrously purifying feet and eternally offer my obeisance to them.'

We cannot renounce anything. Whose property are you going to renounce?
Nothing is yours, so you cannot leave what is others'.