Protecting Purity of Conception
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
You know that we, along with all Gaudiya Vaishnavs, do not celebrate dol purnima (festival of paint), we celebrate Gaura Purnima.
On this day I am trying to serve Nabadwip Dham because the dham-basi, those who stay here, make many offences. This year I arranged a meeting with the chairman of the municipality and representatives of all temples. In Nabadwip, people sell and eat fish, meat, etc. on this day, but if you go to the market today, you will not get any fish or meat outside. In Vrindavan, there is no meat or fish, it is prohibited there, and I am trying to have it prohibited here in Nabadwip. Slowly, slowly they are changing and saying that during Nabadwip Dham parikrama they will eat vegetarian food. The presidents of the fish and meat markets came to that meeting (they are Muslim) and said, "I will not sell meat on the Gaura Purnima day."
[Devotees cheer: Jay!]
Even in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's time, there was so much misconception, and now too, after Mahaprabhu left, there is still so much misconception. You could see yesterday, when I was serving the breakfast prasadam, after Gaura Gadadhar temple, near Radha Kunda, one temple was passing by. They were singing (in Nabadwip Dham!), "Radharani ki jay, Maharani ki jay!" I could not stop them because there were so many of them, but I started singing,
পূজল রাগপথ গৌরব-ভঙ্গে ।
pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange
"From afar we shall worship the raga-patha, the path of spontaneous affectionate service, while we ourselves shall live within the Vedic guideline."
There is so much misconception in this world, in India also there are so many things happening, but we must try to manage the conception. We do not disturb anybody, but when they disturb and climb onto our shoulder we have to throw them off. Otherwise we must not fight, we must follow Mahaprabhu's conception. We must try to celebrate this Gaura Purnima festival together, this is called Vishva-Vaishnava Raja Sabha (assembly of the Vaishnavs from all over the universe). Gurudev wanted to hold such an assembly after the festival day, and we are doing it in this way.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupad gave us some conception, some message, but maya (illusion) always attacks us. I have said before that if you listen to your Guru properly, then you can easily understand everything—if you serve your Guru properly, if you hear your Guru properly, that is good for you.
So, I am telling to everybody: we must be simple-minded, simple-hearted.
“গোরার আমি, গোরার আমি” মুখে বলিলে নাহি চলে ।
"gorara ami, gorara ami" mukhe balile nahi chale
Just saying, "I am Gora's! I am Gora's!" does not do. Only when you follow Gora's practices and Gora's conception will you get the proper result.
(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 8.6)
Only saying that we are devotees of Mahaprabhu will not do. You must follow the rules and regulations of Mahaprabhu's conception. If you only show you are a devotee by wearing clothes, tilak, mala, etc., but your mind is full of dirt, it is not good. You must be simple-hearted, you must have an open mind, heart, everything. That is good for you and good for all devotees. That is my message.
বাঞ্ছাকল্পতরুভ্যশ্চ কৃপাসিন্ধুভ্য এব চ ।
vanchha-kalpatarubhyas cha krpa-sindhubhya eva cha
"Again and again I offer my obeisance unto the Supreme Lord's devotees, who are saviours of the fallen, oceans of mercy, and wish-fulfilling trees."
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