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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
19 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 2


You know, one time Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur went to Vrindavan by car. At that time, there were not so many sadhus going to Vrindavan by car, it was very rare, but Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur did it. He said that he could become an ordinary babaji—he could wear a kaupin, go to a very secluded place in a jungle, and do his bhajan there quietly, but he did not preach that. He always told what is phalgu-vairagya (false renunciation) and what is yukta-vairagya (proper renunciation)—he always rejected false renunciation.

One time, when Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was staying at Radha Kunda in Vrindavan, he heard about one brahman who lived in Vrindavan. Being very proud, thinking he was a very wise man, possessing so much knowledge, born in Vrindavan, or Vraja Dham, that brahman always ignored and disrespected our previous acharya Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. He said: "Oh, I can easily teach Raghunath Das Goswami, and he must follow what I am saying!" When Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur heard it, he became very sad. He could not tolerate it. He said, "I have come to Vrindavan, and if I was an ordinary babaji, then, being unable to tolerate hearing this, I could go to a jungle. But I am not that. I am practising, and I must preach real things. I will not hide from them, I will not run away from them." He did not do that. What did he do? He declared that because that brahman was disrespecting Raghunath Das Goswami, he would go on a hunger strike, and he started fasting with all his associates—none of them ate anything. After a while, some good man, a Vraja-basi, heard that Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was very upset and very sad because of what the brahman had said about Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and he brought that brahman to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and made him ask Srila Prabhupad for forgiveness. After that, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur broke his hunger strike, and all devotees also took some prasadam. Everybody was very happy.

This is what Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur teaches us. "Achar-prachar Namer adhikarya": you cannot just close your mouth, you must do what is necessary—you must practise the real conception and you must preach it also. That is why Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, "If I was an ordinary babaji, then I could close my mouth and go hide somewhere from this kind of nonsense that is going on in Vrindavan, but I have come to Vrindavan by car in front of everybody, I have taken the position of an acharya, then I must preach openly, I must preach the proper conception, real Krishna consciousness." This is very important to understand.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay sa-parikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol


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