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Appreciating Sadhu (1)

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 October 2018, Kolkata, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Jay Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
All the branches of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Jay Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhakti-vighnar vinasankari Bhagavan Sri Nrisinghadev ki jay
Sri Sada-Siva Gangadhar ki jay
Giriraj Govardhan ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

I am paying a full obeisance at my Divine Master Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's lotus feet and I am paying my obeisance to all my Guru-varga, all the godbrothers and godsisters, all the well-wishers, all of my friends, as well as all of the devotees all over the world. I am paying my humble obeisance to you all.

Actually, we must understand what we have got this human body for, what is necessary for this human body, and how we shall utilise this body. These are the main things.

bahunam janmanam ante, jnanavan mam prapadyate
vasudevah sarvam iti, sa mahatma sudurlabhah

"Absolute surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri Krishna is the very purpose of knowledge (jnana). The great soul who realises this truth is exceedingly rare—

"Having passed through many lifetimes of assiduous spiritual practices, by the influence of sadhu-sanga (the association of saints), one attains to the knowledge of My identity and thus surrenders utterly unto Me. Thereafter, he reaches Me and realises that everything without exception is related to Vasudev, and thus everything that be is of the nature of Vasudev. Such a great soul is extremely rare."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 7.19; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.12)

We have been practising and practising birth after birth and have finally got some good association; as a result of that association, we can now surrender to the Lord and then reach the proper place—we can get Him. We can now understand that everything that is created and everything that is happening in this world is related to the Lord. It is impossible to understand this without sadhu-sanga. That is why good association is so necessary—you can get proper advice through good association, and you can become a proper sadhu, that is, a proper servant of Vaishnavs, through it. Without the association and advice of a proper, perfect sadhu, you cannot realise proper things. This is the main thing about spiritual life. Proper guidance of a proper Vaishnav (a proper, perfect sadhu) is the main thing—if you get such guidance, then it is possible to understand everything about spiritual life. Everything comes from the sadhu. The sadhu will always tell you what you should do, what your duty is.

mach-chita mad-gata-prana, bodhayantah parasparam
kathayantas cha mam nityam, tusyanti cha ramanti cha

My male or female servitors, who have dedicated their entire lives to Me and taken full shelter in Me, assist one another according to their respective internal devotional aptitudes. They eternally relish conversing about Me, the satisfaction of serving Me, and the nectar of devotion culminating in My divine consorthood—

These are the symptoms of such exclusive devotees:

"With heart and soul dedicated unto Me, they constantly exchange their devotional ecstasies while conversing about Me. By such hearing and chanting, at the stage of practice (sadhana) they enjoy the happiness of devotion; and at the stage of perfection (sadhya), that is, in the achievement of divine love (prema), they relish up to the mellow of My intimate relationship in divine consorthood, in the free spontaneity of Vraja."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 10.9; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.22)

That is an extremely high conception. It is the essence.

 

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