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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, morning class
15 February 2019, part 8


Maya Devi is very strong. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that if you put a piece of iron into fire, it will become red after a few minutes; it gets the power of fire and if you touch someone or some cloth with that iron, it will also be burnt. Maya Devi's action is also like that. Maya Devi gets her power from the Lord and she always wants to use the jiva souls for her own purpose, for her own service. Maya Devi's action is always like that because she gets her power from the Lord. However, when anyone is surrendered to the Lord, Maya Devi thinks, "Krishna is my Master and this jiva souls is properly surrendered to my Lord—this jiva soul serves my Lord, my Master, twenty-four hours a day; then I will withdraw my action from this jiva soul." Maya Devi always keeps a little bit far, always keeps distance from those who are fortunate souls, who can serve properly. That is the main thing in our spiritual life.

Those who do service must do it with sincerity, nistha (নিষ্ঠা)...

We can do some kirtans now... Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur says, "Kirtana prabhave smarana haibe (কীর্ত্তন-প্রভাবে স্মরণ হইবে): chanting (kirtan) arouses remembrance (smaran)." You must do kirtan—you may be alone, but you can sing playing kartals or just by clapping your hands. Always do kirtan. I tell everybody that you must sing five kirtans every morning and five kirtans every evening. If you can do it, then you will get energy for service through the kirtan. Do you understand it? This is the main thing. You will get energy.

I see that not all devotees can follow kirtans because they do not sing properly. If you sing the kirtans every day, then you can easily memorise them. I myself have not got time to read books, so I have not read so many books, and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur also says that it is not necessary to read so many Vedas, Vedanta, Mahabharata, etc. It is not necessary to read or know so many things. You can read a little from the main books—the books that are running under the guidance of Srimad Bhagavatam. If you are thirsty, you need to drink one glass of water, what is the need thinking of a big ocean?

Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur wrote, "Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam: The Guru assumes the form of a cloud of mercy to deliver the souls burning in the blazing fire of material existence." You should sing it and try to understand its meaning. "Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari: Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu comes to bestow mercy on the jiva souls." "Thakura vaisnava-gana, kari ei nivedana mo bada adhama durachara: O worshippable Vaisnavas, I offer you this prayer. I am very fallen and misbehaved." If you remember, "Bhaja re bhaja re amar mana ati manda, bhajan vina gati nai re, Vraja-vane Radha-Krsna-charanaravinda: Serve! Serve! My mind is so foolish. There is no way other than service! Serve Radha-Krsna's lotus feet in Vrndavan." This was actually sung by Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami—they are remembering Their names.

Actually, when you remember a devotee's name, when you remember devotees' pastimes, your heart becomes clean in this way—and this must be eternal. Nistha (sincerity) is necessary. It must be done every day. Even when I am alone, I always think, always remember devotees' pastimes. When I get time, I also read a little, but the main thing is "kirtana prabhave smarana haibe"—you can remember the Lord's and the Lord's devotees' pastime through kirtan.


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Parikrama of Sri Govardhan
'How do we do parikrama? Govardhan is like a peacock, our temple is near Manasa Ganga, at the mouth of Govardhan, and we start the parikrama from the tail and do half portion one day, and the second half the next day.'


Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to you for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon [which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrndavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?'

We do not have these qualities, but if we sing and sing these songs, then one day humility, tolerance and giving honour to others will come. That is our hope.