(2/11) Immerse Yourself in Exclusive Worship
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
All our guru-varga, Sri Sri Rupa-Raghunath, our Prabhupad (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur), our Param Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj), our Gurupadpadma (Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj), they all always pray to Nityananda Prabhu and always chant Nityananda Prabhu's glories. We also sing this kirtan every day:
nitai-pada-kamala, koti chandra-susitala,
'Cooling like ten million moons, Nitai's lotus feet soothe the world with their shade.'
(Srila Narottam Das Thakur)
When the sun shines, it gives light, but its light is hot. When the moon shines, it also gives light, but its light is cool. In the same way, if you take shelter at the holy feet of Nityananda Prabhu, you will feel the coolness of ten million moons and get relief from the burning agony of the three-fold miseries we suffer from in this world. Therefore, always hanker to attain the holy feet of Nityananda Prabhu. Once you come to His feet, you will get the mercy of Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Radha-Krishna – you will be able to live in Goloka Vrindavan and always serve the Lord.
This kind of attainment is the necessity, or purpose, of this birth. You will not attain all these things in any other life form – if you try to explain these things to cows, goats, snakes, cats or frogs, they will not understand it because they do not have this kind of fortune, but you have got this fortune, you have got a human birth. The problem is that even though you have got a human birth, you still do not worship Nityananda Prabhu...
Always remember this. You listen to these things but cannot remember them, that is why we have Nityananda Mahimamrita for you. Buy this book and take it with you home. You spend so much money all the time, you eat so many things wasting money, but if you spend twenty–fifty rupees to buy a book, you can read a holy book at home and remember the divine glory of the Lord. There are many kirtans in glorification of Nityananda Prabhu, there are many pastimes of Nityananda Prabhu described in this book. This book also contains the message of Sri Gurupadpadma, Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Srila Prabhupad, Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Narottam Das Thakur. All this is described very beautifully in this book. If you take this book, Nityananda Mahimamrita, home and read it, it will be good for you. Only taking a book and keeping it at home will not do. You must read books again and again: not only one, two or ten times; you must read holy books again and again, again and again. When you read and read, you will be able to realise in your heart what is written in them and attain your highest benefit.
We are not after things that gives us pleasure. Do not follow your mind. What we practise is not the kirtan you find in this world – it is not the kirtan that is chanted to please your mind and the minds of others or for the sake of flowery words; this kind of kirtan cannot bring your highest benefit. If kirtan is not chanted with heart and soul, if kirtan cannot give you spiritual wealth, if kirtan cannot give you devotion, if kirtan is not chanted as a method of spiritual practice, such kirtan can never be kirtan proper – it can be flowery words, it can be pleasing to people, it can be just eyewash or 'mindwash'... You must all remember this.
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