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(7/11) Have You Found What You Are Looking For?

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, evening class
15 February 2019, part 7
Translated from Bengali

 

It is your great fortune to have come to this holy place. A holy place (tirtha) is wherever there is Hari-katha. These are Srila Prabhupad's words. Somebody asked him one time, 'Where is a holy place?' and he replied, 'A holy place is wherever there is Hari-katha.' And if there is no Hari-katha in some place, that place is not holy. Always remember this.

Always worship the Lord, always serve the Lord. We are conditioned souls living in illusion, so if we keep on listening and listening to Hari-katha, then one day we may get Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. You can see how fortunate Madhai was. He had hit Nityananda Prabhu, Mahaprabhu had rejected him – Mahaprabhu came to him with His chakra; but Nityananda Prabhu is so merciful

প্রেমে মত্ত নিতয়ানন্দ কৃপাবতার ।
উত্তম, অধম, কিছু না করে বিচার ॥
যে আগে পড়য়ে, তারে করয়ে নিস্তার ।
অতএব নিস্তারিলা মো-হেন দুরাচার

preme matta nityananda krpa-avatara
uttama, adhama, kichhu na kare vichara
ye age padaye, tare karaye nistara
ataeva nistarila mo-hena durachara

'Intoxicated with ecstatic love, Nityananda is mercy incarnate. He does not distinguish between the good and the bad. Nityananda Prabhu does not judge who is good and who is bad: He saves anyone who falls before Him.'

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 1.5.208-209)

He never considers who is high and who is lowly – whoever falls before Him, He rescued everyone. Therefore, we must always worship this Nityananda Prabhu.

I will chant some kirtan now, after that I will speak again about the glories of Nityananda Prabhu, listen to it carefully.

[His Divine Grace chants kirtans and then resumes the class.]

Have you all chanted the Holy Name?

Devotees: Yes!

You must chant the Holy Name loudly.

জীবন হইল শেষ, না ভজিলে হৃষীকেশ ।
ভক্তিবিনোদ-উপদেশ, একবার নামরসে মাত রে

jivana haila sesa, na bhajile hrsikesa
bhaktivinod-upadesa, ekabara nama-rase mata re

'Your life is finished, but you have not served Lord Hrishikesh (the Lord of the senses). Bhaktivinod instructs: Become mad with the Name's nectar just once.'

(Gitavali, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

Do we have time? Do we have time to live in Maya's family? We must live in Krishna's family. We do not have time any more to live in Maya's family. There is no certainty in this world – we may leave at any moment; but people live material lives (in Maya's family), always worrying about money, houses and wealth. We do not have time for all this. We must live in the family of Krishna – we must become members in His family. We were members of His family before, but then we forgot about it and fell into the ocean of this material life, ending up in a dogs' family, cats' family, goats' family, and so on. We have lost our address, but the Lord is searching for us everywhere. There is a book called Loving Search for the Lost Servant: we are the Lord's lost children, but we have lost our Lord, so we are now searching for the Lord, and the Lord is also wandering everywhere, looking for us. We turned away from the Lord and have been averse to Him since time immemorial, but by the mercy of sadhus, gurus and Vaishnavs, our search is finally successful.

তব নিজ-জন কোন মহাজনে
পাঠাইয়া দিলে তুমি ॥
এক বর দয়া করি' মোরে পতিত দেখিয়া
কহিল আমারে গিয়া ।
ওহে দীনজন শুন ভাল কথা
উল্লসিত হবে হিয়া ॥
তোমারে তারিতে শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য
নবদ্বীপে অবতার

tava nija-jana kona mahajane
pathaiya dile tumi
(ek bar) daya kari' more patita dekhiya
kahila amare giya
ohe dina-jana suna bhala katha
ullasita ha'be hiya
tomare tarite sri krsna-chaitanya
navadvipe avatara

'You have sent a great soul, Your associate (to rescue me). Seeing me so fallen and being merciful, he came to me and said, "O humble soul, listen to this wonderful message and your heart will rejoice. Sri Krishna Chaitanya has appeared in Nabadwip to deliver you."'

(Saranagati, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

Who tells us about the Lord? The Lord's own associate. I told you yesterday that you will not get a letter from the Lord, but the Lord's intimate associates (sadhus, gurus) can give us news from the Lord. They get news from the Lord, and they can also send the news to the Lord. When you write a letter to your gurudev, he takes that letter and sends it on to the Lord. So, you will not get a letter directly from the Lord, but you can get a letter from the Lord's associate...

 

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READ OTHER PARTS:

1) Worship Nityananda
2) Immerse Yourself in Exclusive Worship
3) Fill Your Heart with Kirtan
4) Mahaprabhu's Caution
5) Adjust Your Aspiration
6) Meaning and Value of Fortune
7) Have You Found What You Are Looking For?
8) Follow and Preach
9) Our Real Necessity
10) Seek Soul's Fulfilment
11) Stay on Right Track

 

 


 

The Meaning of Sahajiya
'We cook to please Krishna, to make Krishna happy. It is not like you are doing some nonsense and think you are making Krishna happy. If you use Krishna's name, use Gurudev's name, but actually you cook and eat it yourself without offering it to Guru, Krishna, it is sahajiya.'

We cannot mix with those who do not follow Gurudev, who have no faith in Gurudev.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"