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Distinction of Sri Rupanuga Line

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, late morning class
5 February 2020, part 2

 

Actually, Sripad Bhakti Chandan Parvat Maharaj used to do collection. Sripad Bhakti Hriday Mahayogi Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Vaibhav Parivrajak Maharaj did it last year. This year when one man said, "No, no, get out, get out," the person who was collecting thought, "Oh, that man does not want to see us, we will not go there again." I said no—it is not correct. The day before yesterday we went to some mill in the evening, the person in charge shouted at us, "Hey, what you are coming so late at night for?!" The next day I told Ashok Prabhu, "Prabhu, we will go to that mill again today!" When we came to that mill the next day, that same man gave us 100 kg rice—and the day before that, they shouted at us and everybody ran away. Do you see? Who is collecting? Nityananda Prabhu is doing everything.

Actually, we have no shyness, we have no shame, nothing—we have given everything to our guru, to the Lord, so we do not mind anything.

What is the behaviour of a sadhu? If somebody swears me, if somebody treats me bad, what is my problem? It is their problem. If somebody chastises me, if somebody uses bad language or misbehaves with me, this is their problem—it is not my problem. That is why, I do not care for such things. It is service.

Vraja gopis left all their fear, shame, etc.—they do not care about anything. They only think, "One way or another, but we will meet with Prabhu."

And service must always be done with love. In this world, people serve the Lord in three ways. First, somebody worships the Lord because they are afraid. Second, people worship the Lord because have some material desire. You can say this is karma-misra bhakti (devotion mixed with pursuit of material benefit). Third, somebody worships the Lord out of sense of duty. This is called kartavya-bodh. It means people think, "Oh, because we are servants of the Lord and Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then we must serve Krishna." This is not right—you must serve Krishna out of love, affection (sneha), out of attachment and love for Krishna.

All Vraja gopis and all Gaudiya sampradaya serve the Lord out of love (bhalobhasa). That is the distinction of Srila Rupa Goswami's line—Sri Rupanuga Sampradaya. Followers of Sri Rupanuga Sampradaya serve Krishna out of love (Krishna-prema).

 

 

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