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Guard Your Service Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, evening class
8 February 2020, part 3

 

Whatever problem comes, we will not run away from our service. Problems will always come—we are in the battlefield, and we will fight against maya until our death. That is our conception. We will not fight against men, but we will fight against ourselves. We are always attacked by kama, krodha, etc., and we will always fight against that.

We must understand clearly what Gurudev wanted and how we can fulfil Gurudev's desire. Actually, I have never wanted to be a guru, I have always wanted and still want to be a proper disciple of my guru. Never do I think that I am a guru. At most, you can say I am the guardian of servitors. I never consider myself big—you saw yourself also that I go door to door collecting rice, collecting vegetables. This is what Sriman Mahaprabhu instructed, and my Gurudev also did it. I only want to be a proper servitor of my guru. To be a devotee of Krishna is a very high plane, it is very far away—if I can simply get the foot dust of Krishna's devotees, the foot dust of Vraja gopis, that is sufficient for me.

You must serve, you must try to serve the mission of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. I have told you before—we are Krishna's soldiers, fighting against maya. Maya is created by Lord Krishna, and we want to fight against her. We are always reluctant to fight, we always fight among ourselves because of our ego, that is our problem. Service always runs away from a servitor through offences or through ego. False ego always eats our devotional activities, our devotional life.

Everybody must be serious in their devotional life. If we have no desire to serve the Lord, then automatically laziness, ahara, nidra, bhaya, maithunam cha (eating, sleeping, fearing, lust) will keep increasing day by day. If we are afraid of service and we keep away from service, then maya will search out a hole just like an ant that is always searching a hole. As soon as you keep a little distance from your service, maya will automatically attack you and you will become busy with nonsense things. However, if you make yourself busy with service, then your mind will not be disturbed and will not be engaged with nonsense things.

Therefore, serve according to your capacity—always remember Krishna, remember Gurudev, remember Lord Nityananda. Always think about service. Even if somebody is bodily sick, they can always think, "Oh, I cannot do service," "I cannot do it"—he or she will also maintain their service mood, they will also always remember service. Somebody is an expert at computers, somebody translates books, somebody can do other service, whatever service you can do, always engage yourself in the activities of the service of the Lord. That is the main thing.

People often wonder about me, "How can he do that?" I am telling you that in fact when I do some service, I get happiness. If any problem comes to me, I happily accept it. I am not the kind of person who will run away from the battlefield. I always fight with myself.

Kama, krodha, lobha, mada, moha, matsarya—lust, anger, greed, attachment to material things, illusion, jealousy—these are the bad elements that we have within ourselves. We can be our friends, and we can be our enemies... That is why, everybody must be careful about committing a Vaishnav aparadh. If you scoop milk from a pot with a glass that has a hole, all milk will fall down. So, if you do service and also talk nonsense, do prajalpa, waste time, gossip about others, criticise others, speak about others, always think about others' nonsense things, etc. you will not get any result. You must close the holes first. Do not think about anybody's bad qualities, it is very harmful for your practising life.

Also, we must always follow rules and regulations. Viddhi-marga is always necessary. Following rules and regulations properly and do not follow what your mind tells you.

 

 

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