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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Translated into English from Bengali
15 February 2020, part 5


"I give many lectures, I do so much puja, I have become a big devotee, I am fixed in my practice"—such thinking is obstructive. "I cannot do anything, I do not know anything." You must never think, "I am doing something, I am serving the Lord!" If you start thinking like this, you are in a big danger.

How will such ego go away? I have told you that ego is like a load on your head, but if you bow your head at the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Vaishnavs, then this load will come off your head.

The other day, somebody asked me, "Radha-Krishna is a combined form of Gauranga, but in the scriptures (in Gaura-ganodesa-dipika) it is written that Gadadhar is Radharani's incarnation. How can this be? Gadadhar is Radharani's incarnation, his guru is Pundariksa, this is so. The thing is that Krishna took Radharani's heart and halo [and what remained appeared as Gadadhar]...

[His Divine Grace notices a devotee dozing off:]

Are you sleeping? Everybody, say loudly, "Hare Krishna!" When you say "Hare Krishna", Maya Devi goes away. When your body becomes weak, then all kinds of diseases start pressing—in the same way, if you become less alert, Maya Devi attacks you. If you do not take the doctor's medicine properly, you cannot get relief from the disease.

enechhi ausadhi mayanasibara lagi'
hari-nama maha-mantra lao tumi magi'

"I have brought the medicine to dispel Maya. Pray for this Hari-nam maha-mantra and take it."

What is this medicine? It is the Holy Name (Hare Krishna Nam). How can Maya be destroyed? If you have cancer, you can take the doctor's medication and the cancer or another disease will be destroyed—in the same way, if you chant the Holy Name, Maya Devi will flee. When you feel sleepy, when you do not feel like chanting the Holy Name—chant the Holy Name loudly. Sometimes you chant the Holy Name on your beads and start dozing off, or your mind is naughty, then, Srila Prabhupad said, you must chant the Holy Name loudly.

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Others will hear you and think, "He's gone mad," but Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says, "When will I become crazy?" Moreover, when Mahaprabhu started always thinking only about Krishna, Sachi Mata brought some cooling oil for Him. Srivas Pandit came at that time and said to her, "Didi, the 'disease' He has cannot be cured with any oil. I also want to become crazy like Him! Why cannot I get this 'disease'?"



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