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(1/10) Life Suffused with Kirtan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Morning class during village preaching
16 February 2020, part 1
Translated from Bengali

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Om Vishnupad Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay
Sachchidananda Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur ki jay
Sarvabhauma Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Vrinda Devi, Tulasi Devi, Sri Bhakti Devi ki jay
Sri Shyama Kunda, Radha Kunda, Sri Giri Govardhan ki jay
Sri Mayapur Dham, Sri Nabadwip Dham, Sri Vrindavan, Mathura ki jay
Sri Purusottam Ksetra ki jay
Baladev Subhadra Jagannathjiu ki jay
Akar Math-raj Sri Chaitanya Math ki jay
Mayapur Yogapith ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Tandiya sakha-math-samuha ki jay
Sri Mather sevak-vrinda, bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Ananta-koti Vaishnav-vrinda ki jay
Sri Gaudiya Acharya-vrinda ki jay
Tridandi-pad-gan ki jay
Saparsada Sriman Nityananda Prabhu ki jay
Saparsada Sriman Mahaprabhu ki jay
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhaktir-vighna-vinasankari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay
Sri Sada-Siva Gangadhar, Giriraj Govardhan ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

Devotee: Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ki jay. Harinam sankirtan ki jay. Gaura premanande Hari bol

vande 'ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams cha
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunath-anvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-chaitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams cha

"I worship the holy lotus feet of my initiating and instructing Sri Guru as well as all predecessor gurus, all Vaishnavs, Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, their dear associates Raghunath and Jiva, Advaita Prabhu, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Krishna Chaitanyadev along with all His near and dear ones, and Sri Radha–Krishna along with Their associates headed by Lalita and Visakha."

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
chaksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

"I offer my obeisance to Sri Guru who has opened my eyes, rescuing me from the illusory darkness of ignorance by applying the potent kajal of knowledge upon my eyes."

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

"I offer my obeisance to him who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev's associates; who is expert in all conceivable and inconceivable aspects of Vedic knowledge; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as "Govinda" (Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj); whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam

"I worship Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the bestower of all auspiciousness, my only shelter and the master of all renunciates. He is my Lord who possesses a transcendental form, whose face expression is very grave, who is clad in the holy clothes the colour of the newly risen sun. He is an abode of intense joy, the only genuine master whom one can accept and surrender to, and an ocean of divine knowledge of renunciation. He is a repository of holy scriptural teachings and pastimes of the highest devotion and a great follower of Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad."

vanchha-kalpatarubhyas cha krpa-sindhubhya eva cha
patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah

"Again and again I offer obeisances to the Supreme Lord's devotees, who are saviours of the fallen, oceans of mercy and wish-fulfilling trees."

vrndayai tulasi-devyai priyayai kesavasya cha
krsna-bhakti-prade devi satyavatyai namo namah

"Again and again I offer obeisances to Vrinda Devi (Tulasi Devi), who is very dear to Lord Kesava, who bestows devotion to Krishna and is known as Satyavati."

atha natva mantra-gurun gurun bhagavatarthadan
vyasan jagad-gurun natva tato jayam udirayet

"Before reciting scriptures that can conquer material world, let us offer obeisances to our initiating Guru, to the Guru who teaches us the meaning of Srimad Bhagavatam, to Sri Vyasadev and all gurus in the universe."

jayah sa-parikara sri-sri-guru-gauranga-gandharvagovindasundar-padapadmanam jayastu!

"All glory to the lotus feet of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva-Govindasundar and all Their associates."

vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

"I worship Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami."

sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura-bhakta-vrnda

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

[His Divine Grace chants 'Samsara davanala', 'Sri Guru-charana-padma', 'Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari', 'Jiva jago', 'E-bara karuna kara', 'Kabe Sri Chaitanya more karibena daya'.]

You must chant kirtans. I have told you many times: we have a small kirtan book, it is not expensive—take it with you, you will find almost all kirtans in it. Unless you understand the meaning of these kirtans, you cannot practise Krishna consciousness. Always remember these kirtans.

We pray to Vaishnavs, "Please take me with you (krpa kari' sange laha ei akinchane)." It is necessary to say this from within your heart. "O Lord! I am very poor and mean, please take me with you!" We have become enamoured with and bound by the material world, but we should pray, "O Vaishnav Thakur, I have no qualification, there is nothing good in me (there are only bad qualities in me), but you are very merciful—you are the rescuer of the fallen, and I am a mean fallen soul—please take me with you. I want to stay with you..." It is necessary to say this sincerely, from the heart, not just externally, in a lip-deep way.

Always remember these kirtans. Always hanker, "When will Vaishnav Thakur bestow his mercy on me?" If we take shelter in Sri Guru and Vaishnavs, we will get benefit—we will find the true path. There is no use taking initiation at non-vaishnavs' feet because it will not give you any result. Even if Gurudev leaves his body, you must take instruction from pure Vaishnavs. [His Divine Grace reiterates in English.] If somebody's Guru expires, entering his nitya-lila in Goloka, Vrindavan, the person must learn from a great Vaishnav, accepting this Vaishnav as their siksa-guru. Take shelter of a bona fide guru, of an eternal Vaishnav (nitya-vaisnav), and practise properly.

If you chant kirtans all the time, eternally, then some feeling will awaken within your heart. The highest service is Hari-kirtan: listening to Hari-katha and speaking Hari-katha. Many practise their spiritual life in solitude. It is not bad, but such secluded practice brings benefit only to the person who is practising it. However, those who practise together with others rescue other mean, fallen souls. For example, if I go to Vrindavan and sit alone, chanting, "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna", I will get some benefit—I will pursue my own interest and goals; but if I wander village to village together with everyone else and can speak some Hari-katha to you all, then you will get some benefit through that. Is it not so? That is why it is said that there is a difference between kirtan and sankirtan (individual and congregational chanting).

What is the use if we come to chant and you sit quietly? You must chant kirtans. I gave you books one year ago, but I can see that you have not been chanting. What is the use chanting only once a year? If you think it is all right to do so, then you can also eat once a year only. Can you live if you eat only once a year? If you fast for some two hours, your stomach will start growling, and you will not even be able to walk. So, just as you eat every day, you must chant kirtan every day, eternally.

[His Divine Grace resumes chanting, singing 'Nitai-pada-kamala', 'Emona durmati' and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra before starting the class.]

 

 

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READ OTHER PARTS:

1) Life Suffused with Kirtan
2) Listen with Your Heart
3) Internal and External Transformation
4) Create a Relationship
5) Always Think about Hari-Katha
6) Connection with the Transcendental
7) Inane Interests
8) Bhakta-Vatsala Krishna
9) Become Pure Servant
10) Come to Worship the Lord

 

 


 

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