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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Evening class, Sri Nrisingha Palli
2 March 2020, part 1


মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
যৎকৃপা তমহং বন্দে শ্রীগুরুং দীনতারণম্ ॥

mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
yat krpa tam aham vande sri-gurum dina-taranam

"The dumb can speak, the lame can climb a hill—all it takes is mercy from Gurudev."

(Bhavartha Dipika)

First, I am giving my full obeisance at the lotus feet of my beloved Gurudev Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Then, I am giving my obeisances to my godbrothers, godsisters and all the beloved devotees who have already joined Sri Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama and Gaura Purnima maha-mahotsav.

I am very happy because devotees from almost all countries have joined this parikrama. Many have already come from South Africa, Mauritius, London, Sweden, Venezuela, Colombia. Srila Ashram Maharaj arrived in Kolkata from Mexico yesterday, Sripad Tyagi Maharaj and Sripad Sadhu Maharaj are also here. Some devotees are coming from Singapore, Malaysia, I am waiting for them.

Actually, I have got some sad news today—one of my friends from Malaysia, Balendranath Prabhu (pictured on the left), has passed away today. It very sad news. I have been to Malaysia many times and I stayed at his house, I gave him much help. He loved Gurudev. Today, he passed away suddenly at about three o'clock. I am praying for his soul that he may go to his own place, that he may practise Krishna consciousness there. That is my prayer to the Lord.

Everybody has got birth and entered this world, but we do not know what will happen in our life—that depends upon the Lord. Anyhow, we have finally got this human body, and we must use this body for the service of the Lord—we must use all senses, all parts of this body, mind, etc. we must use everything properly.

I have seen in our Archan-kan book (it is going to be re-printed soon) that there is one sloka of nija-dhyan (meditation on one's own self). 'Nija-dhyan' means 'buddhi-suddhi' (cleaning your own mind, or intelligence). When we go to do puja, we make sure the pot is clean, the chamar is clean, we make sure everything is clean, but we must also think whether our mind is clean or not. This is necessary. That is why, Param Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Maharaj) wrote this nija-dhyan sloka,

দিব্যশ্রীহরিমন্দিরাঢ্যতিলকং কণ্ঠং সুমালান্বিতং
বক্ষঃ শ্রীহরিনামবর্ণসুভগং শ্রীখণ্ডলিপ্তং পুনঃ ।
পূতং সূক্ষ্মনবাম্বরং বিমলতাং নিত্যং বহন্তীং তনুং
ধ্যায়েচ্ছ্রীগুরুপাদপদ্মনিকটে সেবোৎসুকাঞ্চাত্মনঃ ॥

divyam sri-hari-mandiradhya-tilakam kantham sumalanvitam
vaksah sri-hari-nama-varna-subhagam sri-khanda-liptam punah
putam suksma-navambaram vimalatam nityam vahantim tanum
dhyayech chhri-guru-pada-padma-nikate sevotsukas chatmanah

"Meditate that the Lord's Temple (your body) is decorated with shining tilak, your neck bears a beautiful tulasi-mala, your chest is adorned with the Names of Sri Hari and sandalwood paste, you are wearing fine, new, clean cloth, and in your pure, eternal form, you are at the lotus feet of Sri Guru, eager for service."

Your mind must be always pure. "Prabhu, I am going to start Your archan, or puja, but first I am surrendering myself at your lotus feet." That is called nija-dhyan (self-meditation). "I am only a fallen soul, I do not know anything, but I am trying to serve You."

Such mood is the main thing.



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