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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 3 May 2020, part 1


Hare Krishna! Jay Gurudev.

I see everybody is in their houses. Krishna is arranging everything—always chant His Name, always remember His Name. We are all now in our houses, and we are getting an opportunity to practise properly. We can practise chanting the songs, we can offer bhog, we can do everything properly, keep good association, Nama-sankirtan, and always remember holy places, always remember Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama, Sri Puri Dham parikrama, Sri Vrindavan Dham parikrama. We can remember everything, that is a good opportunity for us these days.

I sometimes see the news, now all countries are in lockdown, even in Russia the number of covid patients is increasing day by day. The whole world is now shaking—the whole world is thinking, "We will die," "We will die," but we know that everybody will die one day. Death will come for everybody, but what have we got this human body for? We must understand it and utilise this human body properly. We must utilise our senses in a proper way—for the service of the Lord.

All over the world, people are covered by illusory environment, but we know Srimad Bhagavad-gita, we know Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, and we can understand easily that Krishna Himself has come to this world in the form of His Holy Name, and being in this world is the time when everybody must chant the Holy Name. This is the time to chant the glories of the Lord—to glorify Bhagavan Krishna's Name, beauty, pastimes, to glorify His Names, to glorify His pastimes. It is the time to do that. That is why the Lord has brought this kind of situation (this lockdown) into our lives.

We were busy working twenty-fours a day every day, worrying, "How I will eat? How will I sleep? How will I get relief from my disease?" We were always thinking about all these things, but Krishna has arranged something for devotees—if you can understand it, then you will understand that now that you are sitting at home, you cannot pass your days worrying and thinking it is a very big problem. You have so much energy, you are sitting in one place, but this is actually good—be quiet and chant the Holy Name, remember Gurudev's pastimes, the Lord's pastimes. It is necessary to do this.

Neither you, nor I have ever see this kind of situation in our lives, but this kind of situation was necessary. People always travelled here and there all over the world only thinking about their own enjoyment, thinking about their children, their family, their relatives. Who are your proper relatives? Your relatives are your Guru, Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan. Devotees are your real relatives. Now you have got time to think about this.

This is the proper conception, and we must understand this proper conception.



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