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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 7 June 2020, part 6


We are told to be slow and steady, but when some service is going on, we sometimes do it fast because everybody's character is not the same—everybody has different character, different mood, and not everybody can be slow. As for steady, it is necessary to be steady.

When I was a school boy, I heard that story "Slow and steady wins the race" about a tortoise and a hare. The tortoise went slowly, slowly, and the hare said, "I will jump one time and get to the finish." However, when the race began, the hare underestimated the tortoise—the hare decided to sleep being sure the tortoise could not catch up. This is laziness. Being slow does not mean laziness. That is the mistake. If you have chastity and if your vision, your goal is focused at the main place, then even if you go slow, you will reach your goal. Your aim or goal should be kept in the proper place, then you can reach it—if you keep a perfect aim and continue steadily to your aim, then you will succeed.

Question: When we read scriptures, we sometimes hear that Gurudev is Balaram, sometimes Nityananda Prabhu, or sometimes Gurudev is seen as Srimati Radharani Herself. Could you explain how we should see Sri Guru?

I wrote everything about it in Sri Upadesh 4 (Guidance, Volume 4). Read the chapter, "Association and mercy of Sri Gurpadpadma give the divine love." I write the main things about the guru here:

"Performing his pastimes, Sri Gurupadpadma comes to this material world from the transcendental world to give surrendered souls the joy of association with the worshippable Lord. This guru current has been coming since time immemorial. Just as creation is going on eternally, so do the pastimes of the Lord's and His devotees' appearance are taking place eternally. The Lord performs His appearance pastimes in the form of a guru within the material world to bestow His pure mercy upon the jiva souls. As a result of the mercy and association of Sri Gurupadpadma, tatastha-sakti (marginal potency) is transformed into a spiritual soul, i.e. a jiva soul has no other way except for service to the Lord if it wants to get eternal benefit or real happiness.

"Generally, it is possible to see only material elements or practise only things related to the five material elements in this material world—it is not possible to practise transcendental practices. However, this material body and material existence comes from the transcendental plane. This cannot be denied. The Lord is present within the entire universe and all created material bodies as Paramatma (the Supersoul). He is transcendental. Jiva, or atma, is His atomic particle. It is not possible for material vision or for the entities of flesh and blood to serve or behold the transcendental Supreme Lord or Supersoul. The jiva soul with its fleshy eyes has been ignorant of its own identity, the source of its identity (the Supersoul), and the Supreme Lord since time immemorial, and because of it, the jiva soul has been covered by unwanted elements and ignorance, identifying itself with the body. Sri Gurupadpadma, the knower of the Vedas, imparts divine knowledge about the self and the world unto the souls who have forgotten Krishna and, liberating them from ignorance, guides them on the path to eternal spiritual benefit."


[His Divine Grace then chants 'Nitai-pada-kamala', 'Jaya Radha Madhava' and finishes the class.]



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