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Price of Mercy

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 12 July 2020, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundarjiu ki jay
Jay saparikara Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra jiu ki jay
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhakti-vighna-vinasankari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay
All the Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Samagata Sri Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

I am very happy to see you all—to see all the sannyasi-vrinda, brahmachari-vrinda, and bhakta-vrinda. I see your faces and feel happy. Seeing you gives me energy. The most important thing is that we must continuously do our service to the devotees and continuously try to please Gurudev. Our main concern in life is how we can please, how we can make our Gurudev happy. Therefore, I am very glad and I am very happy to see devotees' mood, to see their mood and enthusiasm to do their service. Devotees all over the world are doing so much service.

Actually, you cannot buy what Gurudev has given us in the market. I heard, once Gurudev gave a book to somebody, and that devotee asked Gurudev, "How many rupees should I give you?" Gurudev replied, "You cannot buy everything with money. There are things that money cannot buy." You can never buy love and affection with money. The kind of mercy of Gurudev you will get depends on your devotion, your faith. The more you can make Gurudev happy, the more mercy you will get from Gurudev.

Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj chose Gurudev as his successor and lastly he promised (I have told about it many times) to Gurudev, "If you do not take the responsibility for this Chaitanya Saraswat Math, I will break this temple and give the Deities to my Godbrother." This is what Srila Sridhar Maharaj said to Gurudev. Gurudev also said, "Guru Maharaj had been waiting for thirty years to give this chair to me, that is why I tolerate so many bad things. How much austerity I am getting sitting on this chair! I am wearing a crown, but this is not an easy crown—this crown is full of thorns! I am getting too much austerity, but I tolerate everything because of my Guru Maharaj—because my Guru Maharaj had waited for thirty years to give this chair to me. I have to tolerate so much austerity, and I have become a guru now, so I cannot say anything to anyone, I cannot beat anyone—I see others' activities and I can neither tolerate it, nor can I beat them because I am the guru, that is why I am 'biting my arms.'" ["bite your arms"—to feel deep regret, frustration; হাত কামড়ানো, Bengali] Gurudev said it many times, but at that time I could not realise so much what Gurudev was saying, but now I can realise it.

Such is the situation now... The problem is that disciples do not think properly—they always give anxiety to others, they do not take problems on their own shoulders. It is the disciple's duty to always take burden off their Guru. That is the main duty of a disciple. If a disciple always gives too much anxiety to their Guru, then it is not a proper disciple. Whenever any problem comes up, you come to tell Gurudev. No. You must first try to solve the problem yourself—try and try, and if you finally cannot solve it, then you can use your Guru to solve it. First you must try to solve problems yourself. If you immediately come to your Gurudev and give him anxiety and transfer the problem to him, it is not good.

Gurudev told me that in Srila Sridhar Maharaj's time Srila Guru Maharaj would always stay upstairs and Gurudev told him, "You are giving me one thousand rupees per day for the services, and I will manage with that money, and if there is any problem downstairs, I will solve all problems myself, I take all responsibility for it. I will deal with all problems downstairs myself." Never did Gurudev give any anxiety to Srila Guru Maharaj. This is what I heard from Gurudev, and I learned this from him. This is what I also do, but if you always think about yourself, you will not understand it—you always only think about your own happiness, you always think about your own enjoyment, about yourself. If you cannot sacrifice your life properly for the service to your Guru, then what kind of surrender have you done? You must sacrifice your life.

 

 

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