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Sweeter Than the Sweetest

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 2 August 2020, part 4

 

Question: Due to some situations, I have lost confidence in some devotees. What do I do to learn to trust them again?

You can pay obeisance to them—you can pay dandavat to them. This is necessary. Always give respect, always pay obeisances. It is the rule among all devotees living in a temple that you must bow down your head at devotees' lotus feet. It is necessary to do this. Always pay obeisance to devotees. If Srila Raghunath Das Goswami saw some Vaishnav, perhaps, ten times during the day, he would give his full obeisance to him ten times. We must learn to do this. I know it is easy to say it but it is hard to do it, but we must anyhow pay obeisance to devotees. Pay dandavat, give respect to devotees, then we will gradually gain confidence in them. Even if somebody treats you without respect, you must not mind it—your duty is to give respect to others. If you give respect to others, then you will get respect from others. You will not lose anything by giving respect to someone. That is the main thing. If you give honour to others, you will get honour from others also, but first you must give honour to others.

সকলে সম্মান করিতে শকতি
দেহ' নাথ ! যথাযথ ।

sakale sammana karite sakati,
deha natha! yatha yatha

"Gurudev! Please give me such power that I can give honour to everyone, so that I may have faith and devotion to everyone, so that I may not disrespect anyone, so that I may not doubt anyone."

[Addressing a devotee having issues with leaving India.] Why are you in such a hurry? Was there any problem when you were staying in Nrisingha Palli? When the situation becomes normal, then you can go, that is better, but you are getting stressed, you are anxious to go back to the West. Now you cannot leave, you are stuck in a hotel. This is the will of the Lord—tomorrow is Baladev's avirbhav and you have left today... Anyway, you can hear tomorrow the glorification of Nityananda Prabhu, Balaram, what His qualities are.

You know, King Dasarath sent his son Ramachandra to the forest, this is a play of niti (moral obligation, moral rules). Also, Ramachandra tested Sita Devi in so many ways. But you can see how beautiful Krishna's lila is! How much Mother Yasoda and Nanda Maharaj cried for Krishna, how much love and affection they have for their son. This is a very, very diffirent mood. Krishna's pastimes are very sweet, it is very madhuram [full of nectar]. What is English for 'madhura'? [Somebody suggests 'sweet'.] 'Sweet' is 'misti,' but 'madhura' is more than that.

মধুরং মধুরং বপুরস্য বিভোর্মধুরং মধুরং বদনং মধুরম্ ।
মধুগন্ধি মৃদুস্মিতমেতদহো মধুরং মধুরং মধুরং মধুরম্ ॥

madhuram madhuram vapur asya vibhor
madhuram madhuram vadanam madhuram
madhu-gandhi mrdu-smitam etad aho
madhuram madhuram madhuram madhuram

"Krishna's body is nectarean, nectarean. His face is nectarean, nectarean, nectarean. His sweet smile emanating the fragrance of honey, is nectarean, nectarean, nectarean, nectarean."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 21.136)

That is a very beautiful sloka, composed by Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu. Krishna's beauty, Krishna's pastimes, Krishna's love, Krishna's smile, everything about Him is sweet, sweeter, and sweeter than the sweetest...

 

 

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