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"I Am Very Proud of You"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 9 August 2020, part 2

 

I see that all the devotees are very happy. People suffer—they suffer so much thinking about many sad things, worrying about so many problems—but what is our sadness? Why will a sadhu, a devotee be sad? Devotees will be sad only when some devotee's disappearance happens; when some devotee leaves, then they will be a little sad, otherwise not. We are always surrendered to our beloved Gurudev.

If we properly surrender to our beloved Gurudev, if we properly surrender to the Lord, then we will understand and feel that whatever has happened, whatever is happening, whatever will happen, everything is the will of the Lord. Nothing is in our hands. At this moment, nothing is in our hands, so whatever happens will happen by the will of the Lord. So, what will you be sad for? It is not necessary to be sad. Whatever happens, everything is perfect for devotees. Devotees will always serve, devotees will be always happy, devotees will be always enthusiastic to do their service and will always use their time to serve the Lord.

At any moment any problem can come, any kind of bondage can come, so many obstacles can come, but what is our duty? We are soldiers—just as soldiers are always ready to die for their country, so we too must be soldiers in our spiritual life, we must be always ready to die for our service, we must be ready to die for the protection of our spiritual life, spiritual values. It is very important. We will always protect our spiritual life.

If Gurudev's mercy comes to you—if Gurudev is happy with you, if Gurudev always gives his blessing, always gives his mercy to you—then no matter what obstacles come, even if you are a sinner, even if you have done so much nonsense before, even if you have no good qualities, but as long as you have mercy from your Guru, that is sufficient for you. That is Vaishnavism. Vaishnavism means, "I have no power, I have no qualities. I am unable to do it. I have no quality, no qualification." Humility, tolerance, etc. is the religion of Vaishnavs. It is their quality, their ornaments (bhusan), their glory. Vaishnavs are always humble, they always emanate lustre and delight (aujvalya and praphulla). That is Vaishnavism.

So, I am praying to everybody—we must try to be devotees, we must always practise with humility, tolerance, and giving honour to others.

তৃণাদপি সুনীচেন তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা ।
অমানিনা মানদেন কীর্ত্তনীয়ঃ সদা হরিঃ ॥

trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih

"One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, who gives honour to others without desiring it for himself, has the right to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.239)

We have willing, feeling, and thinking, and we must direct our willing, feeling, and thinking towards these qualities. Our society teaches others to be humble, tolerant and to give honour to others. Do not criticise others. Do not be aggressive towards others. Do not show anger towards others. Give others nourishment. You know what a devotee's qualities are, and you must present yourself as a devotee. Those who want to preach, those who want to be perfect, those who want to take proper guidance of their Guru, must become good receivers. If you are not a proper receiver, you cannot be perfect. So, you must become a proper receiver.

Therefore, we must be very careful with our spiritual life. We must be always alert and aware of our spiritual life—we must use our time for the service of our Guru, his mission and his devotees. These are the main things for us in our life.

Under the circumstances, you must take guidance of a senior Vaishnav, a senior devotee, and you must show respect to senior devotees. This is very important.

I am very happy with you all because you have no ego, you have no bad elements—you may have some faults, but your good quality is that you are proper surrendered souls. Those who are proper surrendered souls (who have saranagati), cannot overstep their limit. There is some limit that is not to be crossed. Everybody's qualification is not the same—everybody's qualification is different, so you must try to make your guru happy with whatever qualification you have.

I am very proud of you all because our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees have humility, tolerance, they give honour to others, and they show others perfect behaviour, perfect practice and perfect mood. They never think, "I know better than him! I know better than you!" Such mood is not right. Instead, "I do not know anything!"—this kind of humility is coming to you all. I see that you are increasing your spiritual life day by day. I can see your smiling faces, I can see that you feel pleasure through your service.

This is what I wanted to say today. I will take some questions from you all today. If you want to ask or say anything, do not hesitate. Why is it necessary to hesitate? You are all members of my family. You can share everything with me, do not hesitate about it. You can write to me, you can speak to me, do not hesitate.

 

 

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Path to Service
'Chant, keep good association, listen to Hari-katha, and practise, then gradually you will get proper benefit through your chanting—then you will get the real service to your Guru.'

 

Jaya 'guru-maharaja'
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জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’

Always think about Krishna and connect whatever you do with Krishna, with practising
Krishna consciousness, then it will become abhideya tattva, practising life.

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