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Fruits of Inconceivable Mercy

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 23 August 2020, part 3

 

We always hear Krishna being called Nander-nandan Krishna, Yasoda-jivana Krishna, Sachira-dulala Krishna—Krishna is the son of Nanda Maharaj, Krishna is the life of Yasoda, the very life force of Sachi. This is how mercy comes (through His devotees). Yet, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy is inconceivable. It is inconceivable how He bestowed His mercy onto fallen souls all over the world—even thieves got His mercy! One time, two thieves, who wanted to steal Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's ornaments, kidnapped Chaitanya Mahaprabhu—one of them put the Lord on his shoulder and kept on walking with Him around the house. Even these thieves got Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy through that. Another time, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu asked one astrologer, "Can you read My palm? Who was I in My previous life? Tell me." When the astrologer saw Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's palm and saw who He was, he was extremely surprised. Mahaprabhu asked him, "Why are you not saying anything? You must be making a mistake! All right, I will tell you who I was—in My previous life, I was a cowherd boy and I did some cow seva, that is why I got some sukriti and was born as a brahman boy in a brahman's family in this Kali yuga!" The astrologer was astonished and did not say anything, he only said, "I do not know anything, I do not know anything!"—after that, he paid his obeisance and ran away. This is how Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave His mercy, His blessing to an astrologer. Nityananda Prabhu's mercy and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy is inconceivable.

We sometimes offer some bhog directly to the Lord, but we do not know whether He takes it or not—we offer some bhog and take the same bhog from the altar, we cannot understand whether Krishna has taken it or not. However, we have a direct connection with a dearmost associate of the Lord (the Guru), and we can feed him, we can talk with him, we can tell him about any problem we have, we can ask him for a solution of any problem—we can talk with our Guru like with our family member. The Guru is our family member, and we can talk with him about everything, we can consult with him about everything. Krishna Himself says that He comes in this age of Kali in the form of a Guru, so we can approach our Guru with any problems, any things, we can consult with him about our spiritual life. "Tad viddhi pranipatena, pariprasnena"—we can place honest enquiry, we can ask him any question, we can talk with him, etc. That is our greatest fortune.

Therefore, our devotees must always be inspired, must always practise and preach properly. They should live and behave properly, they should do their service properly, and they should talk humbly. Such should be devotees' mood.

Our Param Gurudev made this Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ashram. At first, he went to Vrindavan, but when he got an akash dhvani (message from the sky) from Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, he came to Koladwip, aparadh-bhanjan pat, and established a thatched house as Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. After that, he got our Gurudev, a seventeen-year-old boy at that time—through our Gurudev, Srila Sridhar Maharaj got encouragement and inspiration to preach Krishna consciousness more and more. Moreover, Srila Sridhar Maharaj could not go abroad, but Gurudev gave everything to the foreign devotees. Srila Sridhar Maharaj had given all responsibility for foreign devotees to Gurudev, and Gurudev happily accepted it. Gurudev went to every country, cultivated the land, made the land fertile, and as a result so many great devotees came from all over the world to preach Krishna consciousness for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. It is still going on, and you are all fruits of that cultivation. You come to Krishna consciousness, you practise properly—that is my happiness.

 

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