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Keep Your Guru In Your Heart

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 20 September 2020, part 2


We must continue our service movement. When Satyakama took initiation from his guru Gautam Goswami, he asked his Gurudev, "Gurudev, how can I please you? Through what service can I make you happy?" In this world, all people think about their own happiness—99% people always think about their own interest; only a rare devotee thinks, "How can I make my Guru happy?" This is what we can learn from Satykama. Gautam Goswami (Satyakama's Guru) had four hundred cows, and he gave cow service to Satyakama. Satyakama accepted this service and pleased his guru through it, as a result of which he became his Guru's successor—he became the next acharya of that sampradaya. So, we too can make our Guru happy through some simple service, through some little service. This is the main thing, this is our goal. Our destination is to make our Guru happy. Our main goal is, "How can I make my Guru happy through some sweet service?"

I can also tell you that you must always keep some place in your heart for your Guru. Our hearts are always full of kanak, kamini, pratistha (desire for money, companions, and name and fame)—we always think about our own enjoyment, we always think about our own safety. We must have faith that Krishna will always save us. "Avasya raksibe Krsna visvasa palana (অবশ্য রক্ষিবে কৃষ্ণ বিশ্বাস পালন): we must believe that Krishna will certainly protect me." This is the main faith, "Krishna will protect us." Gurudev says, "You will get it"—then we must believe, "Yes, it is correct, I will get it."

If we chant the Holy Name properly, if we serve our Lord and our Guru properly, if we always think about the service to our Guru, then, in this way, we can reach our destination. In this human body, it is possible to get a great benefit through proper practice. We have got this fortunate life, this human body, and we should use every part and parcel of this body for the service to our Guru, for the service to the Lord. Krishna-katha, Hari-katha is our life. For as many days we are alive in this world, we must not use these days for any other things—we should connect everything with service.

There sixty-four types of bhaktyanga, and the first of them is "adau guru-padasraya," then initiation—first you must take shelter of the guidance of a bona fide guru, only then you should take initiation. If you have a proper faith in your Guru, then you can see the Lord through your Guru. It is necessary to have the strongest faith. "Drdha kari' dhara nitaira paya (দৃঢ় করি ধর নিতাই পায়)—firmly grasp Nitai's feet." It means that you must have the strongest faith (drdha kari)—you must keep the strongest faith in your Guru, Nityananda Prabhu.

And another thing is that you must keep some place in your heart for your Guru. Always keep your Guru in your heart. You can do many things—offer your Guru a flower, do guru-puja, etc.—but these are external things. You must also have internal devotion—you must keep your Guru in your heart. This is the main thing.


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