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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 20 September 2020, part 6


Question: Could you please tell us the meaning of the 10.14 verse from Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam ("Sri-srimad-bhagavat-padambuja..."). Srila Govinda Maharaj said in Divine Servitor, "I think that this is the highest sloka I have received in my life."

Yes, I heard it myself from his lotus mouth when he said that. It is a very good sloka. Srila Sridhar Maharaj said, "I have collected all the drops that are falling and presented it in this book." This book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is a collection of verses that Srila Sridhar Maharaj collected from the works of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami and many others—he collected what these great souls tell about their spiritual life and presented these drops from their holy mouths in this book. Moreover, Srila Sridhar Maharaj says that if you talk while you are eating, then some drops, some spit will fall from your mouth, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj says, "I have collected these drops and I am trying distribute them for my own benefit and for the benefit of others—for my own purification and for others' purification as well." I remember when Gurudev was explaining this.

শ্রীশ্রীমদ্ভগবৎপদাম্বুজমধুস্বাদোৎসবৈঃ ষট্­পদৈ-
র্নিক্ষিপ্তা মধুবিন্দবশ্চ পরিতো ভ্রষ্টা মুখাদ্গু­ঞ্জিতৈঃ ।
যত্নৈঃ কিঞ্চিদিহাহৃতং নিজপরশ্রেয়োঽর্থিনা তন্ময়া
ভূয়োভূয় ইতো রজাংসি পদসংলগ্নানি তেষাং ভজে ॥

শ্রীশ্রীভগবৎপাদপদ্মের মধুপানোৎসবে মত্ত ভৃঙ্গগণের (হরিগুণ-গান-রূপ) গুঞ্জনের সহিত মুখচ্যুত মধুবিন্দুসমূহ চতুর্দ্দিকে নিক্ষিপ্ত হইতেছে । উহার কিঞ্চিৎ বহু যত্নে নিজ পরম মঙ্গলের নিমিত্ত এস্থানে সংগৃহীত হইল । আমি এস্থান হইতে ঐ মহাত্মাগণের চরণসংলগ্নরেণুসমূহ পুনঃ পুনঃ ভজনা করি ॥

sri-srimad-bhagavat-padambuja-madhu-svadotsavaih sat-padair
niksipta madhu-bindavas ca parito bhrasta mukhat gunjitaih
yatnaih kincid ihahrtam nija-para-sreyo 'rthina tan maya
bhuyo-bhuya ito rajamsi pada-samlagnani tesam bhaje

"The bees, intoxicated in the festival of drinking the honey of the Lord's lotus feet, busily humming the glories of the Lord, drops of honey from their mouths fall and scatter all around; for my own divine prospect, I've carefully collected some of those drops herein—and thus do I worship the dust of the holy lotus feet of those saints, again and again."

(Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 10.14)

Gurudev explains this sloka very nicely. When somebody is taking and relishing honey, some drops fall from their mouth and Srila Sridhar Maharaj is collecting these drops. This is actually the essence of our spiritual life. Param Guru Maharaj wrote this sloka when he was making this book. The [Bengali] translation of the sloka is actually short, but when Gurudev explained it, he explained it in a very beautiful way. Gurudev said, "If you speak while you are eating, then something will fall from your mouth. So, when Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami speak, drops of honey fall from their holy mouths, and bees collect that honey." So, Srila Guru Maharaj says, "I have collected these drops and presented them in this book for my own and others' benefit—that is, for my own purification and for the purification of others."

Devotee: We saw how Srila Govinda Maharaj used to give prasadam even to the deer, sometimes even from his own mouth.

Here, these drops from the great souls' mouths are Hari-katha—that honey is the Hari-katha coming from such very special devotees like Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu, Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and others. When such souls eat and relish what they are eating, some drops come from their mouths, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj collected those drops, put them together and gave for others and for himself also—he says, "I distributed it for myself and for others also—for my own purification and for others' purification." Such is the quality of the nectar of Hari-katha (Hari-kathamrita-guna). It is nectar.


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