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"Try Your Best"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 4 October 2020, part 1

 

Hari bol. Hare Krishna.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Om Vishnupad Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay
Sachchidananda Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur ki jay
Sarvabhauma Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Vrinda Devi Tulasi Devi Sri Bhakti Devi ki jay
Sri Shyama Kunda Radha Kunda Sri Giri Govardhan ki jay
Sri Mayapur Dham Sri Nabadwip Dham Sri Vrindavan Mathura ki jay
Sri Purusottam Ksetra ki jay
Baladev Subhadra Jagannathjiu ki jay
Akar Math-raj Sri Chaitanya Math ki jay
Mayapur Yogapith ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhaktir-vighna-vinasankari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay
Sri Sada-Siva Gangadhar Giriraj Govardhan ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Samagata Sri Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

I am very happy to see you all. I can see all the devotees, their faces, and it gives me enthusiasm. Amidst this pandemic situation, everybody is practising, and everybody is practising properly by the mercy of Gurudev. Due to this situation, we cannot meet all together, but at least we can meet every week in this 'Zoom' class...

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says that if you send a letter to the Lord, you will not get any answer, but if you send your letter to your Guru—if you tell or ask your Guru something concerning spiritual matters, then you will definitely get an answer. That is why, it is necessary for us to have a proper connection with our Guru through service. Proper connection with your Guru comes through service mood. Always try your best. Give as much as you can to your Guru, that is the main thing in our life, and that is the proper line. Everyone has some natural capacity, but you must try to give even more than that because the Guru is the centre of a disciple's heart.

If a disciple does some service but does not fulfil the desire of his or her guru, then the result will not come. My Gurudev (Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj) fulfilled the most cherished desires of his Guru Maharaj, that is why Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj wrote about him, "Gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam. He perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires and is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev's associates." Srila Sridhar Maharaj gave so much blessing to my Gurudev. Gurudev always said, "I have nothing—whatever I have, whatever I am giving you comes from my Guru." I also say the same thing, "I have nothing, actually. I am merely giving you what my Gurudev says." Even Sri Raya Ramananda said, "I am not speaking, actually. You can see my mouth speaking, but it is actually Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself speaking." These are Sri Raya Ramananda Prabhu's words. Mahaprabhu would ask questions and Mahaprabhu would answer them also, and Ramananda Ray says, "He answers His own question through my mouth, through my tongue."

So, in this current situation, you must depend upon Gurudev in everything—give everything to your Guru. All Vraja gopis gave everything, their deha (body) and dehi (that which dwells within the body; the very soul), just to fulfil the desire of Lord Krishna. They did that. The associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the associates of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, all our guru-varga are not ordinary persons—they are all associates of Srimati Radharani. Srimati Radharani Herself has brought them from Goloka Vrindavan to fulfil the pastimes of the Lord, to spread Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's vani.

In his old age, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj lived in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and so many scholars would come to hear his Hari-katha—he would be lying down, others would come, ask some questions, and he would give them answers, he would give them Chaitanya-vani. In this way, he spread the message, advice, or teachings, of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu all over the world. After that, our Gurudev carried that message to every country of the world and bestowed his mercy all over the world—he threw the seeds of the Holy Name, the seeds of devotion all over the world; and we can see now that so many big trees have grown from those seeds and these trees now bear fruit all over the world. I can see it, and I have no doubt about it.

I am sure that those who follow my Gurudev, who have taken shelter at the lotus feet of my Gurudev, will reach their destination. Gurudev himself said about such devotees, "I am going to my home now, but I will keep rooms for them there—they can come and stay with me." You must keep a strongest faith in what Gurudev said—we must believe it. This is the main thing.

 

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