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Surrendered Soul's Solace

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 4 October 2020, part 2


Wherever you are preaching, it is first necessary to practise properly yourself, then you can preach. Practise and preach. Preach and practise. You should do both. We must follow Mahaprabhu's teachings,

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 forbearing than a tree, who gives due honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 3.6.239)

Be humble, be tolerant, and give honour to others. We have no qualification,

যোগ্যতা বিচারে কিছু নাহি পাই
তোমার করুণা সার ।

yogyata vichare kichhu nahi pai
tomara karuna sara

"I get nothing based on my qualification, your mercy is the main thing."

Through our qualification, we neither get anything, nor will we get anything, but we can get everything by the mercy of the Guru—it is possible to get everything by the mercy of Gurudev. Therefore, Gurudev's mercy is the most important thing in our life.

I always say that sometimes you practise but at the same time you also gossip, you speak gramya-katha, gramya-varta ("village talks," "village news")—you talk about the things that are not necessary to talk about, you discuss such things, you talk among each other about family matters, material things, consulting among each other about such things... What is necessary? We are supposed to be surrendered souls—if you are a surrendered soul, then what should be your thoughts? You must always think about your service mood, about your service carrier—you must always think how to increase your service carrier and service mood. This is what you are supposed to think about.

We have thrown ourselves at the lotus feet of Gurudev, and Gurudev will hijack us from this material world and take us to the spiritual world to do some service. If you can do this service and you can fulfil Gurudev's desire, then you must succeed in your spiritual life. There is no doubt about that. Yet, the problem is that some material things always come to our life—we sometimes cannot control our anger, cannot control our ego, cannot control our lust, cannot control our material attachments, we are always jealous. There are so many bad elements in our heart. It is necessary to hear Srimad Bhagavatam under the proper guidance of a bone fide Guru. Proper guidance is necessary.


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Amara Jivana
Sada Pape Rata
Prabhupad Srila Saraswati Thakur said, 'Every day, when you leave your bed, first broom, dust your mind and make it clean through this song.'


Sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu jive daya kari'
'To distribute the most rare form of divine love, Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu teaches surrender, which is the life of the devotees.'
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু
জীবে দয়া করি'

Mercy comes from above, but your pot must be empty—you must remove the ego.