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Good Heart Is the Soul of the Temple

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Divine Appearance Day, Sri Vyasa Puja
17 October 2020, evening, part 2

 

Given the situation, I told last Sunday also that I cannot stop this Guru Puja, but I am requesting not to make a festival. This year, I did not join any big festival because of the pandemic situation, but I have heard so many reports from all over the world and all of Bengal temples also. They have made very big festivals today—three to six hundred people joined the programme. The government rule is that there cannot be more than 100 people gathered. Actually, 50 people is the rule, and if there is any special occasion, not more than 100 people can gather. However, every temple in Bengal made a festival and three to six hundred people came. I heard from Uluberia today that 600 people joined the festival there, and more than 300 joined the programme in Takareshwar. Many people also came to our Kandi temple.

I did not want them to make big festivals, but they did. All right. In some sense, I am very fortunate because Gurudev has chosen me, this dog, for his service. All my godbrothers and godsisters, all my friends and well-wishers all over the world say, "Maharaj, wherever you are staying, that is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math." It means much to me because I had to leave the head office of Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Actually, where is a temple? 'Math' means where a sadhu lives, where Vaishnavs live. It is written above the nat mandir, "Bhakti Siddhanta Sravan Sadan (ভক্তি সিদ্ধান্ত শ্রবণ সদন; a formal place where one comes to hear the teaching of devotion)," but what is going on there? Those who live there only gossip and tell lies all the time. On the other hand, you may have a small temple, a small place, with just five-ten devotees staying there, but these five-ten devotees always chant Gurudev's glories, always chant the songs of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, always preach about Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Such five people are sufficient for us. Quality, or substance, is more important for us. You can have a big, grand temple, a big, grand building, but you will find that so many cockroaches and rats live there. On the other hand, a temple can be small, but there are good, great hearts, good devotees living there.

I can see *** in front me, he is a humble and very shy boy. I am very happy to see him today. He is smiling now; he is getting shy. He is a very sweet boy. This girl, ***, is also very good-hearted. Such kind of souls stay at the temple, lister to Hari-katha, listen to Krishna-katha, listen to the katha glorifying their Guru, and I am very happy about it. It is good—there are twenty of you staying at the temple, and although the place is not so big—it is not a fifty acres' land—it may be just a few hundred square meters' land, but there are good hearts living there; when they serve, when they cook, when they worship, they do it with heart and soul. That is my happiness.

You get thousands of devotees, millions of people joining and chanting, "Gaura Hari bol! Gaura Hari bol!" but if you sieve through this crowd, you will not find even one pure devotee there. Thousands and thousands of people say, "Hari bol! Hari bol!" but you will not get even one pure devotee among them. Yet, there can be just two-five people, but they worship and practise Krishna consciousness properly—they are my happiness.

 

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