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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 1 November 2020, part 2


We always want pleasure, happiness; we always want love and affection, but we will never get it from this material body or in this material world. It is not possible to get it in our current position. Gurudev gives one example. Suppose you are staying in some home, but it is not a permanent place—you rent some place and have to change it every six months, every three months, etc. One day, you will finally think, "Oh, I must buy some land and settle in some place. It will be better." In the same way, we think now that we are Venezuelan, Mexican, American, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, but where we live now is actually not our own country—we are living in another country, another house. This is not a happy situation. We want to settle. We should have a place that we can call our own. If you stay in this city today, in another city tomorrow, and another day change it to yet another city, you will not feel so happy. We must search for our real home—we must search out for transcendental world, for Goloka Vrindavan. This is what Gurudev comes to tell us. Search for the Original Source.

If you are to reach that Original Source, you need proper guidance. When you have a driver, you only need to tell him that you want to go to a certain place—the driver will know which way he will go there and he will take you there. So, in the spiritual world also, it is necessary to have the strongest faith. Gurudev says that not only Srimad Bhagavatam, but even Christianity, even the Bible, etc.—all religions say that it is necessary to have faith. Faith is the foundation.

When a mother says to her child, "This is your father," everybody believes it, even the government gives recognition to that, "Yes, this is your father, so you are the heir and have the right to inherit his property." We believe what our mothers tell us. In the same way, there are so many rishis, munis, so many scriptures, so many great personalities and scholars who come to this world from the transcendental world, who have come to India in particular to have told us what is the real position of things in our life. Sri Vyasadev, Sri Sukadev, Narad Goswami, and our Gurudev also come to this world to tell us about it. Our Gurudev has told us very clearly how we must practise, how we can attain our destination, where the source is and how to reach that kind of source.

You must search out the original source. How do you find it? Srimad Bhagavatam has told it—Sri Sukadev Goswami told us everything in Srimad Bhagavatam. Although he spoke to Pariksit Maharaj, what he said is the instruction (and a very clear instruction) for us all.

All great souls, all great scriptures declare—that place, that original source is in Goloka Vrindavan, and that place is transcendental, very beautiful and very affectionate. This is the place where we should go. Srimad Bhagavad-gita also says (15.6), "Yad gatva na nivartante, tad dhama paramam mama. If you enter that place, you will not have to ever come back from there. You will be very pleased to be there." It is necessary to have faith in this. We say, "In God we trust." It means that we must have faith, we must trust these things.

"Srnvantu visve amrtasya putra. You are all sons of nectar!" If you can enter that place, you can get five kinds of relationship with the Lord there—santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, madhura rasa (relationship of neutrality, servitude, friendship, parenthood, and consorthood).

Gurudev also said one more very nice thing. You know, everybody gets some holiday, some vacation (like a Christmas vacation or a puja vacation, Diwali vacation here in India), but Gurudev said, "I have no vacation. My only vacation is when I can speak some Krishna-katha."

Srimad Bhagavad-gita says also (2.14),

matra-sparsas tu kaunteya, sitosna-sukha-duhkha-dah
agamapayino 'nityas, tams titiksasva bharata

O son of Kunti, the engagement of the senses with their objects produces the sensations of cold, heat, pleasure and pain. But these effects are temporary—they come and go. Therefore, O Bharata, you must endure them.

Here you have happiness, you have sadness, you have disease, you have some beauty, you have everything, but everything you find here is not eternal—it is all temporary. However, the Lord is not temporary. 5,000 years ago research scholars told us that Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the Lord, is sat-chit-ananda vigraha (embodiment of eternity, consciousness, and bliss)—He is the creator of all creation. We can see this in Sri Brahma-samhita. The Lord has a face, He has a brain—He has everything. He is Lord, He is Krishna, and He always attracts us. He is not only our master—we can actually be friends with Him. As Gurudev says, you can even play football with God! This is very sweet and very tasteful, you will feel it. You will understand these things very clearly.

Then, we should understand what is necessary for our spiritual life. We must enter that plane—we must search for spiritual life. Surrender to a proper guru, and proceed with the proper guidance of the proper guru. Those who can give proper attention to this, must succeed.


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