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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Nrisingha Palli, 29 November 2020, part 1


By the mercy of Gurudev, I am today in Nrisingha Palli. I came here from Kolkata the day before yesterday. I know that it is our zoom programme today, but I also had so much service here at the construction site today and there is still much left to do tomorrow—as Sripad Sadhu Maharaj also came with me (he was driving) and he took his computer with him, I asked him to check if it was possible to get a good signal here, and it turned out that the connection here is very nice. There is no connection in my room (on the second floor), but here, on the top floor, in the newly built rooms, the connection is good. So, I am giving this online class today, there is also some class scheduled tomorrow at six in the evening, tomorrow I will be again busy with the construction service here, after that on the way to Kolkata there is a preaching programme that I will attend, there are also two more programmes on Tuesday and Wednesday, then there is another programme on Friday, and another one in Kakdwip near Ganga Sagar (a new place) on Sunday. So, next week is going to be very busy. I am happy to be able to be here today.

I would like to sing one song from Saranagati first. We always sing 'Gurudev krpa bindu diya' and 'Sri Guru-charana-padma,' but whenever I come to Nrisingha Palli I remember this song written by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, who also stayed in Godrumdwip. We will try to sing that song today. [His Divine Grace then sings,]

বড় কৃপা করি’, গৌড়বন-মাঝে
গোদ্রুমে দিয়াছ স্থান ।
আজ্ঞা দিল মোরে, এই ব্রজে বসি’,
হরিনাম কর গান ॥১॥

bada krpa kari', gauda-vana-majhe
godrume diyachha sthana
ajna dila more, ei vraje vasi',
harinama kara gana

Gurudev! Bestowing a great mercy on me, you have given me a place in Sri Godrumdwip amidst the forests of Gauda. You ordered me: "Reside in this abode which is non-different from Vraja and chant the Lord's Name."

কিন্তু কবে প্রভো, যোগ্যতা অর্পিবে,
এ দাসেরে দয়া করি’ ।
চিত্ত স্থির হবে, সকল সহিব,
একান্তে ভজিব হরি ॥২॥

kintu kabe prabho, yogyata arpibe,
e dasere daya kari'
chitta sthira habe, sakala sahiba,
ekante bhajiba hari [2]

But when, O master, will you mercifully grant this servant the qualification to do this? Then my heart will become steadfast, I will tolerate everything, and I will serve the Lord sincerely.

শৈশব-যৌবনে, জড়সুখ-সঙ্গে,
অভ্যাস হইল মন্দ ।
নিজকর্ম্ম-দোষে, এ দেহ হইল,
ভজনের প্রতিবন্ধ ॥৩॥

saisava-yauvane, jada-sukha-sange,
abhyasa ha-ila manda
nija-karma-dose, e deha ha-ila,
bhajanera pratibandha [3]

In my childhood and youth, I always indulged in material happiness and I have become habituated to bad things. Because of my own sins, this body has become an impediment to spiritual practice.

বার্দ্ধক্যে এখন, পঞ্চরোগে হত,
কেমনে ভজিব বল’ ।
কাঁদিয়া কাঁদিয়া, তোমার চরণে
পড়িয়াছি সুবিহ্বল ॥৪॥

vardhakye ekhana, pancha-roge hata,
kemane bhajiba bala'
kandiya kandiya, tomara charane
padiyachhi suvihvala [4]

Now aged, I am afflicted by five-fold diseases. Tell me, how shall I serve? Crying incessantly, I have fallen at your feet, utterly bewildered.

[In response to some comment:] We cannot conceive that we may have the quality to serve Srimati Radharani. Personally, I do not have any quality of that kind to be a servant of Srimati Radharani. Srimati Radharani is very far. We are trying to be servants of Srimati Radharani's servants—this is the main thing for us. Even then, I do not know if it is possible in this life or not. It is very difficult to attain such service. "Radhara dasira Krsna sarva-vede bole (রাধার দাসীর কৃষ্ণ সর্ব্ব বেদে বলে)—Krishna is the property of the maidservants of Srimati Radharani. All the Vedas say this." Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur also always prays to Srimati Radharani's kinkarir dasi (servants of Srimati Radharani's maidservants). Our Param Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Maharaj told about Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur,

srigauranumatam svarupaviditam rupagrajenadrtam
rupadyaih parivesitam raghuganairasvaditam sevitam
jivadyair abhiraksitam sukasivabrahmadi sammanitam
sriradhapadasevanamrtam aho tad datum iso bhavan

"What was sanctioned by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by His descent was intimately known only to Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswami. It was adored by Sanatan Goswami and served by Rupa Goswami and his followers. Raghunatha Das Goswami tasted that wonderful thing fully and enhanced it with his own realization. And Jiva Goswami supported and protected it by quoting the scriptures from different places. The taste of that divine truth is aspired for by Brahma, Siva, and Uddhava, who respect it as the supreme goal of life. What is this wonderful truth? Sri radhapadasevana: that the highest nectar of our life is the service of Srimati Radharani. This is most wonderful. O Bhakti Vinoda Thakur, you are our master. It is within your power to allow them to bestow their grace upon us. You are in a position to bestow the highest gift ever known to the world upon us all. It is at your disposal. O Bhaktivinod Thakur, please be kind to us and grant us your mercy."

It is a very nice sloka. As you know, it is from Sri Bhaktivinod-viraha-dasakam that was written by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. When Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur saw it, he was very happy. Srila Prabhupad himself said about this poem to Srila Sridhar Maharaj, "This was not written by you—this is written by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur himself. Happy style."


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Internal Inspiration
'Without the chaitya guru's instruction you cannot get a bona fide Guru. Chaitya guru's instruction is not open: it comes from the heart. You get some feeling and come to a bona fide Guru.'


'The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are the mine of all rasas, they are the fulfilment of life, they are the dharma (prescribed religion) of the Vedas. Her lotus feet are my vows, my penance, my mantra, my japa. They are the ultimate purpose of life.'

If you think that your mind and your heart do not want to hear Krishna-katha,
then you must think that you are still bound by your karma.