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My Solace

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Nrisingha Palli, 29 November 2020, part 8


Srila Janardan Maharaj: I thought the internet connection was not good in Nrisingha Palli?

Now there is good internet here on the top floor. These are new rooms, nobody lives here now, and I came here just to give the class. By Gaura Purnima, total about seventy more rooms will be ready—ten here and about sixty in the new guesthouse.

Sripad Shanta Maharaj: Gurudev said you are ascharya (miraculous)—you have made all the arrangements so fast, even amidst the covid time...

It is happening by the mercy of devotees. Devotees are always with me, that is why I am able to do that. Otherwise, it is very difficult, so many things are going on... All the works are going on by the mercy of Gurudev. Gurudev is always with me... I left Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip empty-handed, I did not take anything with me, and when I came to Kolkata, they attacked me there too. When we went to South India and Puri, they took everything from my room—they stole even my shoes and the dustbin! They took everything from the kitchen, and some of my friends had to send me some food that night. We had been travelling all day that time and when we entered the room, we saw everything was empty, the kitchen was empty too. Several days before that, I had sent a big packet of Jagannath prasadam from Puri (I thought I was going to South India, so why carry it when some devotees were going to Dum Dum Park by car, so I sent all prasadam to Dum Dum Park to distribute it later when I get back). They took even that prasadam. There was no gas cylinder, no stove, no kitchen utensils, not even a pot in the building. They had taken everything. Some family sent prasadam for two-three days, one night we had to get something from a restaurant, and on the fourth day we bought a stove, utensils, etc. again and started cooking. This is what happened, so how is it possible that now so much construction is going on, that a temple is being made, how is it possible to buy the land, etc.? This is possible only because Gurudev is always with me. I understand it. They try to empty me, but they can only make me empty externally—how can they empty me internally? Gurudev is always in my heart, and I think and understand that I am also always in Gurudev's heart, then they can only try to throw me out of the temple, out of a building, out of external things, but they can never throw me out of Gurudev's heart and out of devotees' hearts. That is my solace.

Gurudev also told me personally two examples. First, he said, "If you walk with me and see a snake, you say, 'O Gurudev! A snake! A snake!' but if I tell you it is not a snake, it is a rope, you must believe it." Second, he said, "If I tell you that the sun is rising in the west today, you must believe it, 'Yes, it is correct.'" It is necessary to have this kind of faith. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was always 100% loyal to his guru Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. Everybody says that Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur is his father, and he may be his biological father, but Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur always saw Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur as his guru, and he said also, "What Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says is the Vedas! What he says is correct—his word is the word of scriptures." Srila Sridhar Maharaj also said, "What Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says is the right teaching, his word is the word of scriptures—if he says anything, that is Srimad Bhagavad-gita, that is Srimad Bhagavatam." So, when I hear that somebody says, "Oh, what Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said is not correct," how can they claim to be a disciple of Gaudiya sampradaya then? It gives me very much pain to hear such things.

All right, I would like to finish here. I am very happy to see you all and we will try to meet with you all again next Sunday.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.


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