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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Vyasa Puja Adhivas
Nrisingha Palli, 31 December 2020, evening, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Tandiya sakha-math-samuha ki jay
Sri Mather sevak-vrinda, bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Ananta-koti Vaishnav-vrinda ki jay
Sri Gaudiya Acharya-vrinda ki jay
Tridandi-pad-gan ki jay
Saparsada Sriman Nityananda Prabhu ki jay
Saparsada Sriman Mahaprabhu ki jay
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhaktir-vighna-vinasan-kari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay
Sri Sada-Siva Gangadhar, Giriraj Govardhan ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharajer subha-avirbhaver adhivas maha-mahotsav ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Samagata Sri Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

Devotee: Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ki jay. Harinam sankirtan ki jay. Gaura premanande Hari bol.

vande 'ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams cha
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunath-anvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-chaitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams cha

'I worship the holy lotus feet of my initiating and instructing Sri Guru as well as all predecessor gurus, all Vaishnavs, Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, their dear associates Raghunath and Jiva, Advaita Prabhu, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Krishna Chaitanyadev along with all His near and dear ones, and Sri Radha–Krishna along with Their associates headed by Lalita and Visakha.'

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
chaksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

'I offer my obeisance to Sri Guru who has opened my eyes, rescuing me from the illusory darkness of ignorance by applying the potent kajal of knowledge upon my eyes.'

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

'I offer my obeisance to him who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev's associates; who is expert in all conceivable and inconceivable aspects of Vedic knowledge; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as "Govinda" (Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj); whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.'

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam

'I worship Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the bestower of all auspiciousness, my only shelter and the master of all renunciates. He is my Lord who possesses a transcendental form, whose face expression is very grave, who is clad in the holy clothes the colour of the newly risen sun. He is an abode of intense joy, the only genuine master whom one can accept and surrender to, and an ocean of divine knowledge of renunciation. He is a repository of holy scriptural teachings and pastimes of the highest devotion and a great follower of Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.'

vanchha-kalpatarubhyas cha krpa-sindhubhya eva cha
patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah

'Again and again I offer obeisances to the Supreme Lord's devotees, who are saviours of the fallen, oceans of mercy and wish-fulfilling trees.'

vrndayai tulasi-devyai priyayai kesavasya cha
krsna-bhakti-prade devi satyavatyai namo namah

'Again and again I offer obeisances to Vrinda Devi (Tulasi Devi), who is very dear to Lord Kesava, who bestows devotion to Krishna and is known as Satyavati.'

atha natva mantra-gurun gurun bhagavatarthadan
vyasan jagad-gurun natva tato jayam udirayet

'Before reciting scriptures that can conquer material world, let us offer obeisances to our initiating Guru, to the Guru who teaches us the meaning of Srimad Bhagavatam, to Sri Vyasadev and all gurus in the universe.'

jayah sa-parikara sri-sri-guru-gauranga-gandharva-govinda-sundar-padapadmanam jayastu!

'All glory to the lotus feet of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva-Govindasundar and all Their associates.'

vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

'I worship Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami.'

sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura-bhakta-vrnda

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Say with me:

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Once again:

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

You have all come at the holy appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma. Gurudev's appearance is not like some ordinary man's birthday. Gurudev's appearance means that the Lord sends on this day His own man to this world to speak about Him. If you want to hear about the Lord and glorify the Lord, you must listen to it with a clean, unobstructed mind, with your heart and soul and with faith. If somebody does not have faith, they will not be able to hear these things.

You all went away many days ago, after Gaura Purnima, and we have not been able to meet during all this time. But you have all come now, and you can meet with all the devotees and hear the news. You have come to Navadwip Dham, to Sri Godrumdwip, to the place of Sri Nrisinghadev. This is a place of the Lord. It is also called 'Devapalli' because 330,000,000 demigods live here. It is your great fortune that you have come here. It is hard to take even a speck of dust from this land.

Some of you may not have got a room, so you are sleeping on the veranda or here in the nat-mandir. [Somebody's phone rings] Keep your mobile phones off from seven to nine in the evening. Do not use mobiles phones during these two hours. You are not some SP (Superintendent of Police) or DM (District Magistrate) who must take phone calls to solve some urgent matters. Leave all problems to the Lord. I am begging you to give me the alms of two hours of your time – do not speak during these two hours, stay quiet and listen about the Lord. I know that many of you are struggling to stay here because you are used to eating well and dressing well every day. It is said in one of the kirtans:

ভাল মন্দ খাই, হেরি, পরি, চিন্তাহীন ।
নাহি ভাবি এ দেহ ছাড়িব কোনদিন ॥

bhala manda khai, heri, pari, chinta-hina
nahi bhavi, e deha chhadiba kona dina

'I eat, see and wear whatever I fancy without any thinking and never think that one day I will leave this body.'

(Gitavali, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

[Somebody speaking] Again speaking? Can you not keep your mouths closed? When the Lord takes your mouth away from you, what will you do then? You will only moo and cry like a cow. If you are born as a cow or a monkey in your next life, what will you do then? You have got an opportunity to speak in this life, but you must only speak about Krishna. You always speak about others things, you always think about other things. Stop this. All this has been arranged for you, for your benefit – if you hear one–two things about the Lord, it can give you supreme benefit. You can eat dal, rice and vegetables at home too, but here you can take maha-prasad and try to stay despite the discomfort.

I know you sleep one–two persons in a room, but here you have to sleep with ten other people in one room. It is inconvenient, but do not become deha-rami (দেহারামী; devoted to bodily comfort). You must tolerate. It is necessary to challenge and test your tolerance and patience. There are different times in a human life – there are good times and bad times. Sometimes happiness can come and sometimes unhappiness can come in our life. I have wrote about hell in one of my books. There are many kinds of hell, and in each of the places people suffer in so many ways. If you have never heard about it, read about it in the book (Guidance 3). You know that one can go to hell, but you should think what kind of life is there.

Even writers say, 'Where are heaven and hell? They are not far! There is hell and heaven even among humans.' Is that not true? You can see heaven and hell in this world also – insects, bugs live in a drain, pigs eat stool, somebody eats rotten things, dead things. When a dog is hit on the road and dies, another dog comes and eats it. You can see all these things.

Sadhus, gurus and Vaishnavs are very merciful – they do not want you to suffer like this, so they come to bring you to this line so that you can practise Krishna consciousness and come to the Lord.

ভাল মন্দ খাই, হেরি, পরি, চিন্তাহীন ।
নাহি ভাবি এ দেহ ছাড়িব কোনদিন ॥

bhala manda khai, heri, pari, chinta-hina
nahi bhavi, e deha chhadiba kona dina

'I eat, see and wear whatever I fancy without any thinking and never think that one day I will leave this body.'

(Gitavali, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

We never think that we will have to leave this body, but the truth is that everybody has to leave their bodies and go away from this world. I will also have to leave this body and go away – this body will be buried in the ground or burnt at a crematorium on the bank of the Ganges. There is nothing else to it. Otherwise, if there is no money, this body can be also thrown into the Ganges – it will float down the river until some dogs or other animals get it and eat it. You worry so much about this body now ('Where will I eat?', 'Where will I get clothes?', 'Where will I sleep?', 'What if it is hot or cold?'). You have not seen what is called real suffering. We often attend programmes at different places, and when I return to the temple in Kolkata late at night, I see that people sleep on footsteps, wrapped into blankets. Now they do not allow anybody to stay at train stations, so you can see many people sleeping on footsteps of closed shops. They have no house, and they lie on the ground in the cold... Think about those people. So, if you tolerate it and stay one–two nights on the veranda here, what will happen to you? Nothing. There is no problem at all. I have also gone through all this. Even after I joined the temple, I have had to go to many places, and I have been to many bad places where I had to suffer. You all know my story. I have also suffered. In my previous ashram, my father and mother often said, 'No pain, no gain (kasta karale kesta paoya yaya, কষ্ট করলে কেষ্ট পাওয়া যায়: lit. "if you struggle, you can get the Lord.").' It is necessary to be able to tolerate. Mahaprabhu also said: those who have the power of tolerance have the right to chant the Holy Name. We chanted yesterday:

তৃণাধিক হীন দীন অকিঞ্চন ছার ।
আপনে মানবি সদা ছাড়ি অহঙ্কার ॥

trnadhika hina, dina, akinchana chhara
apane manabi sada chhadi ahankara

'Give up ego and consider yourself lower than a blade of grass, poor, destitute and vile.'

বৃক্ষসম ক্ষমাগুণ করবি সাধন ।
প্রতিহিংসা ত্যজি অন্যে করবি পালন ॥

vrksa-sama ksama-guna karabi sadhana
pratihimsa tyaji anye karabi palana

'Practise tolerance like that of a tree, stop ill-treating others and nurture everyone.'

(Gitavali, Sri Siksastakam Giti, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur; purpose to Siksakstakam, 3)

We must be humbler than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, and we must give honour to others.

You worry so much about your body ('Where can I eat nicely?', 'Where can I sleep nicely?', 'How can I avoid problems?'), but if this body is gone this instant, they will light incense to get rid of the smell, wrap the body and throw it away at a crematorium. Sometimes, many people die, so when you come in the evening, there are many bodies lying there to be burnt the next afternoon, and flies and insects are eating these bodies. In villages, it is much better because they burn the bodies immediately, but in towns, they burnt them in furnaces.

You have been worrying about this body for so long. If you stay with five or six other people in the room, you are very uncomfortable. Somebody sleeps with two–three nice blankets, and somebody does not get any blanket at all. You must have some human conscience: 'A person next to me is suffering, I will give them what I have.' If you treat others like this, if you help others, then it will not be necessary to tolerate any problems. Sacrifice your life a little for the Lord.

 

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6) Internal Meaning of Initiation
7) Amidst What Are You Sitting?
8) Karma-Misra Bhakti
9) Beyond Jnana-Misra Bhakti
10) Indomitable Power of Mercy
11) Learn to Behave as Sadhu
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