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Ultimate Word of Scriptures

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Basirhat, 13 January 2021, part 10
Translated from Bengali

 

We cannot serve all 330,000,000 demigods. What do the scriptures say?

'শ্রদ্ধা' শব্দে—বিস্বাস কহে সুদৃঢ় নিশ্চয় ।
কৃষ্ণে ভক্তি কৈলে সর্ব্বকর্ম্ম কৃত হয় ॥

'sraddha'-sabde—visvasa kahe sudrdha nischaya
krsne bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya

"Sraddha is firm, determined faith that by service to Krishna all actions are accomplished."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.62)

If you have faith in Lord Krishna, then all other activities and duties are automatically fulfilled—it is not necessary to serve any gods or demigods. Your debts to your father, mother, rishis, demigods are cleared. They accuse you of leaving service to your parents and becoming a sadhu, but

'শ্রদ্ধা' শব্দে—বিস্বাস কহে সুদৃঢ় নিশ্চয় ।
কৃষ্ণে ভক্তি কৈলে সর্ব্বকর্ম্ম কৃত হয় ॥

'sraddha'-sabde—visvasa kahe sudrdha nischaya
krsne bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya

"Sraddha is firm, determined faith that by service to Krishna all actions are accomplished."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.62)

If you worship Krishna, then all other duties and debts are fulfilled. If you worship Durga today, then you will not have any money left to worship Kali. If you worship Kali, then you will not have any money left to worship Laksmi. If you worship Lakshmi or Kartik , then you will not have any money left to worship Ganesh. If you worship Siva, Parvati will get angry that you do not worship her. Who will you worship then? That is why it is said that the worship of all dogs is fulfilled if you worship Krishna.

সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
অহং ত্বাং সর্ব্বপাপেভ্যো মোক্ষয়িষ্যামি মা শুচঃ ॥

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

This is sloka is given lastly in the eighteenth chapter of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. What does it say? "Leave all religions—the religion of serving your friends, the religion of serving your father, the religion of serving your mother, the religion of Muslims, the religion of Christians, Buddhism, Hinduism. Leave all religions. You must leave even the Hindu religion. Follow My religion—worship Me. I will liberate you from all sins." This is the gist meaning of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. If anybody asks you what is the gist of Srimad Bhagavad-gita, the meaning is this, "Leave all religions and surrender to Me, I will save you from all sins." This is the last word of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. This is so beautiful.

There is also another sloka in Gita,

অপি চেৎ সুদুরাচারো ভজতে মামনন্যভাক্ ।
সাধুরেব স মন্তব্যঃ সম্যগ্ব্যবসিতো হি সঃ ॥

api chet suduracharo, bhajate mam ananya-bhak
sadhur eva sa mantavyah, samyag vyavasito hi sah

"If even a very sinful person serves Me exclusively with devotion, he should be regarded as saintly, for his resolve is perfect."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 9.30)

A person can be very bad, a person may have done so many bad things, but if they leave everything and surrender to the Lord, the Lord then liberates them from all sins taking them on His lap and giving them the right (the qualification) to serve Him. So many nice, beautiful things are expressed in Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavad-gita. If you do not try to understand it, if you do not study what is said in the scriptures, then how will you learn? You must study, you must hear Hari-katha. You do not become educated just by getting enrolled into a school—you must attend lessons, study. If you do not do that, you will fail. Here too it is the same—you will fail if you do not study and practise what Krishna consciousness is. If you do not practise properly, if you do not come to the classes, etc., you must fail. Practice makes perfect. You must practise kirtan. Wake up early in the morning, chant five kirtans in the morning and five kirtans in the evening. How many minutes does it take? Fifteen-twenty minutes. Can you not give this time to the Lord? You are busy the whole day! You are gossiping the whole day at the tea store, women gossip the whole day what their mother-in-law, what their daughter-in-law, etc. did. How does this affect your spiritual life? You are wasting your time gossiping and the time will pass.

দিন যায় মিছা কাজে নিশা নিদ্রাবশে ।
নাহি ভাবি মরণ নিকটে আছে বসে ॥

dina yaya michha kaje nisa nidra-base
nahi bhavi marana nikate achhe base

My days are passed in useless work and nights are wasted on sleeping. It never occurs to me that there is death sitting next to me.

('Durlabha manava janma labhiya' by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

Death can come at any time. You have some days in your hand, then do not waste this time—practise Krishna consciousness.

জীবন অনিত্য জানহ সার
তাহে নানাবিধ বিপদ-ভার ।
নামাশ্রয় করি' যতনে তুমি
থাকহ আপন কাজে ॥

jivana anitya janaha sara
tahe nana-vidha vipada-bhara
namasraya kari' yatane tumi
thakaha apana kaje

"Understand the essence: life is temporary and filled with all sorts of adversity. Carefully taking shelter of the Name, engage in your work."

We do not prohibit you from doing your work, nobody tells you to leave your home and go stay in a jungle becoming a naga sannyasi. Whether you are staying at home or in a forest, always chant the Holy Name.

aparadha sunye haye laha krsna-nama
achirat tumi pabe krsna-prema-dhana

"Chant the Holy Name of Krishna without offence and you will quickly get the treasure of divine love to Krishna."

You must make yourself free from offences and chant the Holy Name of Krishna. There is no other way. This is the last word. No matter what may be said, this is the ultimate word.

 

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