Clear Your Path
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
"The dumb can speak, the lame can climb a hill—all it takes is mercy from Gurudev."
First of all, I am offering my full obeisance at the holy lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, begging him for his causeless mercy, after that I am offering my obeisance to all Guru-varga, to all my God-brothers and sisters, to all the listeners, to all the motherly lady devotees, to all devotees, and I am praying to you all for your mercy to this low soul.
[Noise in the nat mandir.]
Who is talking so much? Why are you talking here? Are you sitting in the nat madir telling stories to each other? Lying in bed and telling stories?? There is Hari-katha taking place here, is it a place for chatting?
গ্রাম্যকথা না শুনিবে, গ্রাম্যবার্ত্তা না কহিবে ।
gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
"Do not listen to the mundane talks, do not listen to the mundane news. Do not eat fancy food, do not wear fancy clothes. Do not expect honour to yourself, but offer all respect to others. Always chant the Holy Name of Krsna, and in your mind serve Radha-Krsna."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.236-237)
দিন যায় মিছা কাজে নিশা নিদ্রাবশে ।
dina yaya michha kaje nisa nidra-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 Bhakti Vinod Thakur)
Do you ever think that you can leave this world at this very moment? That is why it is said,
হরে কৃষ্ণ নাম জপ অবিরাম
hare krsna nama japa abhiram
"Incessantly chant the Holy Name of 'Hare Krishna' for as long as you have life in this body."
It is necessary to always chant the Holy Name, to chant Krishna-kirtan. You are worrying about your money, food, clothes, gossips at every moment passing your whole life like that.
দিনের মধ্যে আবল-তাবল
dinera madhye abala-tabala
"All day you talk all kinds of nonsense, how much idle talk you engage in! But find time amidst all that to chant the Name of Govinda, do not talk about other things!"
You always gossip, always engage in idle, inauspicious talks (prajalpa). It acts against devotion. There are six obstacles—atyahara, prayascha, prajalpa, niyamagraha, laulancha, jana-sangancha (eating too much, hoarding, talking nonsense, superficial attachment to rules and regulations, greed, associating with nondevotees). They are thorns, or obstacles, on the path of devotion. Atyahara means eating much; prayascha means accumulating much; prajalpa means talking a lot and talking nonsens; niyamagraha means to do what opposes devotion; laulancha means material greed; and jana-sanganch means keeping material association. All these things are written in the calendar.
We sing every day,
ছয় বেগ দমি' ছয় দোষ শোধি
chhaya vega dami' chhaya dosa sodhi'
"Subjugate the six urges, rectify the six defects, and bestow the six good qualities upon this servant. Grant me the six kinds of good association. I have sat at your feet, desiring that association."
It is necessary to control the six urges, it is necessary to correct the six defects in yourself, and it is necessary to keep good association. It is necessary to keep enthusiasm for Hari-katha, for the Lord's service. All these things are written very beautifully. If you do not read about it, if you do not follow it, you will not get any result. You were just now singing in a kirtan,
ভক্তি-অনুকূল মাত্র কার্য্যের স্বীকার ।
bhakti-anukula matra karyera svikara
"[Surrender means] engaging only in the activities that are favourable to devotion and rejecting everything unfavourable to devotion."
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু জীবে দয়া করি' ।
sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu jive daya kari'
"Being merciful to the souls, Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu descends with His associates and abode."
It is necessary to reject all that is against devotion, that is unfavourable to devotion, in other words, the obstacles, or thorns, on the path of devotion, or deception in the name of devotion. Devotion and anti-devotion cannot go together at the same time—if you drink both milk and liquor, you will not get any benefit.
I heard that people in Basirhat like to say, "We are doing mina-seva [fish service]!" It made me laugh. Instead of worshipping the Lord, they are eating food themselves. What does the Lord eat? We sang in the Dasavatara Stotram just now, "Kesava dhrta-mina-sarira jaya jagadisa hare." It is the first verse of the stotram. It says that the Lord assumes the form of a fish (mina), and people enjoy eating fish... Here also 50% of people eat fish. They think, "I can do anything I want," but doing anything you want does not work here. Do you understand? You must accept what is favourable to devotion and you must reject what is unfavourable to devotion.
You think if you do not eat meat and fish, you will not manage. Where I come from, they say, "Oh, I eat fish and eggs, but I have given up meat!" This is their Krishna consciousness—they wear neckbeads, put tilaks, etc. They do everything, but they eat fish and eggs. But neither Mahaprabhu, nor the scriptures teach this. There is no such siddhanta.
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