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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Ekachakra Dham, evening class, 25 February 2021
Translated from Bengali, part 1

 

মূকং করোতি বাচালং পঙ্গুং লঙ্ঘয়তে গিরিম্ ।
যৎকৃপা তমহং বন্দে শ্রীগুরুং দীনতারণম্ ॥

mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
yat krpa tam aham vande sri-gurum dina-taranam

"The dumb can speak, the lame can climb a hill—all it takes is mercy from Gurudev."

(Bhavartha Dipika)

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.

By the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, by the mercy of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, today is the final day of our festival. We have observed the festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance during four days. We have come on the dasami day (tenth lunar day), and today is chaturdasi (fourteenth lunar day). We make this festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu in Sri Ekachakra Dham every year, from ekadasi to chaturdasi. Our two biggest festivals are here in Ekachakra (appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu) and also in Nabadwip (appearance day of Gauranga Mahaprabhu).

It is very good that you all keep connection. Without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, we cannot enter the kingdom of spiritual life. It is first necessary to have Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, and Nityananda means Gurupadpadma. They are asraya-vigraha (worshippable embodiment of shelter). Without asraya-vigraha, we cannot get the mercy of visaya-vigraha (embodiment of the object of worship). So, if you want to practise Krishna consciousness or serve the Lord without strict adherence to Gurudev, it is means foolishly bypass the right channel (goda dingiye ghas kayoya, ঘোড়া ডিঙিয়ে ঘাস খাওয়া; lit. jump over the goda [raised platform for cows to stand while eating grass] to eat grass). You cannot worship Gauranga bypassing the Guru.

We always want to be close to the mercy of our Guru, Vaishnavs, and Nityananda Prabhu.

 

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