Understanding Mercy

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
23 September 2009

 

As I have already told, without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy even Raghunath Das Goswami could not reach Mahaprabhu—he could not get service without the mercy from Nityananda Prabhu.

Nityananda Prabhu gave mercy with His legs—He kicked Sivananda Sen, and Sivananda Sen began to dance, but his nephew Srikanta became angry, "Why did this kind of sadhu beat my uncle??" Angry, he went to Mahaprabhu to complain, but Mahaprabhu had already understood what had happened and knew that a crazy boy was coming to Him. When Srikanta came to Mahaprabhu, he suddenly could not complain—he became afraid.

Do you see? Ordinary people cannot understand the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu.

A few days ago I was in Singapore and I said only one thing to a devotee (I do not want to tell his name), "Prabhu, I am here, why are you always behind? Why do you not come to the kirtan? Why do you not talk to me? What has happened?" This is all I said to him, but he stopped coming altogether—he did not come to the kirtan again, he did not come at another time too. He has some ego because there are two parties in Singapore and both parties make programmes together, chant together, and everything is fine, but that devotee cannot tolerate this. So, the day after I spoke to him, he totally stopped coming.

Somebody cannot tolerate such things... That is why Gurudev said, "If I chastise anybody, they will leave my mission. I have only one man whom I can chastise—I know he will always come in front of me." Also, when Gurudev was young, Srila Sridhar Maharaj sometimes beat him, but every time he was beating him Gurudev would come closer to him. Srila Sridhar Maharaj was surprised, "I am beating you, why are you not running away?" but Gurudev answered, "Because you do not know how to beat!" [His Divine Grace laughs]

 

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A Servitor's Mood
(Govinda)
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