Follow Your Dream

By His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
27 October 2010


In his young days (1955), Gurudev wrote one poem,

ami nai va gelam puri, nai va elam ghuri'

Everybody says, "Oh, we have visited so many holy places," but actually no result will come if you do not practise.

tirtha-yatra parisrama
kevala manera bhrama

(Srila Narottam Das Thakur)

You always go to holy places, but it is only parisram (পরিশ্রম), distressing labour—it is only your mind satisfaction, nothing else.

ami chai na ha'te ei jagatera svaraja-danda-dhara
ami chai na ha'te mukti-pathera navina nyasi-vara [1]

"I do not want to be a big man, a big guru. I do not want to be that kind of a sannyasi who can give liberation, mukti-patha."

ami nai va gelam puri,
gaya, kasi, badarinara'na
nai va elama ghuri'
yadi kona janme paire hote vaisnava-kinkara
amara sakala asa-i mitbe re bhai pai yadi ai vara [2]

"It is not necessary to go to Kedri-, Badri-Narayan—if in any birth we can get to be dasanudas, servants of the Vaishnav, that is sufficient. I want to get that kind of boon that all my desires are fulfilled—and what is my desire? My only desire is that I can be a servant of the Vaishnavs."

ami chai na pete mukti hate —bhuktire ke mage?
yadi gauraharira charana-sevaka-charana paire lage [3]
yadi brahma ese chhale
indra tahara rajadhani deya
tao phirai hele,
ara ki debe laksmi-nara'na? —tao hrde nai jage
ami chai re sudhu sachi-sutera sevaka-charana-rage [4]

"If Indra gives his capital, I will reject it. What will Laksmi Narayan give? Nothing. I only want the lotus feet of Sachi-suta Gaurahari."

This poem is a very nice expression. I heard from Gurudev that Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Param Guru Maharaj, said, "If you can be a speck of dust of Chaitanya Saraswat Math, that is sufficient." It is not necessary to become a manager, it is not necessary to become a big guru—if you want to become the dust of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, that is sufficient to go to Goloka Vrindavan.

Question: What are the requirements for being a speck of dust in Nabadwip Dham, Chaitanya Saraswat Math?

What kind of requirement is necessary? Not to follow your mind—follow your Guru. If you follow your mind, you will go to the jungle.

Mind is very naughty, and you must beat that mind. How will you beat it, you know? With the rope. "Rope" means intelligence (বুদ্ধি-রূপ দড়ি, buddhi-rupa dori). It is like a running horse—you must go this way, but the horse wants to go another way, but the horse master always directs the horse with a stick and the rope. You must beat your mind with the rope.




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The poem
Original Bengali


Sarvasva Tomara
Charane Sapiya
'If you always recite this song, your ego will not come, you will not think you are a Vaishnav. You will take remnants of the Vaishnavs, prasad, and you will think always you are a fallen soul, then you will never get proud, 'Oh, I am taking the remnants!' Humility, dainyata will come.'


Sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu jive daya kari'
'Bhakti Vinod places a straw between his teeth and falls before Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu and Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu, clasping their feet.'
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু
জীবে দয়া করি'

You are proud that you got initiation, got connection with Gurudev so many years ago, but actually you may not have got anything—otherwise why do you become tired? Why do you become hopeless?