The Price of Devotion
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
You must not have a gossiping consciousness, it is not necessary—you should practise and serve and have Krishna consciousness. Do some service, serve the devotees, and the devotees will get nourishment through that. Giving nourishment means not just talking about something that is not related to Krishna consciousness, or talking nonsense.
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)
Without Krishna-katha it is all gramya-katha—that which has no connection with your Guru, no connection with your service, will not give you any proper result or benefit. This is what Mahaprabhu told Raghunath Das Goswami.
Mahaprabhu was teaching Raghunath Das Goswami: at first Raghunath Das Goswami wanted to come to Mahaprabhu emotionally, and Mahaprabhu told him, "Go back to your house. Give up your monkey renunciation and do not become crazy." Mahaprabhu sent him back to his home. He said, "Yatha-yogya visaya bhunja' anasakta hana (যথাযোগ্য বিষয় ভুঞ্জ' অনাসক্ত হঞা): you can stay in your house, but be anasakta, stay there without any attachment." (Cc, 2.16.238)
আসক্তিরহিত সম্বন্ধসহিত ।
"When you are free from material attachment and establish relationship with the Lord, then you will see that everything around you is Lord Madhav Himself."
('Vaishnav ke?' verse 12)
Question: What is the meaning of the word "bhunja" in the sloka "Yatha-yogya visaya bhunja..."?
"Yatha-yogya visaya bhunja" means protect, maintain your property. For the Lord, for service to the Lord. We also maintain our temple—who do we do this for? For the service to our Guru, for the service to the devotees. What is this big, big building for? During the construction when I was making it I went there nearly every day, but after it has been finished, I never go there...
...Actually, very few are devotees... Sanatan Goswami said, "Prabhu, how merciful You are! You have picked me up from the visaya-vistha-garta (a hole filled with the stool of material enjoyment)!" When Rupa Goswami came to Mahaprabhu, Mahaprabhu first sent him back to his own village. Why? He said to him, "Distribute first all your property, all your money, then come back."
কবে নিত্যানন্দ মোরে করি' দয়া ।
kabe nityananda more kari' daya
"When will Nityananda be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"
("Kabe habe bolo se dina amar" by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)
Do you understand the meaning? It is very difficult to come out from this kind of environment, it takes so much fortune,
অল্প ভাগ্যে সেবা নাহি হয়
alpa-bhagye seva nahi haya
"Service does not come by just a little fortune. Only after ten million births of good fortune, can you leave this material world behind."
To come out of there you must practise. Only Krishna-katha can give you the love to Gaura Hari...
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য-দয়া করহ বিচার ।
sri-krsna-chaitanya-daya karaha vichara
"If you consider the mercy of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, you will be wonder-struck to realise it."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 8.15)
Mahaprabhu would sing,
কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হে
krsna krsna krsna krsna krsna krsna krsna he
How can you get Krishna-bhakti?
"If you accumulate sukriti for millions of lifetimes, you cannot get real devotion to Krishna through that, but if you suddenly feel an intense greed to get it, that is the only price you can purchase it with."
(Quoted in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 8.70)
You cannot buy Krishna-bhakti even with millions of lifetimes of sukriti—you will not get it; but if you think right now, "I need it!" then you must immediately buy it with lobha, greed. When you feel that kind of greed is coming through hearing Krishna-katha, you must immediately purchase it—such greed is the price for Krishna-bhakti, and this is what you must buy it with.
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