His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
6 December 2010


অল্প ভাগ্যে সেবা নাহি হয়
কোটি জন্ম থাকলে ভাগ্য
বিষয় ছেড়ে হয় বৈরাগ্য

alpa-bhagye seva nahi haya
koti janma thakle bhagya
visaya chhede haya vairagya

"Service does not come by just a little fortune. Only after ten million births of good fortune, can you leave this material world behind."

Vrindavan Das Thakur writes this in his Chaitanya Mangal (later renamed as Chaitanya-bhagavata). Only after you have got 10 million lives of fortune, can you come to the line of Krishna consciousness—it is not easy.

It is not easy, but we have got this chance, and we must use the opportunity to serve, because even though we have got the chance, illusory environment is always ready to remove us from this line. Illusory environment is very strong, so if we do not practise properly, if we do not serve properly, any time we can lose our mind and leave this line. Be careful of that.

মায়ারে করিয়া জয় ছাড়ান না যায় ।
সাধুর-গুরুর কৃপা বিনা না দেখি উপায় ॥

mayare kariya jaya chhadana na yaya,
sadhur-gurur krpa vina na dekhi upaya

"It is not possible to conquer maya by illusory environment (by engaging in maya); it is only possible to get relief by the mercy of Guru, Vaishnav."

Be careful, always be careful.

দিন যায় মিছা কাজে নিশা নিদ্রাবশে ।
নাহি ভাবি মরণ নিকটে আছে বসে ॥

dina yaya michha kaje nisa nidra-base
nahi bhavi marana nikate achhe 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

It is a very nice song, and another song is also Bhuliya tomare, samsare asiya (Saranagati, 2). If you can recite and think about the meaning of this song, you will see how nice it is.

ভুলিয়া তোমারে সংসারে আসিয়া
পেয়ে নানাবিধ ব্যথা ।
তোমার চরণে, আসিয়াছি আমি,
বলিব দুঃখের কথা ॥

bhuliya tomare, samsare asiya
peye nana-vidha vyatha
tomara charane, asiyachhi ami,
baliba duhkhera katha

"I have forgotten You, Prabhu! Now I have come to Your lotus feet, I surrender to You and will tell You what my sadness is."

জননী-জঠরে ছিলাম যখন,
বিষম বন্ধন-পাশে ।

janani-jathare, chhilama yakhana,
visama bhandana-pase

"When I was in the mother's womb, I got very much austerity."

একবার প্রভু, দেখা দিয়া মোরে,
বঞ্চিলে এ দীন দাসে ॥

eka-bara prabhu! dekha diya more
vanchile e dina dase

"One time You showed me Your form—I saw You in my mother's womb, but now I do not see You."

তখন ভাবিনু, জনম পাইয়া
করিব ভজন তব ।

takhana bhavinu, janama paiya,
kariba bhajana tava,

"At that time I thought and promised You that I would worship You, I would chant Your Name."

জনম হইল, পড়ি' মায়া-জালে,
না হইল জ্ঞান-লব ॥

janama ha-ila, padi' maya-jale,
na ha-ila jnana-lava

"Then I was born, and maya, illusory environment, attacked me. I have become surrounded by the net of illusory environment and I cannot come out. Maya has bound me in her net."

আদরের ছেলে, স্বজনের কোলে
হাসিয়া কাটানু কাল ।

adarera chhele, svajanera kole,
hasiya katanu kala,

"When I was a small boy, I sat on the lap of my relatives and everybody—my uncle, father, mother, and others—gave me so much affection."

জনক-জননী-স্নেহেতে ভুলিয়া
সংসার লাগিলা ভাল ॥

janaka-janani- snehete bhuliya,
samsara lagila bhala

"They gave me much affection, and I felt so nice that I could not come out."

When your wife or your husband give you much affection, you cannot come to this line, but when they kick you, then you can come. Is it correct or not? If they kick you, give you austerity, then you suffer so much and you think, "Oh, it is not good, I have to come out." And when they give you much love and affection, you cannot come to this line in that life...



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