Service Drive

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in London
31 July 2011, part 4

 

I am telling all these things to you at this moment, but actually I want to say only one thing. Gurudev told me, "If you can become a dhuli-khana, one particle of foot-dust of the devotees of Chaitanya Saraswat Math, that is sufficient—more than that is not necessary." It is not necessary to become an acharya, it is not necessary to become a guru, it is not necessary to be a big pujari. If you can become foot dust of Chaitanya Saraswat Math, that is sufficient for you.

For that, it is necessary for us to have faith, strongest faith (visvas) in our Guru. After faith there comes "Sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam, atma-nivedanam (hearing, chanting, remembering, offering obeisance, engaging in service as a servitor, as a friend, and self-submission)". We must surrender fully,

ষড়ঙ্গ শরণাগতি হইবে যাঁহার ।
তাঁহার প্রার্থনা শুনে শ্রীনন্দকুমার ॥

sad-anga saranagati ha-ibe yahara
tahara prarthana sune sri-nanda-kumara

"Sri Krishna hears the prayers of those who surrender in the six-fold way."

(Saranagati, 1.5, by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

If somebody has faith, if they feel, "I can do something! I want to do it for my Guru!" then they can do it. Those who want to do something for their Guru, they can do these things. That is the main thing. Gurudev told me, "Continue your service, continue your practising life, and one day you will get the result."

 

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Proper Detachment
''Do not show your false renunciation to people. Serve accepting material things, but without attachment'—it is about emotion and devotion. Here it is said, 'Practise! Always practise,' and Das Goswami, Sanatana Goswami practised so much.'

 

Samsara-davanala
'I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, who daily engages himself and other devotees in dressing the Deity with various ornaments, cleaning the Deity's temple, and performing other devotional practices.'
শ্রীগুর্ব্বষ্টকম্

If you hear what sadhus tell you, what is expressed and exposed to you, and
you start to serve, with love and affection, heart and soul, then first faith will
come, then attachment, then love, and finally devotion will come.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"