Zest for Sankirtan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in London
31 July 2011, part 2

 

We must serve Chaitanya Saraswat Math together. This is what Gurudev told me.

So much trouble, so many problems are coming to my personal life, so many things are going on, the opposition party is always attacking me personally, but I am not running away from service. Wherever I live, I serve from there. Every day I talk on the phone and manage the temple from here. Gurudev told me that my problem would finish soon and I would sit in my place after that. It is necessary to continue in this way until death. If I die for my Guru, if I die for my service, for Gurudev's temple, it is not a problem for me. I was born one day, and one day I have to die, so it is not a problem for me.

We must continue, we must run our preaching movement. I am telling this to the devotees all over the world. You know that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad went to America for preaching alone, he had nobody. Somebody thinks, "Oh, we are only two-three devotees, why will we go to sankirtan?" But one person can take kartals, and one person can take mridanga, that is sufficient. Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj said, "Agun jvala, vatasa asbe (আগুন জ্বালা বাতাস আসবে)—if you make fire, wind will come." Sankirtan is necessary. Somebody may disturb you, but you know that when Madhai beat Nityananda Prabhu, Nityananda Prabhu did not stop chanting the Holy Name. How many times was Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur attacked? He did not stop his sankirtan movement. Many times many problems will come in our spiritual life. Gurudev told me: if you are walking and fall down in some slippery place, you must use that ground to quickly stand up. We must understand that maya, the illusory environment, can attack us any time.

I am very happy that you have a programme every week on Sunday, but I want you to have a programme every day. Why only Sunday? You can make a programme every day, every evening. How many people come to our programme here every day? We can do our programme—class, kirtan, reading, etc.—every day. You may think, "Who will listen to it if we read Chaitanya-charitamrita or Bhagavatam?" But Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj said if nobody listens to your class, then the pillars and the walls will listen, and ultimately, he said, the Deity will listen to it. The Deity. Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundar will listen to your class. If you read Chaitanya-charitamrita in the nat mandir, the Deity will listen to it.

The Deity wants to hear it. You know that Mahaprabhu wanted to hear Hari-katha from Ray Ramananda, from Svarup Damodar, from Sanatan Goswami, Rupa Goswami. Mahaprabhu knows everything, why does He want to hear from them? There is a lesson in this. Krishna wants to hear from His devotees. Some think, "Oh, this is just some murti, idol," but it is not so—vigraha Tumi noy, Saksad Vrajendra-nandan (You are not an idol, You are Krishna Himself!). The Deity can hear everything.

We must practise and run our movement very properly everywhere, in every corner, every city, every temple. It is not necessary to make a big, big dome—it is necessary to preach. Our preaching movement must run all over the world.

I am very happy with the devotee who arranged this programme today. I can give lecture at any time, it is not a problem. If you have any question or any problem, you can ask me. My heart is with the devotees. Physically, I am suffering here, but my heart is always with the devotees. Gurudev gave me his devotees and told me to love them, and it is not necessary to show that love and affection—you must understand it in your heart.

 

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