My Hope

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Venezuela
22 August 2011, part 3

 

 

I am very happy to see you all there. Today, you are going to feed Lord Krishna, Lord Nityananda, Lord Mahaprabhu, Gurudev, and I am very happy with that. I heard the news that Sripad Ashram Maharaj and the devotees are also making a festival in Mexico, Sripad Trivikram Maharaj is making a festival in Brazil, and Sripad Janardan Maharaj in America. They are all doing a good festival, and I am also praying to Gurudev for them and praying that they make the festival in a good way. They are all giving so much help to us, especially Sripad Ashram Maharaj.

We are all together, and we want to preach together, we want to go together. You must understand that our line is Gurudev's line, so we must follow Gurudev's direction, his instruction and will, we must follow what Gurudev wanted. I have so many faults, I do not have any quality or qualification, but you are always with me, all the devotees all over the world are always with me, and that is my hope.

"Vaisnava sangete mana anandita anuksana" (বৈষ্ণব সঙ্গেতে মন আনন্দিত অনুক্ষণ): "In the association of Vaishnavs, my mind is always joyful." (Srila Narottam Das Thakur). On this way, we can remember Srila Swami Maharaj and wherever he is staying now we can give some glorification to him... You know that Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Gurudev stayed in Kolkata for many months and they stayed in a small house of Srila Swami Maharaj. (I am too now staying in Kolkata—I never wanted to come and stay in Kolkata, but now, it is Gurudev's will, I am staying in Kolkata and preaching all over the world from here...) So, when Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Gurudev stayed in Kolkata, Srila Swami Maharaj made programmes going house to house and reading Bhagavatam (Gurudev would read Bhagavatam and Srila Swami Maharaj would explain it). Our movement should also be like this. We need mercy from Nityananda Prabhu...

I am inviting everybody—come for the Ekachakra festival, come for Srila Guru Maharaj's, Srila Gurudev's Vyasa Puja. Come from time to time here, stay and serve here. And always serve Parama Karuna there, help Purujit Prabhu, help Amita Sakti Didi, that will be good for you. Out of seven days a week you work for six days in your house, but if you keep one hour's or half an hour's salary for Parama Karuna each day, it will be food for you. You can spend seven hours on your children, your family, etc. and keep one hour's salary for your Mission, that is service. Whatever you get as one hour's salary each day, keep it in your bank and that will be your deposit for your spiritual life. If you can maintain this your whole life, it will be not necessary for you to come back to this mundane world again.

You have got this human body, and this body is meant for service to the Lord. If you do not use this body for the service of the Lord, then this body is useless. Anyhow, use yourself and engage others in service of the Lord. That is my hope and prayer.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!

 

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Odds and Ends (4)
Several excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
, Bankura Temple , Ramanuja Acharya's bed , Parikrama thoughts , Moustache , More than meets the eye , Always with you , The Highest Ambition , No hodge-podge , 'Thanks' is not enough , What is intelligence? , Let Gurudev choose..

 

Jaya 'guru-maharaja'
'Your ever-new joy as you describe the Absolute, your adjustments, your harmonies—such greatness...'
জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’

You must have sraddha, full faith, when you give an offering to the Deity.

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