Healthy Temple: Preaching and Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Colombia
18 September 2011, part 2


I am very happy with this new place in Bogota. Do some devotee live there?


Good, it is very nice. Always preach there as much as possible. Run the centre like a temple—do the programmes every day, arrange for our small altar, keep Gurudev's photo, etc. Do regular puja. Do like this continuously and preach all the time—if some devotees can stay there at the centre permanently, it is good. When everybody gathers, make some programme, somebody will do puja, somebody will cook, and so on. If you can continue in this way, it is good. And one day, once a week, you can go for preaching, do sankirtan in the street. OK? Distribute leaflets with your address and the address of our Colombian centre. Invite new people, you can take some books from Caracas and distribute there, sometimes children can also do some preaching like in Caracas, Venezuela. If you follow their example and instruction, your preaching will be more powerful.

This place in Bogota can become the main centre of Colombia. You know that when Srila Sridhar Maharaj first made the temple of Chaitanya Saraswat Math he was alone and all of his godbrothers supported him (and two persons made this temple of Chaitanya Saraswat Math), but now you can see how many thousands and millions of followers there are at Srila Sridhar Maharaj's temple, Chaitanya Saraswat Math. You have a big ashram there, but when Chaitanya Saraswat Math was started, it was just a thatched house with a bamboo pole—there was nothing there, no bathroom, no toilet, no water, only a thatched house. Srila Sridhar Maharaj said: start the fire, wind will come; and: sometimes when you are crossing a river in a boat, your boat may start singing but you must continue rowing. Try to understand this.

As for the letter that you sent about your service, you can do whatever service with the devotees that is possible, according to your capacity. What service do you like? Do you like doing puja?

Devotee: Yes, I do...

Then you can do puja. Mucho gracias.

Devotees: Jay!

This is my desire: if you do puja, your life will be fulfilled and your desire will be fulfilled.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!


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