Superior Vision

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to devotees in Salt Lake City, USA
25 September 2011, part 1

 

Our line is Rupanuga sampradaya line—Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj are holding this line and we are trying to serve them.

Everybody always helps me, and seeing all the devotees like you I can remember Gurudev's face, I can see Gurudev through you. That is my hope. Gurudev left you all for me, and that gives me hope. You are trying so much to preach—you know Gurudev, you know what Gurudev wanted and you are trying to fulfil his desire.

I promised to Gurudev that I would protect Gurudev's devotees, and the opposition party promised that they would disturb me, this is not new. When I came from Australia, Gurudev showed me the letter that they wrote to Gurudev saying, "Gurudev, if you do not change your decision, we will disturb Acharya Maharaj his whole life." So, this is nothing new. They will disturb me my whole life until death, but I am not afraid of their disturbance—I will tolerate it until my death. And the judgement is only one. I do not depend on the high court or the supreme court—there is a court that is far superior to the high court and the supreme court. Krishna's court, Radharani's court, Gurudev's court, Nityananda Prabhu's court, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's court—their court is superior, they will judge. I am not afraid of them, I am trying my best.

Gurudev told me one thing also. Those who want to make something, those who think about making something, they cannot think about destroying anything; and those who do not want to make anything, who have never made anything, they always think about destroying things. Those who want to make something cannot think about destroying anything.

Our preaching line is a simple matter. Gurudev said that wherever you live—whether you live a householder life or you stay in a forest, jungle, whether you live in a small house, a cottage, or a big house, a palace, it is not a question—you must maintain your Krishna consciousness life, your spiritual life wherever you live. That is what Gurudev said, and you must remember Gurudev's words. Where we live is not a question—the main thing is that we must maintain our spiritual life, maintain our practising life.

You preach and gradually, one by one bring others to this Krishna consciousness movement, you are giving your blood for preaching. At the same time, Sripad Tyagi Maharaj is doing much here in India, Sri Bhakti Lalita Devi, Srila Janardan Maharaj, Srila Ashram Maharaj, Srila Avadhut Maharaj, and others are also doing their best. Sripad Vaishnav Maharaj's health is bad, he is very sick, Nyasi Maharaj's health is also very bad, but still they are trying to preach as much as they can, according to their capacity—they are doing their best and struggling until their death. They are so sick, but they are not afraid to be sick—they are following Gurudev's order and Gurudev's movement. That is our hope, that is our life.

We have got this human body and if we do not use this body for service to the Guru, then this body is useless, it is then not different from a dog's body or a cat's body. We have got a human body for service to the Lord, service to the Guru, and we must engage everybody in service. We must not look for others' faults. Somebody may not have the same qualification, somebody may not have the same qualities, but we must take their good side and reject their bad side—this will be our quality. We will think that we ourselves are guilty, we will not look for fault in others. That is main for us. If we always search for fault in others, we will become drain inspectors. We do not want to be a drain inspector, so we must be a good receiver—Gurudev is giving us everything, but we must be a good receiver. That is our line.

For preaching, it is necessary to have the main platform, basement. If your foundation is strong, then you will have no problem. Somebody asked me, "Maharaj, where should we put your picture?" I said to them, "It is not necessary to show my picture on the altar." I always keep all the devotees' picture in my heart, and devotees too should keep the picture in their hearts. If you show a picture on the altar and do not keep it in your heart, it is not devotion, it is false renunciation.

 

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