Practise and Preach

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to devotees in Canada
16 October 2011, part 3

 

Devotee: We work the whole day...

Yes, you work, but when you get time, do not waste time on talking so much, etc. Everybody works, I also work, but what do we work for? Work is for the Lord, for the service to the Guru. Work is also service.

প্রসাদ-সেবা করিতে হয়
সকল প্রপঞ্চ জয়

prasada-seva karite haya,
sakala prapancha-jaya

"By honouring the Lord's prasad I conquer all worldly illusions."

(Saranagati, 31.5, by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

If you take prasad, all bad reaction will be removed. If you offer everything to Gurudev, then it becomes service. You work, get some salary, buy some fruit, buy some rice, cook and offer it to your Guru, then all reaction will be removed. Do you understand? Is it easy or not?

Devotee: Yes, Maharaj, and Gurudev told us at the same to preach...

Yes, of course. I also want that. Preach there, you can talk to the devotees living in Montreal also. You yourself can preach to them being a foreign devotee, they will be even happier. There is a large Indian community in the Montreal side, and they all go to mayavadi or sahajiya conception. You can tell them something about the proper line, about Srila Rupa Goswami's line, Gurudev's line, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's line, Prabhupad's line, Bhaktivinod Thakur's pure devotion, jaiva dharma—they will be happy. You will be benefitted and they will be benefitted through you.

Srila Sridhar Maharaj said that if you have some knowledge and you do not donate, share that knowledge to others, it is bad for you—bad things will come to you; just as when you have money if you do not serve the Guru with that money, some fault will come to you (vrtha-dosa). You have capacity for preaching, and if you do not preach, it will be bad for you. This is what scriptures say.

Preach in different areas, visit Montreal side sometimes, preach, invite people to your house, speak to them, they will be happier. In this way, the community will increase and the community will get pleasure. And when I go to America, I can come to Canada also.

Devotee: That would be very nice.

You can arrange some programme, some devotees, and I can come, do some kirtan, speak some Hari-katha. Preach and arrange some community and we can give lecture there. OK?

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!

 

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