Proper Adjustment: Entering Viddhi-Marga

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to the devotees in Delhi
16 October 2011, part 1


We must try to fulfil Gurudev's desire.

Gurudev told me, "You can stay anywhere, but you must practise properly—wherever you are you can maintain your spiritual life." Sometimes we do not practise properly and as a result we lose our faith. We must keep some time aside for practice. Everybody does some service or work every day, but if you use your energy for the Lord, for Guru, for Gauranga, for Krishna, then it will all be service and no reaction will come. On the other hand, if somebody does something thinking, "I am doing service," but it does not fulfil Gurudev's desire, does not make Gurudev happy, then it is all karma and we will suffer from the bondage of that karma, and the result of this bondage (karma-bandhan) is going to hell (narak yantrana).

We must practise properly. It is necessary to follow some viddhi-marga because if we practise raga-marga, we will become sahajiyas. When we keep a Deity, for example Giriraj sila, we have to follow some viddhi-marga—bathing, doing the offer, etc. Gurudev always said, "Do not keep a Deity if you cannot serve the Deity properly." Sometimes we have to go outside—we go to work or we leave to do some service, sometimes we stay at our relative's house—and if you keep a Deity in your room and do not serve the Deity properly, it will be an offence. That is why Gurudev told me, "You can make temples, but do not make so many Deities because you should not keep a Deity if you cannot serve the Deity properly" Do you understand it?

When, however, we keep a Deity we must serve properly and follow the viddhi-marga (rules and regulations).

When Mahaprabhu became pleased with Das Goswami Prabhu's service, He gave him a Govardhan sila who was like Lord Krishna and a gunja mala who was like Radharani, and when Das Goswami Prabhu served them, he could see Krishna's pastimes, he could realise that.

Why does Gurudev give us second initiation? To give us entrance into internal, intimate service. But the problem is that we do not meditate on the gayatri properly, we are not doing it properly, that is why we are not getting the result. That is why we must always remember that we have no qualification to serve Radharani or Radha-Krishna. You know that even Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj always, everywhere all over the world preferred to installed Deities of Gaura Nitai rather than Radha-Krishna. Even when he made a temple in Vrindavan, he never installed Radha-Krishna there—he made a Krishna-Balaram mandir. You should try to realise why he installed Krishna and Balaram in Vrindavan. He said, "I am unqualified. I have no qualification, I cannot serve Radharani, that is why this temple is Krishna-Balaram temple, in sakhya-rasa (service in the mood of friendship)." He preached santa-, dasya-, sakhya-rasa (service in the mood of neutrality, servitude and friendship)—not madhura-rasa, because it is very high.

So, we must realise that we are very unqualified. We have no qualification to serve Radharani. It is necessary to have proper adjustment and to serve properly...


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