Sri Guru's Joy and Sadness

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
15 July 2012, speaking online to Caracas

 

Instead of thinking, "I am a disciple of this Guru, I am a disciple of that Guru," we should think, "How shall I satisfy my Guru?" I always think that I have taken more from my Guru than I could give. I must give to Guru, not take from him.

We must satisfy our Guru—we must always think about the Guru, think about the Deities, "How shall I serve Them? How shall I serve more?" We must not look for others' fault. If you make yourself busy looking for fault in others and worrying about other things, you will not get time to serve. Always be careful.

Kaya, mana, vakya: your body, speech, and mind must always be clear for service—you must always give your body, speech, and mind for service. Otherwise, if you always think about other people's business, you are going to waste your time. It is not your job to find fault with others—you must always think, "I am guilty, I am not innocent. I will not see others' fault, I will not look at others' fault. I must serve, and what somebody else is doing, that is their business."

Can you understand this?

Devotees: Yes.

Good. I am very happy you are able to understand this. When your preaching becomes more successful, when everyone proceeds in their spiritual life, when everyone is happy and increasing their service and spiritual life, then I become happy. You may ask me, "What makes me sad?" I become sad when devotees lose their service, when they do not practise properly and service leaves them, or they are not doing proper service...

I pray to Gurudev for them:

দুর্দ্দৈবে সেবক যদি যায় অন্য-স্থানে ।
সেই ঠাকুর ধন্য তারে চুলে ধরি' আনে ॥

durdaive sevaka yadi yaya anya sthane
sei thakura dhanya tare cule dhari' ane

If by chance a servant falls down and goes somewhere else, glorious is that master who captures him and brings him back by the hair.

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.47

I pray for these unfortunate souls who leave their service—I pray that Krishna will bring them back, that Krishna and Guru will forgive their offence, and that Krishna will engage them again in service to Guru.

Actually, for service not so many things are necessary—only your heart is necessary. You know, there is a devotee who knows only two words in English, "Mahaprabhu" and "Guru", but he goes preaching and every day sells twenty-thirty Hindi books. So, all it takes to serve is a heart and desire. If you have desire to serve your Guru, Krishna will fulfil it. Gurudev told me, "If you serve the Guru, the Vaishnavs, then one day Krishna will come to serve you." We must believe these things. If you have full faith in it, then you can easily understand it.

 

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Service Target
Question: It is said in the scriptures we cannot attain anything without the mercy of the spiritual master, how can we know that our service or our intention is reaching the heart of Gurudev.

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha
'Nrhari Tirtha and Madhava Tirtha were also disciples in Madhva Acharya's line. Madhava Tirtha accepted the paramahamsa Aksobhya Tirtha as his disciple. Aksobhya Tirtha's disciple was Jaya Tirtha. Jaya Tirtha's servant was Jnanasindhu.'
কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ

That is the duty of a pure disciple: the disciple will preach for their Guru,
not for their own self, their own interest.

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