Madhukori Bhiksa

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
16 April 2013

 

Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj said not to go begging or collecting from those who live in Nabadwip (Nabadwip basi) and in general not to take anything from Dham basis. If you do it, this offence goes to your Guru. "Dhama-basi jane, pranati kariya, magiba krpara lesa? When will I bow down before a Dham basi and beg from them a drop of mercy?" We must not take anything from the Dham basis.

I remember once I was going to go begging to a bazaar, and Gurudev told me to go to Samudra-ghat or Krishnanagar, he told me not to do it in Nabadwip.

In Vrindavan, Govardhan there are so many fallen babajis. Once I asked Gurudev a question, "Gurudev, who are these monkeys?" And Gurudev said, "They are fallen babajis, they became monkeys because they took money from the Dham basis."

If somebody feels like begging, they can do, but not from Dham basis. There is Samudra-ghat and other places for begging.

Begging is called madhukori bhiksa (মধুকরী ভিক্ষা). What does madhukori mean? It means collecting madhu, honey, or nectar. It means a bee goes flower to flower, takes the honey drop by drop from each flower and keeps it together in some place. In the same way sadhus go house to house and take a handful of alms from each place. This is called madhukori.

Some sannyasis go begging and, when you give them a little, they become angry, "Why are you giving me so little? I won't take it!" This is not madhukori. Some go begging and say, "I am a sannyasi, you must give me a lot!" Is this what is called madhukori? If you do madhukori, you must take a handful at each place.

What a conception! These are not my words, it is said so in the scriptures, it is siddhanta.

Some say, "I am a sannyasi, and you must pay obeisance to a sannyasi! You must give a lot to a sannyasi," and what do the scriptures say? "I am not a sannyasi, I am not a grihastha, I am not a brahmachari, I am not a ksatriya, I am not a vaisya, I am not a sudra—I am a servant of your servant's servant's servant." Do you see? The scriptures say "Dasanudas, I am your servant, I am a servant of the Lord," but they say, "I am a sannyasi."

To do madhukori means like bees that go flower to flower and collect nectar drop by drop, the sadhus go begging for the service to the Lord—not for their own pleasure, they want to serve the Lord, serve their Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan, so they collect a handful at a time and give what they collect for the service to their Guru. This is called madhukori bhiksa...

 

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