Spare Yourself

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 April 2013

 

Computer eats your brain. Gurudev told this to me. Devotees also want to engage me in computers, but I do not want to. Sometimes they give me a smartphone, but they do not understand why I do not take it. Do you think I have no brain to run a computer?

Yesterday I saw a young girl, an apprentice practising under a very big advocate. She was maybe 24 or 22 years old. She was not reading a book, but she was doing something on her computer. When her boss came in, he asked her,

"What are you doing?"

"Oh, I am taking some books and putting them in my computer."

"No! Read the books!"

I heard him saying this...

Computer eats your brain, and you cannot remember now anything. So many devotees have been with me, and everybody has a computer, but if I take some road, they cannot remember the way back, whereas if I take our Indian driver (who does not know so much, who cannot read, has no computer, no education or qualification) to some place once time, next time he can go there easily. Why? Because he is using his brain, but you keep everything in your computer, you depend upon your computer in everything.

There are devotees who have no education, who cannot even read, but they practise kirtan every day and can sing songs without books, but if you tell ** to sing one kirtan, they take out their computers or have to use a song book...

At a young age especially it is very difficult without reading books—you must always read books.

Sastra also says that if you sleep after the sunrise, your memory will reduce. Follow the way Gurudev practised, the way Bhakti Vinod Thakur practised, the way Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur practised, the way Param Guru Maharaj practised—follow the time when they would take rest, when they would wake up. The only exception for one-two days is when somebody is sick and cannot wake up, it is a very exceptional case, and also when devotees come from Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, etc. It is a long distance and when it is day here, it is night there, so they can take two-three days to adjust themselves. When I went to Brazil, sometimes I too could not sleep at night because it was daytime for me...

 

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