Devotees' Love

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

 

Question: Why did Mahaprabhu preach that prema (love) is the goal of life?

In this age of Kali, people's lifetime is very short, it is not like in Satya-yuga or Treta-yuga. In Satya-yuga, the lifetime is 100,000 years, in Treta-yuga the lifetime is 10,000 years, in Dvapar-yuga the lifetime is 1,000 years, and Kali-yuga's lifetime is 120 years. That is why Mahaprabhu taught that you can conquer others with love and affection, not by making others your enemy.

In this age of Kali, if you give people some love and affection, you can easily convert them. In this age, people live in family life, they love each other, but this is false love and affection because in this world when somebody loves somebody, it is for their own selfish interest. Mahaprabhu's interest, Mahaprabhu's love and affection is not like that.

Actually, the love and affection that pure devotees give is not false—through their love and affection you can easily conquer others' hearts. We are fallen souls, and those who are fallen souls do not know anything, so through love and affection Mahaprabhu conquered the whole world.

This is the process that Krishna Himself teaches, and this is what we teach too.

 

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Sanatan-siksa: When Krishna Gives Mercy
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 22: 'Somebody wants material enjoyment and worships Krishna, but when they get the taste of Krishna's nectar, they leave all their desires and aspire to become a servant.'

 

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera—Manigriva and Nalakuvara—were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.'
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