Awake, Aware and Avid

By His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nrisingha-chaturdasi day,
24 May 2013, Sri Nabadwip Dham

 

Do you wake up for mangal arati? If you can wake up for mangal arati, then you will not fall into danger any day. "Danger" means being removed from the service of the Lord.

Everybody thinks danger means a woman, but many things will come—opulence, etc. Maya has many forms. Do you remember what happened to Haridas Thakur? He chanted so many Holy Names, and one afternoon, a girl, all dressed up, came to him and said, "O sadhu, I will stay with you." This is a test. Through the chanting of the Holy Name, Haridasi Thakur subdued her.

You can get the Lord through service to the Lord, through very strong desire (arthi). In Kalna, there was Gauridas Pandit who had a disciple who served his Deities. One day, he kicked out that disciple, and Gaura Nitai left the temple and went with him—Gauridas Pandit opened the temple room and saw that Gaura Nitai were not there...

 

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''Do not show your false renunciation to people. Serve accepting material things, but without attachment'—it is about emotion and devotion. Here it is said, 'Practise! Always practise,' and Das Goswami, Sanatana Goswami practised so much.'

 

Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam
'He reveals the divine glory of Sri Gaura Dham, propounds Sri Gaura's celebrated grace throughout the world, and installs Sri Gaura within the hearts of the recipients of his grace. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet.'
সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং

You are thinking, 'This boat is going fast, this boat looks good,' but
chastity is necessary. Take Gurudev's boat, and one day that boat will
take you to Vrindavan. You have to believe that.

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