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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Odds and Ends (3)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• Use time wisely • Joining the temple • Saving for the ticket • Caracas terrorists • Food for the coat • Chanting during lectures • Every insect has a purpose • Dayal Nitai Chaitanya dancing in your heart..

 

Jaya 'guru-maharaja'
'O manifestation of the principle of inconceivable difference and nondifference (union in separation)! This humble servant chants your glories and worships you with joy.'
জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’

Actually, devotees do not leave service—service leaves them.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"