Fishing and Matchmaking

By His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
19 June 2013, part 5

 

Loving search for the loving servant: we are all the Lord's lost children, and He comes to take us back:

তব নিজ-জন কোন মহাজনে
পাঠাইয়া দিলে তুমি ॥

tava nija-jana kona mahajane
pathaiya dile tumi

You have sent a great soul, Your associate (to rescue me).

"O Lord, You have sent to me Your own associate to tell me about You."

What is Gurudev's duty? When two people get married, there is the bride's party, the groom's party and there is somebody like a matchmaker or a middleman between them. The Guru's duty is like that. Guru has connection with the lost servant and he has connection with the Lord and as a middleman, whatever message he gets from the Lord, he supplies that message to the lost servant, and when we tell some message to the Guru, he sends it to the Lord. That is the Guru's duty.

...I remember when ** was just starting to buy the temple land beside our temple, I told Gurudev, "Gurudev, I can buy that land first and stop them." Gurudev replied, "Will you buy the whole India? How will you stop them? They are making a temple here, next they will buy a land near your temple in Govardhan, then they will buy a land and make a temple in Vrindavan near your temple—how many places will you stop?" Then I said, "I can make some sign board on the street that will show that Srila Sridhar Maharaj's lectures are here." Gurudev replied, "You must do something, mustn't you? What will you do that for? You have good food here in your pond, then all fish will come to your pond themselves, why will you go finishing in their pond?"

Gurudev has taught so many things...

Jay Srila Gurudev.

 

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