Careful and Sincere

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to devotees in London,
18 August 2013, part 2


Param Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj told that our mind is like a naughty manager who controls everything on behalf of the atma (jiva soul), that is why we always say, "I want this," "I do not want that."

Suppose there is a big factory run by a managing director. Suddenly, the managing director dies and his young twelve-year-old son becomes the next managing director. Because he is a very young small boy and does not know anything about running a factory, all the naughty thieves (factory workers) start stealing many things from the factory. Very soon the factory collapses or becomes destroyed.

Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj wants to show us using this example that our devotion is also very young—we have very little devotion, and this devotion is soft (kamal). There are so many enemies—lust, greed, much attachment with this material world—who are like many naughty managers within us. They can easily remove devotion and faith from our heart if we do not take proper care from the beginning.

So, if you have something bad, some bad desires in your heart, some bad elements in your heart, you must remove it from the heart from the beginning. If you have some bad habit, if you have some problem, you must careful with that. You can fall down at any time; Krishna can take service away from you at any time. You must understand this clearly.

The other day I told you to write about a fisherwoman—you can easily understand from that story who a Deity takes service from. Gurudev told this story of a fisherwoman and a Deity: the salagram sila wanted to go back to the fisherwoman and did not want to stay with the brahmin because the brahmin did not serve the Deity—he only showed the Deity to the people and used it for his own purpose. But those who serves the Deity from their heart are proper servitors. They can even make some mistake, they may make some offence, but they serve from their heart, they do not use the Deity for their own purpose.

Then, you should understand how you must serve the Deity, how you must do puja, and how you must serve your Guru. It is necessary to understand this clearly.


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