Beyond Emotions

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Hungary
15 September 2013, part 2


Now, are there any questions from you? Is there anything on your mind?

Question: Sometimes I feel that emotions can cheat us and take us away from Krishna. I do not know what is the proper way to approach my emotions during practising...

Yes, emotion and devotion... They look the same, but actually it is not correct—they are not the same. Devotion is very deep, it is the deepest, and emotion is not so deep.

When you practise and practise continuously, then love and affection come and then devotion comes. When you hear something, some emotion comes immediately, but unlike devotion it is not will be lasting. When you practise and practise, devotion will come gradually—through practising and practising, through hearing and hearing from the great Vaishnavs, from Gurudev, emotion will change into devotion.

Actually, when I joined the Mission, I did not know what devotion was, what karma-yoga was, what jnana-yoga was, I did not know anything—I came emotionally and joined the temple, but gradually, through hearing from great Vaishnavs, from Gurudev, through hearing and hearing, through practising and practising everything, my mind became settled. After that, devotion comes automatically. Also by the mercy of Gurudev something comes...


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Do not follow your mind: surrender to your Guru
We cannot follow our mind. We do not know what will be good for us, so what instructions Gurudev gives, what is Gurudev's desire, and what will happen—depend on him, give up everything to him..


Sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu jive daya kari'
'Humility, self-submission, embracing the Lord's guardianship, maintaining the faith that ‘Krsna will certainly protect me'...'
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু
জীবে দয়া করি'

When you give something to the Lord, do not keep any desires, do not ask for anything.