Care for Service

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Hungary
15 September 2013, part 4

 

Always chant the Holy Name. You can chant the Holy Name anywhere, everywhere. It is not necessary to always chant on the mala, you can chant the Holy Name everywhere, even in the bathroom, even in the toilet. I got a nice example yesterday.

Indian people wake up in the morning, do so many things, and after 9-10 o'clock in the morning they take a shower and they go to the Deities' room. Before that, they do not do anything for the Deities, but even when they come into the Deities' room they do not bathe the Deities, do not clean Their clothes. This is their idea. However, when a lady has a baby and the baby cries for milk at 4 a.m., the mother gives her milk to the baby. The Deity also cries for milk but nobody gives food to the Deities... People do not understand what is service, what is the relation with the Deities.

বিষয়ে যে প্রীতি এবে আছয়ে আমার ।
সেই মত প্রীতি হউক চরণে তোমার ॥

visaye ye priti ebe achhaye amara
sei-mata priti hauk charane tomara

"May I have the same affection and attraction to your feet that I now have for material things."

(Gitavali, 4.5, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

You have some relation with your family, with your mother, father, children, etc., and this same kind of relation should come to you towards the Lord...

 

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Mood vs. Background
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Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'[Seeing the whipping stick in His mother's hand,] He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conchshell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother's pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.'
শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্

You eat every day, you go to the toilet every day, then you must feed your deity
every day too. That is what sincerity is.

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