Guru's Department

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
1 October 2013

 

অহঙ্কারে মত্ত হৈঞা নিতাই-পদ পাসরিয়া
অসত্যেরে সত্য করি' মানি

ahankare matta haina, nitai-pada pasariya,
asatyere satya kori mani

"Maddened with ego, forgetting Nitai's feet, I accept untruth as truth."

We can see in the Kaliya-daman lila of Krishna—Krishna was a small boy when He defeated Kaliya nag. We sing in the Prema-dhama-deva Stotram, "Varjya-patra-sarameya-sarpa-sanga-khelanam": "During His childhood Pastimes, Nimai played with discarded clay pots, dogs, and snakes." What does "sarameya" mean? It means a dog. Mahaprabhu played with dogs, and sarpa—snakes; and in Krishna-lila, Krishna also played with a snake. What snake was it? Kaliya nag.

Krishna came to Kaliya nag, and stamped His foot on his head. Kaliya was very angry (he had very much ahankar, ego), "Who is disturbing me?!" Krishna told him that because of his poison in the lake, the cows did not drink the water from the lake, and people also did not come there, everybody was disturbed. In the end, Krishna defeated the pride of Kaliya. These are some of the Lord's childhood pastimes... Also, you can remember how Nimai, who used to play with young girls, defeated Digvijayi Pandit...

Nalakuvar and Manigriv got tree's bodies because of their Vaishnav aparadh (offence to the Vaishnav). The same result also came to Saubhari Muni—his material desires brought about his downfall. We must be always careful about this.

হরিস্থানে অপরাধে তারে হরিনাম ।
তোমাস্থানে অপরাধে নাহিক এড়ান ॥

hari-sthane aparadhe tare hari-nama
toma-sthane aparadhe nahika edana

"If you offend the Lord, the Lord's Name delivers you, but if you offend a Vaishnav, there is no salvation for you."

If you go to the Lord, Krishna may not be able to it, but the Guru can give you what Krishna cannot do. Guru can save you. If Krishna cannot save you, the Guru can save you. That is the power of the Guru.

You can see that many times Nityananda Prabhu did what Mahaprabhu could not do. For example, Mahaprabhu was very extreme about King Prataparudra. He said, "If you tell Me about him again, you will not see My face again!" Somebody was requesting Mahaprabhu to meet with Prataparudra—"somebody" means Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Ramananda Ray, and other devotees. They wanted to help Prataparudra, but Mahaprabhu would become very angry. Anyhow, Nityananda Prabhu managed it.

He instructed Prataparudra, "Go to Mahaprabhu after the chariot festival. After dancing and chanting in front of the chariots, He will become tired and go to take rest in the Jagannath's garden. At that time, some vikar (ecstasy) will come to Him. Change your king's clothes and come to Him in a devotee's clothes, and you must tell Him this sloka, 'Tava kathamritam...' You will see what happens." Nityananda Prabhu told him everything, and Prataparudra followed it perfectly—he followed perfectly what his Guru had told him (Nityanada Prabhu is the Guru), and his desire was fulfilled, he succeeded.

These are the main things...

 

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The Bond with the Guru
'If you have a very strong relationship with the Guru, offences and undesirable things will gradually go away. If you have some material desire and do not want to remove it, and instead you want more and more, you will never get relief from that desire.'

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha
'Sri Rupa's dear followers are the great souls Sri Jiva and Sri Raghunath. Their dear follower is Srila Krsnadas Kaviraj. His dearmost follower is Sri Narottam, who is ever engaged in divine service. His feet are the aspiration of Sri Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur.'
কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ

Again and again we do Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, but how much can we use
ourselves for the service to the Guru, Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan?

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