His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
We are very fortunate today—every year we are always waiting for this day, we think, "When will I observe the holy appearance day of Gurudev?" This day comes one time a year.
Gurudev appeared on the day of Krishna-dvitiya. If he had not appeared today in this world, whose shelter would we take? Krishna Himself comes in the form of Guru to teach fortunate souls such as we all:
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, who is said by all the scriptures to be the Lord Himself, and considered to be so by the sadhus, yet is also the Lord's beloved devotee."
(Sri Sri Gurvastakam, 7)
Guru is the Lord Himself (saksad Hari). Why does Gurudev come to this world? To tell us the message of the Lord. And what must we do? We must always make honest enquiry at Gurudev's lotus feet. Gurudev tells us the message of the Lord, and we tell something to Gurudev, and this is not some gramya-katha, material talks. "Who am I? Why do I suffer? What should I do to get relief?"—this is honest enquiry (pariprasnena).
তদ্বিদ্ধি প্রণিপাতেন পরিপ্রশ্নেন সেবয়া ।
tad viddhi pranipatena, pariprasnena sevaya
"You will be able to attain knowledge by satisfying the divine master with submission, relevant inquiry, and sincere service. The enlightened souls who are learned in scriptural knowledge and endowed with direct realisation of the Supreme Absolute Truth will impart divine knowledge to you."
We come to Gurudev to make some enquiry, and in reply Gurudev tells us the message of the Lord. The Lord sends His own man to spread His own message:
তব নিজ-জন কোন মহাজনে
tava nija-jan kona mahajane
It is necessary to come to the Guru.
I was just saying recently that you do not become a disciple just by taking initiation. After taking initiation, Gurudev gives you everything and we must always think about Gurudev's work, about spiritual matters. Gurudev does not want you to think about food, about what is good, what is bad, etc.—he wants you to think about the spiritual matters. You may worry, "Where will I go after this birth?" but Guru will take care of this—we must fulfil our duty to our Guru.
It is necessary to have love and affection to your Guru. If you come to your Guru with just some money, some wealth, he does not want that. If a Guru asks you for money, they can never be a Guru. Guru is self-sufficient, he is full in himself because he gets everything from the Lord—the Lord sends him to this world to do His job, so the Lord provides the Guru with everything. The Lord sends the Guru here to rescue the fallen souls such as ourselves, and if we do not understand it, if do not listen to this, then we will have to come to this ocean of material existence again and again, and we will never be able to get out of it.
That is why Gurudev appears in this world. He comes to preach Mahaprabhu's teaching, Krishna's teaching, and his own Guru's teaching.
Who can think about Gurudev? Who can understand Gurudev? Can we recognise the Guru with these material eyes? Can we recognise the Lord with these material eyes? Can you recognise the Lord with your erudition and knowledge? Never. It is necessary to see it and to understand him with your heart...
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