Pure and Profound

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
10 May 2015, Sri Nabadwip Dham, part 2

 

We must preach about the Lord, glorify His Name, form and qualities for as long as we are alive in this world. Until our death—until we leave this body—we will try to serve our Guru, try to serve great Vaishnavs.

We must be always careful with seva-aparadh (offences during service and to service), Nama-aparadh (offences to the Name), Vaishnav-aparadh (offence to the devotees of the Lord), Dham-aparadh (offences to the holy places). We must always remember and think about these offences.

There is no place that can be compared to this Nabadwip Dham. If somebody thinks, "Oh, I have been to Darjeeling, I have been to this place, to that place, and I have also been to Nabadwip"—if somebody thinks it is all the same, they are making a Dham-aparadh. This is Nabadwip Dham. The Lord Himself wandered throughout this land, the Lord Himself appeared in this place. This is not just some temporary land, some soil, not just some houses. This place has some weight, some significance. People from all over the world come to this place to fall here on the ground, to touch, to "kiss" this land. "Nabadvipa hena grama tribhuvane nei": there is no place in this visva-bhramanda (entire material creation) that can compare with Nabadwip.

If you live in America, or if you live in Russia, it is not a problem—if you always give respect to Nabadwip Dham, if you always give respect to your Guru from there, always think about your Guru from a far away place, then you can get his association.

The abode, the pastimes, the beauty of Lord Krishna are non-different from Krishna, and this mercy can only be bestowed to you through the Guru-parampara. Only Krishna Himself or His associate can distribute this Holy Name—except Krishna and His associates there is no one else who can do it. That is why you should respect such devotees, they are the greatest donors for us. Who is the greatest donor in this world? Those who give you some clothes, some money, some food? Are they great donors? No. Great donors are those who give you Krishna consciousness. They are the Lord's very own, and they come here on the order of the Lord.

If you get this human life and only spend it on eating, sleeping, fearing, enjoying, if you only worry about money and food, then think what will become of you later. You will get next birth and will not even be able to speak—you will have to be born as some dog, sheep, cat, goat, etc. If you get this human birth and do not serve the Lord, then you will reap the result accordingly (as you sow so you reap)...

 

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Path to Service
'Chant, keep good association, listen to Hari-katha, and practise, then gradually you will get proper benefit through your chanting—then you will get the real service to your Guru.'

 

Yadi gaura na ha'ta
'I chant 'Gauranga', but have not melted (with love). How have I maintained this body? How has Providence made Vasu a stone rather than a heart?'
যদি, গৌর না হ'ত

Who can recognise the Guru? You cannot see the Guru with your material eyes; but you also have eyes inside, and if you surrender these internal eyes to Gurudev and can see with them, then you can understand who the Guru is.

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