His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
24 June 2015
[His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila,
How is devotion to Krishna born?
krsna-bhakti-janma-mula haya 'sadhu-sanga'
krsna-prema janme, tenho punah mukhya anga
"Sadhu-sanga, good association, is what the devotion to Krishna is ultimately
born from; even when the highest love for Krishna is born, good association
remains a principle part of the devotee's life." 
If you want to get devotion of Krishna, you need good
association—sadhu-sanga is the main root of devotion.
'stri-sangi'—eka asadhu, 'krsnabhakta' ara
"Vaishnav's etiquette is to leave bad association: keeping the company of
women is one such association, and keeping the company of those who are not
devotees of Krishna is another." 
Avoid bad association, do not associate with those who are not devotees.
eta saba chhadi' ara varnasrama-dharma
akinchana hana laya krsnaika-sarana
"Giving up all bad association, giving up adherence to social rules of varnas
and asrams, thus ridding yourself of all material possessions (attachment),
take exclusive shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna." 
You must leave everything. Whether you live a householder life, or even a
brahmachari life—leave everything and only surrender to the
Lord. Srimad Bhagavad-gita told,
sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah
"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you
from all sins, do not despair." 
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)
"Leave everything and follow Krishna consciousness, surrender to the
"Krishna loves His devotees, He is always indebted to His devotees, He is
omnipotent and magnanimous. No learned man would ever leave such Lord for any
other kind of worship." 
"Krishna is bhakta-vatsal: He always lives in the devotees' heart.
Krishna does not live without His devotees. So, those who do not follow
Krishna are foolish; the scholarly ones always worship the Lord."
vijna-janera haya yadi krsna-guna-jnana
anya tyaji', bhaje, tate uddhava—pramana
"One is a learned person if they know about the qualities of Krishna and
worship Krishna, giving up everything else. Uddhav is the evidence to that."
Uddhav thought, "I live with Krishna, I look like Krishna—I am like
Krishna!" Sometimes some ego came or something, but Krishna gave him mercy
and he left everything and worshipped the Lord.
"The qualities of a surrendered soul appear the same as those of a destitute
soul, but the difference between them is that the surrendered soul has given
itself fully to the Lord (atma-samarpan)." 
The surrendered souls are those who have atma-samarpan, surrender or
self-submission. There are six types of surrender:
"Acceptance of the favorable, rejection of the unfavorable, the faith that
'He will surely protect me,' embracing the Lord's guardianship, complete
dependence on Him, and the perception of one's utter helplessness without
Him—these six are the essential limbs of exclusive surrender to the
Lord (saranagati)." 
This sloka is from Sri Hari-bhakti-vilas (11.418).
1) Anukulya-sankalpa (আনুকূল্যসঙ্কল্প), we will accept what is in
favour of devotion.
2) Pratikulya-vivarjana (প্রতিকূল্যবিবর্জ্জন), we will reject what is
not in favour of devotion.
3) "Krishna raksa karben" (কৃষ্ণ রক্ষ করবেন), we must believe that
"Krishna will protect me. No one except Krishna can protect me." Sometimes we
think, "I will protect myself," "My father is protecting me," "My son is
protecting me," "My relative is protecting me," "My doctor is protecting me,"
but no one protects you—only Krishna protects you. It is necessary to
have faith in that, that is called visvas.
4) "Krishnake 'gopta' va 'palayita'" (কৃষ্ণলে 'গোপ্তা' বা 'পালয়িত'):
no man, no demigod is our guardian or maintainer. It is a misconception, it
is wrong to think so. Only Krishna is our maintainer.
5) Atmaniksepa (আত্মনিক্ষেপ), we are not independent
(svatantra, স্বতন্ত্র), we are dependent, we live under the guidance
of the Lord (paratantra, পরতন্ত্র).
6) Finally, karpanya (কার্পণ্য), or dainyata (দৈন্যতা),
sarana lana kare krsne atma-samarpana
krsna tare kare tat-kale atma-sama
"When you take shelter of Krishna's lotus feet and surrender yourself to
Krishna, at that time Krishna accepts you as His very own." 
When you take initiation, when you surrender to the Lord, Krishna thinks, "He
is My son. This jiva soul is as dear to dear to Me as My very own
'Devotees gave me some advice and maya also gave me some advice, but I
did not accept maya's advice. Actually what you do, what you accept and
what you reject, depends upon you. You have some intelligence, and that
intelligence comes through association...'