His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Do you have any questions?
Question: I have many questions, I do not know where to begin, to be honest...
If you have some question in your heart, you can ask. Speak from your heart.
Question: I am constantly confused with all the thinking. As you say, this too much thinking is not necessary...
Yes, it is not necessary to think about anything—the strongest faith is necessary.
'শ্রদ্ধা' শব্দে—বিস্বাস কহে সুদৃঢ় নিশ্চয় ।
'sraddha'-sabde—visvasa kahe sudrdha nischaya
Sraddha means confident, firm faith that by serving Krishna you automatically perform all other activities.
Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.62
If you have the strongest faith in the Lord, then you will not think what will happen—you will just jump.
Sometimes Gurudev would say also this: Suppose you go to the Ganges in the winter season. It is very cold and you think, "To bathe or not to bathe?" Gurudev said you must throw your towel into the Ganges, the towel will start floating away and to take it out you will have to jump into the Ganges. In the same way, you must throw your mind to that side.
Do not follow your mind. The mind always disturbs, always takes you away from the service. You think so much, but everything is Krishna's will—what will happen, will happen. Everything happens by His mercy, by His will. So, do not think about what will happen—only surrender.
In Srimad Bhagavad-gita, Krishna said, "I have told you about many kinds of karma, jnana, yoga, I have given you much advice... Forget it. Forget it all and surrender to Me with your heart, mind, with your everything. I will look after you—I will see what your deficiency is and I will make up for it. It is not necessary for you to think about anything."
You should continue in this way.
The main necessity is sadhu-sanga, good association, and always avoid the Nama aparadh.
অধঃপতন হবে ভাই কৈলে কুটীনাটি ।
adhah-patana habe bhai kaile kutinati
Brother, if you act deceitfully, you will fall down. Because of offences to the Name, your service will be ruined.
Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 8.8
"You are doing so much service, but you and your service will be ruined because of the Nama aparadh, offences to the Name." You know what Nama aparadh is—you must read the Nama aparadh book. There are ten offences to the Holy Name, the most important among them is Vaishnav aparadh, or Vaishnav ninda (criticising the Vaishnavs). If you make these offences, then even if you did some service in the past, that service will be ruined because of that. Carefully avoid the offences.
Continue your practising life in this way and you will increase your spiritual life and you will succeed in your spiritual life.
Also, you should understand what we have got this human body for. It is not just for sleeping, eating, and enjoying—we did this before and we will do it later also: sometimes we will become a demon, sometimes a demigod, and so on. We must understand that we can get relief only by the power of the Holy Name...
Once—you can read about it in Prema-vivarta (chapter 15), then you will understand—a devsisu, a god-child, made an offence. A small boy, he was playing in Kamyavan. Kamyavan is little far from Vrindavan. All Vrindavan area is very big, about 84 crores (160 miles), it is not only Vrindavan. Kamyavan is now in Rajasthan. This god-child was naughty and cut Durvasa Muni's sikha (jata). Durvasa Muni became very angry and cursed him, "You will become a crocodile! And you will remain a crocodile for four ages—Satya, Dvapar, Treta, Kali."
The god-child was very sad, he cried and touched the feet of Durvasa Muni, begging him, "Prabhu, please forgive my offence..." Durvasa Muni then said, "What I said will happen, but in the Age of Kali, Krishna Himself will become Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Nimai—He will take Radharani's heart and halo and become Gauranga. To rescue the conditioned souls, Krishna will also become the Holy Name, and Gauranga Mahaprabhu will distribute this Holy Name door to door. So, you will live in a lake and when Gauranga Mahaprabhu comes and chants there, you will be rescued and get your previous body." And it happened so.
In this Age of Kali Gauranga Mahaprabhu along with the devotees was once chanting the Holy Name by the side of a lake, and suddenly a god-child came out of it. He paid obeisance to Mahaprabhu and explained, "I was a god-child and then became a crocodile, but You chanted the Holy Name and by hearing the Holy Name from Your mouth I again got my previous life." It happened. Such is the result of the Holy Name.
You should understand that in this Age of Kali the Holy Name is the proper religion and from this Pastime you can easily understand how powerful the Holy Name is.
If you can chant the Holy Name properly, without offences, then you will get the taste, you will get the attachment to the Holy Name (Name ruchi). জীবে দয়া, নামে রুচি, বৈষ্ণব সেবা, jive daya, Name ruchi, Vaishnava seva: when you become kind and humble towards the jiva souls; দৈন্য, দয়া, অন্যে মান, প্রতিষ্ঠা বর্জ্জন, dainya, daya, anye mana, pratistha varjan: when you become kind, humble towards others and give honour to others, then you will have the right to chant the Holy Name. Those who can chant in this way, following the proper rules and regulations, will be fully satisfied through that.
In this way you can get rescued from birth and death. As I said earlier, sometimes we become goddesses, sometimes demons, sometimes we become birds, or beasts, sometimes we go to hell, sometimes to heaven—but it is all temporary. We need a permanent solution, and it is possible, we can get a permanent solution in this life, in this human body. If, in this body, you practise Krishna consciousness properly, then through good association you can conquer maya, you can conquer birth and death...
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