Becoming Haridas

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Venezuela
16 August 2015


You are living now in a difficult condition, and I always think about you all. I know because of the economical condition in Caracas it is very difficult for you to maintain your temple, and also maintain householder life, I hear about this every day, but Krishna is always with you all. Krishna is always testing you, and I am happy with you all because you are tolerating everything.

Tolerance and patience are the main things and are necessary for our spiritual life. A devotee should always increase their devotion, their devotional activities.

Those who always do puja, archan, but have no affection for the devotees—who respect the Deities but do not respect the Deities' servitor—who are not so much expert in the sastra, scripture, are kanistha adhikari devotees.

Madhyam adhikari devotees always give mercy to the foolish people, give mercy to the lowest people, to the conditioned soul, and they always avoid those who are against their Guru, who are against the devotees, and those who criticise Guru, Vaishnav, Bhagavan.

Who is the highest devotee, uttam adhikari? An uttam adhikari devotee sees the Lord everywhere—wherever they look they see the Lord and see that everything happens by the will of the Lord. They are the ones who have the right (adhikar) to chant the Holy Name.

Somebody may say, "Oh, why does 'Hare Krishna' not come to this person's mouth?" The scriptures say that Hare Krishna maha-mantra comes only to the mouth of those who have performed puja, archan, for a hundred births—it is not so easy for the chanting of the Holy Name to come to just anyone's mouth.

Sometimes people do not listen to your class, or you go preaching in the street, but people do not want to listen, they avoid you—it is because these people do not have enough sukriti for that. That is why Hare Krishna maha-mantra does not come so easily to their mouth.

This is the main thing in our spiritual life. We think we chant three lakhs of the Holy Name like Haridas Thakur, but actually we do three lakhs of Nam aparadh.

When Haridas Thakur was going to leave his body, he asked for three things. (On the day of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's disappearance festival I explained in Bengali how important those three points are.) What Haridas Thakur said is very high. He said, "Prabhu, I am going to leave my body, at that time with my eyes I want to see Your lotus face, mukha padma; I want to keep Your feet in my heart, on my chest; and I want to chant, 'Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Sri Krishna Chaitanya.'" These are the three points of Haridas Thakur. He chanted three lakhs of Holy Names but finally he said these three things. This is our destination. You should also think about it, it will be good for you.

We must practise Krishna consciousness, and we must serve devotees. You want to be a Haridas (a servant of Hari), but before becoming a servant of Hari, you must become a servant of the Guru, Vaishnavs. The main problem is that everybody wants to be a Haridas, but nobody wants to be a dasanudas (servant of the servants), nobody wants to be a Gurudas (servant of the Guru), nobody wants to be a Vaishnavdas (servant of the Vaishnavs)...


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