Reaching Honey

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in Colombia
October 2015

 

Question: For many years we have felt we are like that bee on the outside of a jar of honey. We want to taste that nectar of devotion—how can we do it?

It comes through practising, through sadhu-sanga. Why do you feel you are outside the jar of honey? If you chant the Holy Name without offence, if you serve the Lord sincerely, without being a hypocrite and without deceit, if you follow Krishna consciousness and practise properly, you must get the taste of the honey. If you have desire for service, if you have desire to hear Krishna-katha, if you desire to taste the honey, you must get that taste—it is necessary to have a strongest desire, a strongest faith in your Guru, then you can understand everything and you can taste the honey.

First you should avoid bad association. Avoid prajalpa (nonsense talks), anarthas (bad habits), atyahara (eating or possessing too much), prayascha (doing bad things), sanchay (keeping something for tomorrow)—reject and avoid what is not in favour of devotion and accept what is in favour of devotion, then you will easily get the taste of that madhura-rasa, the honey.

যে দিন গৃহে ভজন দেখি
গৃহেতে গোলোক ভায় ।

ye-dina grhe, bhajana dekhi,
grhete goloka bhaya

"On days when I see devotional service taking place in my home, I feel that Goloka has manifested there."

(Saranagati, 32)

If you practise only one or two days a month, or once every one or two months, it will not do. You must practise regularly—you eat every day, you sleep every day, so you must practise every day too.

You should turn your house into a house of Krishna's family, not a mundane family. When you took initiation you left your caste and you already entered Krishna's family. You have become a member of Krishna's family and you must keep your membership through practising.

I also give an example of a bank account. Suppose you have some money—you open a bank account and keep that money in the bank, but if you do not operate it properly, if you do not deposit or withdraw any money, the bank account will be dormant. In the same way, if you take initiation and become a member of Krishna's family but do not renew your membership, you will eventually lose your membership and go back to the mundane family again.

Finally, you must have chastity for your Guru, that is the main thing. If you do not have chastity, do not have the strongest faith, then slowly, slowly you will lose your faith and lose everything...

 

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Odds and Ends
'You do not have to make everybody happy. You must make your Guru happy. That is sufficient.'

 

Samsara-davanala
'I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, who daily engages himself and other devotees in dressing the Deity with various ornaments, cleaning the Deity's temple, and performing other devotional practices.'
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Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“If you go to satisfy the minds of others, you will only cheat yourself. Gora knows your thoughts, so how will you hide your heart from Him?”

 

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slowly, slowly, it gives more and more problems.

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