First Steps in Surrender

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
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19 April 2015

 

Question: What should we begin our saranagati with? What should be first steps in our saranagati?

First steps in saranagati are: be humble and give up, or avoid, your ego. We are servants of the servants of the Vaishnavs, so give up your ego and be humble. These are the main things, and it is also necessary to have some patience.

You think you took initiation many years ago, but you cannot see the result in front of you and you lose your patience. You must be always patient, humble, and tolerant. দৈন্য, দয়া, অন্যে মান, প্রতিষ্ঠা বর্জ্জন, dainya, daya, anye mana, pratistha varjana. Dainyata means be humble. Daya means be kind to others. Anye man, give honour to others. And pratistha varjan, give up your pratistha, your name and fame. That is called saranagati, these are the main steps of saranagati.

 

Question: Gurudev, a devotee is asking a question... The society norm is such that one must get married, and her question is how to 'marry' Krishna? She says she does not want to get married to some usual man, she does not want to live the usual 'normal' life...

If she always thinks about Krishna, Krishna will be happy and will fulfil her desire.

In Dvapar-yuga, Kubja wanted Krishna to stay one night with her, and Krishna fulfilled her desire—in the Age of Kali, that Kubja became Kashi Mishra and Mahaprabhu stayed in his house for eighteen years. Similarly, Krishna will fulfil her desire.

It is not necessary to get married. In this Age of Kali, marriage means sex, but 'marrying' Krishna has nothing to do with sex—it is only transcendental pure love for the Lord. In this Age, marriage, wedding, etc. means people do it for their own benefit—they gratify their their own senses, indriya-tarpan, and get their own happiness. They enjoy, but that enjoyment is not permanent, it is temporary. If, however, you have love or search for pure love for Krishna, then you can get permanent pleasure, and you can enjoy with Krishna.

 

 

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Mercy at Your Doorstep
'What has Sri Guru come for? Krishna sent him to rescue us, to take us home, but we do not want to go. Krishna is pulling us one way, and we are grasping onto our house pillar...'

 

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offence of breaking the pot of yogurt that his mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.'
শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্

I am telling it to everybody: if you read this book, Sri Sri Prema-vivarta,
you will be very happy.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"