Love The Lord

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Siliguri, 20 May 2017, Bengali class, part 6


You can see how much all the souls are suffering, how much we are suffering... We turn away from Krishna, forget the Lord and become engrossed in other works, and by and by the life comes to an end. Those who become averse to the Lord suffer from the blazing fire of material existence, they forget the Lord...

দুর্লভ মানব জন্ম লভিয়া সংসারে ।
কৃষ্ণ না ভজিনু দুঃখ কহিব কাহারে ॥

durlabha manava janma labhiya samsare
krsna na bhajinu duhkha kahiba kahare?

"I have got a very rare human life in this world, but I have not worshipped Lord Krishna. Whom can I tell of my misery?"

This is not only about the life in this material world—we have come to the material world so many times. Before too we got a life with all its paraphernalia (samsara).

সংসার সংসার ক'রে মিছে গেল কাল ।
লাভ না হইল কিছু ঘটিল জঞ্জাল ॥
কিসের সংসার এই, ছায়াবাজী প্রায় ।
ইহাতে মমতা করি' বৃথা দিন যায় ॥

'samsara' 'samsara' ka're michhe gela kala
labha na ha-ila kichhu ghatila janjala
kisera samsara ei, chhayabaji praya
ihate mamata kari' vrtha dina yaya

"Time has passed in the affairs of material household life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened... As if spellbound, I was attracted to this pointless material life, and being so much engrossed into it I pass my days in vain."

(Kalyan-kalpataru, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

In this way times passes in the affairs of material life...

দিন যায় মিছা কাজে নিশা নিদ্রাবশে ।
নাহি ভাবি মরণ নিকটে আছে বসে ॥

dina yaya michha kaje nisa nidra-base
nahi bhavi marana nikate achhe base

My days are passed in useless work and nights are wasted on sleeping. It never occurs to me that there is death sitting next to me.

('Durlabha manava janma labhiya' by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

We never think about this, but the sadhu and Guru come and tell us so sweetly,

ব্রহ্মাণ্ড ভ্রমিতে কোন ভাগ্যবান্ জীব ।
গুরু-কৃষ্ণ-প্রসাদে পায় ভক্তিলতা-বীজ ॥

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija

"Having travelled throughout the universe and got the mercy of Guru, Krishna, a fortunate soul receives a seed of the devotional creeper."

মালী হঞা করে সেই বীজ আরোপণ ।
শ্রবণ-কীর্ত্তন-জলে করয়ে সেচন ॥

mali hana kare sei bija aropana
sravana-kirtana-jale karaye sechana

"As a gardener, they must plant that seed and water it with practising: hearing and chanting."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 19.151-152)

You must love the Lord with your heart. Nothing else is necessary. Even if you have nothing, you can worship the Lord with the water of Ganges and Tulasi leaves and hold Him close to your heart. Do you think if you have no money, no wealth, the Lord will not come to you? You have heard before,

দীনেরে অধিক দয়া করে ভগবান্ ।
কুলীন, পণ্ডিত, ধনীর বড় অভিমান ॥

dinere adhika daya kare bhagavan
kulina, pandita, dhanira bada abhimana

"Those who have a high birth, knowledge and wealth are so proud of themselves, but the Lord is very merciful to those who are poor and needy."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.68)

I have also told you this story before. There was one Lala Babu in Vrindavan who had a sworn enemy. One day, he came to his enemy's house and asked him, "Will you give me some alms? I have come to beg from you..." The man was going to give him some gold, but Lala Babu said, "No, I only want the remnants of the rotis that you had yesterday." It is necessary to have such humility.

দৈন্য, দয়া, অন্যে মান, প্রতিষ্ঠা বর্জ্জন ।
চারিগুণে গুণী হই করহ কীর্ত্তন ॥

dainya, daya, anye mana, pratistha-varjana
chari-gune guni hai karaha kirtana

"Humility, mercy, consideration of others, and giving up position are the four qualities needed to perform kirtan."

It is necessary to be humble, kind and give honour to others. We always pray to Gurudev and the Lord,

সকলে সম্মান করিতে শকতি
দেহ' নাথ ! যথাযথ ।

sakale sammana karite sakati,
deha natha! yatha yatha

"Prabhu, please give me such power that I can give honour to everybody. Please make it possible for me to do this!" This is what we want from Gurudev. Just several days it was Nrisingha Chaturdasi—what is the main meaning of that pastime? "Prabhu, please give me such boon that all asking desire is removed from me! The only thing I want from You is that I stop wanting anything from You." We want to get relief from any karma-misra bhakti (devotion motivated by some gain).

When Mahaprabhu talked with Ramananda Ray and Ramananda Ray spoke about karma-misra bhakti, Mahaprabhu said, "Eho bahya age kaha ara (এহো বাহ্য, অগে কহ আর): go deeper, say more." Then he spoke about jnana-misra bhakti (devotion motivated by the desire to gain knowledge)—Mahaprabhu said the same, "Eho bahya age kaha ara: go deeper, say more." Only when Ramananda Ray came to jnana-sunya bhakti (devotion devoid of any pursuits of knowledge), then only Mahaprabhu accepted it. We must always think about such jnana-sunya bhakti...


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