Be Strong and Steady

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in Colombia
16 July 2017, part 1


Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.
Vishva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay.
Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.

I am very happy to see you all and to see that everybody is laughing and are in a happy mood. It means you are practising Krishna consciousness properly and you are enjoying with Krishna consciousness.

By the mercy of the Lord you have got this human body—you have got it for the service to Gurudev. If you cannot use this life properly for practising Krishna consciousness, then this life has no meaning. By hook or by crook, anyhow, we must use our life for service to the Guru and Krishna. Chant the Holy Name with humility, tolerance and giving honour to others. You live very far away, but through Krishna consciousness I think you all live with me, you are all near me.

Does anybody have any questions?

Question: Although we always read and study the scriptures, we still have many anarthas. How can we harmonise these anarthas with the practice?

Actually, we want material things, material attachment, but material attachment does not want to leave us. That is why it is necessary to harmonise with it. If we use material things for the service to Krishna consciousness, then it will be good. That is called karma-misra bhakti—you can transform material things into Krishna consciousness.

Question: What service can I do for you?

Read my lectures, serve to the temple (there are so many services there), and if it is possible for you to come to India, that is very good for you.

Question: How to continue service when you feel you are not doing it well and you feel guilty?

Krishna overlooks the faults of those who are fully surrendered to Him. He always removes their offences. When you do something bad or something bad happens to you, if you surrender fully to the Guru, Krishna will always remove these bad things from your heart.

Question: I live at the Paipa ashram. How can I make you happy with my service here?

Do your service there properly, maintain the ashram properly, take care of the Deities' puja, maintain regular sravan and kirtan—in this way you can make me happy.


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Standing Invitation
'You can make an announcement and tell everyone that I want devotees to come and stay here, do some service. It is my humble prayer to everyone—any time you want to come, I always say to you, 'Please come.''


Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya
'Gurudev, give this servant a drop of your mercy, and make me more humble than a blade of grass.'
গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া

We do not want to learn—our mind and thoughts go to another place; but if we hear Krishna-katha, Hari-katha, then it does not happen—desire for bhukti or mukti does not come.