Mercy of Guru

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
12 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 3


You must do the service that Gurudev gives you properly. If you want to go to Gurudev, if you want to go to the highest place and get service from your Gurudev, then it is not necessary to be a Guru, not necessary to be an acharya of a temple, not necessary to be a secretary of a temple, not necessary to be a manager of a temple—if you only do some simple service, that is sufficient for you all. It is not necessary to be a big speaker or a big singer (kirtaniya), not necessary to be anything. It is sufficient to be just a small servitor. Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Mahaprabhu, Bhaktivinod Thakur also told this. That is what is necessary. We must understand all this and understand that you cannot get a good result in your spiritual life without the mercy of the Guru. That is why I am telling everybody: be careful with this.

In his last moment, Gurudev also said that wherever you live, whether you are staying in a forest or a jungle—you can be in a car, on a bus, in a big house or a thatched house—it is not a problem: you must maintain your spiritual life properly. That is the main thing.

"The material world is full of many varieties of problems, and all those problems are mainly manifesting due to our unwillingness to surrender to the will of the Supreme Absolute. We all love our free will and that is why we want to follow it at any cost, but that brings us all kinds of miseries and binds us within the laws of karma. The material world is a facility created by the external energy of the Lord (Maya Devi) for such type of souls who want to live a life of separate interest. We have no service connection with Krishna without Sri Guru. We can know the will of the Supreme Absolute only by our attitude of submissive inquiry to the transparent via media that is Sri Guru."

That is the main thing. Without the mercy of the Guru, without the instruction of the Guru you cannot cross, you cannot overcome the illusory environment. We must understand clearly what is the mercy of the Guru.

We sing, "Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, chittete kariya aikya (গুরুমুখ-পদ্মবাক্য চিত্তেতে করিয়া ঐক্য): make the teachings from Sri Guru's lotus mouth one with your heart." If you think like that, somebody can say it is being fanatic, but we must follow this line. One time, Gurudev was sitting at his veranda in Nabadwip, and some brahmachari downstairs was singing, "Karuna na ha-ile kandiya kandiya prana na rakhiba ara (করুণা না হৈলে কাঁদিয়া কাঁদিয়া প্রাণ না রাখিব আর): Gurudev, without your mercy we will cry and leave our body." Gurudev said (I was there at his veranda at that time), "You see? They are singing it, but they are all telling lies." Gurudev laughed and I laughed too. We sing, "Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, chittete kariya aikya," but how many per cent of us follow this? That is my question. That is why, I am praying to everybody: you must follow what Gurudev tells us, you must follow the instruction that Gurudev gives you. That is the main thing in your spiritual life.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
All the glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
All the devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Jay Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol


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Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu
'I have no power to say what kind of devotion to his Guru Jiva Goswami had. Jiva Goswami's service cannot be compared to anyone's service. Whatever order he would get, he would place it on his head and do it all the time—his mind never went to any other place.'


'He reveals the divine glory of Sri Gaura Dham, propounds Sri Gaura's celebrated grace throughout the world, and installs Sri Gaura within the hearts of the recipients of his grace. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet.'

When offences and bad elements are removed from your heart, the desire for service will increase day by day, and you will get great joy through your service.