Greatest Gift

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
17 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 2


For the service of the Lord we can do anything. We can understand easily what is service of the Lord and what is necessary for our spiritual life.

I was reading Srila Prabhupad's book called Upadesamrita and at that time I understood his advice.

Srila Prabhupad was staying in Kolkata. One day, Srila Bhakti Vijay Bon Maharaj went on collection—he went door to door, shop to shop, but he did not know Kolkata well, so as he was walking place to place he suddenly by mistake came to a lane which turned out to be a pros-quarter. At first he did not even realise what place he was in—he was walking, collecting, some women gave him some money—but when he did, he was horrified, "What have I done!" He did not go there for his own enjoyment—he went there for service and did not know what place it was.

Sad, he came back to Prabhupad and said, "Prabhupad, I have made a mistake today. I went to a very bad place, I did not know..."

Prabhupad asked him, "What place did you go to?"

Bon Maharaj told what the place was, and Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur told him, "Am I doing wrong? I have also gone to many visayis' houses—the houses where fathers, mothers, relatives are all attached to illusory environment, to their families. I went to their houses and brought so many young boys from there—when they heard about Krishna consciousness, they came to me from that kind of family. After these brahmacharis learn Krishna consciousness, learn to preach, I again send them to materialist householder people to preach to them. Am I doing wrong? You are preaching and went to some visayi place, but I also send our brahmacharis to such kind of place..."

We must understand what Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswat Thakur wants to tell us. We must understand what is the main thing, what for we have come to this world.

We go door to door, house to house preaching. What do we preach about? We preach what Mahaprabhu gave—love and affection; we preach what Gurudev told us about love and affection—Krishna-prem. Who can understand the extent of Nityananda Prabhu's help to us? What is Nityananda Prabhu's doya, mercy? We must understand that. It is astonishing, it is amazing to think the way Nityananda Prabhu gave mercy to people, how incredibly kind Nityananda Prabhu is to people, to devotees. Nityananda Prabhu gave us more than even Chaitanya Mahaprabhu—He gave us what even Chaitanya Mahaprabhu could not give us.

Take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu—Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Guru-tattva, non-different from Gurudev. We can understand easily how merciful Gurudev is, how kind Gurudev is to us. He is giving us, presenting us such good things. We must only accept it—we must realise what this preaching movement is for, what is Gurudev's service, Gurudev's love and affection, Gurudev's mood. We must always remember our Gurudev. We do not know anything, we cannot understand anything, but Gurudev has given us so much power—he has told us what the truth is, what the main things in our spiritual life are.


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