Pure Surrender—Key to Pure Solution
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Why should we be afraid? If any problem comes, we cannot solve it, so always surrender to the Lord. What do you keep your problem to yourself for? You cannot solve it. Leave it to Gurudev, he can give a solution easily, he can show the way how to solve it. This is what Gurudev's mercy is.
I told yesterday also that we cannot understand Gurudev without Gurudev's mercy and we cannot understand the Lord without the mercy of the Lord, that is why we should avoid bad things, bad elements. We do many wrong things, we make many mistakes, but Gurudev is very merciful, he always engages us in the service of the Lord. It is our fortune that we have got such bona fide Guru who always uses us for service. Gurudev always told us, "If you have service, you have mercy. If have no service, you have no mercy." If we understand these things, then we can really understand the Absolute, we can understand who Krishna has sent to us. We must try, but under guidance of the Guru and Vaishnavs. Gurudev can recognise a Guru, Gurudev can recognise the Lord's representative, but we have no eyes to recognise a Guru or a Vaishnav. We can only pray, we can only have a great desire. These are the main things in our spiritual life.
দীক্ষাকালে ভক্ত করে আত্মসমর্পণ ।
diksa-kale bhakta kare atma-samarpana
"At the time of initiation, when a devotee fully surrenders unto the service of the Lord, Krishna accepts them as His very own."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.192)
If I fully, properly surrender when I take initiation, Krishna thinks, "He is My very own, he is as dear to Me as I Myself." It is necessary to have pure surrender, and pure surrender is not possible without sukriti. There is jnata sukriti (conscious spiritual merit) and ajnata sukriti (unconscious spiritual merit). Jnata sukriti means you do some pious activity and you know that you will get some pious merit for it; and ajnata sukriti means you are doing something but you do not know what will come to your life as a result. First comes ajnata sukriti, then ajnata sukriti, then sraddha (faith).
'শ্রদ্ধা' শব্দে—বিস্বাস কহে সুদৃঢ় নিশ্চয় ।
'sraddha'-sabde—visvasa kahe sudrdha nischaya
"Sraddha is firm, determined faith that by service to Krishna all actions are accomplished."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.62)
There are four types of faith: kamala-sraddha (delicate faith), taranda-sraddha (fickle faith that comes in waves), drdha-sraddha (strong faith), and sudrdha-sraddha (strongest faith). It is necessary to have the strongest faith. Without having the strongest faith you cannot understand the Guru.
Also, we should not bargain with the Guru—when Gurudev tells you something, you should listen to him properly and show with your action, with your service that you are a proper servitor of your Guru. You must show Gurudev with your actions that "I am not independent." I was just quoting Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur:
বড় দুঃখ পাইয়াছি স্বতন্ত্র জীবনে ।
bado duhkha paiyachhi svatantra jivane
"I experienced only great distress in my independent life. All my distress has gone away by embracing Your feet."
"When I was independent, I was very unhappy, I got so much sadness, but once I surrendered to you, all kinds of sadness, all kinds of unhappiness were removed from me." We should understand this.
Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur taught Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur very well, and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur in turn gave us our Guru—without Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur we would not have got Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Then, even though we are fallen souls, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj presented us a good guardian of devotion. The only problem is that if we cannot surrender to him, then we cannot understand it. Krishna has sent him for us as our Guru to preach Krishna consciousness, to preach about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu all over the world, and he did that—he gave us such a great solution. Just like Sri Sukadev Goswami who spoke Srimad Bhagavatam and gave all solution to Pariksit Maharaj, Gurudev also gave such a great solution to us—he told us what spiritual life is. We must understand this.
Everything exists for the service to the Lord. Once, a brahmachari went begging and got ash from somebody—he came to Prabhupad and cried, "They have given me ash!" but Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, "Why are you crying? You should be happy that you have got ash. This ash is also useful—it can be used to clean plates. We can use the man who has given you ash for the service of the Lord too." Prabhupad showed in this way that everything that exists in this world is for the service of the Lord. We must use everything properly. That is the main thing.
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Maharaj ki jay!
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