Appreciating Sadhu (3)

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 October 2018, Kolkata, part 3


na sadhayati mam yogo, na sankhyam dharma uddhava
na svadhyayas tapas tyago, yatha bhaktir mamorjita

"O Uddhava, pursuits such as eight-step yoga (astanga-yoga), knowledge of oneself as one with Brahman (brahma-jnana), brahminical religiosity and Vedic study, all kinds of austerity, selflessness in asceticism—none of these can bind Me as intense devotion does."

(Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.14.20; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.40)

Lord Krishna says, "If one has achala-bhakti, prabala-bhakti, proper, intense devotion for Me, I am always with them, but those who practise even astanga-yoga, etc. cannot bind Me, I am not with them. I am always with those who have proper intense devotion for Me." How is it that Vraja gopis have the highest position?

kevalena hi bhavena, gopyo gavo naga mrgah
ye 'nye mudhadhiyo nagah, siddha mam iyur anjasa

"O Uddhava, simply by their unalloyed hearts did the cowherd ladies, the cows of Vraja, the trees headed by the Yamalarjunas, the animals, the snakes headed by the evil Kaliya, and various objects of stultified intelligence headed by the shrubs and creepers of Vrndavan all attain perfection and swiftly reach Me."

(Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.12.8; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.48)

Lord Krishna is attained only through perfect, proper devotion and good association of Vaishnavs and the Guru, and by proper utilisation of that association.

We are told that there are different qualities of Vaishnavs—there is a kanistha-adhikari, a madhyam-adhikari, and an uttam-adhikari. Those who see Krishna only in the Deities are kanistha-adhikaris. Those who see Krishna in devotees and Deities are madhyam-adhikaris. Srila Rupa Goswami told, and Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj also told that if you give respect only to the Deities but not to the Deities' servitor, it is not good. We must give proper respect to the servitors of the Deities also. The Deity is installed only through a servitor—through a closest associate, servant of the Lord. Then, those who see Krishna always and everywhere—even in trees, plants, etc.—those who see only Krishna everywhere are uttam-adhikaris.

Param Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj told that when one becomes a pujari, it is sometimes very difficult for them to give respect to the servitors of the Deities, to the servitors of Vaishnavs. This is the main problem. Sometimes they think, "I do puja, I am always near the Deities! I am great!" This is a very bad symptom for them. They only see the Lord in the Deities, and nowhere else, but the Lord is not only there—He also stays in the heart of His devotees. "Bhaktera hrdaye sada govinda-visrama (ভক্তের হৃদয়ে সদা গোবিন্দ-বিশ্রাম): Krishna always stays in the heart of devotees."

So, I am telling to everybody—give proper respect to the sadhu, do not make any offence to the sadhu. This is the main thing. Only a sadhu can rescue you from all kinds of bad elements—he can remove all your bad elements if you surrender to him properly. Remember this.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
All the branches ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
All the devotees ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol


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