Maintain Your Practice

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
8 January 2019, part 2

 

There are many devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Although we cannot come for preaching all the time, we are very busy in other places, we will try to come again as often and as soon as possible. I have told you also that after Ratha-yatra we are making a tour and we will stay in Vijayawada for one night at that time—one hundred and twenty devotees are coming and you can come and meet with all the devotees then. If you want to join that parikrama up to Tirupati, you can join us, or come when we are here and meet all the devotees. If we can get some association of devotees, it is good for us and good for you also.

Actually, we do not have any centre of our temple Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Vijayawada, but there are so many devotees living in their houses—they are all centres of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. It is not a problem to make a permanent centre, but a permanent centre means you need a permanent pujari, a permanent cook, a servitor, 24/7 devotees, etc.—to make a temple is not a problem, but it is difficult to maintain it properly. You can see that so many things are necessary for preaching. Here too Sripad Bhakti Amrita Paramarthik Maharaj offers the bhog, does the puja, Kamalendu Prabhu plays the mridanga, Sripad Bhakti Niskam Shanta Maharaj translates the lectures for you all, Vasudev Prabhu distributes books, Purna Prajna Prabhu takes photographs and sends it to the website. Preaching involves many things. Just as one human being requires so many indriya (senses)—one human being needs eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, hands, legs, etc.—preaching and temple maintenance also requires many instruments.

Still, I am praying to you all—we do not have a centre here, but you can all make a programme once a week. Gather together, sing some bhajans, etc. You can make a programme one week in one house, another week in another house. If you do it, it will make you stronger and give you so much enthusiasm. Practice makes perfect. This is the essence of our sangha. Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj gave our sangha the name 'Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Krishna-anusilana Sangha'. Anusilana means practising.

 

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