Sri Gaura Purnima:
Our Main Festival

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nrisingha Palli
14 March 2019, part 1

 

All the devotees are coming tomorrow. Gurudev always told, and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur also told that Sri Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama comes from the guru parampara, so only the temple acharya is to invite the devotees for Sri Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama, and Math secretary, Math manager invite for all the other festivals. Gurudev always told me, "When you print the invitation card, always write my name at Gaura Purnima because the acharya must invite for Gaura Purnima." Gurudev told me that and it was always done in this way in Gurudev's time. At present also, the invitation card is made in my name, and Math's secretary, Math's manager or devotees of the temple write invitation for all the other festivals on my behalf.

This festival is a grand festival for our spiritual life, for our Krishna consciousness line. In the age of Kali, this is the main and the biggest of all festivals—Sri Gaura Purnima, Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama, the appearance day of Gauranga Mahaprabhu; because Mahaprabhu shows our conception, i.e. He shows us what is separation from a devotee, what is separation from Lord Krishna. Mahaprabhu shows us what is called separation and we must hanker for that, we must understand and realise this. We must come to this level. This is the main thing.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is a combined form of Radha-Krishna, but when He is in Gambhira, He manifests His vipralambha lila, or separation pastimes, "Dvadasabda-bahni-garbha-vipralambha-silanam: for the last twelve years of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's manifest pastimes He was deeply absorbed in union and separation." This is written by Srila Sridhar Maharaj about Mahaprabhu's separation pastimes. That kind of feeling for Lord Krishna should come to the devotees. That is the main thing.

Mahaprabhu shows us how one can be a devotee, what is the character of a devotee, what is the main thing for a devotee.

Mahaprabhu's appearance day is coming, before His appearance day we are going to do Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama—this is the biggest festival in our line, and everybody should be alert that we have come here for service. Service mood is necessary. We come to serve devotees. Such mood must come to everybody. I pray to the Lord, I pray to Gurudev and I pray to you all also that no ego will not come to you that "I am a devotee, they will serve me." No, this is not our line. If I want to be a devotee, then I must serve. Such mood must come to us. You can see my example also—I do not think that I am the Acharya of the Mission, I go here and there, I do all kinds of services.

These are the main things.

 

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