Preaching—Heartbeat of Krishna Consciousness

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
29 August 2019, part 1, Kolkata


I have been going to many places for service lately. I was in Nabadwip yesterday and in Ekachakra, Nrisingha Palli and another temple the day before yesterday, etc. There are festivals happening all the time, in every branch, that is why I must go there. Also, it is necessary to preach, I cannot sit in one place. Gurudev also told me, "If you have a nose, then you can wear a nose ring, but if you have no nose, how will you wear a nose ring?" So, temples are also necessary. Gurudev said if you preach outside, you need a temple because then people can come to take shelter there. Sometimes people say that it is not necessary to make a temple, but if you go to preach outside in this age of Kali, some people will want to join the mission and stay in the mission, serving with full surrender, with full renunciation—where will they go and stay if there is no temple? That is why it is necessary to have a temple.

Anyhow, we have just celebrated Janmastami. I was in Tarakeshwar on that day, some devotees made a festival in Nrinsigha Palli, you also made something here in Kolkata, etc. This festival was celebrated all over the world. Also, you know that Janmastami is followed by Radhastami. In Gurudev's time, I always went to Hapaniya on Radhastami and made a festival there. To this day, we always make a festival there on this day, this year also.

We want to know who is Radharani and who is our Guru... There are five devotional moods—santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, and madhura rasa—and the Lord reciprocates each of these moods:

যে যথা মাং প্রপদ্যন্তে তাংস্তথৈব ভজাম্যহম্ ।
মম বর্ত্মানুবর্ত্তন্তে মনুষ্যাঃ পার্থ সর্ব্বশঃ ॥

ye yatha mam prapadyante, tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante, manusyah partha sarvasah

"Howsoever people surrender to Me, I accordingly reward them. Being the ultimate goal of all paths, I am the objective to be attained by all. O Partha, all men follow My various paths."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 4.11)

In dasya rasa, devotees feel they are servants of the Lord; in sakhya rasa, they feel they are friends of the Lord; in vatsalya rasa, they feel, "Krishna is our son." This mood can be seen in Mother Yasoda, Nanda Maharaj, Jagannath Misra, Sachi Mata. Although it is the Lord Himself who is born in Kali-yuga in their family, Sachi Mata and Jagannath Misra did not think He was the Lord, they thought, "I do not know who is the Lord, I only know that He is my son." Mother Yasoda also thinks, "He is my son!"

There arises some contradiction because Krishna appeared from the womb of Devaki. Vasudev had two wives, Devaki and Rohini. Balaram came from Rohini and Krishna came from Devaki, but then both of Them became the sons of Yasoda. Yet, everyone thinks, "How can They be Yasoda's own two sons?" Srimad Bhagavatam always says that Krishna is "Yasoda-atmaja" (son of Yasoda), then He is actually the son of Yasoda.

And on 6 September, we are also going to celebrate Radhastami, the divine appearance of Sri Radhika...



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A Change of Family
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is replying a question about the meaning of vanacharya, explains how to increase the connection with the Guru in our heart, and stresses the importance of regaining the membership in Krishna's family.


'He expounds the glory of Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatan, and Sri Raghunath. In this world he is glorified as being nondifferent from Sri Jiva and a counterpart of Srila Krsnadas Kaviraj and Srila Narottam Thakur. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet.'

Our Gurudev gives us so much, but how much can we give to our Guru?