Mind's Trap

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
9 October 2019, Kolkata, part 6


Be humble, tolerant and give honour to others—this is what proper service is, this is what vaishnavata (quality of a Vaishnav) is. These qualities are the main necessary thing. Siksastakam says,

তৃণাদপি সুনীচেন তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা ।
অমানিনা মানদেন কীর্ত্তনীয়ঃ সদা হরিঃ ॥

trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih

One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more forbearing than a tree, who gives due honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.239)

If somebody says, "I have understood devotion, I have read the scriptures, and I have got an inspiration or order from the Lord—I can convert many people with my lectures!"—that is called ego. If somebody thinks they can do it, it is arrogance (dambhikata, দাম্ভিকতা), ego and pride.

You imagine something in your mind and think that this inspiration or order is coming from the Lord, and you follow it—it is a mistake because it is not so easy to get an instruction from the Lord. Anyone and everyone cannot get such an instruction from the Lord, it is a very high thing. Only the Guru can get an order or some teachings from the Lord. If some neophyte (nimna-adhikari, নিম্নাধিকারী) who has only recently joined Krishna consciousness thinks they are getting an inspiration from the Lord, it is very bad.

When the king selects his particular son to be the next king, he transfers all good qualities, all good things, all his property to his son. In our life also, an honest, genuine guru is always selected by his guru—guru always descends. If somebody says, "I have made so many disciples, I have become a big guru!"—this is not appropriate. You think you have become a siddha purush (achieve perfection), but even at that time you still need a guru. The help of the guru is always necessary. You cannot get anything crossing your guru. Devotional life is another world—you cannot get any devotional property without the Guru; in the devotional world, everything comes through Gurudev.

You do not know whether your life is getting better or worse, that is why whatever the situation is, it is always safe to follow the Guru's instruction. These are the main things.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay



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