Always Ready, Always Eager

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Salt Lake City, USA
10 October 2019, part 5

 

We must be like soldiers—we must be always ready to serve the Lord, to serve Gurudev's mission. We do not come to judge who is a Vaishnav and who is not a Vaishnav—we cannot understand it, neither is it our duty to do it. It is not our business who is a Vaishnav, who is not a Vaishnav. Our main question is how much we can do for the service to our Guru and Vaishnav.

Also, when you need to get some job, you keep sending your application to get the position. Here too, if you need service, you must keep applying for service. Try and try—then one day you will get service and you will be able to do that service properly. Everybody does not have every qualification. For example, Pariksit Maharaj heard Srimad Bhagavatam, so he got Krishna by listening to Hari-katha, through sravan (hearing). Sukadev Goswami explained Bhagavatam, so he got the Lord through kirtanam. Prahlad Maharaj always remembered the Lord—he got the Lord through smaranam. Laksmi Devi got the Lord through service, puja, archan. And so on.

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with firm faith.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124)

It is necessary to keep good association, and we must always avoid bad association where people waste time criticising others, doing para-charcha, para-ninda (discussing others, finding faults in others). You must always make yourself busy with doing proper puja, archan, arati, kirtan, service.

Sometimes we feel some relief thinking, "Oh, we are doing something," but what is the prize, or reward, for service? What kind of reward do you want to have through service? When you do service, you will get more service—that is your reward. Service brings more service. If you think, "Oh, I am doing so much service, but somebody is not doing anything," do not worry—if somebody is not doing service, it is their loss, and if you give twenty-four hours to service, that is your fortune, that is your great luck. Do you understand?

 

 

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Birth and Death: Games of Maya
'Maya is always testing whether you love me or you love your parents. If I lose my parents, I will get other parents next birth, but if I lose my Guru, if I lose Krishna, I will not get them again. You must decide what is important for you, but my feeling is like this.'

 

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