Six Qualities

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
15 October 2019, Kolkata, part 5

 

Bhakti-anukul, what is favourable to devotion, means you have (1) enthusiasm for devotion. You always enthusiastic to do devotional activities—to cook, to do puja, to chant kirtans or do any other service. You are always enthusiastic (utsaha). Whenever there is some festival, an appearance or disappearance day of our Guru-varga, Janmastami, Radhastami, or any other festival, you always want to arrange something on this day.

(2) Nischaya guna means drdha visvas, the strongest faith. If you have a strongest faith in the Lord, it is a good quality (guna).

(3) Dhairya means tolerance (sahisnu). Those who have much tolerance and much patience can conquer the whole world. It is necessary to have patience.

(4) Always make festivals, always give something to those who come, always cook and do good for others. Preach, chant kirtans. These are our main activities. You must attachment (asakti) to service.

(5) Asat-sanga tyag. Always avoid bad association, always ignore such association. Always ignore it.

And (6) you must learn from sadhus—you must see how a sadhu passes his days, what activities he engages in and do that too. You must try to follow it. For example, you can hear how Gurudev glorifies his Guru Maharaj and you can try to follow that.

ভজনে উৎসাহ যার ভিতরে বাহিরে ।
সুদুর্ল্লভ কৃষ্ণভক্তি পাবে ধীরে ধীরে ॥

bhajane utsaha yara bhitare bahire,
sudurlabha krsna-bhakti pabe dhire dhire

"Those who are enthusiastic to practise Krishna consciousness within their heart and in their behaviour, gradually get devotion to Krishna which is otherwise extremely rare to attain."

(Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur)

Those who have enthusiasm for chanting the Holy Name, for doing service and other devotional activities, who like to serve devotees in various ways, they will gradually get devotion to Krishna (Krishna-bhakti).

Those who have the strongest faith in the Lord are called sraddha-vana-jana, and they are the perfect persons for the practice of Krishna consciousness, for the worship of the Lord.

 

 

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Wholesome Transformation
Kirtan, purity of mind, good association, and prasad—transform your life with chaste practice: 'Practise Krishna consciousness in this way and you will see how much your spiritual life will increase.'

 

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offence of breaking the pot of yogurt that his mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.'
শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্

Why do we lose interest? Why does the Holy Name not come to our mouth? Why do we not get taste for Hari-katha?

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