Hijacked Souls

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
3 January 2020, evening, part 6

 

You can see there are many of our friends among us here. Jagannath Vallabha Prabhu and Kamalendu Prabhu came from Colombia, Sripad Sajjan Maharaj came from Venezuela. There are so many other foreign devotees in Kolkata, Nabadwip, Mayapur, etc. They come from thousands and thousands of miles away to join you. They get the message and take to chanting of the Holy Name, they play the mridanga, etc. This is your culture, this is Indian culture, but by the influence of bad association you forget your own culture. They, on the other hand, receive good association of great souls and come wearing tilaks, kanthi-mala, playing the mridanga, chanting the Holy Name. Then you can understand—we think we are Indian, but we forget our Indian culture.

We are very fortunate because we were born in India and we can freely chant the Holy Name, we can come out in the street and chant, there is no problem in this country. In many countries like Turkey, China, Japan, Iran, etc. there are government restrictions against chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, against chanting and following the religion of this culture, but they still secretly practise Krishna consciousness properly—they hidingly chant the Holy Name. In this age of science you can see through the Internet, through facebook, and other media that people chant the Holy Name everywhere all over the world.

পৃথিবীতে যত আছে নগরাদি গ্রাম ।
সর্ব্বত্র প্রচার হইবে মোর নাম ॥

prthivite yata achhe nagaradi grama
sarvatra prachara haibe mora nama

"My Name will be spread in every town and village of the world."

Mahaprabhu's message is now spreading everywhere, all over the world.

There are many devotees who want to take initiation but who do not want to leave bad habits—they cannot control their tongues. We always follow our tongue and mind. I was telling one devotee today also that a lion or a tiger cannot give up eating deer, chicken, goat, etc. but you have intelligence, you can avoid killing animals and other jiva souls. Krishna is present in every jiva soul—sarva-jive Krishna-adhisthan (সর্ব্ব-জীবে কৃষ্ণ-অধিষ্ঠান). You have a human body, so you have a good brain—if you try to avoid bad things, if you try to avoid killing other souls, you can easily do it; unlike animals, you can easily control your tongue.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay.

[His Divine Grace then chants kirtans.]

gurudev!
krpa-bindu diyakara' ei dase
trnapeksa ati dina
sakala-sahanebala diya kara
nija-mane sprha-hina [1]

O Gurudev! Give this servant a drop of your mercy, and make me more humble than a blade of grass. Give me the strength to tolerate everything, and make me free from any desire for personal honour.

sakale sammanakarite sakati
deha natha! yatha yatha
tabe ta' gaibahari-nama sukhe
aparadha habe hata [2]

O master! Give me the ability to befittingly honour everyone. Then I will sing the Lord's Name happily, and all my offences will be eradicated.

kabe hena krpalabhiya e jana
krtartha ha-ibe, natha!
sakti-buddhi-hinaami ati dina
kara more atma-satha [3]

When will this soul attain such mercy and become fulfilled? O master! I am devoid of ability and intelligence, and greatly distressed. Please accept me.

We pray to Gurudev, "Sakala sahane bala diya kara. O Gurudev! Please give me the power to tolerate everything! Sakale samman karite sakati. Please give me such power that I can give honour to others. Ami sakti-buddhi-hina. I have no intelligence, I have no power, you please hijack me!" What does it mean when we tell Gurudev, "Please hijack me"? It means we have been suffering for so long having become servants of maya (illusion), following her orders, but she has never helped us. Now we have come to Gurudev and pray, "I am helpless, I am surrendering to you. Please hijack me from this kind of situation! Please give me service to your lotus feet." What does Gurudev do? Gurudev takes us out of maya, gives us shelter at his lotus feet and gives us service to the higher plane, to the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.

sakti-buddhi-hinaami ati dina
kara more atma-satha [3]

When will this soul attain such mercy and become fulfilled? O master! I am devoid of ability and intelligence, and greatly distressed. Please accept me.

yogyata-vicharekichhu nahi pai
tomara karuna-sara
karuna na ha-ilekandiya kandiya
prana na rakhiba ara [4]

When I examine myself for qualifications, I find none. Your mercy is everything. If you are not merciful to me, then, crying, I will no longer maintain my life.

 

 

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