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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 3 May 2020, part 5


Any other questions from anybody?

Question: How can one recover once a seva-aparadh is committed and the service is gone away?

Actually, when you do some service, seva-aparadh will come—you may or may not know about it. You may not know before that something is a seva-aparadh, but once you understand a bit later that it is a seva-aparadh, you must try to avoid it. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur gives one example. Suppose Gurudev gives somebody money for buying groceries, and the person steals some money from there thinking, "Gurudev always gives me money, and he does not care to check the receipt, the balance, etc., so I can steal something every day." No. If you have such a habit and you know that it is not good, you must avoid it, then that seva-aparadh can be removed from you.

Devotee: How does one go back and rectify the past if it has already happened, if the offence is already committed?

Through service. Do not leave your service. If you continue doing that service, then you can recover from the committed offence. Do not leave it saying, "Oh, I have made an offence to the service, I will not do this service any more." That is not good. That is very bad. You must think, "I have made a mistake today, I have made a seva-aparadh today—I will do my service again but without any seva-aparadh this time."

Question: In Guidance 4, you are saying that Gurudev accepts faulty service because he is merciful—it is not that he likes the faulty service that we are offering, but because he is merciful, he accepts it; but then his mercy has some limit, it can stop and that service may run away. Can you tell more about this?

That is the truth. Mercy has limit. If you do wrong, wrong, wrong every day, day after day, day after day, then one day seva will run away from you. If you do wrong every day and you know it—you know that you steal money every day, day after day—then it is not good. You know it but you still do it every day. Then, mercy has its limit. Gurudev will not say anything, but he can tolerate it for some time, and if you keep on doing wrong every day, then Gurudev's tolerance, Gurudev's mercy has its limit. Of course.



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