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Admiring the Fortune

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
21 September 2009

 

I saw yesterday's programme, and we cannot realise something. You can see that you are in Venezuela, far from India, but how much inspiration you have got! You have got some sukriti, you have got some inspiration from Guru Maharaj, from Gurudev, from Lord Nityananda Prabhu. We can realise that Gaura Nitai is here, spreading Their mercy all over the country.

Mahaprabhu went to Puri, and He sent Rupa Goswami and Sanatan Goswami to Vrindavan to search and find the places of Krishna's pastimes that had been lost, or hidden (gupta). Mahaprabhu also sent Nityananda Prabhu to West Bengal to preach Krishna consciousness. But you can see in West Bengal, even near Nityananda Prabhu's birth place, there are now some places there where people have never heard about Nitai and Gour—because Nityananda Prabhu could not go there. In Bengali, they call them panda-patita desh (পণ্ড-পতিত দেশ, wasted and desolated land)—it means they have no mercy of Nityananda Prabhu. But how fortunate you are!

You can see Nitai and Gour are here, They are spreading so much mercy through Gurudev, through A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Param Guru Maharaj—they came here and spread Krishna consciousness.

Also, I was surprised this morning. A ten-twelve-year-old girl asked me a question about Bhakti Vinod Thakur. She asked if Bhakti Vinod Thakur was the saptam goswami (seventh goswami) and how it was possible. I became surprised, "How does she know this kind of conception?" Even ten-fifteen-year-old brahmachari who stays in the temple, in Nabadwip or any other of our centres, does not know that Bhakti Vinod Thakur is the seventh goswami! How did she get this? Through practising life. It comes through practising Krishna consciousness life.

Practise makes perfect. You cannot run devotional life without sravanam and kirtanam. The scriptures (Srimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.23) also say, "Sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam, atma-nivedanam (hearing, chanting, remembering, offering obeisance, engaging in service as a servitor, as a friend, and self-submission)"—through this we can realise Krishna consciousness.

 

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