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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in Colombia
October 2015

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!

You are very fortunate—today you are getting the seed of the Holy Name from the Guru-parampara. This Name came from Krishna to Brahma, from Brahma to Narad, from Narad to Vyasadev, then to Madhva Acharya, and in this way it came to Madhavendra Puri, from Madhavendra Puri to Ishwar Puri, and from Ishwar Puri to Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu, the Lord Himself, took initiation from Iswar Puri.

When Mahaprabhu saw Iswar Puri in Gaya, He said, "I am giving My deho, pran, man—My heart, My mind, My everything—to you. I came to visit the holy place to do the rites for My father, but I am very fortunate because here in Gaya I have met you, My Guru, and took initiation from you!" Mahaprabhu took initiation from Iswar Puri to show us that it is necessary to take initiation—necessary to accept a Guru in your spiritual life.

If you want to learn something—if you want to learn to cook, or learn to play football, or cricket—you need some master. In the spiritual matters, you also need a master, a Guru. So, you are very fortunate today—you are getting that connection today. It came to me from my Guru, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. In his lifetime he told me, "If someone follows the rules and regulations and wants to receive the Holy Name, you can initiate them." You know those rules and regulations, you have good association, so I do not want to tell it now again.

In the age of Kali, Krishna-nam, the Holy name, is the main thing. If you can chant this Holy Name without offence, you will get a good result and you will get connection with your Guru and the Lord. Krishna Himself comes in this world as the Guru to teach us: we have lost our address, but Krishna sends His associate as the Guru to take us to our real home. So, today you are very fortunate to get this connection.

You can see that the beads have a big bead on top, it is called sumeru. First, touch this sumeru and chant,

শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু নিত্যানন্দ ।
শ্রীঅদ্বৈত গদাধর শ্রীবাসাদি গৌরভক্তবৃন্দ ॥

sri krishna chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta-vrinda

This is the Pancha-tattva's name. First chant their names, ask them for mercy. Tell to yourself, "I am a very fallen soul—I have no quality or qualification to chant the Holy Name. If you give me some mercy, then by your mercy I can chant the Holy Name." They brought the Holy Name to this abode, so without their mercy we cannot chant it. After that, start chanting from the big beads (without chanting on the sumeru bead),

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

One bead by another, chant this mantra. Chant from the big beads to the small beads, and then again from small beads to the big beads, without crossing sumeru. Chant in this way sixteen rounds or more. If some day you are busy with service—with service, not with gossiping!—then you can chant four rounds, but not less than four rounds. Sixteen rounds or more is good, but if you are busy with service four rounds must be chanted every day.

Next, there is the ten offences book where the ten offences to the Holy Name are written. People chant but do not get the result quickly because they make Nama aparadh, offences to the Name—if you make Nama aparadh, you will not get the result. So, you must read what the offences are and you must avoid them. Chant without offence and you will get the result quickly: Krishna will reveal in your heart and you will be successful in your spiritual life.

Your name will be Radhanath das. [The devotees cheer.] Now you can go and without talking to anybody chant four rounds.

 

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Service Without Ego and Tiredness
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is replying three questions: How important is it to serve the devotees? How to do service and not increase ego? How to do service and not get tired.

 

Namo namah tulasi maharani
'The Lord does not accept even one of fifty-six grain offerings or thirty-six vegetable offerings without tulasi leaves.'
নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি

As much as you are kind and loving towards yourself, be kind and loving towards others.

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