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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 10 February 2015


Yesterday our festival was very nice—Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's festival. Many people (about two hundred) came—the house was full.

If someone maintains a proper householder life, it is no problem. A devotee family stays at the house we went to yesterday at noon time—the husband came here for a few days, then he got married, and his wife is a very nice lady, she helps him so much in his spiritual life. They are very poor people, but they do not look poor. He has three brothers, two small sons, and his parents (Gurudev's disciples) stay with them. They have a small house, one room and a veranda, and a small piece of land where he grows vegetables: he works alone in the field and then sells the vegetables. This is how he maintains his family. Once a year they make Vaishnav seva. They have chastity for the Lord, chastity for their Guru, and they have no anya-abhilasita (অন্য অভিলাষিতা, other desires), that is why they can run their life easily—no shortage of money, no problems. On the other hand, you can see rich people who have no chastity for their Guru, for Vaishnavs—they suffer.

When we make a festival for Gurudev (appearance day, for example), we offer him what he likes, and Gurudev is happy with that, but when will Gurudev be even happier? When will Prabhupad be even happier? When we preach for him. গুরুর কথা প্রচার করতে হবে, gurur katha prachar korte habe: we must preach, spread the words of our Guru. We must tell people about our Guru, about Krishna consciousness. That is the main thing. Why was Gauranga Mahaprabhu so happy with Nityananda Prabhu? Because Nityananda Prabhu was preaching about Gauranga Mahaprabhu. That is the duty of a pure disciple—the disciple will preach for their Guru, not for their own self, or their own interest.

If Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur had not come, who would have known about Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj? Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur took initiation from him, and this is how everyone knows now Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur also made so many scholar devotees, many exalted devotees, and now the whole world knows Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Vasu Ghosh wrote,

যদি গৌর না হ'ত তবে কি হইত
কেমনে ধরিতাম দে ।

yadi gaura na ha'ta tabe ki ha-ita
kemane dharitam de

"If Gauranga had not come, who would have known the mood of Radharani? Who would have known about the love of Vraja-basis?" If our Gurudev had not preached all over the world, who would have known about Srila Sridhar Maharaj? A real disciple is the one who preaches their Guru's conception all over the world...




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The only path for us is to surrender and take association of a Vaishnav, but if we cannot recognise Vaishnavs with our eyes, what can we then recognised them with?


Krsna haite chatur-mukha
'The follower of Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji, the great soul Dayita Das (Srila Saraswati Thakur), whose wealth is Sri Krsna-kirtan, fulfilled the desires of the whole world. He is the dearmost of Sri Varsabhanavi and is always engaged in Her service.'
কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ

We do not know where we will be posted next life, so service is our life.