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Genuine Line—Genuine Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 12 February 2015


Gurudev said that you can stay anywhere, but you must maintain your spiritual life—that is the main thing. Our line is yukta-vairagya (proper renunciation), not phalgu-vairagya (false renunciation). Yukta-vairagya is necessary: wherever you live or stay, the main thing is to practise Krishna consciousness properly.

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

"One should associate with devotees, chant the Holy Name of the Lord, hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration.

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124

You can live a householder life, it is no problem, but your family must be Krishna's family. Everything can carry on, but you must realise that Krishna is in charge of everything and live under the guidance of your Guru, the Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan. Continue your practising life in this way, and that will be your happiness.

We do not know where we will be posted next life, so service is our life, and the twenty-four hours we have is His time, it is not our time—we have got this time to serve the Lord, serve our Guru, serve our mission—but sometimes because of our bad karma or some bad association, Maya Devi takes our time and uses it for her service.

মায়ারে করিয়া জয় ছাড়ান না যায় ।
সাধুর-গুরুর কৃপা বিনা না দেখি উপায় ॥

mayare kariya jaya chhadana na yaya,
sadhur-gurur krpa vina na dekhi upaya,

"It is not possible to conquer maya by illusory environment (by engaging in maya), but it is only possible to get relief by the mercy of Guru, Vaishnav."

There is no other way—without mercy of the Guru, the Vaishnavs you cannot conquer, you cannot defeat maya. Maya is always taking your time, but when offences and bad elements are removed from your heart, the desire for service will increase day by day, and you will get great joy through your service. This is what Gurudev told me, and I also see it.

Mercy of the Guru is necessary. This mercy will come to the surrendered souls, to those who are fully surrendered and who hanker for devotional activities. Actually, the main question is how much of your life can you give to your Guru? It depends upon you—how much of your body (deho, দেহ), your heart (prana, প্রাণ), your mind (mana, মন), and your speech (vakya, বাক্য) can you give for the service to the Lord, for the service to your Guru? Jive daya, Name ruchi, Vaisnava seva (জীবে দয়া, নামে রুচি, বৈষ্ণব সেবা): how much benefit can you bring to the jiva souls? When you give benefit to others, you too are benefitted through that.

Gurudev also said that the Guru places a seed of devotion (bhakti-lata bij, ভক্তি-লতা বীজ) in your heart, but that seed will come to your mouth. When offences are removed from your heart, the bhakti-lata bij, the Holy Name, will come to your mouth and you will always get pleasure from chanting the Holy Name. How can you understand that the actual Name is happening? When the Name dances on your tongue, then you can understand that the Name is happening.

নাম চিন্তামণিঃ কৃষ্ণশ্চৈতন্যরসবিগ্রহ, Nama chintamanih Krsnas chaitanya-rasa-vigraha (the Holy Name is transcendental, nondifferent from Krishna and the embodiment of pleasure and consciousness, Cc, 2.17.133): Bhagavan's nam, rupa, lila, parikar, vaisistya (নাম, রূপ, লীলা, পরিকর, বৈশিষ্ট্য, Name, beauty, Pastimes, associates, personality) are all non-different from Krishna. Who has the power to distribute it? Gurudev said that only Krishna Himself or Krishna's associates can distribute it. What others are preaching or distributing is impure things, imitation.




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