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Far but Near

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 5 March 2015

 

Today is a very auspicious day for us because we are present here by the mercy of Gurudev. Without his mercy we cannot be present here. Every year we think we will join this festival next year, but only Krishna knows whether we can join or not. Only by the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of Mahaprabhu can we be here. We do not know anything about what will happen tomorrow, so we must celebrate this festival today.

We are going to celebrate here and everybody will join—everybody is making a festival, a programme. Many devotees, many sannyasis from different countries have come for this festival, and even those who have not come are also getting a place. Some devotees phoned me, some wrote to me saying that they have some personal problem, some financial problem, or some visa problem. Many things have happened, but they too remember Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's festival, and now is the modern age: they can see the festival through the internet. Even if they live in another country, in another place, but they remember the festival, they will get some sukriti through that. That is their hope.

Gurudev also said that you may live in another place, but if you think about the holy Dham, the holy place, about Nabadwip, about your Guru, you will get association of your Guru. You do not have to always be sitting beside your Guru or be always near—you can also serve your Guru from far, and that is good for you too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Odds and Ends
'I have never, not even in my mind, said, 'I want to be always near Gurudev.' Gurudev told me, 'If somebody does service from far, if they only follow me, then they will get me.' Gurudev said it, and I always follow these words.'

 

Ki jani ki bale
'I do not know by what force I have taken shelter within Your abode. Surely it is by Your mercy alone, for You are ever seeking the purification and deliverance of the fallen souls.'
কি জানি কি বলে

Chant the Pancha-tattva's name, ask them for mercy, pay obeisance to them—because
they have brought the Holy Name to this abode. Without their mercy we cannot chant.

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