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Great Good Fortune

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Translated from Bengali, part 1
27 January 2018, Sri Ekachakra Dham


Today, by a great good fortune we have arrived here. What is this place? This is aprakrita dhama (transcendental abode), Sri Ekachakra Dham. We have arrived in this Sri Ekachakra Dham where our most beloved Lord Nityananda Prabhu manifested His appearance pastime. We have reached this appearance place of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu by the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs, by the mercy of the Lord. This is not a matter of small fortune—not everybody gets such fortune.

Scriptures said,

ব্রহ্মাণ্ড ভ্রমিতে কোন ভাগ্যবান্ জীব ।
গুরু-কৃষ্ণ-প্রসাদে পায় ভক্তিলতা-বীজ ॥

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija

"Having travelled throughout the universe and got the mercy of Guru, Krishna, a fortunate soul receives a seed of the devotional creeper."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 19.151)

One gets this bhakti-lata-bij (the seed of the devotional creeper) by the mercy of Guru and Krishna, and Guru-tattva is non-different from Nityananda-tattva, there is no difference between them. This Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, who is non-different from the Guru-tattva, manifested His appearance pastime here and spent His childhood pastimes here also. And by our great fortune we have arrived in this kind of place to observe His avirbhav tithi (appearance day). In many places and villages all over the world people observe this day—they read about the glories of this Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, they reveal the glories and the appearance pastime of Nityananda Prabhu. You have come to such kind of place, and it is possible only by a great fortune.

It is said in the scriptures,

চারি বর্ণাশ্রমী যদি কৃষ্ণ নাহি ভজে ।
স্বকর্ম্ম করিলেও সে রৌরবে পড়ি মজে ॥

chari varnasrami yadi krsna nahi bhaje
svakarma karileo se raurave padi maje

"Whatever varna (a priest, fighter, manager, or worker) or asram (a celibate, householder, renouncer of the household life, or monk) you may belong to, if you do not worship Krsna but engage in your prescribed duties, you will have to fall into a terrible hell."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.26)

Whatever stage (ashram) you staying at—whether you are a brahmachari, a grihastha, a vanaprastha, or even a sannyasi—if you do not worship Lord Krishna, if you do not worship the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani and Krishna, if you do not worship Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's lotus feet and Gauranga's lotus feet, then you are a great sinner and you are going to an extremely austere hell called raurav. 'Raurav' means something much worse than hell in general. How is it more austere? Suppose you take a pot of hot oil and put some eggplant into it—it begins to sizzle and burn at once. The same fate awaits you if, having got this human birth, you cannot engage yourself in service of Krishna even after hearing about it from the mouth of the sadhus and the Guru...

The sadhus and the Guru travel place to place just to tell you about this. They actually come right to your house. Having got the order from Gauranga, from the Guru, Sriman Nityananda Prabhu also went house to house to tell you about this...


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