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Appreciating Sadhu (2)

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 October 2018, Kolkata, part 2

 

We should understand this. Even if one is a very bad person, they may be surrendered to the Lord. Srimad Bhagavad-gita also told:

api chet suduracharo, bhajate mam ananyabhak
sadhur eva sa mantavyah, samyag vyavasito hi sah

By the potency of the purging effect of devotion for Krsna, glaring inauspicious traits may arise in the character of a person who is exclusively devoted to the service of the Lord. Although such faults may seem to be abominable, they are not condemnable as born of evil motivations (as in a non-devotee). On the contrary, due to the natural, marvellous pristine glory of his exclusive devotion (ananya-bhajana), that devotee is to be known as a true saint—

"If a person serves Me with an exclusively devoted heart, even if their practices are abominable, they are to be revered as a true saint (proper sadhu) because their life's resolve is perfect in all respects."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 9.30; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.24)

The Lord says, "Maybe someone is a bad person, but if they are surrendered to Me, then you can say that they are a sadhu." Maybe somebody's character is bad, but if they are surrendered to the Lord, you can say about them that they are a perfect sadhu because they are fully surrendered to the Lord, fully surrendered to their Guru.

Krishna also told Arjuna:

man mana bhava madbhakto, madyaji mam namaskuru
mam evaisyasi satyam te, pratijane priyo 'si me

Beyond all doubt, the highest attainment in life is to serve the (supramundane [aprakrta]) desires of the Sweet Absolute Cupid—

"Be My devotee, give your heart to Me. Do not think of Me as the karma-yogis, jnana-yogis, and dhyana-yogis do. Sacrifice your every endeavour for Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is my vow that without a doubt you will then achieve the servitude to My own Self, which is the embodiment of truth, sentience, and beauty. Because you are most dear to Me, I reveal this transcendental devotion to you."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.65; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.30)

Krishna told Arjuna, "If you want to become a servant of the Lord, a servant of devotees, you must surrender everything to Me. Because you are very dear to Me, I am giving you advice—whatever you do, whether you do karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, or dhyan-yoga, always think about Me, give everything to Me."

Srimad Bhagavad-gita also says,

sarvadharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarvapapebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

"Whatever I have told you—about the Vedas, religions, everything—you must avoid it. Surrender to Me, and I will protect you. Do not think it will be sinful, for I will take all your sin—I will rescue you from all kinds of sins."

bhaktyaham ekaya grahyah, sraddhayatma priyah satam
bhaktih punati mannistha, svapakan api sambhavat

"I, who am dear to sadhus, can be reached only by devotion born of unalloyed (unconditional) faith. Even dog-flesh-eating outcasts who dedicate themselves to exclusive devotion to Me are delivered from the influence of the wretched circumstances of their birth."

(Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.14.21; quoted here from Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 9.41)

The Lord says, "I am the dearmost of sadhus. If one has devotion to Me, even if they are born in a bad caste, nothing will happen to them for they are a great sadhu, a great saint." Krishna Himself says in Srimad Bhagavad-gita, "My devotee is surrendered to Me without any condition, so even if they are born in a very low caste, as a chandal (dog-eater), they are still a great sadhu."

You know that Sivananda Sen's dog also got liberated—it got Mahaprabhu’s prasad. Sivananda Sen was searching for that dog, but the dog had reached Mahaprabhu in Puri before Sivananda Sen, and Mahaprabhu gave it a coconut. Later, it left its body... The scriptures say the dog was very fortunate So, devotees' dogs are also important. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says also,

কীট জন্ম হউ যথা তুয়া দাস
বহির্ম্মুখ ব্রহ্মজন্মে নাহি আশ

kita janma hau yatha tuya dasa,
bahir-mukha brahma-janma nahi asa

"I do not want to be Brahma or Indra, I do not mind being born as an insect as long as I can be your servant, Prabhu."

(Saranagati, 11)

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says, "If I am born even as an insect in my next life, it is not a problem as long as You consider me Your servant. I may be born even as an insect, but You must consider me Your servant. If I can be born as a servant of the Lord, I do not mind getting an insect's life, but I do not want to be born as Brahma, it is not necessary for me. Even if I am born as an insect—if I can become a servant of a sadhu, a servant of a Vaishnav, a servant of the Lord, that is sufficient for me."

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