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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata, speaking online to
devotees in Caracas (Venezuela),
9 June 2019, part 2


Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.

We are very fortunate because Krishna has appeared in this age of Kali in the form of Name. There are four ages—Satya-yuga, Treta-yuga, Dvapara-yuga, and Kali-yuga. In, Satya-yuga, the lifetime is 100,000 years and people practise meditation for 60-70,000 years. In Treta-yuga, the lifetime is 10,000 years, and they do fire sacrifices. In Dvapar-yuga, the lifetime is 1,000 years and people only do archan, puja (Deity worship). Finally, in Kali-yuga, the lifetime is only 120 years, but how long you live is not the question, actually, because if you live 100 years but only think about yourself, about your own enjoyment—about eating fancy food, wearing fancy clothes, sleeping in a fancy bed, etc.—then you waste this life. This human body is meant for the service to the Lord, so if you live even 100 years but only enjoy, without thinking about the Lord, only always thinking about the material body, thinking how you will sleep, how you will eat, how you will enjoy, etc. then your life, these 100 years, is useless. It will be better if you live less, for example fifty years, but if you spend these fifty years thinking about Krishna, about Gurudev, and thinking about your true self (your jivatma—you know you are not this body, you are the jiva soul), if you understand what is the benefit for the jiva soul, if you understand it is necessary to serve the Lord, then this life is useful, this life is meaningful.

So, you are a very fortunate soul—having got good association, you have come now to surrender yourself to the Lord. You are also fortunate because you have not run away from Venezuela, you are staying there and tolerating so much, doing service. Some people, even devotees also, have run away and live comfortably, but you can look at Purijit Prabhu—he can go anywhere, he can easily stay in America, but he is still with you all. Despite the austerity, he still takes care of the temple, all the devotees and everything else. He is an example for you all.

Now, give beads to his hand. Tell,

শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু নিত্যানন্দ ।
শ্রীঅদ্বৈত গদাধর শ্রীবাসাদি গৌরভক্তবৃন্দ ॥

sri krishna chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta-vrinda

This is Pancha-tattva's name. First chant Pancha-tattva's name, ask for Their mercy, and then start chanting from the big beads,

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Next bead,

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

In this way, chant from the big beads to the small beads, take turn and from the small beads to the big beads, do not cross the Sumeru bead. Chant sixteen rounds or more every day, but if any day you are busy with service, then chant not less than four rounds. Four rounds must be chanted every day. When you are doing service, you can chant without beads at that time, "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare." When you work, when you do service, chant with your mouth. Krishna will reveal in your heart, you will be successful in your spiritual life. Here is also the ten offences book, read the whole book. You will find the ten offences against the Holy Name in this book—chant without offences and you will get the result quickly.



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