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Disciple's Sambandha, Abhidheya, Prayojan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in Salt Lake City, USA
10 October 2019, part 6

 

The relation between a disciple and the guru is eternal. You must understand this relation and you must understand that this relation is eternal. I have told you that there are many ashrams, many temples, many gurus in this world, but there are not so many disciples. You can find many gurus in this world, but you will not find so many disciples.

Who is a disciple? A disciple always follows his guru's order and he also sometimes has to tolerate the chastisement of his guru. A Vaishnav always has patience, tolerance. These are Vaishnav qualities.

Who is a guru? It is very rare to find a transcendental guru, and there can be only one-two such gurus in this world. Just as the Lord is one, so is the guru—there is only one guru.

Sometimes, it happens that we lose our service because of seva aparadh. If you make many offences to seva thinking nobody knows about it, thinking you are doing service anyhow and it does not matter, then one day service will run away from you. You cannot cheat Gauranga Mahaprabhu, you cannot cheat the Lord, and you cannot cheat your Guru. The Guru knows everything—he knows what you are doing and what you are not doing. Some think that Gurudev has expired, but that is their ignorance—they do not know that Gurudev always exists with us. Gurudev is always with us, we always get instruction through Gurudev. Without the mercy of Gurudev, we cannot get any service.

One more thing I want to say is this. We always give obeisance to those who do puja (worship the Deities), we always think the pujari is a pure devotee, we give much honour to the pujari, but at the same time we do not give so much respect to those who cook. We think, "Oh, he is only a cook!" But Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur told that the devotees who cook are the main servitors. When such devotees cook, they remember Mahaprabhu, they remember Gurudev, and they always think how to make Gurudev, Vaishnavs and the Lord happy with their cooking. In this world, there so many cooks in our temples, but we do not give them proper respect—we only show respect to the pujaris; but actually, the cook's service is the main and most important service.

Gurudev is Srimati Radharani, and Srimati Radharani is the dearmost of the Lord. Srimati Radharani and all the gopis gave everything for the happiness of Her Lord. If you want to surrender properly, you must give your body, soul, property, mind, ego—everything—to your Guru. That is surrender, and it is necessary to have that kind of surrender. Do not think whether you are going to hell or heaven, whether you will die or not. It is not necessary to think about this. We all will die one day, death will come one day, you cannot stop it, therefore why do you need to be afraid of the death? We must give everything to the service of the Lord.

 

 

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