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Duare Duare Prachar

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Nrisingha Palli, 29 November 2020, part 4


[His Divine Grace addresses a brahmachari devotee.] How are you?

Devotee: Please accept my dandavat pranam. I am good, happy to see you.

Do you live alone?

Devotee: Yes, but I always try to be with devotees, I try to attend Nama-hattas.

Nama-hatta is ISKCON. We do not say 'Nama-hatta'. Do you know the name of our Nama-hatta? Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Sankirtan Maha-Mandal. Gurudev gave this name. When I started maha-mandal preaching, I once used this name 'Nama-hatta' in front of Gurudev, and Gurudev told me, "Do not use this name, this is ISKCON name. I will give another." At that time he told this name—Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Sankirtan Maha-Mandal. Actually, this name 'Nama-hatta' was used by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, and later ISKCON 'stole' this name. It is true, everybody knows this. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur first started Nama-hattas in Godrumdwip, and ISKCON started using that name, which means they 'stole' the name. So, Gurudev told me directly not to use the name that ISKCON uses—he told me to use the name 'Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Sankirtan Maha-Mandal'. We print this name in our brochures, and some centres which I started afterwards are also called Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Sankirtan Maha-Mandal.

I want to tell something very important. You may have a small temple, but your preaching style will be like this. You know, sometimes politicians employ the policy of 'duare duare sarkar' (দুয়ারে দুয়ারে সরকার)—it means that if there is some land reform, if you need to get some official job done, you usually have to go to some government office (a district magistrate office, a government office, a police station, or some government council), but here in some areas in India they say, "No, it is not necessary come to any office—the government will come to your door!" This is what is called 'duare duare sarkar' [lit. 'door to door government']. In the same way, you may have an ashram, you may have a Math, you may have a mission and Deities, and you think, "Oh, I am opening a Mission Centre, everyone must come to me!" It is not so easy for people to come to your temple in this age of Kali! You have to take your temple and go to everyone's door!

I usually do not tell anyone to install Deities in the temple, but you must have Deities, so you can take the Deities' photograph, Gurudev's photograph, and you can go with those photographs door to door and preach. It is necessary to start and maintain this movement. This is very urgent, very earnest—what I am saying is very important. The thing is that we give too much energy to our material life, we waste so much time and energy on maintaining our family, and I know that it has become even more difficult in this pandemic situation. Still, I am telling you—two-three days a week or at least minimum once a week, you must think and reach out to those who do not come. You make regular Sunday feasts, everybody comes to the temple and you distribute prasadam, it is good, but you have to find one more day for those who do not come. Take your party and go to their house, "OK, you are busy, you cannot come, it is fine, no problem—if you cannot come, we will come to your house!" You must preach in this way.


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