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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata, 13 December 2020, part 7


Question: How to become more tolerant?

By practising. It is necessary to practise, and tolerance will come. You can see me also, how much I am tolerating. I used to hit people sometimes, but now I have to forget my stick and I am biting my arms. How much I am tolerating! I cannot beat anyone, instead I am biting my own arms now. It is necessary to tolerate everything.

Are there any other questions?

Question: Why do we put tilak with the ring finger?

[His Divine Grace laughs.] They are asking very interesting questions! Why do we use it? Because all the sastras, all the scriptures say to use this finger, so we use this ring finger. I was doing sraddha ceremony today (fire sacrifice) and I also always used this ring finger, not the middle finger, not the index finger. When you apply tilaks, never use the index finger. When we chastise someone we show this index finger to them saying, "Hey! Do not do that! I will hit you!" Or you can threat somebody to poke their eyes out! So, this index finger is very 'poisonous', do not use it. You can use other fingers, but do not use the index finger.

OK, I am finishing for today. I will answer more questions next week.

I am giving my obeisance to you all. Everybody should remember Gurudev's appearance day, always think about it every day. I am asking forgiveness for my offence. Actually, I have no family in my life—I left my family at a very young age, but I consider you all my family, that is why I can sometimes chastise you, sometimes give love and affection, sometimes even hit you. I can do that only because you are my family; I think that you are my all in all, you are my life, that is why I can share everything with you, and I am always very happy to see you all. Actually, I am very indebted because Gurudev has placed you all in my hand—I am a very fortunate soul because I have got so many friends, so many well-wishers, so many good devotees who served Gurudev in his time also. To be honest, there is only separation from Gurudev left in my life—when Gurudev left this world, I thought my head, shoulders, everything was gone, I was like a doll, or a statue, but when I see you all, I get back my life, my heart and everything else. I am very happy to see you all.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay.


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