Good association, bad association

Vaktritavali by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Thakura Prabhupada

Due to an absence of hearing the topics of Hari from the mouth of saintly persons the bodily and mental propensities exhibit…

If by good association we are given the chance to remain aloof from people busy satisfying their animal propensities, only then can we hope for our own well-being. When people fall into bad association, they consider themselves expert and sometimes become crazy. We should not associate with anyone other than those engaged always in Lord Hari’s service. To worship Hari is the perfection of human life. Don’t waste time. Immediately start your worship of Lord Hari. With firm enthusiasm and confidence dedicate your human form of life to securing the ultimate goal.
If we waste time, other godless and sinful people will have the chance to approach us and influence us with their bad ideals.

God is seeing everything

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami MaharajSrila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaj

“If you always remember that God is seeing everything you do, you can’t do anything wrong. You won’t be able to venture to do anything offensive to the Lord as long as you remember that through everything, the searching eye, the all-knowing, omniscient eye of the Lord is always watching over you. This remembrance cannot but purify your heart and understanding and the whole of your mental system, and help you to approach Divinity in the right way.

It is not that you can do anything and everything without His knowing; not that you are the master wire-puller of both your own life and of the world; not that you are going to exert your mastery, your influence over the environment in a selfish attempt. Always remember that one big eye is spread over your head seeing everything like the searching light of a strong x-ray. What even you do not know about yourself, He knows. What is underground in the innermost subconscious region of your heart, He can also see.

If you remember this as you move and live, you cannot but be purified. Just as cancer can be removed from the body by a laser ray, the whole disease of material [worldly, self-centered] existence will vanish from our hearts by this purifying influence of the divine rays of light from the holy feet of God.”

(excerpt from the book ‘Loving Search for the Lost Servant’, page 33)

Our only solace

Krishna cannot dismiss the guardian very easily, because the guardian has a solid position in the Lord’s relationship. If we enter into the domain of our guardian’s care, our position will be assured. Our only solace is that we are going through His agent. He is so kind and benevolent that He has sent His agent to recruit us, and that is our hope. We must be thankful for that, and not become traitors to His agent. We must be cautious to see that we do not betray His agent, for thereby we betray ourselves..

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami

Light the fire the air will come

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhar deva Goswami Maharaj

“Svayam asiddhm katham anyann sadhayet” – far bigger than the previous statement is the following-“ Jare dekho tare kaho Krishna upadesa /Amar agnaya guru haiya tara ei desa.”

For those who are Gosthanandi sadhakas ( devotional aspirants who prefer to perform bhajan together with others ), they are oblivious of how much they get benefitted or harmed. Mahaprabhu has assured them by this sermon. In this order of Mahaprabhu they see their own and others real benefit. Even when you have not attained perfection you should still preach the holy name of Krishna. In this very instruction Mahaprabhu has given the right of preaching to the sadhaka (practicing devotee). During the time of Sripada Jajavar Maharaj’s sannyasa Srila Prabhupada has bestowed fearlessness on him by saying – Are you fearful? Why are you fearing? You are going to take shelter of the feet which bestows fearlessness, ’jadvibheti svayam bhayam’. To offer ourselves in the sankirtana yajna of Sriman Mahaprabhu is the only way in which each and everyone can be delivered. The one which we are practicing will cure all of our own diseases along with curing the material disease of the materialistic person. Die to live. The right to live is our birthright and we need to live with all the dignity a life should have. The fire of sankirtan can only revive our soul. ‘Bhashmi bhavanti rajendra mahapataka kotayom’. If you perform real Krishna kirtan then you will have no fear. The need is the fire of spirituality. To benefit oneself and other living entities “Amar agnaya Guru haiya tar ei desh”. The very listener will fan the fire of your sankirtan.
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