Day 190: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Navamī 14 Feb 2019 – Thursday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Although śāstra has said viśrambheṇa guroḥ sevā—one must serve the guru with a sense of intimacy—
you may commit some offenses if you attempt this at your stage. When you come to the level of
spontaneous devotional service, then you can do viśrambheṇa guroḥ sevā. Otherwise, you will have to
show Gurudeva respect, awe, and reverence.Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 14, 2002 Murwillumbah
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Rasa Varsa

Glories of Madhvacarya

Madhvācārya preached by speaking hari-kathā, distributing mahā-prasāda, and serving the Vaiṣṇavas. These three things are very important.

Now people think, “There are no Vaiṣṇavas. All are ordinary karmīs.” This is a bogus idea. If anyone came to serve God, and God and Gurudeva accept that person and give him the holy name and that person performs kirtana and engages in bhajana, then he is a Vaiṣṇava. If you desire to progress in your life, respect and serve the Vaiṣṇavas, chant harināma, listen to hari-kathā, and honor mahā-prasāda. There is no need of anything more. By this process you will become free of anarthas. But if you have no respect or faith for Vaiṣṇavas, you will never advance.

Therefore Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura called all Prabhu. Our Lord is Mahāprabhu, and all His followers are Prabhu. They are masters in this world. They teach and help the jīvas. If you don’t respect those Vaiṣṇavas, how can you progress? If you think they are ordinary, how can you progress?

ārcye viṣṇau śilā-dhīr guruṣu nara-matir vaiṣṇave jāti-buddhir
viṣṇor vā vaiṣṇavānāṁ kali-mala-mathane pāda-tīrthe ‘mbu-buddhiḥ
śrī-viṣṇor nāmni mantre sakala-kaluṣa-he sabda-sāmanya-buddhir
viṣṇau sarveśvare tad-itara-sama-dhīr yasya vā nārakī saḥ

[One who thinks the worshipable Deity form of Lord Viṣṇu is a stone, the bona-fide spiritual master an ordinary man, the Vaiṣṇava belongs to a caste in the varṇāśrama system, the water that has washed the feet of Lord Viṣṇu or the Vaiṣṇavas, and that actually removes the sins of the Kali-yuga, is ordinary water, the name of Lord Viṣṇu, which is a sacred mantra that removes all sin, is an ordinary sound, or the Supreme Lord Viṣṇu is the same as other persons, is a resident of hell.]

If you think God’s Deities are stone and Vaiṣṇavas belong to a caste, you destroy your own life. Vaiṣṇavas have no caste. They are God’s direct family members. They are beyond the castes and jurisdiction of this world.

Madhvācārya went to Dharmastalam where many so-called followers of dharma were. He changed everyone into Vaiṣṇavas, taught them to serve the devotees, take mahā-prasāda, and follow the rules and regulations of bhakti. From that time, people would not eat anything other than mahā-prasāda, and would not pass a single day without singing kirtana and serving the Vaiṣṇavas.

Now people think, “I am a Vaiṣṇava, my disciples are Vaiṣṇavas, and especially my lady disciples are Vaisnavis, but no others are Vaiṣṇavas. I will not share anything with anyone else.”

What is this? How can people progress? Respect and faith is most important. Ordinary conditioned souls always look, “Who is my footstep follower? Who licks my toes? Who is my slave?”

This is not Vaisnavism. Vaiṣṇavas are neutral. They are respected and they respect God’s followers.

Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura said, “I will expend hundreds of gallons of blood to save one person from bondage in material existence.”

Madhvācārya always worshipped God’s Deities. He did not pass a single day without worshipping the Lord. In his temples, he gave duty to his sannyāsīs to serve Thakuraji there. They come in the morning, bathe, shower, chant mantra and then offer 1008 Tulasī leaves with kṛṣṇa-mantra at Gopāla’s feet. Then they do ārati every hour on the hour. The sannyāsīs also cook with their own hands and offer bhoga to Gopāla.

Paid or ordinary cooks will think, “I will take some extra paneer, and will hide ten, twenty pieces of rasa malai for my lover.”

Such a mentality is like boarding the railway express to hell. One should be solely dedicated to the service of God without any selfishness.

Madhvācārya taught the meaning of śāstra to his disciples and wrote many commentaries. He preached all over India, in all directions, making many disciples and converting followers of Śaṅkara and Buddha. He established everyone in their true identity and gave them qualification for eternal service.

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