Day 241: Gaurābda 533, Madhusūdana Māsa, Ṣaṣṭhī, 10 May 2019 – Friday

Even the last fraction of bhakti is śraddhā. We should begin from śraddhā. What is śraddhā? How does it come? And what is the effect of śraddhā? We should know and try to keep in our heart and try to follow.

I want to give something like a gift to you all, that your life can be successful forever. I want to inspire you by their words. You should know that I have not come for any wealth, reputation or anything, only to please them and to inspire those devotees who have become weak. You should be inspired. We know that only by following this can you be happy in this world. And your whole life you should not be weak. Always be inspired and developing your kṛṣṇa-bhakti.

Srila Gurudeva – May 10, 2003 Los Angeles


1985 Śrīla Gurudeva traveled to Śilīguḍī (northwest Bengal) to join the inauguration ceremonies of the Gauḍīya Vedānta Sami’s new center: Śyāmasundara Gauḍīya Maṭha. The train journey from Mathurā lasted two days and nights. Śrīla Gurudeva traveled with a group of brahmacārīs—mostly his junior godbrothers.

Śrīla Gurudeva’s bhajana never ceased under any circumstance. He always completed his fixed number of rounds even if he was traveling or extremely busy. His unshakable practice included waking, singing prayers to Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa and Their associates, and chanting harināma during brāhma-muhūrta. Most of the other maṭhavāsīs (temple residents) woke later or after sunrise, and then carried on with their regular activities.

Feeling responsible for the brahmacārīs’ spiritual well-being, Gurudeva sharply questioned them, “What do you do when you wake up in the morning?”
Receiving only silence and nervous looks in response, Gurudeva admonished the brahmacārīs, saying, “Your life is meant for bhajana and guru-sevā. Why don’t you utilize your valuable time? You left your homes but continue to engage in frivolous activities and think only about eating, sleeping, and idly passing the day. What benefit will come of this? Try to enter into the realm of transcendence. If you don’t, you will not only waste this life, but you will have to be reborn again and again to reap the result of karma performed in your present birth. There is no guarantee you will receive another human body in your next life. You may have to traverse the millions of plant and animal species before again coming to the human platform.”

Śrīla Gurudeva continued, “Amongst all the living entities in the various species of life, taking birth in the human form is extremely rare; yet is even more rare to meet with sādhus, the beloved devotees of Bhagavān.

durlabho mānuṣo deho
dehināṁ kṣaṇa-bhaṅguraḥ
tatrāpi durlabhaṁ manye
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 11.2.29

Among life forms, the human body is rarely attained, and it can be lost at any moment. However, for those who have achieved human life, This is even more rare to come in the association of pure devotees, who are dear to the Lord of Vaikuṇṭha.

“You are so fortunate to be born as humans in the land of dharma,” Śrīla Gurudeva said, “and are even more fortunate to stay in the company of sādhus. But still, you do not value or a upon this opportunity for spiritual progress. I am here and ready to help you, but you are only interested in uselessly passing the time.”

Most of the brahmacārīs were stout and sturdy, but they shifted in their seats like children before Gurudeva, not knowing what to say—dreading the rest of the long journey. Conditioned souls want to roam here and there freely. It is very difficult for them to remain under the watful eye of sādhus.

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