Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today To be a Disciple is No Ordinary Task

To be a Disciple is No Ordinary Task

Bhagavān is not obtained without prema. Even if there is a cause for prema to be destroyed, yet prema increases, then this is śraddhā. After being slightly chastised by Gurujī, the disciple may become disturbed. He will then think, “Now I will not go to Gurujī.” Then what is this? This means that the disciple has not attained even śraddhā. A disciple is he who tolerates being chastised by his guru. To engage in guru-sevā, one has to engage in strict austerities. Despite being displeased, Lakṣmaṇa had to execute the order of Rāma. Rāma told him, “You must take Sītā to the forest and leave her in the āśrama there.” To be a disciple is no ordinary task. Therefore, we must clearly remember this.

August 14, 2005 Delhi

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How can living entities cross beyond mundane existence and enter the eternal world? For this purpose, the gosvāmīs in Mahāprabhu’s movement manifested strong connections to the spiritual world. Anyhow, from morning to evening, if one is absorbed in Kṛṣṇa's name, the holy dhāma and Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes there, remembering this day and night, he will automatically achieve great benefit, becoming connected to spiritual power. Mahāprabhu came to distribute vraja-prema, vraja-rasa, and vraja-bhakti. There is a barrier between Māyā and Yogāmāya, or the mundane world and Vraja-maṇḍala. It is as if there is a great dam separating the material and spiritual worlds. How can the flow of love from the spiritual world come into the mundane world? Mahāprabhu requested Nityānanda Prabhu to break this dam and freely distribute pure love. Nityānanda Prabhu went everywhere and distributed this vraja-prema, rasa and bhakti. All Mahaprabhu’s associates distributed this in their own unique way. 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Hence, the Gosvāmīs began to distribute vraja-līlā, and vraja-bhakti. Do not think this is mundane or any worldly conception or speculation. If anyone passes along this way, their family members generally do not make their lives into a biography and save it. Kṛṣṇa-līlā, vraja-līlā, is not like this. The Gosvāmīs collected all of Kṛṣṇa's pastimes in Vraja, from dawn to dawn, and distributed it in the form of literature. When one drinks a little bit of this nectar, he realizes how powerful it is and how much benefit comes. Kavirāja Gosvāmī distributes the eternal pastimes of the spiritual world. If anyone wants to enter the holy dhāma and make relationship with the Vrajavāsīs, they must take shelter of līlā-śakti. Līlā-śakti doesn't look at any qualification or disqualification. If a person has greed to enter the dhāma and the eternal pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa then She will give it without condition. 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