Sarasvati Thakur

Upamanyu – The Ideal Guru-sevaka

The disciple who follows his guru’s orders and teachings, rather than imitating his actions and practices, will never be deprived of his guru’s mercy. Rather than taking the Āṣvinī Kumāra’s advice to imitate the actions of his guru, Upamanyu followed his guru’s order. He refused to eat the healing cake without his guru’spermission.

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The Nature of True Devotees 

The devotees are ever engaged in the service of God. No tendency towards anything else, no other thought or deed besides that service, finds any opportunity to cast its shadow over the souls of those bhakti-yogīs, who are incessantly communing with God and are entirely dedicated to Him.

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Your Son Is a Servant of Kṛṣṇa

Read Śoka-śātana and Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata. When Mahāprabhu accepted sannyāsa, he told his elderly mother, his wife Viṣṇupriyā-devī, and the residents of Navadvīpa: “I am but a human being. I am connected to you in a variety of relationships. When I go, you should establish all those relationships with Kṛṣṇa, instead of with Me, and thereby give Me the chance to serve Hari independently.” 
 

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Śrī Nāma-sevā in Śrī Dhāma

The holy name (śrī nāma) of Śrī Vaikuṇṭha (the spiritual dimension) has descended to this earth, and it is in śrī dhāma that śrī nāma has been deposited. The performance of nāma-sevā does not bestow kṛṣṇa-kāma-sevā, service to Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s desires, which is the true and ultimate objective, upon one who disconnects oneself from śrī dhāma.

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Duties of a Married Man

If married men think: ‘I must not give any of my money, which I consider reserved for Krishna, to the poor and deprived”, then they are really showing symptoms of wretchedness, cruelty and lack of compassion for others. They should not consider that giving charity to the poor is a fruitful activity. This kind of mentality shall make their hearts hard and they will suffer of greed. As a result of this they shall not want to spend their money, not even on the devotional service to the Supreme Lord, which is the ultimate goal in life. This will invite offenses in the service.

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Who is a True Guru?

From whom should we hear the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam? We should hear and learn the Bhāgavatam from a true Vaiṣṇava, for it cannot emanate from the mouth of one who is not a bhāgavata, or true devotee. Pretending to ably recite it just leads others astray. He who does so is himself deceived and as such, deceives others. How can the Bhāgavatam, which is not different from Śrī Bhagavān, really play on the tongues of the professional readers who pose as conversant scholars when reading it before others, but who have no true devotion to Śrī Bhagavān due to being engaged in worldly enjoyment? On the plea of discussing the Bhāgavatam, they simply gratify their own senses instead of the senses of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

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The Standard of Living in Gaudiya Math

Please preach the kirtana of the Supreme Lord, even if in doing so you have to incur debt; then in order to pay off that debt, you will have to be even more engaged in seva. When your creditors put pressure on you, you will be forced to beg more alms. Again, as the pious householders will not give you alms unless your character and conduct are pure, you will be forced to preserve a pure lifestyle with great determination and care. I will not leave one penny for you, so that in future you won’t indulge in laziness and you won’t be able to give up your devotional lives full of hari-kirtana and hari-seva

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Sri Radhastami

There is one personality whose name is not referred to in the Srimad Bhagavatam, yet the readers of Srimad Bhagavatam nuture the hope of becoming that person’s devoted servant. May that personality, who is everything to Bhagavan, completely destroy our false-ego and grant us shelter at Her feet. Today is Her appearance day. Having accrued all varieties of compassion from Bhagavan, she distributes that as gifts to all. May that personification of great mercy manifest within our hearts and make Her appearance there. May Her appearance day be the concern of our adoration.

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Utilize Every Moment to Attain True Well-being

If a disciple asks the guru for permission to drink alcohol, the guru is sure to disapprove and never grant it. When the guru does not indulge the disciple in his prayer for the cravings of his mind, he might dismiss the guru. Such disciples accept only those gurus who are ready to supply fuel to their desire to indulge in sense enjoyment. These days, accepting a guru has become a fashion meant not for the disciple’s true well-being, but for getting one’s sensual pleasures approved of. Like selecting a barber or washer-man, such appointments only satisfy social or family customs. 

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My Advice

We are not the operators of the instrument, but only the instruments. We must always bear this in mind. The triple staff Bhikshus are the living mridangas (clay drums) of Sree Chaitanya. We must constantly give forth our music beneath the lotus feet of Sree Guru. We should practise the function of the peripatetic preacher (paribrajaka) of carrying aloft the victorious banner of the Commands of Divine Sree Gaursundar by constant submission to Sree Guru and the Vaishnavas, fixing our eye on the polar star of the heard transcendental voice.

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THE GAUDIYA CREED

We have been talking plainly and systematically on the plight of the religions in the hands of their pseudo-followers, in the pages of this Journal, for the last 30 years. We deprecate no religion, our remarks only apply to the principle of evil which is masquerading in the garb of religion. The pseudo-religionists have always attempted to prevent plain speaking specially on the subject of religion. They are the greatest enemies of religion. Intolerance of evil in the garb of religion must not be confounded with the intolerance of religion itself.

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THE LOTUS FEET OF SRI GURU

If in order to carry out the command of the Vaishnava guru I have to be arrogant, to be brutish, to suffer eternal perdition, I am prepared to welcome such eternal damnation and even sign a pact to that effect. I will not listen to the words of other malicious persons in lieu of the command of the gurudeva

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