The Lord’s compassion for the lost souls of this world.
All devotees are very enthusiastic, but they are very simple-hearted and sometimes misguided by diplomatic persons. They have difficulty, but I am not looking at that. I am always looking at how much mercy Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur have distributed within their hearts.
Many are going, and many are coming. I have spent forty-three years now in missionary life. I have seen not less than one thousand devotees coming, going, doing, coming, and going in many ways, but within their hearts, I am looking at how much mercy is blossoming in this world. That is how I am praising everybody. If there is one little farthing in somebody’s heart, we can see the mercy of our Guru Maharaj flashing there. We are trying to see everything in this way. But sometimes it is painful. It is very nice when they are coming and doing seva, but when they are going, it is painful. Many things have happened.
I know this world is coming and going, coming and going. But it is necessary to make something, and that is our super-wealth, and that is called transcendental wealth. We must leave this body, but it is necessary to see what we shall do with this body. We can make a great Temple of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar within this body, or we may go to hell. All freedom has been given by Krishna. We can do what we want to do, but we can see what Krishna wants in the directives of Srila Guru Maharaj: Loving Search for the Lost Servant. There is the main guideline: Krishna always wants us, but He is not forcing us. He is not ordering us, “Come here.”
tava nitya dasa mui tomaya bhuliya
kuvisaya vistha-garta rayechhe padiya
[“I am Your eternal servant, but by forgetting You, I have fallen into the stool-hole of sinful materialism.”]
This is the position of the jiva-soul: “I am the servitor of Krishna, Radharani, but I forgot my service, and I am now living within maya. There are many mundane things going and coming, going and coming with my life, and Maya Devi is playing there.”
Krishna wants us to leave maya and serve His lotus feet. He is eagerly awaiting that. Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, the Pancha Tattva, and also the devotees of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu all come for that cause. They are all eager to rescue us from maya and engage us in the service of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar. This is our fortune. We have got that connection, we have got that chance, and if we can fulfil the desire of Guru-Gauranga, then we must be benefitted to the highest degree.
Spoken in December of 1989.