How to maintain association in separation.

By Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Student: When you go to another place, the devotees say that they want to maintain consciousness of you in your separation. They are asking how to maintain that consciousness.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: Sriman Mahaprabhu has given the answer to this question to Srila Sanatan Goswami and Srila Rupa Goswami. Rupa and Sanatan left their family and relatives, and joined Sriman Mahaprabhu. Rupa Goswami came to see Mahaprabhu in Prayag, and Sanatan Goswami came to see Him in Benares. They both wanted to stay with Mahaprabhu, but Mahaprabhu said, “No. I am giving you this service: go to Vrndavan and try to fulfil My desire there. By doing that, you will always have My association.”

Mahaprabhu’s expression is that Rupa and Sanatan will always get His association through His teachings and desires, and they will also get formal association with Him from time to time when they will go to Puri or Mahaprabhu goes to Vrndavan. In this way, through remembrance of the teachings and service to Guru and Gauranga, everyone will get my association, and I shall get your association.

Everywhere you are all taking photos. Why? For remembrance. When you look at those photos, you can feel that everything is living within those photos. We are getting that inspiration, and we cannot forget that. Day by day, you will be inspired when you engage yourself busily in service to Guru and Gauranga. Then, you will feel it, and more feelings will come as the day that we will meet again comes closer.

By phone, I hear that they are very anxiously waiting for me in America. Their day has come [laughter], and anxiously they are waiting for me. Every day, twice or even thrice, they are phoning me.

There is so much enthusiasm in the hearts of the devotees. Many times I have seen it, and it is my wealth for remembrance. Actually, we are not losing anything. Everything is always existing. That is the main scientific thought. Maybe we cannot see it, but all this advice, this whole mood of friendship—everything—is existing, and it is living within us. Outwardly, we cannot feel it, but inwardly we always can, and that is our wealth. In this way, spend your time engaged in service.

We need to make a big community here. It is growing day by day, and when we will get more time and opportunity, it will grow more. I have no doubt that through your service, it will grow more in very nice way. But we must try to follow the directives and intentions of Guru and Gauranga. What they want and what the Vaisnava wants, we shall try to follow in that way. What our Guru needs, we shall try to satisfy him in that way. This is very clear. Mahaprabhu has given instructions, and like daylight we can feel them: humility, tolerance, and giving honour to others. Name and fame is a very bad obstacle, and we have to try to avoid that. What shall I do with name and fame? It will not go with me, but my service to Guru and Gauranga will protect me. It will give me life, and through it I will feel happiness, joy, ecstasy, and charm. Beautiful service—everything—will live with me if my mood is to serve and satisfy Guru and Gauranga. In that way, we shall try to proceed in our life.

We are like a bunch of sticks. If we are sincere, we are honest, and we are humble, then nothing can break us. Why would anyone come to break us? We are not doing anything wrong to others. We are humble, and we are tolerant. If anything bad comes to us, we must tolerate that. Many things, many circumstances, may come to us, but we will try to tolerate that. Mahaprabhu said we should give honour to every soul because Krishna is living within them. What can we see? We will give honour to everybody, and through that we can conquer the heart of everybody. Krishna Himself told,

tulasi-dala-matrena jalasya chulukena va
(Gautamiya-tantra)

“With a little bit of water and a tulasi leaf, you can buy Me. If you offer Me every day a tulasi leaf and little water with devotion, you can buy Me.”

So, it is a very easy process to buy Krishna and Krishna consciousness. Krishna is nondifferent from Krishna consciousness. So, we have no problem actually. Our problems come through ego, through our illusory mentality. But when we live in the light, shade goes away, and we have three dimensional power protecting us—(1) Guru; (2) Gauranga, Gandharva, and Govindasundar; and (3) the Vaisnavas. They will protect us. With this three dimensional protection, no shadow will come over us. In this way, we shall try to live in service to Guru and Gauranga. This is my prayer to you all: cooperatively and congregationally chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra, serve Guru and Vaisnava, and fulfil the desires of Srila Guru Maharaj. If I have any blessings, I am giving them to you all.

Source

Spoken on 7 June 1993.

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern representative of the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Both definitive and progressive, his exemplary life, practice, and teachings brilliantly illuminate the path of divine love. For more information on Srila Govinda Maharaj, please visit his biography page.

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