Guru’s order all in all

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Supreme Lord descends in the sanctified heart of a bonafide surrendered
soul. The Transcendental Name, Form descends to the tongue etc. of
surrendered devotee inclined to serve Sree Krishna. It is never possible
to have contact with the Transcendental Reality – Supreme Lord, Who is
All-Existence, All-Knowledge and All-Bliss, by the process of ascension.
Only through the descending process, Transcendental Name, Form,
Attributes and Pastimes of Supreme Lord can be realised. Conditioned
souls have got the aptitude to know things with their own endeavour. The
only way to realize Absolute Spirit, is unconditional surrender to Him,
or more correctly, to His Grace-Incarnate Form — shuddha bhakta or
Sadguru. Nirguna Bhagwan, Who is Absolute Reality, descends through
bonafide preceptorial channel. Hence, without submission to bonafide
preceptorial channel, cultivation of Mantra, of Holy Name, will not be
fruitful. As stated in Padma Purana — Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras
te nisphala matah. We should have clear understanding about the
distinction of material conditioned soul and a sincere blessed soul
aspiring for eternal, real welfare, shuddha bhakti.

Our previous Acharya, Srila Jagannatha Das Babaji Maharaj had two
sevakas. The sevaks were aggrieved of getting order from their Gurudeva
(Srila Jagannatha Das Babaji Maharaj), to work in the vegetable garden,
inspite of their praying to Him for giving them scope to go through
Bhagvat. Ultimately they submitted their mental agony to Srila
Bhaktivinod Thakur about the behaviour of their Gurudeva, for not giving
scope to them to read Bhagvat and to do Harinam. Srila Bhaktivinod
Thakur, after hearing them, smiled and told them that their Gurudeva was
not an ordinary human being. “Actually, He is personal associate of
Supreme Lord Sree Krishna. He is directly serving Supreme Lord Sree
Krishna. Out of compassion, he has given you the order to go to the
vegetable garden to grow vegetables there, to make you fit to do
Harinam. His garden is not an ordinary garden for the enjoyment of
enslaved householders. If you accept the order of Gurudeva and serve,
that will be direct service of Supreme Lord. By that, your sense-organs
will be engaged actually for the service of Sree Krishna and ultimately
they will be able to utter Name of Sree Krishna correctly. While doing
work in the garden you can also chant Harianm simultaneously”.

— Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

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