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He Teaches Us How to Pray

In the Vedic scriptures, it is said that Srila Gurudev is the dearmost of the Supreme Lord; nondifferent from the Supreme Lord. The Supreme Lord has appeared in this world as Guru. The Supreme Lord says that one must take shelter of the lotus feet of Guru. One cannot surrender to the Supreme Lord directly.

The simple meaning of Guru is mother. The mother is the best teacher of the child. The only way to know about the father is through the mother. We have to trust our mother. In the same way, we have to understand guru-tattva. There are multiple names of God. Which name to call out? The mother will teach that you have to pay pranams to father, and father is pleased. Similarly, Gurudev will teach how to pray to the Lord. We cannot get the grace of Guru only by memorizing the scriptures.

Often times people go to Gurudev and ask for his mercy. This is not how mercy is given, just by asking and not following.

Once we had gone to Krishnanagar ten years ago. Gurudev had been advised by doctors not to speak. I was there with Gurudeva. One lady forcibly entered the room. She prayed to Gurudev, "There is a lot of unrest in my world. Please help me." She pleaded repeatedly.

Then, as a servant, I said, "Gurudev has heard what you wanted to say. Now he will give his mercy if he wants to. Please leave." After she left, Gurudev said, "Have we to ask our parents for mercy?" This was his statement. Parents give all mercy to the children, and they give them much more. Gurudev is million times more loving and forgiving than that. The Supreme Lord incarnates in the form of Guru to grace us.

—Srila Bhakti Niloy Brahdvrati Maharaj

Translation by Sri Naveenkrishna Prabhu
spoken on Sri Vyasa Puja, 28/3/2015


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