His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva
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Good Fortune

Srila PrabhupadaBy meeting Srila Prabhupada one can understand that the Supreme Lord is a person, not impersonal and that He is Krsna. The jiva, the living entity has a perfect eternal loving relationship with Krsna. Hence this rarely achieved human birth, durlabhah manunah janma, (SB 7.6.1), the purpose of which is to understand Krsna, to know Krsna, to see Krsna and to get Krsna. To re-establish our lost relationship with Krsna. And who can do so? How will it be done? That is the question. This can only be done by the mercy of a dear devotee of Krsna, a very dear devotee of Krsna and such a person is not easily available, he is a rare personality. One who has good fortune can meet such a person, otherwise no one can meet such a person or maybe one can meet him but cannot see him therefore one cannot get his mercy.

 

Seed of Bhakti Creeper

janasya krsnad vimukhasya daiväd
adharma-silasya suduhkhitasya
anugrahayeha caranti nunam
bhutani bhavyani janardanasya
(SB 3.5.3
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Because of our prarabdha-karma, past actions, we have forgotten Krsna and we have been moving here in this material world, undergoing lakhs of species of life and have been afflicted with the three tapas (miseries). Such rare personalities, dear devotees of Krsna, the Vaisnava Thakura descends and wanders here in this material world to shower their mercy on us, the suffering jivas. They are very merciful. To meet them is very, very auspicious and one should understand, to meet such a person is very, very good fortune. By his mercy you can understand Who is the Lord and who am I, how can I know Him, how can I understand Him and how can I get Him. Thereby one can achieve the success of this rarely achieved human birth.

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija
(Cc. Madhya 19.151
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“According to their karma, all living entities are wondering throughout the entire universe.  Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary system and some are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krsna. By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.”

Wandering, wandering through lakhs of brahmandas and lakhs of species of life, if some jiva is very, very fortunate, he gets the seed of the bhakti creeper by the mercy of Guru and Krsna.

Jiva is an  Eternal Servant of Sri Krsna

jivera ‘svarupa’ haya krsnera ‘nitya-dasa’
krsnera ‘tatastha-sakti’ ‘bhedabheda-prakasa’
(Cc. Madhya 20.108)

The real identity of the jiva is an eternal servant of Krsna. He is not the inhabitant of this material universe, material brahmanda. He has abused his minute independence; therefore he has been wandering here, in the cycle of repeated birth and death for lakhs of species of life. Sometimes he becomes a man; sometimes he becomes a demigod, sometimes a demon, sometimes a tree, a creeper, a worm, a germ; lakhs of species.

When good fortune arises the jiva meets sad-guru, Sri Guru. The life in which the darsana of Sri Guru takes place is a very, very successful life. That is good fortune. Seeing Gurudeva, having the darsana of Gurudeva means to receive the mercy of Gurudeva. We may see Gurudeva with these eyes, but if Gurudeva casts his merciful glance on us then it should be understood that we are very fortunate.

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Good Fortune

Such rare personalities, dear devotees of Krsna, the Vaisnava Thakura descends and wanders here in this material world to shower their mercy on us, the suffering jivas. They are very merciful. To meet them is very, very auspicious and one should understand, to meet such a person is very, very good fortune. By his mercy you can understand Who is the Lord and who am I, how can I know Him, how can I understand Him and how can I get Him. Thereby one can achieve the success of this rarely achieved human birth.

 

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A Rare Personality

The jiva, the living entity has a perfect eternal loving relationship with Krsna. Hence this rarely achieved human birth, durlabhah manunah janma, (SB 7.6.1), the purpose of which is to understand Krsna, to know Krsna, to see Krsna and to get Krsna. To re-establish our lost relationship with Krsna. And who can do so? How will it be done? That is the question. This can only be done by the mercy of a dear devotee of Krsna, a very dear devotee of Krsna and such a person is not easily available, he is a rare personality. One who has good fortune can meet such a person, otherwise no one can meet such a person or maybe one can meet him but cannot see him therefore one cannot get his mercy.

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