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Eternal Perfect Love is Krsna-Prema-Bhakti

Srila PrabhupadaNitya-siddhasya bhavasya prakatyam hrdi sadhyata, (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, 1.2.2). By the mercy of Sri Guru, sad-guru, we develop prema-bhakti, otherwise we cannot develop prema-bhakti. Sraddha, rati, ruci, priti, gradual development will be there. Nitya-siddha-bhava, eternal perfect love, that is priti, bhakti, prema-bhakti. It is there. Jivera ‘svarupa’ haya krsnera ‘nitya-dasa.’ The svarupa, the real identity of the jiva is eternal servant of Krsna. So this nitya-siddha-bhava, eternal perfect love is bhakti, but it is covered up, it is unmanifested.

The svarupa of the jiva is Krsna-bhakta, eternal servant of Krsna but it is covered up, it is unmanifested. How the covering will be lifted? How will it become manifested? If you get guru-krpa, the mercy of Guru, then the covering is lifted and bhakti becomes manifested.

So it is in the jiva, it is not that it is not in the jiva. It is in jiva but it is covered, unmanifested. Gurudeva only uncovers it. He makes it manifested, nothing else. One who does so he is Guru. He is Guru. He is a maha-bhagavata. By his mercy we get the seed of bhakti creeper. 'Up until now I was distressed, unhappy and my Guru has made me happy. He has come to deliver me.' This bhava arises in the heart upon seeing the Guru.

Sri Guru’s Wealth is Krsna-Prema

krsna se tomara,     krsna dite paro,
tomara sakati ache
ami to’ kaìgala,     ‘krsna’ ‘krsna’ boli’,
dhai tava pache pache

(Saranagati, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

He has bound up Krsna in his heart with the rope of love! Krsna belongs to him, only he can give me Krsna. So he will give me Krsna-sraddha, faith in Krsna and krsna-rati, krsna-prema. There should be unflinching faith. It is a question of faith. Seeing such a Guru, this faith automatically crops up, crops up. That is natural. Bhaktis tu bhagavad-bhakta-sangena parijayate, (Brhan-naradiya Purana, 4.33). Bhakti is there, but it is covered, it is hidden, it is lost. By the mercy of Guru, bhakti arises. It becomes uncovered by the mercy of sadhu-guru, bhakti arises, bhakti becomes uncovered. What is not there, how will it be? It is there!

Nasato vidyate bhavo nabhavo vidyate satah, (BG. 2.16). This bhakti-dhana is there! But Gurudeva makes it manifested, uncovers it. Gurudeva is wealthy by this bhakti-dhana, not material wealth. So he came, gave darsana but I am so unfortunate, I cannot see him! I cannot see him! This is most unfortunate. Most unfortunate! Most unfortunate! Understand my language. Try to understand what I am saying, it is very deep philosophy.

Seeing him is automatic, it is spontaneous that such bhava arises in the heart to surrender unto him to serve him. Then it is to be understood that he is a bhagyavan jiva, he is a very fortunate jiva. Hearing him, coming in touch with him, coming in association with him, hearing his katha, one who is a faithless person becomes faithful, faith arises in his heart! He gets a new life! This is a grand, great, very great incident in the life, yes. This is a revolution in the life. Great revolution in the life, yes. The channel of life is completely turned around. It is now going in a reverse way. The channel of life was flowing towards the material world or material objects of enjoyment, but now the channel flows towards Krsna. This is a great revolution, great revolution in the life, yes. To see Sri Guru and serve Guru.

Sabda-Brahman Descends Through Sri Guru

What ever you maybe, you maybe an atheist, you maybe a scientist or a philosopher whatever it maybe, but if you are fortunate to see the sad-guru, your life is completely changed! Completely changed, yes. A new flow is there. This is bhagya, this is real good fortune. If there is no good fortune one cannot see sad-guru and have darsana. Therefore it is said:

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija

Gurudeva speaks Krsna-katha, so through your ear, you see Guru, not through your eyes. Through the ear, through vani he makes Krsna enter into you, enter into you. The form of Krsna comes latter, comes latter, first you have to hear. First comes His Name, the Holy Name: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare. Uttering this mantra, maha-mantra, putting it into our ears, he showers his mercy upon us. First shower of mercy. This is the first shower of mercy. It is causeless mercy and this is the result. Immediately you’ll get the result. The sabda-brahman descends in the form of sabda, word, the Holy Name, in the form of mantra. Mantra means one who frees us from our mano-dharma, mental concoction. That is mantra.

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Sri Guru Has the Wealth of Bhakti

This bhakti-dhana is there! But Gurudeva makes it manifested, uncovers it. Gurudeva is wealthy by this bhakti-dhana, not material wealth. So he came, gave darsana but I am so unfortunate, I cannot see him! I cannot see him! This is most unfortunate. Most unfortunate! Most unfortunate!

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Sri Guru Uncovers the
Svarupa of Jiva

The svarupa of the jiva is Krsna-bhakta, eternal servant of Krsna but it is covered up, it is unmanifested. How the covering will be lifted? How will it become manifested? If you get guru-krpa, the mercy of Guru, then the covering is lifted and bhakti becomes manifested. So it is in the jiva, it is not that it is not in the jiva. It is in jiva but it is covered, unmanifested. Gurudeva only uncovers it. He makes it manifested, nothing else. One who does so he is Guru. He is Guru. He is a maha-bhagavata. By his mercy we get the seed of bhakti creeper. 'Up until now I was distressed, unhappy and my Guru has made me happy. He has come to deliver me.' This bhava arises in the heart upon seeing the Guru.

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