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98 -Instructions to the Living Entities


1.  What is Thakura Bhaktivinoda's chief instruction to human beings?


The human form of life is very rare. Even one day of it should not be misused. (Sajjana Tosanl 4/6)


2. How did Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura instruct one to lead a religious life?


There is no superior wealth in this material world than the wealth of religious principles. This material body is temporary. Today it is alive; tomorrow it may be dead. Our most merciful Lord has kindly given this world the holy name and the treasury of love of God. One should accept them from a bona fide spiritual master and the Vaisnavas. Srlmad-Bhdgavatam and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta are the two invaluable jewels in this world. One should discuss them with utmost care. There is no need to advertised oneself as a learned man. One should distribute the wealth of devotional service to all living entities. One should lead a pious life and earn one's livelihood through pious means and thus maintain himself and his dependents. But one should never forget the holy names of Krsna. {Autobiography of Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura). 


3. Is a devotee of Krsna afraid of plague?


Fear of plague is certainly not a Vaisnava emotion. Just consider, O brothers! What can plague do to you? What harm can it do you by taking away your useless life? If you care about your self-interest, then take a lesson from this plague. If you are attacked by the plague tomorrow, then you will be no more. Who can imagine where all your happiness and wealth will go then? Therefore, without wasting time uselessly, constantly and sincerely chant the holy names of Hari with devotion. Then millions of plague will not be able to harm you.

(Sajjana Tosanl 10/2)


4. What ideal did Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura stress for those who were distressed upon seeing the distress of others?


Offer your respect to all living entities in this world. Always endeavor to mitigate the distress of all living entities. Always try to remain by the side of other living entities and benefit them. At the same time, never forget the supreme characteristics and most essential instructions of Sri Gauranga.

(Sajjana Tosanl 11/3)


5. When does a living entity's birth in this material world become successful?


A person who has accepted Krsna as his eternal father has no need to lament. All his temporary attachment will become destroyed. In order to worship Krsna, you have come to this material world. Therefore, always contemplate the eternal science of the Absolute Truth. (Gita Mala Song 2)


6. What duty has been prescribed for those traveling on the path of spiritual life?


"After completing my family responsibilities I will go to Vrndavana. Now I am trying hard to repay the three types of debts." One should not maintain such a desire, because under the influence of such ill desire, one will ultimately give up his body. Then one will not be able to serve the lotus feet of Krsna, who is the friend of the poor. If you want auspiciousness, then always chant Krsna's holy names. It is useless to argue about whether you live at home or in the forest. (Kalyana Kalpataru Song 3)


7. What does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura prescribe for those wishing to attain the topmost duty of one's temporary human life?


You do not have many more days to live, and whatever days are left are full of obstacles. Therefore, O brothers! Continue to drink the mellows of Srlmad-Bhagavatam with special attention and care. (Sajjana Tosanl 20/3)


8.What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's instruction regarding caste pride?


O brother mind! You remain a brahmana with your social prestige, but do not insult the Vaisnavas. (Kalyana Kalpataru Song 9)


9. How does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura instruct pseudo renunciants and those who desire material fame?


You are a servant of Sri Caitanya and should desire devotional service to Hari. What is the use of all the external signs of asrama life? Please reject material honor and reside in Santipura. Your only asset is the devotees' mercy. (Kalyana Kalpataru Song 13) 


10. How does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura instruct those attached to matter?


A living entity is constitutionally pure. O brother! Why are you becoming illusioned in this material world again and again? Please consider only once that the spirit soul is immortal

and like a flow of nectar. {Kalyana Kalpatani Song 1) i


ll.How does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura instruct those who identify themselves as Vaisnavas?


There is no need to introduce yourself as a Vaisnava. Never proceed in order to accumulate material opulence. Sri Bhaktivinod Thakura requests that you always loudly sing the transcendental qualities of Sri Radha and Krsna. {Kalyana Kalpatani Song 13)


12. What does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura advise the proud people who neglect the path of the mahajanas ?


Because many cheaters artificially put on tilaka, beads, and accept initiation, you have become attached to them. You find fault with the path of the mahajanas and become angry. As a result, you give up attachment for this path. Just see, O brother mind! You have grabbed ashes instead of gold and have wasted your life and the life after your death. Everyone is calling you a cheater. Moreover, you have not achieved devotional service. What will happen after your death? {Kalyana Kalpatani Song 17)


13. How does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura instruct so- called exalted devotees?


O my mind! What else will I tell you? You are talking about love of God, but actually you have rejected gold and tied an empty knot in your cloth.

{Kalyana Kalpatani Song 18)


14. What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's warning to demoniac people?


By discussing historical incidents, you know well that there were many sinful demons whose goal was sense gratification. They engaged in various sinful activities and finally met death. At the time of death, they lost all hope and were burnt in the fire of repentance. They spent their lives like dogs and hogs and never cared for spiritual life.

{Kalyana Kalpatani Song 1)


15. How does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura advise those who uselessly carry the burden of family life?


I work hard like an ass, but I do not know for whom I am doing so much. Yet still my illusion is not removed. My days are spent in useless activities, my nights in sleeping. Yet still I do not realize that death is sitting next to me. I eat palatable foods, see beautiful things, and wear nice clothes, free from anxiety. I never remember that on any day I will have to give up this body.

{Kalyana Kalpatani Song 4)


16. What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's warning to those who consider the body the self?


My body will lie down in the crematorium, and birds and insects will enjoy it. The dogs and jackals will happily feast on my body. Such is the destination of the body. And the most amazing thing is that all material opulences—my house, family and friends—have exactly the same destination. {Kalyana Kalpatani Song 4)


17. What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's instruction to those who desire to attain eternal happiness by understanding what is favorable and unfavorable to devotional service?


O living entities, if you want to constantly experience the flow of eternal bliss, then please take shelter of the spiritual  master's lotus feet. Give up all types of dry worship—such as meditating on the impersonal Brahman—and cultivate attachment for the Supreme Lord. The abode of Vrndavana is full of flowers where rdsa-lild pastimes are enacted. You are pure spirit soul. The pride of being an enjoyer is extremely weak in Vrndavana. You are intimately related to Sri Radhika as Her eternal companion. You are meant to experience spiritual ecstasy. Enjoying the illusory material objects is the cause of your downfall. (Kalydna Kalpataru Song 2)


1.8. What does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura advise those who are lazy?


O brother, death is certain. It may come today or after a hundred years. Therefore, do not remain without anxiety. Please worship the lotus feet of Sri Krsna as soon as possible, because there is no guarantee your life will last. {Kalydna Kalpataru Song 2)


19. What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's instruction regarding our constitutional propensity and a practitioner's hope?


For thee thy Sire on High has kept A store of bliss above.

To end of time, thou art Oh! His Who wants but purest love. (Saragrahi Vaishnava)


20. Who gives the living entities information about immortality when they are unable to solve the mystery of life?


Man's life to him a problem dark!   A screen both left and right!

 No soul hath come to tell us what  Exists beyond our sight!

But then a voice, how deep and soft, Within ourselves is left:

Man! Man! Thou art immortal soul!

Thee Death can never melt! (Saragrahi Vaishnava)


21.  How did Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura want travelers on the spiritual path to be determined?


Maintain thy post in spirit world  As firmly as you can,

Let never matter push thee down,  O stand heroic man! (Saragrahi Vaishnava)


22. How does Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura instruct those who read Sri Caitanya-caritamrta ?


As one should carefully study Veddnta and literature that deals with transcendental mellows from a bona fide spiritual master, so one should read the great Sri Caitanya-caritdmrta like that.

(Sajjana Tosani 3/11)


23. What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's warning to those who read transcendental literature?


Whenever you read a transcendental book, you should read it completely. Otherwise, you will fail to abstract the actual meaning and ultimately become a logician.

(Caitanya-siksdmrta 3/3)


24. What is Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura's instruction to those who are fond of reading literature? 


Do not remain confined simply by the discussion of literature. Rather, you should approach saintly persons and Vaisnavas and understand from them the distinction between sddhana-bhakti, bhdva-bhakti, and prema-bhakti. The science of Vaisnavism is not confined within books. The word nirgrantha defines the spiritual master and the Vaisnavas as beyond the books. Therefore the science of Vaisnavism is a mystery, because it has to be understood only from devotees. (Sajjana Tosani 6/2)


25. Which process did Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura prescribe for practitioners afraid of Kali?


Always remember that this is Kali-yuga. In order to create impediments in one's cultivation of devotional service, Kali invents many sinful means. Kali has no control over what you do, however, when following the instructions and prescriptions of Mahaprabhu. {Sajjana Tosani 6/1)


26. How determined and tolerant should a practitioner be?


If someone pushes or insults you, if a sinful person cheats you or becomes envious of you, if someone chastises you or arrests you, if someone steals your wealth or spits on you, if someone passes urine on your body or if foolish people frighten you in so many ways, you should still remain determined to achieve your life's goal. You must deliver your mind from sinful subject matter with the help of your devotion-filled intelligence. (Sri Bhagavatarka Marlci Mala)


27. What kind of assurance did Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura give to the honest devotees of the Lord?


There is no doubt that soon, by the mercy of the most merciful Mahaprabhu, all social inauspiciousness will be destroyed. There is no need to worry anymore if you take shelter of the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu without duplicity. (Sajjana Tosani 2/7)


28. How has Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura invited the people of the world to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes and attain love of Krsna?


Why didn't I, the most unfortunate fallen soul, take birth when Sri Gauracandra was inundating the entire world up to the highest mountains with the flood of love of God? Because of this I was unable to relish those waves of love of God. Why didn't I take birth at that time so I could serve Sri Caitanya's lotus feet? Why did I not become a servant of Sri Rupa and Sanatana? Why did I not carry Raghunatha's water pot? Why did I not wander with Ramananda Raya around Cakratlrtha? Why did I not see Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya delivered? When Prakasananda SarasvatI, the leader of the sannyasls of KasI, attained spiritual bliss in the form of devotional service to the Lord, why did I not take birth to relish the devotion-filled nectarean waves of the Lord's arguments with him? Even though such a coveted desire is rare, still, if I would have taken birth as a mundane logician in the family of a brahmana at that time, Sri Krsna Caitanya, the friend of all living entities, would have punished me with His sharp arrowlike words and accepted an atheist like me as His servant. Then He would have entrusted me to Haridasa Thakura to be rectified by chanting the holy names. Alas! If I could only have seen with my spiritual eyes the Lord sitting in the midst of the Vaisnavas and delivering all living entities as they burned in the fire of material existence through the distribution of the holy name's nectar. How much would the Lord's associates become ecstatic when the Lord would raise His hands, and after awakening all living entities from illusion's lap, say, "Take this remedy for your material disease. Drink the mellow of ecstatic love and become immortal." As a result, countless human beings, now afraid of demonlike material enjoyment, would have begged for His shelter. Then the Lord would have embraced them out of love and happily awarded them love of Krsna. Thus, the living entities' material disease would have   been cured. I am a servant of Sri Caitanya and have fallen into the material ocean. The Lord is my only guide and protector. According to His order I am inviting all of you to chant His holy names. O living entities! O friends! Give up karma-kdnda, tarka-kdnda, and brahma-kanda. Come and take to your full satisfaction the love of God distributed by Sri Caitanya. Then your disappointment will be destroyed. Your contaminated state of conditioned life will be vanquished, and you will regain your original constitutional position. You will then attain peace, which is your constitutional characteristic. You will relish ecstatic love of Krsna unlimitedly.

(Servants of the Vaisnavas, Kedarnatha Sacidananda Premdlahkara 27* February, 1870, Sajjana Tosanl 19/2)