Mood of Service

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja


Without service to Nityananda Prabhu we will not achieve anything. Nityananda Prabhu means Gurudev. The incarnation of Nityananda Prabhu is Sri Gurudev. His position is just like Krsna’s, rather it is even more than Krsna’s. What Krsna cannot do, Nityananda Prabhu can do. That is His very heavy and powerful position. And by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu we must get entrance into the lila of Radha-Krsna. What Mahaprabhu wants to distribute in this mundane plane is Krsna-seva under guidance of Radharani. That is the highest goal of our life. By the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu we must receive that opportunity. Srila Guru Maharaja’s line is very clear. Through service we can reach the goal, otherwise there is no possibility. Always the mood of service will give us enthusiasm to engage with even more of a serving attitude. By that mood of service we can achieve everything.

Srila Guru Maharaja gives the example of a boy playing football. The football always comes to the feet of a good football player. For one who can play nicely, the football always comes to him. The center-forward is very clever and swift, but one who cannot play properly is always running around the whole ground but the ball is always far from his feet. Similarly, for one who can do seva, seva will come to him more and more. This is a very nice example for us. It is necessary to sincerely try to serve and in this way we will find that we are always engaged; and by the mercy of Srila Guru Maharaja we must fulfill his desire. We are only to sincerely try to serve and it is good if we do not involve ourselves with any result that may come. Sometimes the result may come very nicely and sometimes no result may come but we are not to involve ourselves with that. In Srimad Bhagavad-gita Krsna says in regard to the mundane world’s affairs:

matra-sparn as tu kaunteya siton na-sukha-duhkkha-da

agamapayino ‘nityas tams titiknasva bharata

(Bhagavad-gita 2.14)

Everything in this mundane plane is sometimes coming and sometimes going. Sometimes there is happiness and sometimes sadness. Sometimes we have good food, sometimes bad food. Sometimes we achieve what we want and sometimes we do not. But service life is not like that. We must not involve ourselves with any mundane matter. We must involve ourselves with service and we must try to fulfill our service, but the result is in the hand of Krsna. Whatever comes may be good or may be bad but as much as possible I must always try to be successful. This is our life, and joyfulness and success must finally come to us. Since so long ago, in my life also I have seen many things happen but ultimately I have been successful. During the time of Srila Guru Maharaja many times many things happened in this Math, but he told me, “Don’t be upset, this is your duty and any result will come through Krsna, that result must be good for you.” This is the way we must try to serve. We shall try to engage in the particular service in which we have capacity and with which we are familiar. But first importance will be given to following instructions. If instruction will come for us to do service for which we are not accustomed, or which is against our nature, then we are to prepare ourselves for that.