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[I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who with the torchlight of knowledge has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance.]
[When will Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet?]
So, ladies and gentlemen, today is very auspicious day that in your country, beautiful land, we are now going to establish a temple of Kaliya. Ramana, Krsna. Of course the Deities, Radha-Krsna and Guru-Gauranga also will be there. There will be three compartments in the fashion of our Vrndavana temple. And I thank you very much for your encouraging association in this matter. It is said,
yuktasya bhaktams ca niyunjato 'pi
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam **
Guru is... There are so many other things, guru's qualification. There are eight verses in the prayer of guru. The first verse is
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam **
Guru's first business is to deliver the suffering humanity from the forest fire of this material existence. This material existence is compared with forest fire. You know there is fire in the forest. Big forest, nobody goes there to set fire. But automatically there is fire. Therefore this material existence has been compared with the forest fire. Here everyone wants to become happy, but there is fire. Even if we do not want, there is fire, miseries. Because this place, this material world, is place for suffering. It is confirmed by Krsna Himself in the Bhagavad-gita, duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15]. This place is for suffering. But under the spell of maya, sufferings, we have taken as happiness or enjoying. This is called maya. Actually there is no enjoyment here. Where is enjoyment? When we have to die, then where is the question of enjoyment? Does anyone want to die? No. Nobody wants to die. If there is some danger immediately, immediately we shall flee away. That is Nobody wants to die. Therefore, in the Bhagavad-gita the four principles of unhappiness is described by the Supreme Lord, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi-duhkha-dosanudarsanam [Bg. 13.9]. Those who are intelligent, they will see four principles of major suffering. What is that? Janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi, to take birth, to die, and to suffer from disease, and to become old. So, so long you have got this material body, you have to suffer. Now, under the spell of maya you can accept suffering as enjoyment, That is your business, But it is suffering.
So therefore, guru's business is to deliver the disciple from the suffering condition. Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam **. So one who has got this mercy from the Supreme Lord, and he can deliver his guru. guru's out of many other businesses, one business is sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana **. To establish temple for regularly worshiping the Deity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana. And to worship the Deity very nicely, to decorate, to dress, to cleanse the temple, to offer nice foodstuff, distribute prasadam these are the activities of the temple. Unfortunately, people are in so much ignorance that they have forgotten everything. They're living like cats and dogs, animals. So this is a great opportunity that you are going to open a nice temple here. So not only open temple but you take part yourself How to decorate the Deity, how to cleanse the temple, how to offer nice prasadam, how to distribute prasadam, how to chant Hare Krsna maha-mantra.
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam **
So the opportunity has come by the endeavor of our Mr. Punja. He's to be known as Vasudeva dasa henceforward. His wife, Bhagavati, and his mother . So my request is, I of course I am traveling all over the world. It may not be possible for me to see you very frequently. But I expect to come again and again. But I entrust the matter to you all. I'll send help also as far as possible. Now you have to take care of your own business, this temple, and always remember that according to your capacity you can serve the Lord. It is not that one who is worshiping the Deity, decorating the Deity, offering arotik, he's in better position than the person who is cleansing the temple. Both of them equal. In the spiritual world there is no such distinction. Absolute. As here there is distinction between higher grade and lower grade service, in the spiritual world there is no such thing. Everything is spiritual service. So that you realize one after another.
Now, only request is that you take very active part in this temple business. Especially in the matter of sravanam kirtanam visnu. Sravanam kirtanam. We have got so many books books, pages each. If you simply finish this reading and hearing of these book perhaps your whole lifetime will be engaged. So kindly do this. Everyone come hear what is spoken about Krsna, krsna-katha. Krsna-katha means words or narration or description about Krsna. There are two krsna-kathas especially. One is the Bhagavad-gita, the katha, the words which is spoken by Krsna. This is krsna-katha. And another is Srimad-Bhagavatam which is spoken about Krsna. That is also krsna-katha. So krsna-katha, the temple should be always filled up with krsna-katha and distribution of Krsna prasadam. In this way develop your Krsna consciousness and be happy in this world and in the next. It is compulsory. You cannot avoid krsna-katha. If you avoid, then you are putting yourself in dangerous cycle of birth and death. It is not fiction or whims; it is compulsory, imperative. Everyone should become Krsna conscious. If he does not become, then he's risking his life. So this Krsna consciousness movement is meant for saving all members of the human society without any distinction. There is no such question, Hindus, Muslim, Christian, or... no. Everyone can join. Even one is born in low grade family. That is Krsna's order. Mam hi partha vyapasritya ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah [Bg. 9.32]. Kim punar brahmanah punya bhakta rajarsayas tatha [Bg. 9.33]. Even one is born in low grade family, he has got the facility of joining this Krsna consciousness movement and everyone has the capability to understand it, every human being. Otherwise how in the western world, all these boys and girls who have joined, in number, so they are coming from different family. But they have taken Krsna consciousness so seriously. So if you yourself become serious and distribute this Krsna consciousness knowledge, the inhabitants of this island, Fiji Island, they will be also benefited and they will be also delivered. We have no such distinction. But everything must be done under proper direction and under the rules and regulation. So try to carry out and construct the temple very nicely and enjoy spiritual. Thank you very much.
Devotees: Srila Prabhupada! (applause) (end)
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