Serving Mahāprabhu’s Mano-‘Bhīṣṭa (Innermost Desire)

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Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura in the forefront of the sankirtana procession
from the Gaudiya Math – Ultadanga, Calcutta, October 1930



“Even if hundreds and hundreds of people—or even if all the godless people of the innumerable universes assemble and in one voice shout at me, I will accept it and loudly declare the actual truth. If the topics of reality enter the ears of even a single person among millions of people from millions of universes who are completely averse to Kṛṣṇa, and thus remove the contamination of the cheating propensity from his heart, then I will understand that I have been able to serve Mahāprabhu’s mano-‘bhīṣṭa*—because I know that all the jīvas within the innumerable universes are coming and going because of their aversion to Kṛṣṇa.


* Mano-‘bhīṣṭa—the yearning (abhīṣṭa) of the heart (manas).


Therefore all jīvas within the universe, beginning from Brahmā, are averse to the Supreme Absolute Truth. Hence not everyone will listen to the discussion about the truth. It is sufficient if even among a crore of jīvas we can find one who is interested in hearing the truth. That jīva can then become situated in the truth and preach the truth to others. Probably this is why Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda said, “A preacher effects more benefit for the world than all those who become indifferent to preaching work because of their preferring to remain absorbed in the bliss of their own bhajana.”


By Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Thakura Prabhupada, “The Unique Position of an Ācārya,” in “The Life and Teachings of the Four Ācāryas,” trans. Bhūmipati Dāsa (Vṛndāvana: Jai Nitāi Press, 2007).


Serving Mahāprabhu’s Mano-‘Bhīṣṭa
(Innermost Desire)




Aug 31, 2016 — SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —



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