Every morning at 5 a.m. all the devotees gather in Srila Gurudev’s new darshan hall to have his beautiful darshan. This morning Srila Gurudev reminded us how our only business should be seva, and that everything should be used in service. He quoted this verse from the Srimad-Bhagavatam:
etam sa asthaya paratma-nistham
adhyasitam purvatamair maharsibhih
aham tarisyami duranta-param
I shall cross over the insurmountable ocean of nescience by being firmly fixed in the service of the lotus feet of Krishna. This was approved by the previous Acharyyas, who were fixed in firm devotion to the Lord, Paramatma, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 11 23 57)
The main programme here in the Saint Petersburg Ashram is on Saturdays so today many guests and devotees came to the temple. Sripad Bhakti Achintya Madhav Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj gave lectures for the attending devotees.
Sripad Janardan Maharaj explained how the natural position of the soul is to be a servant. In this material world we are all serving one thing or another -- some are serving their families, some are serving their bosses and even some people are serving their dogs -- but it's impossible not to be a servant in this world. But Sriman Mahaprabhu said: jivera 'svarupa' haya—Krsnera 'nitya-dasa,' the real constitution of the soul is to be a servant of Krishna -- in loving service of the Lord.