Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung, vaisnava thakura, tomara kukkura, boliya janaha more: “My dear Vaisnava Thakura, kindly accept me as your dog. I am a dog already, but I am maya’s dog. I’m not a Vaisnava’s dog. So kindly accept me.” If we do not become a dog of Nityananda Prabhu, a Vaisnava, or a guru, there is no question of happiness. Nitai na bolilo mukhe, majila samsara-sukhe. One who has no connection with Nityananda Prabhu and who does not say, “Jaya Nitai! Jaya Gaura!” becomes absorbed in material enjoyment. Majilo samsara-sukhe means to think, “Society, friendship, and love, divinely bestowed upon man.” Materialist persons say like that. In samsara, material existence of repeated birth and death, there cannot be sukha, happiness. But the materialist is attracted by material existence.
Vidya kule ki koribe tar. What help will a university education or birth in a big family be? These will not help. Why are we accepting these false solutions?
Ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya, asatyere satya kori mani. Misled by false prestige and false ego, we are accepting the body, which will not exist. We have taken the body as reality. But if we take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, we’ll get enlightenment.
Lecture Bhubaneswar February 2, 1977