Nectar and Acid

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj compares the power of Hari-katha to the destructive power of acid.

[Giving advice on how to carry on Sriman Mahaprabhu’s preaching movement:]

Sincerity of heart is the real capital. If it is found anywhere, then Guru and Krishna will always be on that side. … God willing, one’s endeavours will grow. They will grow according to the sincerity of feeling. … These people will have to begin in a humble way. Their sincerity and goodness will be their capital. They will not have so much grandeur, money, or men. In a mild way, heart within and God overhead, they may launch their missionary work.

(Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.27)

A narottam sannyasi has been qualified in this way: with Hari and Guru in his heart, he leaves the world and connects his individual interest to the cause of the Supreme. Gehat [from home] means from individual consideration. A narottam sannyasi renounces home and devotes himself to the public’s interest, to the distribution of Guru and Hari to one and all.

(Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.18)

For the service of Hari, he lives like a bird, moving from one tree to another.

(Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.18)

He feels, “I am drinking nectar through my ears, and that is causing the dissolution of this mayic (misconceived) attachment.”

I am told there is a medical solution, an acid, which can dissolve iron. I am told that dacoits use this solution [to open locks and steal goods]. Like this acid, one drop of nectar in connection with the Absolute can dissolve long-drawn familial attachment—all the interests of the body and mind. When that is dissolved, then one’s bondage is gone. One becomes a man in the public street whose business is to take from door to door news of the nobility of that solution, that nectar: “A drop of nectar absolved me from all the loans of exploitation [I made in this world] and made me free. If you also use this, you will be freed. You will be freed from your long-incurred loan from material nature. You will be able to go to your own soil, back to home, back to God.”

In this way a sannyasi will carry that nectar: Hari-katha, the news of the Absolute, of the sweetest of the sweet! That is the only necessity. There is no other necessity. That is the only indispensable necessity of us all.

Nitai Gauraharibol!




yah svakat parato veha jata-nirveda atmavan
hridi kritva harim gehat pravrajet sa narottamah

(Srimad Bhagavatam: 1.13.27)

A self-realised soul who, either on his own or through others, becomes detached from this world, holds the Lord within his heart, and leaves home, is the best of all men (a narottam sannyasi).”

sakrid-adana-vidhuta-dvandva-dharma vinashtah
sapadi griha-kutumbam dinam utsrijya dina
bahava iha vihanga bhikshu-charyam charanti
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 10.47.18)

Many humble, swan-like souls, who once partake of a drop of Krishna’s constant Pastimes, which are nectar for the ears, become free from all strife, immediately leave their miserable homes and families, and wander here, begging to live (living as sannyasis).”