Indulekhā dāsī’s niece: This is my first time here. I would like to know how I go about honouring you and honouring Kṛṣṇa. I had a car accident and I know that God saved me so that I can do something good, to serve Him better. But, I don’t know even the first step to take.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: The best way is to serve guru and follow his instructions. By chanting the holy name, all of your wishes will be fulfilled, and all your miseries and problems will disappear. In this way, after some time, you will serve Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa in your transcendental form and be happy forever. This is the highest aim and object of our life. I want everyone to be happy.
Indulekhā dāsī’s niece: Yesterday was the first time that I observed Ekādaśī. I did it for my mother, though, because she is dying of liver cancer.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: This is good. There was once a cow lying on the street, dying. Her body was flapping about, but her life was not leaving her body. One of my lady disciples saw her and said, “O Mother cow, I am giving you the fruit of one of my Ekādaśīs. You should now be able to very easily give up your life.” Then at once, without delay, the cow left her body.
Last year, one of Nanda-gopāla’s horses was dying, and at the same time not dying. I said, “Hare Kṛṣṇa” in his ear, and he easily left. This chanting is miraculous and very powerful.
Indulekhā dāsī: It is painful for us to see our mother or father die. I am attached to them.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: You should know who your real father is. Who is your father?
Indulekhā dāsī: You are my father, Gurudeva.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Kṛṣṇa is everyone’s father. He is father of father of fathers. We should not worry for our material father and mother. If you can give some inspiration to them to do bhajana; this is good, but don’t be attached to them. Our entire attachment should be given first to guru and then to Kṛṣṇa.

Walking with a Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations 2008


Śrīpāda Padmanābha Mahārāja: Śrīla prabhu is saying that Satsvarūpa Mahārāja was very attached to the vaidhī mood. Śrīla Prabhupāda was trying to encourage him, “You should reciprocate with me from your heart.” Śrīla is asking, “How can we develop the mood of mamatā for our gurudeva, so that we have that heart reciprocation with him?”
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: What do you mean by mamatā?
Śrīla dāsa: Uh… dāsya-bhāva (the mood of servitorship). Of course, it is more than just service. There is a mood of mine-ness (possessiveness): “Gurudeva is mine, and I belong to Gurudeva.”
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Who has more sense of mineness for Kṛṣṇa – Nanda Bābā, Mother Yaśodā, the sakhās, or the gopīs?
Śrīla dāsa: The gopīs.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Within all the rasas there is more mamatā in mādhurya-rasa, and within mādhurya-rasa, Rādhikā has more mamatā than the other gopīs. Mamatā means, “Whatever I have – my mind, body, soul, wealth, reputation, and everything else – I have given totally, solely, to Him. I have given Him my whole energy.” For whom you give more energy, mamatā will develop more to that person. If you give your entire energy, then mamatā will be complete:

mānasa, deha, geha, jo kichu mora arpilū tuwā pade, nanda-kiśora!

Mānasa Deha Geha (Verse 1)

[Mind, body, family, and whatever else is mine, I have surrendered at Your lotus feet, O youthful Son of Nanda!]

mārabi, rākhabi – jo icchā tohārā nitya-dāsa prati tuwā adhikārā

Mānasa Deha Geha (Verse 3)

[Slay me or protect me as You wish, for You have full ownership of Your eternal servitor.]

When this mood comes, it is understood that mamatā is present. The gradation of this mood corresponds to the gradation of mamatā.
You have some mamatā for me, but it is not full. You are not giving your entire deha (body), geha (family), and mānasa (mind) to me. If you will give yourself to me as they do [indicating the other devotees present], then you will have mamatā. When you have strong faith in me, thinking, “He can help me in Kṛṣṇa consciousness,” then it will come.

Walking with a Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations 2007
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