NITAI LIBERALLY GRANTS US SERVICE TO HARI, GURU & VAISHNAVAS IN ORDER TO UPLIFT US
Service on the devotional platform descends from above, as a sign of special mercy. Krishna allows us to do favorable services for Hari, Guru and vaishnavas when He is pleased with our strong determination and staunch desire to render that service. Enthusiasm is the life of service. Enthusiasm is the requirement and qualification to render service. Unless we have “utsaha” in the services we are executing in our devotional life, Krishna does not grace us by granting further opportunities of rendering favorable service. This service does not come so cheaply and should never be taken lightly.
However one thing I have noticed with our Nitaichand is that whenever we are going through a very low, depressive state in bhakti, when we have practically no source of any motivation at all to do anything, Nitai showers us with even more service to pull us back up! Even though at that point of time we ourselves are reluctant to accept that opportunity of service because of our total lack of enthusiasm, Nitai still pushes us into it for the sake of our own ultimate benefit. He is like the doctor who forcibly feeds the patient their much needed medicine. For Nitai, there is no prerequisite of enthusiasm required to qualify to render service. Nitai facilitates us with the opportunity to serve Hari, Guru and Vaishnavas at all times being compassionate upon our fallen state and knowing that this is the only remedy for our material disease. Or it can be said that Nitai is the granter of that devotional enthusiasm.
This is no small service. Bhaktivinoda Thakur writes that the true sign of our progress is determined by how enthusiastically we take up menial service to Hari and Vaishnavas. This fervour to serve at all costs emanates from Nityananda Prabhu.
The bhava of the service is important. Krishna is bhava-grahi, so if we are rendering service superficially without inculcating the correct mood, He is not fully satisfied. Nitaichand goes a step further by personally empowering us to develop that mood through His own mercy and actually gives us more service so that we may be able to water that sewa bhava which He is sowing in our heart.
Nitaibhakt ganer seva abhilashi,
Service, whether it be in our sadhana stage or in the nitya lila, also emanates from Nityananda Prabhu. He is its sole granter.