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How to Find God
Part - 1

The ultimate goal of every soul is only supreme divine bliss, and to attain that we exert constant effort every single moment. But until now we have not received that bliss. There are only two fields: the field of maya, the material power and the field of God. We have attained a lot in the mayic field, even up to the extent of becoming Indra, the king of the celestial abodes, hundreds of times.

You always experience happiness in the world from your mother, father, child, wife, husband or wealth. You have experienced these kinds of happiness a lot, but it has all amounted to zero. From this world one only gets tension and anxiety. So it is proven that in the mayic field there is no true happiness anywhere. So where is it then? The only option that remains is God’s field. It could be there. It is not necessary to apply your intellect a lot to understand this.

For example, two people are together and you only know their names: Ramesh and Dinesh. If someone were to point out to you, “That is Dinesh,” then you could understand that the other person is Ramesh. Thus, if we were to firmly decide, “There is no happiness in the world,” then we could know it is in the divine field, but we have not decided this. Instead we think, “This situation with my wife, husband or friend is no good. But everyone else’s wife, husband, or friend is good.” We have not determined that it is the same everywhere, whether it relates to a Prime Minister’s home or Indra’s home; everyone is unhappy, suffering and in tension.

So how could we find God’s bliss? This is a big question, because if someone tries hard his whole life to earn a million or a billion dollars, he might be successful, he might not. So how does one get unlimited, spiritual happiness and supreme divine bliss? We cannot visualise God. There are Deities of God, but we want to see His actual form so we might be able to ask Him for that bliss, but we cannot. 

How then can one receive divine bliss from God?


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2002
© Radha Govind Samiti


Part - 2

There are three methods to attain something from someone. You can grab him, tie him up and forcibly snatch it from him; you can quietly steal it from him or you can humbly beg him for it. Which one will you choose? It’s impossible to threaten God and tie Him up. There is no one equal to Him; who could be greater than Him? And stealing from Him? He is omnipresent and omniscient. Stealing is only possible when the other person does not know what you are doing. Even before you stole, when you were still planning to steal, God made a note of your thoughts from inside; this will not work.

The third option is to beg Him. How should we do this? Should we beg him in Sanskrit, English, Hindi, Uriya, Bangla or Punjabi? No not at all. Ask Him like a newborn baby. You might not remember that when you were an infant, you could not speak a single word, nor could you indicate anything, nor did you even recognise your own mother. How did you survive? You had a weapon: you simply cried. When your mother heard your cries, she ran to you, “Why is my baby crying?” Your first several months passed like this. We have to get back to this stage of an innocent child who has no strength and no means to help himself, who does not even recognise his own mother, who cannot demand or ask anything of his mother. What will such a child do? Just cry. 

So God says, “Do not come to me with strength. Become powerless, destitute, without any means; be humble.” Feel more humble than a blade of grass. Be more tolerant than a tree. Respect all and do not desire respect for yourself. These are the three axioms of devotion given by Gauranga Mahaprabhu. If you have any pride, how are you able to recognise this? If a Saint asked you, “How many tears have you shed in devotion?” If your response is, “Tears? I have not shed any tears.” Then what did you do in the name of devotion? It amounts to nothing. Shed tears. God is pleased only with tears. No ability or power of yours will otherwise produce this effect.

When Duhshasan was trying to disrobe Draupadi by snatching away her sari, she held her sari between her clenched teeth. Shri Krishna was watching internally, “She is still applying her own strength.” But Duhshasan had the strength of 10,000 elephants; what strength could a powerless person apply in the face of this? Her sari was pulled from her grip. Draupadi then closed her eyes and called out, “O Krishna! Dvarikavasan!” Shri Krishna knew the moment of her complete surrender and performed a miracle that endlessly extended her sari.

So do not go to God with your own strength. We don’t have any strength anyway. With what strength are you going to go to God? What strength do you have? Uncountable gods of wealth are His servants. How do you measure up to that? You might be a billionaire. What could be more than this? A wealthy person in this world can’t even buy a city. Just a city! So what is this pride of “I am so rich?”


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2002
© Radha Govind Samiti

Part - 3

Kamadeva (the celestial god of beauty) has the most beautiful form in our world. If you were to see him you would immediately faint. You would not be able tolerate the ecstasy of that vision. How do you measure up to that? Yet whenever you see your own reflection you become absorbed. What do we have in comparison to celestial beauty? The intellect is in an even worse state. You listen to the teachings of thousands of Saints and then you forget them all.

So understand one thing about the world: no one can do anything for the happiness of another. Everyone loves for the sake of their own happiness. Whatever things you want – whether it’s a nice house, a wife, children, this or that – why do you want them? For happiness. So you will get happiness. But when all these things are made of maya and within maya, and happiness is not in the mayic realm, how will you get happiness from them?

A blind person announces, “Oh anyone who is blind! Come here! Take my hand!” Another blind person hears this and thinks, “He definitely can see.” So he takes his hand. This same kind of acting is happening in our world. We want happiness from our mother and our mother wants it from us. We want happiness from our children; our children want happiness from us. This is a bond of selfishness. As long as our self-interest is being served by that mother, father, wife, husband and child, our love lasts. If our self-interest is being served less, our love reduces. If our self-interest is not being served at all, our love ends. This is a simple account of our selfishness.

So tearfully ask God for His love. Tearfully call out to God in whatever language is dear to you, but you have to shed tears. With shedding tears there is one condition: do not bring any worldly desire before God. There are two kinds of desires: bhukti and mukti. Material happiness of any kind up to Brahma’s abode is called bhukti and attaining absolute liberation is called mukti, apavarga, kaivalya, moksha. Throw both of them far away from you. They are both like demonesses. Leave anyone who is under their influence.

So simply cry and beg Him for His divine vision and do not ask for the world. Don’t have any pretense or deception. However you are, go like that. If you fake anything, then God will do a left about-turn from you. You have to become like an innocent child.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2002
© Radha Govind Samiti


Part - 4

You were all innocent at the beginning. As you got older, your elders taught you all this contrived behaviour in your own home so you could deceive others. Now if you meet a Saint, you also apply your intellect here. “Is this Saint a true Saint, just a devotee or a fraud?” What is the situation of the intellect that is determining this? You cannot even tolerate hearing one word from someone. Someone said that you are a donkey, a fool, lustful, angry, greedy; deluded. Your heart starts burning just from hearing these words. Alright, so tell me, have you attained God-realisation? “No.” So then you are still under the control of maya, right? “Yes.” So then you are still lustful, angry, greedy, and so on; accept it! You might say, “I’m listening to what you are saying and I do not feel lustful, angry and greedy.” But if someone were to accidentally shove you, you would shout, “Hey!” From just one action you lose control, even though you have the human body’s highest class of intellect. For this reason, always regard yourself as possessing these qualities. It is a fact we are like this. We have to realise this and accept it.

So before God we have to become like a baby who is without artifice, hypocrisy, pretense and deceit and beg God for His love. Whatever form is pleasing to you, imagine Him in that form. Whatever name is pleasing to you, use that name. Whatever virtues, pastimes or decorations are pleasing to you, imagine those. Do not be scared. Dress Him in pants and throw a ball to him, “Come on Shyamasundara! Let’s play cricket!” Just think if Shri Krishna were to appear today, would His mother and father dress Him in a pitambara and send him off to school?

Whatever style of decoration a mother and father find pleasing, that is how they are going to dress their child. It has always been like this in every age. So whatever you like, imagine Him dressed and decorated accordingly. Do all this with your mind, because if you do external Deity worship, you will feel inadequate, “If I were a billionaire, I could decorate Shri Krishna with a $10 million diamond necklace.” But you don’t have money. But why think like this?

In the Bhagavatam, eight kinds of Deity worship are described. One of these is manomaya. Do it from your mind wherever you are. If you have to take a Deity from here to there and there to here – it’s a problem. And the Deity you imagine in your mind you could adorn with a $10 million diamond necklace. Whatever clothing you like, whatever decorations you prefer – you can keep on changing these and that too, without spending any money.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2002
© Radha Govind Samiti

Part - 5

For purifying our minds, service is done in three ways: with the body, the mind and with one’s wealth. The highest class of service is mental service. Naturally we serve physically, and whoever has wealth does serve with this, but the foremost form of service is mental service. The cause of bondage or liberation is the mind. The performer of actions is only the mind, not the senses or body.

In the Mahabharata war, Arjuna committed millions of murders on the battlefield, but where was his mind? It was constantly attached to Shri Krishna. (Gita 8.7)  This does not mean sitting and thinking of God for just one hour. During the time of war, Arjuna remembered Shri Krishna continuously. Even though Arjuna physically committed murders, Shri Krishna did not make a note of these. Did he commit any sin? Forget about sin, Arjuna did not even think critically towards anyone. His mind was absorbed only in thoughts of Shri Krishna, so how could he think of anything else? This is called karma yoga. This will happen slowly with practice.

Shri Krishna cannot come Himself and do this directly for the souls. He even sent Uddhava (the greatest jnani) to the gopis. Why? To receive divine love. He will send his bhakta Saints for this; He will not have direct contact with the souls. God’s rules are like this. He gave all this work to his devotee Saints. So right now, ask God for devotion, ask to receive His divine vision and if you have not met a genuine Saint, also ask God for this. “Please send someone to me who has practical divine experience, who has divine love and who has found You. He can do everything with His grace.” A few of your tears will melt Shri Krishna’s heart. This is His weakness. Everyone has a weakness and this is God’s weakness. If you shed even a few tears, then He will say, “Alright, a Saint is coming.”

Have faith. Do not be scared and wonder, “How will I meet God?” After all, you were the one who took God out of your life to begin with. Why do you now think, “I won’t find Him?” If God is the purifier of fallen souls, then the more sinful we are, the more He will love us. Gauranga Mahaprabhu said, “When I hear Your names, dinabhandhu (friend of the humble souls) or patita pavana (purifier of sinful souls), then I have the confidence that I will also find You. But when I hear bhakta vatsala (friend of the true devotee), I become scared. How am I a true devotee? This is not within my control.”


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2002
© Radha Govind Samiti



to be continued next week...
Love for the World and Love for God >>