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Importance of the Mind
Part - 1

People are confused by the story of Ajamila, not just in India but all over the world. It is said of Ajamila that at the time of his death he called out to his son. His son’s name was Narayana. In the world, when someone is close to death, he will ask to see those he is most attached to one last time. Ajamila was extremely impious and frequently associated with prostitutes, but he was very attached to his son. He wanted to say, “Call Narayana,” but he was only able to utter, “Narayana” and then went unconscious. Although he didn’t actually die at this time, it is said that he expired and then attained the divine abode of Vaikuntha. Perhaps those who say this haven’t read this story.

In the Bhagavatam it is clearly written that after Ajamila called out for his son, he became unconscious. Everyone becomes unconscious before death. Unconsciousness happens when someone cannot tolerate the pain he is suffering. This doesn’t mean he dies. Someone is being struck once, twice, three times – each time he is screaming in pain. The fourth time he is silent because he falls unconscious. People may think he is dead, but after some time he regains consciousness and sits up. So there is a point where the senses and mind cannot tolerate the pain, and after this, they stop working. If death occurs, it happens only after this.

The pain you experience at the time of death is so great that even before death you cannot speak at all. You are unable to utter even a worldly name, let alone God’s name. So to say a name at the time of death really means it has to be said before death. Even so, this isn’t possible. Even if it were possible, in Ajamila’s case, he did not die after becoming unconscious. Instead he had a vision that the messengers of God Vishnu and the messengers of Yamaraja (the god of death) had come. They were debating with each other and Ajamila overheard this.

Yamaraja’s messengers were saying, “He is a great sinner. We will take him to hell.” Vishnu’s messengers said, “No, you won’t. He took God’s name Narayana. You can’t take him.” In the end, the messengers of Vishnu had greater authority and chased Yamaraja’s messengers away. (Bhagavatam 6.2.20) In other words, after Ajamila uttered "Narayana," the messengers of Vishnu saved Ajamila from death and they chased away the messengers of Yamaraja. The scriptures clearly say he was saved from death. This being the case, how could he have gone to Vaikuntha? Then what actually happened?


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
14 August 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti


Part - 2

He was saved from death. (Bhagavatam 6.2.24)  Then, after listening to the debate between these two groups of messengers, Ajamila developed detachment. He thought, “Does God’s name really have so much power that it can chase away Yamaraja’s messengers?” After hearing about the importance of God’s name, devotion for Lord Krishna arose in his heart. (Bhagavatam 6.2.25)  Then he decided, “I will now lovingly attach my mind to God through bhakti.” (Bhagavatam 6.2.38) Then he went to Haridwar.

In Haridwar he engaged in devotion and through this he attained God-realisation and received divine vision of God. Then the messengers of Vishnu who had came before, came back again in a celestial vehicle, but this time they came to take Ajamila to Vaikuntha abode. Therefore, if your mind is not lovingly attached to God when you repeat His name, nothing will happen. It is essential to add your feelings of loving remembrance for God when you engage in nama sankirtan or chanting.

The cause of our mayic bondage or liberation from maya is the mind, not the senses. God does not note what our senses are doing. Even in a criminal case, the law doesn’t note what the senses do. If someone has premeditated bad intentions, then his actions are called a crime. But no judge is all-knowing. He can’t know what a person actually thought. He can only pass judgement based on the evidence. He also feels that he shouldn’t wrongly give the death sentence because the accused did not commit the crime, but he is helpless. He must act according to the evidence.

God Himself however is noting all our thoughts from within our hearts. That is why He has no need for physical evidence. He Himself is the observer, He Himself gives a judgement, and He Himself ordains the punishment. For this reason, the mind must be attached to God. The Vedas say: “The cause of our mayic bondage or liberation from maya is the mind.”


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
14 August 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti

Part - 3

God’s name is so powerful that you could say it just once and attain God-realisation and liberation from maya, but the condition is that your mind must be completely attached to God. Shri Krishna told Arjuna the essence of the entire Gita in just one sentence. “Arjuna, listen carefully. Keep your mind continuously attached to Me and wage this war.” (Gita 8.7)

What happens in the world? A judge gives an order for the police to open fire into a crowd; ten people die. The police are asked, “Did you shoot?” “Yes, we did.” “Should you receive the death sentence?” “Of course not! Ask the judge why he gave us the order. We’re not responsible.” The judge is interviewed, “Listen, if I had not given them the order to fire their weapons, then instead of ten people, a hundred would have died.” So God only notes one’s mental intention. Arjuna killed millions in the Mahabharata war, but Shri Krishna didn’t make a note of any of these. People might say, “Arjuna should get a big punishment.” What crime did he commit? “He committed so many murders!” Says who? “We saw it with our own eyes!” Shri Krishna says, “Your eyes are deceiving you. His mind was with Me. He had no animosity for anyone.”

So the activity of the mind, not the senses, is what is regarded as an action. The activity of the senses is simply a physical drill. Someone is mouthing, “Rama Rama, Shyama Shyama,” but his mind is attached to his mother, father, spouse, child, wealth or reputation. Whatever your mind is attached to is what you receive after your death. (Gita 8.6) “The one who remembers Me at the time of death will go to Golok.”
(Gita, 8.5) Shri Krishna is referring to the one who lovingly remembers Him, not the one who merely takes His name. “The one who lovingly remembers Me at the time of his death attains My divine abode.”
(Gita, 8.13)

So the mind is most important and that is why I repeatedly emphasise that before taking God’s name you must first lovingly remember His form. Imagine He is standing before You or that He is in your heart. In either case first visualise His form.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
14 August 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti

Part - 4

God is so kind that He allows us to conceive of Him in any form we wish – as a young child, as a youth or even as an old man. The Vedas say that God is a child, an old man, a woman, a man – imagine Him in any form that is pleasing to you. Dress Him in any way that you like. Engage in any pastime with Him that you wish. God will accept whatever you lovingly imagine. Shri Krishna was offered an opulent feast by Duryodhana, but He preferred to eat the banana peel lovingly offered by Vidura’s wife. He ate the fruit that had been tasted by Shabari because it was offered with love.

A devotee says, “I have no money. My Lord, how will I feed You halva and puris?” God replies, “Give me simple dry bread. You eat that, don’t you?” “Yes, my Lord, but today there is no bread!” “It doesn’t matter. Just give Me water.” “But my Lord, the tap is turned off.” God says, “Then just offer me a leaf.” “But my Lord, how will I pick a leaf? My hand is sprained.” God says, “Then just mentally serve Me.” Everyone has a mind. No one can say that someone took his mind. Every living being has a mind. So God says, “Just surrender your mind to Me, and act with your body in the world.” This is called karma yoga. This is a very simple and straightforward philosophy in our Hindu dharma. There is no need to apply your intellect to this.

What we do instead is physically act as if we are doing devotion and our minds are attached in the world. God is saying to reverse this. You are driving your car towards Allahabad but you have to go to Lucknow. So just turn around. Divert your car in the other direction. There’s nothing more you have to change. For example you hope for happiness from your mother, father, spouse and children. But instead you were deceived. Why? “They are a beggar like me! They also want happiness from me.” A blind person says to someone, “Listen, I can’t see. Can you take me to Kripalu Ji’s ashram?” He is actually speaking to another blind person. That person thinks, “He can’t see that I am also blind!” But he says anyway, “Come on, take my hand.” They confidently set off and soon fall into a ditch. This is our condition, yet we insist on calling ourselves intelligent. If someone suggests we are slightly ignorant, we retort, “What did you say?!” “Well, are you omniscient?” “O no! Only God is all-knowing!” Then why are you taking offense at being called ignorant?


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
14 August 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti


Part - 5

Every single person is lustful, angry, greedy, deluded and jealous. Everyone possesses these faults. But if you say a single word about it to someone, it could escalate into murder.

Once I went to Jhansi to give a lecture and I stayed in the home of a lawyer. When he came home that evening he told us about that day’s case. He said there was a land ownership dispute between two brothers and the elder brother won. In a judgement someone has to win and someone has to lose. So the older brother was very happy. When they all returned to their village, the younger brother was glumly sitting in front of his house. His mother was beside him. He was very sad because he had very little land to begin with, and now it had all been snatched away. The elder brother who lived nearby was making his way to the outdoor latrine. He simply looked towards his younger brother and twirled his moustache in a gesture of victory. Both the mother and younger brother saw this. That insulting gesture was like pouring salt in their wounds. The mother angrily said, “If you are my son, then kill him!” The younger brother picked up a stick, struck his older brother and killed him. This murder case was before the court that day. Even the judge was incredulous that a murder was committed simply because someone twirled his moustache!

You must always be mindful to lovingly remember God’s form when you practice devotion. It doesn’t matter whether you practice this remembrance alone or add kirtan or anything else to it. Our main aim in devotion is to develop our feelings of love for God. Everyone, and in fact all living beings already know how to love. Even if you pick up a dog’s newborn puppies, she starts barking and may run towards you to bite you. So then we can’t say we don’t know how to love. If we say we can’t practice devotion because our mind is not under our control – this is wrong. Everyone has their mind under control. Look, there are so many people sitting here. Is anyone sitting here naked? You all know, “I must be properly dressed in public.” Why? Your mind says, “It’s hot today. Take your clothes off!” But your intellect says, “Absolutely not! I’ll be sent to a mental hospital. I’m not doing it.”

A five year-old child is going to school. On the way there is a sweet shop and they are frying jalebis outside. His mouth starts watering at the sight of the jalebis, but his pockets are empty. He didn’t bring any money today. His mind says, “Hey, just grab one!” His intellect says, “But I’ll get a spanking!” His mind says, “So what? It’s worth it!” His intellect says, “No, I won’t do it.” He just looks at the jalebis as he continues on his way to school. He controls his mind so his hand doesn’t reach out to take a jalebi. Instead he reasons, “Tomorrow I’ll take some money from my mother and then I’ll buy one.” Imagine a five year-old is able to control his mind like this! But everyone is controlling their mind like this, even criminals. Out of fear of the law, the police or society we reduce our wrongdoing.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
14 August 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti



to be continued next week...
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