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Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)
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hari guru bhaju nit govind radhe, bhava nishkam ananya bana de
Part - 1
In this couplet, constant, exclusive and selfless loving devotion to God and Guru has been recommended as the supreme way to attain our ultimate goal. We have the Vedas as the eternal source of divine knowledge, and the words of the Vedas are the final proof for all spiritual principles. These Vedas say: “O humans! Have explicit faith in both God and your Guru equally; only then will you attain your ultimate goal. Love both equally.” (Bhagavatam 11.2.37)

Devotion to God alone will never result in the attainment of your ultimate goal. Moreover, who will guide you towards devotion to God, and instruct you as to the proper method of practice? God Himself will not come before you, only a Saint (Guru) can do this. Therefore, all the scriptures – the Bhagavatam, Ramayana, etc., extol the glories of the Guru and declare him to be even greater than God Himself. Though God resides in the heart of all living beings, yet how can He be beneficial to us? We need someone who personally comes to our presence and repeatedly awakens us through spiritual knowledge, and gives us love and affection; only then will this stubborn mind of we material beings accept the divine and surrender to Him. Mind you, directing this fickle mind towards God is not so easy.

Therefore, it is essential that we love God and Guru equally: there is no difference at all between the two, as is stated by the great Sage Narad in his famous book, Narad Bhakti Sutra 41 and very beautifully and vividly in the Bhagavatam (11.2.37). Every individual soul has been suffering endlessly in the cycle of birth and death in the 8.4 million species of life since time immemorial. There are not just one or two miseries, but countless miseries that cause distress to the individual. Sometimes it is in the form of physical illnesses like fever, colds or diarrhea, etc. Sometimes it is the mental illnesses which are more distressing to us. Every one of us is suffering from the diseases of anger, greed, lust, pride, envy, etc. too. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
30 September 2012
Kaithal
© Radha Govind Samiti


Part - 2
Not even the great yogis or the millionaires or billionaires of this world are free from suffering. Everyone has to bear the present sufferings, and all are bound to face suffering due to their destiny too. Whatever sins we have committed in our past lives, we have to bear those consequences in this life: no one can escape his destiny. We get so strongly attached to our parents, spouse, daughter, son, etc. that we become upset if anyone of them suffers or dies. This further adds to our own suffering. How surprising it is that with all this endless suffering, our life still goes on and all of us show off by saying, “We are all right (happy).” If anyone asks you, “How are you?” Your immediate reply will be, “All right.” Actually this is not so. We are befooling each other by hiding the fact. Let us find out the root cause of our suffering.
 
The Bhagavatam (11.2.37) says: “It is the functioning of maya that is the cause of suffering to us.” Under the influence of maya, there remains no awareness of one’s true self, and as a consequence, one identifies oneself with the body, and this is what we have been doing since eternity. We go even to the extent of misidentifying ourselves with a particular cast or creed. For example, on being asked, “Who are you?” Most of us reply, “I am a Brahmin, a Vaishya, a Kshatriya; a Punjabi, a Madrasi,” and so on. Totally forgetting our true self, we developed these false methods of identification that give rise to our strong attachments to our current parents, spouse, children and other relations. What is the solution? Let us remove the cause.

I have told you that the individual soul (jiva) has been turned away from God since eternity, therefore maya has overpowered him. All suffering is attributable to the domineering influence of maya. Completely turn yourself towards God, and maya will immediately go away.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
30 September 2012
Kaithal
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3
You all are very fortunate indeed to be a human being. How miserable is the condition of insects, animals and other species? Just to satisfy hunger, mosquitoes, dogs, cats and other animals have to exert such hard effort just to get food; wandering endlessly and some even die in the process from starvation, while others fall victim to some fatal diseases and die. Just imagine the suffering of these helpless animals.

In contrast, we human beings are intelligent enough to avail ourselves of all medical facilities, to get the proper treatment to rid ourselves of our illness, and yet, there is no end to our suffering. Diseases like viral fever, colds, etc. are commonplace. Along with this, more problems arise in our life caused by pollution - gas and smoke etc. that is becoming more and more prevalent day by day. Where to live? What to eat? Even our fruit and vegetable produce is impure: both fruit and vegetables are all covered in pesticides. So you see this world is full of miseries. Now, let us find out how to attain freedom from all these miseries.

Turn yourself towards God and completely surrender to Him alone (sanmulkh). Surrender does not denote lying prostrate on the ground. It is the mind that has to be surrendered, because the mind is the doer of all actions. The senses follow the dictates of the mind like an obedient servant. If the mind orders, “Use harsh words for such and such a person,” or “Beat the other person; ignore this person,” etc. then the senses will function accordingly. They never disobey or revolt. 

Suppose a little boy of five years is on his way to school and he comes across a sweet shop. He notices how palatable the jalebi (a traditional Indian sweet) would be that the sweet-seller is carefully preparing, but the boy restrains his mind, looking down into his empty pocket and seeing no money there. Though his repeated craving for the sweet bothers him, yet because of the fear of getting a sound beating from the shopkeeper, should he try to run away with the sweet without paying for it, he fully controls his mind and continues on his way to school.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
30 September 2012
Kaithal
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 4
This mind plays the most important role wherever we are. We need to learn to control our mind, because it is the mind that is both the doer, as well as the bearer of the fruits of all our actions. For example, if someone slaps you across the face it causes your mind to become distressed; tears flow down from your eyes. However, the slapped cheek does not get upset; it is the mind that experiences the suffering. Therefore, one has to surrender one’s mind and intellect.

It is the mind that has to be involved in devotional practice. This was further emphasised (Bhagavatam 11.2.37) in the verse I quoted previously, when it said that one should worship God and Guru equally. It is again said in the Bhagavatam (7.15.27): “Worship your Guru thinking him to be a manifestation of the Supreme Lord Himself.”

This couplet I am elaborating on now, says hari guru bhaju – love God and Guru both, and it is further emphasising nit – be constantly absorbed in their loving devotion. You will never achieve your ultimate goal if you only devote a few minutes to meditate on the divine, and the rest of the time you fill your mind with worldly thoughts. Wash your mind with the clean water (loving remembrance) of God and Guru. Do not allow any material thought to enter your mind, as this will only make it more impure. Understand this using an analogy of a very dirty cloth.

You need to wash a dirty cloth repeatedly to remove the dirt. Similarly, your mind is like this dirty cloth. Be absorbed in the loving remembrance of your Guru and God. Pay close attention to the word nit – constantly, ceaselessly – repeatedly and constantly think of God and Guru, only then will the mind become purified. Prepare the receptacle (your mind) yourself by practicing in this way, and no sooner as it is purified, your Guru will immediately do his duty of pouring divine love into your heart. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
30 September 2012
Kaithal
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 5
Here in this verse, I am advising all of you to constantly practice devotion to God and Guru both; to prepare the receptacle. Moreover, be single-minded in your devotional practice. Make sure that your mind is totally attached to God and Guru alone. Normally we divide our attention. Tears of love flow for God and Guru, as well as in worldly matters too. This kind of practice will not solve our problem. This is like washing and cleaning the cloth and then putting it straight back into the dirt. Once you wash something properly, do you immediately throw dirt over it again? 

Similarly, give your mind fully and exclusively to your Guru and God, and not to any material object. One more important point that should also always be remembered is to be completely selfless.  Do not ask or even think of any material needs being fulfilled from God. 

Most of us go and visit a temple, a mosque, Gurudvara or any other religious place, and while there we pray with an endless list of worldly desires to be fulfilled. Sometimes we want wealth, sometimes we pray to the Lord to get a good job. Many people go with the expectation of getting a son in response to their prayers! This proves we love the material world and not God. How funny it is to ask for a pair of shoes from a sweet-seller. He would laugh, “Don’t you see? I don’t sell shoes, this is a sweet shop.” How ignorant are you? Instead of asking for bliss, you pray to God to fulfil your material needs! Don’t you know that God is the Embodiment of Bliss and that even He cannot violate the law of destiny? You are always rewarded according to your destiny.

Abhimanyu, the great hero, died in the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Krishna Himself was present at that time, so to Arjuna, his father and the greatest of archers, the possessor of the transcendental knowledge of the Gita, yet both could not save him. They had to mourn his death. Shri Krishna, though the Supreme Lord and Arjuna (a God-realised soul) did not interfere in the law of destiny. In the same way, the King Dasharatha, the father of Lord Rama, died at the time destined for him. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
30 September 2012
Kaithal
© Radha Govind Samiti


to be continued next week...
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