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God is Causelessly Merciful
Part - 1
Great scholars and philosophers have pondered on how God is causelessly gracious. Causeless means to grace without a reason. In our world everyone is gracious with cause, no matter if it is our mother, father, son or neighbour. Gracing with cause is like a business transaction. We give something and in return we receive something from the other person. For example, when we go to a store, we give money to the shopkeeper and in return he gives us the goods we require. He doesn’t give us a discount for that, rather he takes the full price. If the shopkeeper were asked to give something worth $2000 for $200, he would say, “Have you gone crazy? Get out of my store!” It is necessary to pay the full price. This condition exists everywhere in this world.

We did something for our mother, father, son, and so on and in return they graced us. This reciprocal business is found everywhere. As a result, people assume this also exists in the spiritual area. Those who practiced devotion and became Saints like Tulsi, Soor, Mira, Kabir and others were graced by God. We didn’t practice God’s devotion but instead practiced devotion to the world. As a result, the consequence we received for this made us roam here and there in the 8.4 million life forms.

To receive a human birth is extremely rare. In the jungle there are so many creatures. They don’t have rooms, nor do they have any clothing or ready-made food, but still they continue to exist. They also have offspring and they experience all kinds of pain and suffering like we do. They also experience happiness as we do. A person eating a rasagulla (Indian sweet) experiences the same happiness that a cow receives by eating green grass. The quality of happiness in both these situations is comparable. But what human beings have that is unique is a special power of knowledge. This power makes them capable of having their selfish desires fulfilled, even from animals! But, look at the poor condition of the wild animals, who have to move continuously from here to there just to get enough food, and in that too, there is no certainty. In this, the less powerful creatures become prey for the more powerful animals. This is the scene all over the jungle. 

Saint Tulsidas says that the human body is precious and rare. This form is bestowed on a soul by God, who is causelessly gracious. Veda Vyasa says that even the celestial gods, who are worshipped by humans, also long to receive a human body. They pray to God to receive a human form, which in comparison to their own, is extremely impure. A celestial body naturally exudes perfume and has a divine lustre. It does not age or produce perspiration or any waste matter. But still they desire a human body. Why? The freedom to perform action or karma is only bestowed on the human form. This is what makes us capable of attaining what we desire, divine happiness, and likewise what we don’t want, suffering. Producing consequences of action is possible only in the human body.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 September 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti 
Part - 2
Again the same question arises. Is God gracious with a cause? What about those who give donations as charity? At least they must be causelessly gracious! No, they are not. They have faith in the Vedas and scriptures, which say that if you give charity in your present birth you will receive ten times that in your next birth. You won’t wander here and there in search of a piece of bread. You will lead a comfortable life. This is the hidden, selfish desire of those who give charity. For example, a mother selflessly nurtures her child for twenty to twenty-five years. What can a newborn baby do in return for its mother? But still the mother nurtures her baby with great difficulty. She seems to be selfless, but actually she is not. She also has a hidden desire. Her desire may be that after her child becomes an adult and is earning money, that he will support and take care of her in her old age, and so on.

There is attachment and animosity everywhere. Just as children in a poor street sweeper’s house fight and quarrel over a few pennies, so do brothers in India’s richest families, who file court cases against each other over millions. Not only poor people are troubled, although the poor may think that everyone else is happy except themselves.

So then is God causelessly gracious? Yes, He is. How have people attained God-realisation? Through devotion. What does devotion mean? What could we offer to God so that He would grant us the power to see Him? His form, knowledge and bliss are all divine. Even this material world belongs to Him. What could we offer Him? Initially we have to practice devotion to attain Him, but how will we do this? With our mind. But our mind is also material, and whatever loving remembrance we practice will all be a product of our material imagination. So on what basis will He give us His divine vision?

There is nothing in the world that could be offered to God in exchange for being granted His divine vision. Our mind, intellect and body are all material. How could we pay for something divine with something material? Still, God has graced so many Saints with divine vision. How did that happen? This will be explained later.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 September 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti 
Part - 3
Yesterday it was explained that although God is causelessly gracious, He doesn’t grace everyone. Since eternity we have been under the control of maya, due to which we have revolved in the cycle of birth and death in the 8.4 million life forms, and experienced unending suffering. Yet God has also graced some select souls with His divine knowledge, bliss and eternal life. He even says: “I walk beyond My loving devotees to be blessed by their foot dust.”

Once there was a great devotee of Lord Krishna named Ambarish. Ambarish was a king. Sage Durvasa, who had great yogic powers and also a very bad temper, went to Ambarish’s kingdom. Durvasa became so angry with Ambarish that he created a kritya, an evil spirit and ordered him to go and cut off Ambarish’s head. When God saw this, He also became angry and released His divine weapon, the sudarshana chakra and ordered it to cut off not only the demon’s head, but also Durvasa’s head, even though Durvasa was a Brahmin. Out of fear, Durvasa ran everywhere seeking protection from the chakra, but he only received one answer wherever he went, “This is the order of Supreme God. We can’t help you.” Finally Durvasa went to Ambarish and begged him to save his life. Ambarish pleaded with God and requested him not to kill Durvasa. Thus, Durvasa was saved. So God says, “I am under the control of My devotee Saints. Although it seems I am the supreme controller, but in reality, My Saints control Me with their love.”

During the descension of Lord Rama, once all the monkeys including Hanuman were sitting on the branches of a tree, and Lord Rama was seated below the tree. Because all were absorbed in love, neither Lord Rama nor the monkeys were aware that it was a breach of propriety and proper behaviour for a servant (i.e. the monkeys) to sit on a level higher than their master’s head (Lord Rama).

You may also be familiar with the helpless condition of Lord Krishna with the gopis. Not everyone was as greatly blessed as these particular souls. But this partiality must mean that there is some kind of business transaction in the spiritual area just as there is in the world. God must have demanded something that all of these souls offered, and in turn they received His grace.

But what did they offer? Initially, they were also under the control of maya like us. They even broke records for being controlled by maya, which no one in the entire world’s population could break. Saint Tulsidas was so attached to his wife that he didn’t realise he used a snake as a rope to secretly climb to her room one night to see her. But the same Tulsidas became God-realised in that very birth. Is there any sinner like Valmiki on this whole Earth who was so sinful he couldn’t pronounce “Rama?” Yet he also became a Saint, and wrote the entire Ramayana even before Lord Rama’s descension.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 September 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti 
Part - 4
What could we offer to God? Our senses, mind and intellect are all material and everything God has is divine. The Kena Upanishad (1.3.8) says that our senses, mind and intellect function due to God’s power. They are enlivened by God. How could we expect our enlivened senses to give us knowledge of God, the supreme enlivener? The Mundaka Upanishad (3.1.8) also says the God’s divine vision is not attained through any kind of spiritual practice. The Katha Upanishad (1.3.10-11) says that beyond the senses are their sense perceptions, beyond the sense perceptions is the mind, beyond the mind is the intellect, beyond the intellect is the soul, beyond the soul is maya and beyond maya is God. How could our intellect reach up to God’s level? Maya is present even at the final limit of the mind.

The mayic senses, mind and intellect cannot grasp God’s divine subjects. Let alone God, the material senses, mind and intellect fail to grasp even material subjects. For example, ears and eyes are both made of the same material elements. But the work of the ears cannot be done by the eyes and vice versa. When our material senses cannot grasp even material subjects, how could they grasp God, who is a divine subject?

If material eyes could see God, then that God would be completely false. In fact, we have seen God uncountable times during His descensions, but what did we do when we saw Him? We criticised him, “So he is the son of Nanda? I heard he was God. Oh, no – that’s impossible! He is just a naughty boy.” When God’s descension ended, only then we started chanting His name.

We have met uncountable Saints in innumerable births. God is not senior to the eternal souls. We were always there during the descension of God and Saints in one form or another. But due to the decision of our intellect, we rejected them. Instead of respecting them, we criticised them and ruined whatever we could have earned spiritually. We were not able to take advantage of their presence.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 September 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti 
Part - 5
God dwells in our very heart, but we still are not benefiting from this. We don’t have faith in this. We are aware of this fact, but there is still a doubt in our mind whether God is truly present and seated in our hearts or not. If we could realise His presence, we would stop committing all kinds of sin. So God says, “Don’t try to understand Me. Just beg Me for My divine happiness.”

There are three ways of getting something from someone. First, if you are strong you could just snatch it away forcefully. Second, you could steal it. Third, if you are weak you could beg for it. In God’s case you cannot snatch or steal anything. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. So the only possible way is to beg Him for His divine love. Just beg Him. He is your father. He is the form of bliss and compassion. He doesn’t expect anything from you.

We do beg, but we do this superficially. Instead we have to ask Him just as innocently as a newborn baby. An infant has only one solution for every situation – he cries and then his mother comes. That mother is not all-knowing, but God is. So just shed tears of longing and beg Him. Don’t apply your intellect to spiritual matters; apply it in the world. God is not captured by our words; He only looks to our internal feelings. If we are able to attain freedom from maya and eternal divine bliss simply by crying, then is God causelessly gracious or not? Think about it.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 September 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti





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