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Importance of the Mind
Part - 1
People are confused by the story of Ajamil, not just in India, but all over the world. It is said of Ajamil that at the time of his death he called out to his son. His son’s name was Narayan. In the world, when someone is close to death, he will ask to see those he is most attached to one last time. Ajamil 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 Ajamil 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 Ajamil’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 Ajamil 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


to be continued next week...
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