Prema Rasa Siddhanta
Prema Rasa SiddhantaLanguage :English
$7.50
Read more »
Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)
Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)Language :English
$36.00
Read more »
Last Post
Part - 1
Every living being in the entire universe is miserable, disturbed and unfulfilled. Everyone is endeavouring at every moment to become free of this misery. You are all well aware of this fact. You have practically experienced these miseries since eternal time, however these miseries can be classified primarily into two categories: one physical and the other mental.  All miseries can be included within these two categories. You are familiar with physical afflictions; you experience distress when the physical senses face the onslaught of heat or cold. You say, “It’s so hot,” or “It’s just too cold.” If someone hits you, you experience pain and you say, “Don’t hurt me.”  Sometimes your stomach hurts because of the malfunctioning of a particular organ and you have to see a doctor. Even the wealthiest of men get afflicted with physical ailments. It is true that a wealthy man manages to get treatment for some of them. He can say, “I’m not concerned about heat or cold, my house and even my car is air conditioned.” 

So there are a lot of physical discomforts that a rich person can avoid. But then there are genetic ailments; some inherited from one’s own father. What can the poor son do about that? The son led a strictly regimented life, but nevertheless inherited his father’s diabetes. Sometimes we get germs into our body by breathing the air breathed out by our neighbour. So there are various reasons for physical ailments and no one can escape them, not even a billionaire. You sometimes hear news of an American president dying of cancer; don’t all billionaires ultimately die? It is because the heart fails or something else of that nature happens, isn’t it?  So we experience misery because of physical ailments, but in a second an even greater misery is caused by the mind. 

We do manage to avoid physical ailments for some time. You may have some affliction from childhood, but as you grow up you do not feel its consequences. You practice discipline and temperance and don’t eat useless food and consequently don’t suffer any ill effects. There is an age: 16, 18, 20 and up to 25 where you remain comparatively disease free. After 30 problems arise, they increase by 40 and then become a lot by 50 when you are virtually bedridden after 60.  But it is the mental ailments that are the most troublesome and they are constant.  Pay attention to this! They are always there, lust, anger, greed, pride, infatuation, enmity and envy. So every person is struggling at every moment to avoid the misery caused by these. But why all this endeavour? It is because we have an instrument within called the mind. It never ceases to work; it is constantly working. All the planning and practice of the mind is simply to put an end to all these miseries. “How do I end these miseries?” 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
Some people word this differently. They say, “How do I attain bliss?” (Bhagavatam 3.5.2) Everyone endeavours at every moment to become free from misery and to attain bliss, but neither do miseries come to an end nor is happiness attained; rather ones miseries increase. (Bhagavatam 7.7.42, 6.16.60 and 11.3.18; canto, chapter, verse) Everyone endeavours to become free from misery and to attain bliss. How long has this endeavour being going on? Not just a few million aeons, but since eternal time. This is because the living being is eternal; one will never cease to get a material body because these material bodies are 8.4 million jail cells in which one suffers the consequences of one’s past actions.  

There is usually one type of jail in this world, maybe there is some special facility for V.I.P. prisoners, but look at the number of jail cells here. A person in the celestial abode has such a superior body, without physical disease, but even he suffers all the mental ailments that we do. Now take the human being, he can control everyone else. He can make a dog act according to his will. He controls a donkey, a horse and can even control a tiger by the power of his superior intellect. So one gets a body and a mind, and one will suffer the consequent misery. 

Shri Krishna tells Arjuna: “Don’t you want to be free from misery?” Of course this instruction is for anyone who desires to be free from misery. “If you abandon desire, anger and greed, which are the causes of all misery, your miseries will come to an end.” (Gita 16.21) Doctors treat the cause of any ailment in the body and when the cause is removed the person gets cured; the disease comes to an end. Arjuna responded, “I have to give up these three things: desire anger and greed?” Shri Krishna replied: “Just give up two: desire and anger and all your miseries will come to an end. (Gita 3.37) 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3
[In the Gita, Shri Krishna says in relation to giving up desire and anger:] “Why give up two, when you will accomplish everything by just giving up one, just give up one: desire – give up worldly desires”.
“If only I had this, and I had that, and I had this, and so on . . . I should have a mother, I should have a father, I should have a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, I should have proper wealth, I should have prestige in the eyes of others, I should hold an eminent position in society, I should have a beautiful body and so on. So I need all these things. In addition, no one should be greater than me or else misery will again arise; everyone should agree with what I say or else again unhappiness will arise.”

If your father asserts his dominance and scolds you, you are bound to think, “What a father I have got, it would be better if he died, he just yells at me all day.” So why do all these arise? These two enemies of ours - anger and greed - are both the children of desire. Desire is the mother or root cause, if one’s desire is fulfilled greed arises.  “I’ve got a lakh rupees (100,000),” immediately I start thinking, “I should have two.” But if our desires are not fulfilled, anger then arises. Why do you get angry throughout delay? You have various desires which you want fulfilled from your father, your mother, your son your wife or husband. When it is not fulfilled, you get angry. Nowadays you find so-called Saints in our country who say, “Are you going to become my disciple?” Yes I am. “I want you to put down in writing for me and sign that you are giving up one of these: desire, anger, greed or pride.” The disciple thinks, “What do I lose by signing here,” and he writes . . . I give up anger . . .  but just after leaving that place he starts giving in to anger. His anger is not something that will leave that easily. 

All these ailments are maya’s children. Maya, which is God’s power, is the mother. If one is able to defeat God, only then will one be able to conquer maya. Otherwise such talk is just madness, actually sheer nonsense.  People say with great pride, “I never get angry,” “I don’t really want anything.” What nonsense you are speaking.  “I have never had to bow down before anyone till today.” The actual fact is that you bow down before others ten times a day. When you are hungry you beg, “Give me something to eat,” when you are thirsty you beg, “Give me something to drink.” So there is no solution to this problem, because one is dealing with maya.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 4

Shri Krishna’s personal challenge is: “This maya is a divine power, it is Mine, there is only one solution.  Its hold on you will cease only when I hold it back, only then will its children: desire, anger, greed and pride finally go away.” They will not go away merely because of some lecture of Shri Krishna. Even the Vedas state (Katha Upanishad 2.3.14) that when all desires cease, the soul will become blissful and it will become immortal. But how will these desires go away, by your saying so? This very line of the Gita is directly stated in the Bhagavatam too. Prahlada speaks to Lord Narasimha and he says, “If one gives up all desires one becomes like You, one becomes God”. 

Desires cannot go away because maya is the cause of all of those desires. Secondly, being a part of God who is bliss personified, we will desire to attain bliss. If one attains bliss, all worldly desires will automatically vanish. All we desire is bliss. What is so wrong with that? This is not foolish; desiring bliss is not foolishness: this is the ultimate intelligence. The Saints all desire bliss and God is of the very nature of bliss. We too desire bliss because of being a part of Him. How do we attain bliss? How will misery go without attaining bliss? So the main thing is this desire for bliss; this is natural and what is natural cannot be eradicated. It is the nature of fire to give light and to burn, that will always be present in fire. It is our nature to attain bliss and this desire will not go away until we attain bliss. Therefore, desire cannot go away.  One should never think, “I will get rid of anger.” Thinking will reduce it to some extent - you can call it temporary relief. There is some effect of constantly thinking, “I will not get angry, I will not get angry.” This is something psychological, but anger does not truly go away by this method.  

Take a Collector, a Commissioner or a Governor – a man of great integrity – he does not accept bribes. Someone has offered him 1,000 rupees, 10,000 rupees. He says, “Lock this person up!”  Another person offers him 10 lakh, now he thinks, “I should take it . . . no, no, no… if I take it, it might come out in the papers!” But when someone offers him 10 crore, he takes it instantly without even thinking. His integrity is gone! Initially in our country, there were a lot of people who never took bribes because of their thinking. They feared God and they were concerned with what would happen after death.

So constant reflection of this sort can bring about some control, but when things get excessive, everyone fails. If there is a slight cause for anger, a person thinks, “Maharaj Ji has said to keep quiet if anger arises,” so one remains silent even if one is angry within. A man abuses you; you remain silent. He repeats his abuse, now you have to respond. In other words, there is a limit to which one can control oneself.  

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 5
If one is intelligent, one has a healthy fear of God and accepts that there is life after death and consequences of one’s actions in the hereafter. But if one does not have these, then even that limited control is not there. To altogether end these ailments is absolutely impossible. Why speak of ordinary mortals when we have examples of Vishumitra, an ascetic with the power to create a second celestial abode for a king called Trishanku. He fought with Vashisht again and again and lost every time. But did not give up fighting? He ultimately decided, “I will hide somewhere and I will murder him.”  Such a great ascetic, and yet so much enmity, so much anger that he took an axe and he hid behind Vashishts ashram

Vashisht was lying down and his wife was questioning him. She asked, “Who is the greatest ascetic at the present time?”  Vashisht immediately responded, “It is Vishumitra.” His wife said, “But he comes to fight with you again and again!” Vashisht responded, “That’s true, but he is still the greatest ascetic in my opinion. If only he could give up this anger, this feeling of enmity, he would be considered the greatest in the world. But because he is not free from maya, he comes under the sway of anger and wants to fight me.”

Vishumitra heard this and thought, “My enemy thinks so highly of me and praises me!” His heart changed by the influence of these words.  He knocked on the door.  Vashisht asked, “Who has come at 12 o’clock at night?”  “Vishumitra.” Vashisht thought, “He’s come to fight again. He never wins, but he comes to fight repeatedly with me and today he has come all the way to my house.” So Vashisht opened the door, Vishumitra placed the axe down and fell at his feet. He said, “I had come to kill you.” Vashisht smiled, “I know.” “But now I am surrendered to you.” Vashisht blessed him. “Go, you have become a Brahmarishi by my grace.” This is the first example of a Chatriya becoming a Brahmin in the same life and this was done by Vashisht. 

So maya will not leave until one attains God. Unless maya leaves - if not today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow - one will fall victim to desire, to anger, to greed and to pride. Then one will re-enter the cycle of the 8.4 million species of life. The greatest of yogis and hermits have fallen. You have heard the example in history of persons like Duravasa and so on. So we are talking of attaining bliss and attaining complete freedom from misery. Pay close attention to this!


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4 October 2009 
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti 
Part - 6
We do attain a state of happiness and freedom from misery in a state of deep sleep. We are free from misery and we do attain happiness. We do say when we get up, “That was a very sound sleep; a very good sleep that I had, that was a very enjoyable nap.” As such, there was no feeling of misery. But when you get up and you see the material world you say, “Oh my son is sick, my wife has run away, my daughter has ruined her character,” and so on.  So with the coming of awareness of the world, all tensions arise again. So if misery were to depart forever – bliss were to be attained forever – all problems would be solved. The fact is that if it were to truly happen once, it would be forever.  This is the way one recognises true release from misery and true attainment of bliss. Bliss is infinite in quantity and it is attained for eternity. But it has to be genuine bliss related to God; the bliss required by the soul and not that related to the body. 

So freedom from misery and attainment of bliss depend on God’s grace.  God’s grace requires one to surrender to Him. Devotion with the mind is needed in order to truly surrender to Him. This is the lesson that is given to all of you. But you do not accept it properly.  I am not saying that you do not accept it at all, but you do not practice it properly. You are careless about its practice. You have left your homes in order to come here. This is an extraordinary thing - to leave your worldly pleasures behind - the pleasures of the senses. You have thought to yourself, “All I will get out there is simple dhal and roti, there are very ordinary rooms to sleep in, the bell rings at 3am for me to rise,” you thought about this and your intellect said, “I should go anyway.” It scolded the mind, “What will you do with all this sensual pleasure – just go there,” and you came here. You crossed one stage and you gained victory over the mind, but now you embrace the enemy once again by your carelessness. 

You do not do your rupadhyana. You talk amongst yourselves. While going for food, whether it is a husband and wife, two girlfriends or two boyfriends, you’ll think “Maharaj Ji’s not here,” of course it never occurs to you that God is ever here.  You think, “Let’s talk.” The living being is so extraordinary. He is stubborn about not practicing devotion to God. 

It is a fact that people have come here, but they will continue to talk endlessly no matter how much one hears. They think, “What will you do to me?” And these are just useless conversations, “Where do you stay?” “What do you do?” “What position do you hold?” What are you making these enquiries about? Are you going to marry that person that you need to know what position that he holds? You are so determined to destroy your lives. You could meet a million Jagadgurus, but you will not move an inch. This carelessness and enslavement to your mind will not allow you to leave this cycle of 8.4 million species of life. 

Therefore, give up this careless attitude and engage in sadhana. If you do not do it, you will get dirty animal bodies for thousands, millions or even billions of lives. After that, you will get a chance for a human birth once again; you will meet a Jagadguru who will explain things to you, and you will still have to do this very thing that I am asking you to do. “No I will still not do it!”  Alright then . . .  you will have to go through the grind once more. You will respond, “I am ready for that.”
 
When someone is set on murdering someone, his friends advise him, “Don’t do it, you will hang for that.” He responds, “So what, we are four brothers, what does one less matter, I will go ahead and kill him anyway!” What remedy is there for such a mad man?  But you are all exactly like this. So think about this; reflect on this. You will have to think about this one day or the other; why not think about it right now!


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


<< Importance and Role of a Guru