Don't Delay

bhavi ka bharosa taju govinda radhe,
vartaman men hi mana hari me laga de

 “Don’t delay! Don’t say or think, ‘I will do it later . . .'” 

A human body is received by a soul only after millions of births. Even if he receives a human form, it is only with great luck he attains the association of a true Saint. Even if he were to receive the association of a Saint, he must still have faith in him. If only we were to attain all of these and also realise where our ultimate happiness lies. We all have one fault: we postpone practicing spirituality, “I’ll do it, but I’m still young. These are my days to enjoy. When I get old and retire, then I’ll do it.”

The Vedas explain, “Don’t delay! Don’t say or think, ‘I will do it later.'" Every day you see that people are dying. There is no guarantee you will live to see the next moment. Every day thousands of babies are dying. Young people are also dying. Then why do we delay our spiritual practice until old age? This is a very great fault. If we have to catch a train at 7.30, we are there by 6.30. We never make the mistake of arriving at 7.29 to catch a train at 7.30. We are always very careful in the world. When you are driving, you are aware of vehicles coming in your direction. You remain extremely careful until you reach your home. We always remain careful in the world. But what happens when the topic of spirituality arises? We postpone it, “I’ll do it later.”

When Ravana was dying, Rama said to Lakshman, “Go to him and receive his teachings. He was a scholar of the four Vedas.” Ravana said, “Lakshman, perform good actions immediately and postpone bad actions for later.” A person thinks, “Today, I’m going to commit this wrong act,” then he reconsiders, “No, I’ll do it tomorrow instead.” It may happen that by tomorrow he changes his mind and saves himself from performing that wrong action. Imagine a person was in a good state of mind to practice spirituality, to attach his mind to God, to offer his wealth in charity, but he said to himself, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

First of all, who knows if he will live to see tomorrow? If he lives, who is to say that the good state of mind he is enjoying today he will enjoy the following day? There is no guarantee. The mind is so unpredictable that it can change completely in one minute. What to say of one minute, it could change in a second.

To be continued . . .


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

13 May 2010

Bhakti Dham, Mangarh

© Radha Govind Samiti


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