Don't Delay, Part 2

bhavi ka bharosa taju govind radhe,

vartaman men hi man hari me laga de

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

Do not delay spiritual practice, but worldly things you must definitely delay, and you must always consider the mind your foe. This is another one of our faults. We consider the mind our friend. “My mind told me, ‘Go to sleep.’” “My mind said, ‘Eat sweets now.’” Do not believe what the mind tells you to do. You also be stubborn, “Whatever my mind tells me to do, I won’t do it!”

You know the nature of monkeys. They are extremely active. How do people train them to dance? First, they put the monkey on a 50 ft. leash and he jumps within that limit. If he tries to go beyond this, the leash hurts his neck. After he repeatedly tries to go beyond 50 ft. and is unsuccessful, then he says, “Alright, I’ll just jump here.” When the trainer sees that after one week the monkey hasn’t tried to go beyond 50 ft., then he shortens the leash to 25 ft. Now the monkey tries to jump up to 50 ft, but cannot. After this, the trainer reduces the leash to 10 ft., and finally when he reduces it to 1 ft., the monkey sits quietly. The mind is like this monkey.

In ancient Greece there was a poor man whose name was Diogenes. He used to beg for alms from a stone statue, “Give me some bread!” Will a stone statue give bread? People saw this and thought, “He was such a man of God and a scholar, and he has gone fully mad!” Some people mustered up the courage and asked him, “What are you doing?” Diogenes said, “What can I do? When I go to people to beg for a little bread, they turn their face and walk away from me or they motion me to go away. I’m practicing asking the stone statue so that when I don’t get anything I don’t feel bad. I shouldn’t get angry and lose what I have accomplished spiritually.”

You also should not lose what you have gained, therefore consider your mind your foe and do not postpone your spiritual practice. Remember these two points.

 

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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Part 1