Every single person is lustful, angry, greedy, deluded and jealous. Everyone possesses these faults. But if you say a single word about it to someone, it could escalate into murder.
Once I went to Jhansi to give a lecture and I stayed in the home of a lawyer. When he came home that evening he told us about that day’s case. He said there was a land ownership dispute between two brothers and the elder brother won. In a judgement someone has to win and someone has to lose. So the older brother was very happy. When they all returned to their village, the younger brother was glumly sitting in front of his house. His mother was beside him. He was very sad because he had very little land to begin with and now it had all been snatched away. The elder brother who lived nearby was making his way to the outdoor latrine. He simply looked towards his younger brother and twirled his moustache in a gesture of victory. Both the mother and younger brother saw this. That insulting gesture was like pouring salt on their wounds. The mother angrily said, “If you are my son, then kill him!” The younger brother picked up a stick, struck his older brother and killed him. This murder case was before the court that day. Even the judge was incredulous that a murder was committed simply because someone twirled his moustache!
You must always be mindful to lovingly remember God’s form when you practice devotion. It doesn’t matter whether you practice this remembrance alone or add kirtan or anything else to it. Our main aim in devotion is to develop our feelings of love for God. Everyone, and in fact all living beings already know how to love. Even if you pick up a dog’s newborn puppies, she starts barking and may run towards you to bite you. So then we can’t say we don’t know how to love. If we say we can’t practice devotion because our mind is not under our control – this is wrong. Everyone has their mind under control. Look, there are so many people sitting here. Is anyone sitting here naked? You all know, “I must be properly dressed in public.” Why? Your mind says, “It’s hot today. Take your clothes off!” But your intellect says, “Absolutely not! I’ll be sent to a mental hospital. I’m not doing it.”
A five year-old child is going to school. On the way there is a sweet shop and they are frying jalebis outside. His mouth starts watering at the sight of the jalebis, but his pockets are empty. He didn’t bring any money today. His mind says, “Hey, just grab one!” His intellect says, “But I’ll get a spanking!” His mind says, “So what? It’s worth it!” His intellect says, “No, I won’t do it.” He just looks at the jalebis as he continues on his way to school. He controls his mind so his hand doesn’t reach out to take a jalebi. Instead he reasons, “Tomorrow I’ll take some money from my mother and then I’ll buy one.” Imagine a five year-old is able to control his mind like this! But everyone is controlling their mind like this, even criminals. Out of fear of the law, the police or society we reduce our wrongdoing.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
14 August 2010
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
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