hari sab ura raha govinda radhe,
yaha vishvasa tohin hari tey mila de
"God resides in everyone’s heart. If you had complete faith in this, you would attain Him."
Normally people say, hear and read that God resides in everyone’s heart. Besides Saints, God has also said in the Vedas, asteetyevopalabdhavyas-tatva-bhavena chobhayoh . . . (Katha Upanishad 2.3.13) If someone were to truly believe that God dwelt in everyone’s heart, he would not need to do any spiritual practice. He would automatically become God-realised.
It is very surprising that we have never seen our own self, but we always accept its existence. “The same ‘I’ that is me existed yesterday, and it is the same ‘I’ that existed the day before yesterday.” We are saying “I” and “me” twenty-four hours a day. This means we always sense our own existence, despite never having directly seen it. Similarly, wherever this sense of “I” exists, God also exists. We have learned about both of these from the Vedas.
dwa suparna sayuja sakhaya samanam vriksham . . . (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 4.7)
The soul resides in the area near the heart. This means we reside there, the soul, and also God. God resides in the heart itself. When we leave our mother’s womb, God is with us. When we leave this body at the time of death, God comes along with us. Wherever we go, no matter which type of birth we take, He is always with us. We naturally recognise our sense of self as “me,” but God is also there. He is with you, near you, always keeping an eye on you and noting your thoughts. He must be constantly vigilant in case we surrender to Him at some point in time. What would happen if God felt sleepy and decided to take a nap at that time? This would not happen.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2 July 2010,
© Radha Govinda Samiti