Kripalu Bhakti Dhara, 12a

hari sab ura raha govind 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."

He is always looking towards us. He is that kind of Father who is ever-hopeful, “He will surrender to Me now. He will surrender now because he has met a true Saint and learned spiritual philosophy. Now he will surrender. Oh, today he received some rebukes from his father. His wife scolded hm. Now he will turn towards Me and surrender . . .” In spite of God remaining ever hopeful, our nature is like a dog’s curly tail. Even if you press it down thousands of times to straighten it, when you let go, it will again curl up.

So the Vedas ask us why we don’t accept this fact. When you accept your own existence without actually having seen it, then why don’t you accept God’s presence? Why don’t you have faith in this? Or you have faith, but only for a short time. You feel, “The Vedas, all the scriptures and Saints say it, so it must be so!” Then you forget.

We have what we call private thoughts, and it is these very thoughts that have ruined us. When we feel we are alone with our private thoughts, we commit wrong actions and think wrong things. We forgot that we were not alone, and God was noting our thoughts. He was using His divine x-ray machine.

If we were to accept that God resides in everyone’s heart, then we wouldn’t feel animosity or act negatively towards anyone. We would be scared to cause them any harm. We wouldn’t even utter a single hurtful word to criticise someone and hurt them. But we do this, especially in our own families! If someone says something even slightly negative to us, we retort in such a way that it hurts them and they feel bad. We think about what to say and so the situation escalates. We don’t do this with strangers; we do it with our own family members. We hurl insults and criticisms. We forget that God is also seated in their hearts.

To be continued . . .

 

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

2 July 2010,

Mussoorie

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