kali kali jani karu govinda radhe
jane kaal kali ane hi na de
You should never delay practicing devotion. Today you have good understanding; tomorrow you may not. Maya is so powerful that even the understanding of great intellects like Brihaspati and Saraswati could be lost. A person starts by thinking, “God is so kind. He is so compassionate.” And he cries. But then, “How is He kind? This bad thing happened, then that happened, then my son died. This is all useless! God isn’t kind at all!” The effect of repeated thinking is so amazing that not even in one day or one hour or in one minute a person could become a demon or he could be elevated to the class of a Saint. For this reason, as regards spiritual matters, you should not trust your mind.
Never have the confidence that the correct understanding you have today will remain tomorrow. Great, great devotees have experienced spiritual downfall. You all must have heard the story of Ajamila. It is written in the Bhagavatam that he had complete control over his senses and was a scholar of all the scriptures. He fully embodied the principles of dharma. But after only glancing at a prostitute for a moment, he became the greatest example of a sinner. This was due only to his repeated contemplation. When Ravan was dying, Lord Rama said to Lakshman, “He was scholar of all the four Vedas. You are a Kshatriya, so go to him and respectfully stand near his feet with folded hands and ask him to give you some teaching at this time of his death.”
Lakshman went and Ravan said, “Son, there are two things you must remember. Do what is good immediately, and postpone what is wrong for later. I thought many times of doing good, but I was extremely proud of my powers that had brought even great celestial gods like Yamaraja, Kuber and Indra under my control as servants. Then I thought I would do good later. But the wrong action I performed of kidnapping Sita, I did immediately. Now, I am undergoing the consequence of that action. I am dying. So Lakshman, remember these two instructions I have given you.”
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 April 2010
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