Kripalu Bhakti Dhara, 2a

dena prem lena kam govind radhe, lena dena donon vyapar bata de

In the world, there are only three kinds of people: those who only give those who only take and those who give and take.


The third category is to give and only give. Only the one who has true spiritual knowledge is able to give. He desires divine love, true spiritual happiness, God’s divine bliss. He is taught a new lesson: to give to God and Guru, but not to the world. With the world it is only give and take. With God and Guru it is only give and give. God and Guru don’t desire anything from us; it is we who desire something from them. The form of giving we do in relationship to God and Guru is selfless love.

Almost all the forms of devotion that are being practiced in the world nowadays are for fulfilling one’s own selfish desire. People go to great lengths to visit pilgrimage places with one aim, “O Lord! Please fulfil my desire!” In other words, they give one percent and take ninety-nine percent. This doesn’t work in the spiritual field and that is why we don’t advance in devotion. Our devotional love doesn’t increase through this, nor is our mind purified. This is the state of so-called faithful people who have practiced a lot of devotion. But when they don’t have any understanding of spiritual philosophy, what kind of devotee could they be? If they want something divine, they must first have correct understanding of spiritual philosophy.

Is there happiness in the world or not? “No, there isn’t.” Then why are you asking for the world from God? If you understand the first chapter of spiritual philosophy, that there is no happiness in the world and the happiness you desire is in God, then your worldly desires would end. Then this taking mentality would also end. If taking is there, then conflict is bound to come. No one can be saved from this. Even if there is no conflict today, it will certainly be there in the future.

For example, a boy and girl marry and say to each other, “I can’t live without you. I will always stay with you, and we will die together!” Ten years later they get a divorce. What kind of love is this? The kind where each wants to take from the other, both are saying, “Give me!”

. . . To be continued

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

8 December 2009

Bhakti Dham, Mangarh

© Radha Govind Samiti


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