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.
Surrender to God and Guru means to not apply the intellect. When we apply our intellect, we are in opposition to surrender. Even if a person had uncountable Gurus and remained with his Guru twenty-four hours a day, he would receive nothing. We had the association of Saints uncountable times. If we didn’t attain our aim, it was for this very reason – we secretly committed sins and thought against the Guru. We never considered the limitation of our own intellect. Such a person will never be fully surrendered.
If we learn how to give and only give, then even if God or Guru exhibit contrary behaviour, our love for them won’t reduce. Therefore, we should learn how to give and perfect this through practice. We have practiced taking since eternity. Therefore, it will take some time to learn how to give.
Shri Krishna explained this same point to Arjuna in the Gita (6.35). We have to practice. When we were infants, we were unable to even turn over. With practice, we were able to do this. Afterwards, we had no knowledge of how to sit. We accomplished this with practice. We learned how to stand through practice. We learned how to walk with practice. We learned the alphabet and whatever we studied through practice. Without practice we cannot accomplish anything in this world. So to attain a goal related to God we must also practice. This won’t happen in one second. We have to learn how to give and we need to practice this. We should not ask for anything from God or Guru. What could we ask for, the world? We have already determined there is no true happiness here. If we have a nature to ask, then we should ask God and Guru for their divine love, divine vision and divine bliss. Most of all, we should keep the understanding of these three philosophies of giving and taking in mind and keep moving ahead.
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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