Kripalu Bhakti Dhara, 7

tu to hai sada se hi govind radhe,
kaal ras ab ras kaal bana de

There are two types of souls. The first are called swansh and the second are called vibhinnansh. Those who are swansh include Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, Saints like Narada and the divine gopis of Goloka. They are all eternally liberated from maya. They have never been under the control of maya. The word swansh is made up of swa or “personal” and ansh or “part”. This means these souls are an eternal part of God’s own personal power.

If you fill a pot with ocean water, the water inside the pot is a part of the ocean. The qualities of the water in the pot will be the same as the water in the ocean. If you were to drink a few drops of the ocean of amrit (the nectar that bestows immortality), you would receive the same qualities as the ocean of amrit. So a part has all the qualities of the whole to which it is related. Because swansh have eternally been personal parts of God, they have all the qualities of God.

The second type of soul is called vibhinnansh. Vibhinna means “separated”, and so these are parts of God that are separated from Him. If these parts belong to God, then why are they described as separated? They are referred to as separated because they have eternally remained turned away from God. What happens when you are turned away from God? Maya controls you. As a result of this, you forget your true identity as a part of God and that God alone is your everything. Such a person identifies with his body and he is attached to those who are related to his body. Due to this attachment, he forgets God.

When someone is turned away from God, he comes under the control of maya. While under the control of maya, he sins. After all, he is now overpowered by ignorance. Now he performs actions and is further bound by their consequences, and as a result, he remains stuck in the cycle of birth and death. What is the solution for this? The one who is turned away from God has to turn towards God. Then what happens is the ignorance that makes you identify yourself as the body is dispelled and it is replaced with the knowledge that you are the soul.

Souls can’t have relationships with one another in the material world. For example, although waves keep on rising on the ocean, their permanent relationship is only with the ocean itself, not with each other. In this way, souls are only eternally related to God. Sometimes two waves meet, then one subsides. In other words, wave-to-wave relationships are temporary. The relationship between individual embodied souls, whether between a parent and child or a husband and wife, is perishable.

To be continued . . .

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Bhubaneshwar

30 January 2011

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