Kripalu Bhakti Dhara, 8c

jaga kamana hai shatru govinda radhe,
vako hari or mori mitra bana de

In God’s area there is no doubt you will find happiness. There are also no rules and regulations for attaining this; just become like an innocent child. If you throw out all the artful, crafty behaviour you have acquired during your life and become like an innocent child and earnestly shed tears to find God, you will find Him. This is all you have to do. You don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to do anything; you don’t have to offer Him a gift. You only have to give your love.

Because our body, mind and intellect are material, we cannot know God. We cannot see Him. We do not have the faculties that will enable us to do this. Just like when we were newborns, we had no idea who we were. We didn’t recognise anything. We didn’t know what to eat or what to do. We had no understanding. Only one thing was at our disposal: crying. Was any infant ever taught that if he cries, whatever he needs will be taken care of? A baby cries and his mother comes running, “What happened? Why are you crying? Oh, you are hungry!” The child has no concern; his mother takes complete care.

This is called complete surrender. This is found throughout the Gita. Arjuna said, “I won’t fight.” Shri Krishna said, “Why not? In Dvarika you asked for Me in this war. You said, ‘Shri Krishna will be on our side!’ And I gave my army to the Kauravas.” Before the war, Shri Krishna told Arjuna and Duryodhana they could select either eighteen armed divisions of His own army or Himself alone, and unarmed. Arjuna said, “I want You.” Arjuna didn’t say, “Give half of the army to me and half to Duryodhana.” This means he knew that Shri Krishna was Supreme God. He thought if Shri Krishna was on the side of the Pandavas, they would win. Otherwise, he would have certainly asked for half of Shri Krishna’s army.

Even so, when he stood before the armies at the start of the war, and looked towards both sides, he said, “I won’t fight.” Why? “These are all my relatives. If I fight them, they will die. All my respected elders are there.” Shri Krishna said, “But didn’t you realise who you would have to fight against? When you asked for Me unarmed, didn’t you think what would happen to the Kauravas in the war?” Arjuna knew, but when he saw their faces, he said, “I don’t want to fight. So many people will be killed. Their wives will become widows and their children will become orphans . . . I don’t want to do this.”

To be continued . . .

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

16 July 2010

Mussoorie

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