jaga kamana hai shatru govinda radhe,
vako hari or mori mitra bana de
Then he said (Gita 2.7), “I am Your disciple. You are my Guru, and I am surrendered to You.” So Shri Krishna said, “Do you know the meaning of the word ‘disciple’? A disciple doesn’t have the right to apply his intellect. Whatever the Guru says, he immediately accepts.”
Just see in the world that when a child learns the alphabet, the teacher says, “This is ‘K’. You write it like this. Alright, everyone take your pencils and write this.” One student asks, “Why is it called ‘K’? Why do we write it like that?” No one has ever asked the teacher these questions. In the English language there are so many silent letters. “If we don’t pronounce them, why do we have to write them?” You must write them, even though they are silent. “We don’t have these in Hindi!” “Well, you may not, but we have them in English.” Those who studied English didn’t argue about this, and consequently they became experts.
Generally speaking, we believe what we are told. The news comes on the television that the prime minister of a country was murdered. Fifteen minutes later another report says the earlier news was wrong and he didn’t die. We believe everything we hear. We never doubt it. A report comes in the newspaper. We believe it. The next day another report completely refutes the first report. We accept this.
Yet the Saints and all the scriptures have declared uncountable times, and even we have declared too, that God is bliss – but we have no faith in this. If due to our good fortune we had the association of a true Saint and through him we understood spiritual philosophy and developed this faith, then without doing anything else, if we became like an innocent child, shed tears and purified our mind, we could attain God-realisation and supreme divine bliss.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 July 2010
© Radha Govinda Samiti