jaga kamana hai shatru govinda radhe,
vako hari or mori mitra bana de
In other words, we have to divert our desires. The direction you are driving in is not the way to your home. Just turn your car to the west and change the direction. Your driving will be the same, whether you are going that way or this way. There’s no difference. You love your mother and father and all your loved ones. Why? You have the hope that you will receive happiness from them. Now apply this hope to God and love Him. You won’t find happiness here; you will over there. Here there are so many rules; there are no rules over there. You can love God as your husband. A minute later you can love Him as your son. A minute after that you can love Him as your friend. He is ready to become everything for you.
A person wants a father. His own father died when he was a child. He wonders, “How will I celebrate Father's Day?” Someone’s mother died when he was child. Someone else doesn’t have a sister, “Who will tie a rakhi on me? I’ll have to make someone my sister.” We want all these separately in the world. But God says, “I am everything. Regard Me as all of these. I am ready to become all of them for you.” How much grace! He also resides in your heart. People make pilgrimages to places like Vrindavan or Badrinarayan. The God they are seeking is already seated in their hearts, but they don’t look there. God says, “O souls, I dwell within you. You are leaving Me and searching for Me in stone deities? To find Me there, you will have to go through the effort of imbuing that deity with divine feelings. Yet it is a fact that I am already here with you, seated in your heart!”
This is like someone who has a sweet ball in his hand, but is not eating it. Will he fill his stomach this way? God has bestowed so much grace on us. “There are no rules for loving Me. You can do it in the morning, afternoon or evening. You can take a bath beforehand or not. However you are is fine. Serve Me with whatever you wish. Dress Me as you desire. Refer to Me by any name you like. I am ready to accept everything.”
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 July 2010
© Radha Govinda Samiti