Kripalu Bhakti Dhara, 9

bhakti karo koyi bhi govinda radhe

rupadhyana mana se pratham karva de

No matter what type of devotion you perform, rupadhyana must be first and foremost.

Now I shall explain the meaning of this verse. We have a mind which is the performer of all our actions. Good or bad, all actions are performed by the mind. Brahmabindhu Upanishad 2 states, mana eva manu. . . The same mantra can be found in Shathyayani Upanishad. Many Upanishads and Puranas attest to this truth: Tejo Bindu Upanishad 5.98, Bhagavatam 3.25.15 and 11.23.43, Shathyayani Upanishad mantra 3. The same mantra can be found in Maittreyi Upanishad 1.5 as well as in Narada Purana and Panchdashi. Thus, all scriptures ranging from the Vedas to the Puranas accept the mind to be the performer. 

There are two areas in which the mind can travel - one is God and the other is the world. There is no third area for the mind to travel in. There simply is no other area. The mind can be attached either to the world or to God. If you claim that your mind is not attached to either area, then understand that this is impossible. Why? The Gita 3.5 says that no individual can remain inactive for even a moment. No one can remain without performing actions. The mind is such a worker that it cannot be quiet for even a second. It cannot stop; it keeps working constantly. 

Your mind will therefore either be attached to the world or to God. It is impossible to put the mind in a state of suspension. They are naive who claim that their mind is engaged neither in God nor in the world. This cannot be. You have poor understanding of your own mind. As a matter of fact, your mind will have to be in one or the other area. Absorption of the mind in God is called devotion, and absorption in the world is called attachment. The mind functions in the same way in both cases. The sense organs are the same, whether you attach them to the world or to God.

To be continued . . .


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

18 June 2007


© Radha Govinda Samiti


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