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.
Saints possess the very same five senses of perception as everyone else; they do not have anything extra. There are five senses of perception, five senses of action and one mind. These are eleven in total. With these eleven senses you may practice devotion to the world or to God. If our intellect decides that there is happiness in the world, the mind then attaches itself automatically to the world. If our intellect decides that there is happiness in God, then the mind gets attached to God. The limit of the attachment depends on the limit of the decision taken by the intellect.
Let's say a man finds a ring on the roadside. He asks his neighbour its value. The neighbour does not know anything about this, so he says that the ring must be worth ten or twenty dollars. One day the man is visited by a friend who is a jeweller, and he asks for an appraisal on the ring. The jeweller tells him that the ring is worth one million dollars. The man is speechless. One million dollars! The neighbour had told him only ten or twenty dollars. Finding out the ring to be worth a million, the man starts loving the ring as much as he would love one million dollars. So you see the attachment to the world is in direct proportion to the decision of the mind.
It must be understood very clearly that the world is the product of maya, and so is our body. God provided us with food even before we took birth. What will My child eat? What will he eat? What will he wear? What will he breathe? As soon as we take birth we find everything already prepared. A newborn does not have teeth; what can he eat? So thinking, God arranges for milk within the mother's body. By the time he gets teeth in the mouth, there is a variety of foodstuff for the child to eat and drink.
However, the world has been created for the sake of maintaining the body. True happiness cannot be found in the world; only God is the source of true happiness.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
18 June 2007
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