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.
Whenever you call out to your son, your father or your friend, you call their name. Yes! Before you utter his name, you always think about him. Call him; what’s his name? Oh yes, call Ramesh. So you see, you thought about him before you called out to him. Likewise, when you call out to God – Radhe Govinda – have Radha Rani stand before you in your mind even before uttering Her name. How can I have Radha stand in front of me when I have not seen Her? If you had seen Radha, you would not have been able to meditate on Her.
You see your father every day, don’t you? Yes. Your mother? Yes. Practice visualising them. Create the exact same ears; the exact same nose as your mother has. You will not be able to do it. You have seen your mother thousands of times, but you still cannot manage to think of her exactly as she looks. However, God declares in the scriptures, Meditate on Me any way you want. How merciful He is! You can visualise God in any form – fair-complexioned, dark-complexioned, short, tall, plump or thin. Choose any form to meditate on as you like. God accepts our meditation as being true and genuine.
Feel free to choose any name of God of your choice. Feel free to dress Him as you like. God will consider them all as divine. Do not limit yourself to the descriptions in the Bhagavatam or the Gita. How much can anyone write? God takes birth in countless planetary systems simultaneously and performs countless divine pastimes. How can anyone enumerate them? The Bhagavatam is a short scripture containing 335 chapters, 12 cantos and 18,000 verses. How can it contain the countless pastimes of 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