Main Kaun? Mera Kaun? 7

The word bhajana implies "service" which comes from the root bhaja sevayam. This is stated by Veda Vyasa himself and is confirmed by Sage Panini, the father of Sanskrit grammar. But how can one render service unless one has met one's object of service? It is only after attaining God that the living being serves God in His abode. Before that, he can serve a stone idol in the temple. How can he have direct access to God? After practicing devotion and having attained God, His service begins.

Someone who attains God does not become all-pervading. This is stated repeatedly in the Vedas that upon attaining God, who is bliss, one becomes blissful. (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.7 and 2.1, Katharudra Upanishad 5.27) The individual soul does not become Brahm. This is stated in the Vedas, "He experiences bliss along with the Lord in His abode, Goloka. The individual soul does not become Brahm." (Brahma Sutra 4.4.17 and 4.4.21) "The task of universal creation, destruction, maintenance, etc. is not given to those who have attained Him."

In these above Vedanta sutras, Veda Vyasa clearly states that the task of creation is not entrusted to any Saint by God. He does bestow His infinite knowledge and bliss upon the living being who has attained Him, but reserves creation for Himself. He assumes a form which resides within the heart of each and every living being and He keeps a record of their activities of infinite lives and bestows the fruits of these actions accordingly, and keeps a record of current actions as well. All this is done by God personally. This work is not entrusted to any Saint.

 

An excerpt from the English translation of a discourse originally given in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

1 November 2009

Bhakti Dham, Mangarh 

Main Kaun? Mera Kaun?

The complete series in Hindi and the first 10 speeches translated into English

 

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