Whether you gently touch a piece of iron to a touchstone or you angrily bring them in direct contact with each other, the iron will definitely be transformed into gold. If you eat rasagulla (an Indian sweet) out of desire or you forcibly put it in your mouth, it will be sweet. Similarly, whether poison is consumed knowingly or someone makes you drink it without your knowledge, it will cause death. A fire burns equally for the sati who willingly sets herself on fire as it does for the one who is thrown into it. The holy river Ganga sanctifies even the water you spit into Ganga which becomes a part of the holy Ganga. Just like the River Yamuna smoothly merges into Ganga at the confluence and becomes known as Ganga.
Thus, either you have feelings of love or feelings of hatred. In both cases, it is the attachment of your mind. Since eternity we have had these feelings of love and hatred in the world. We have to free ourselves from these two feelings, and keep watch on ourselves so as not to be afflicted in the future.
In ancient times we didn’t have matches or other means to ignite a fire. To produce fire for a yagya, people rubbed two pieces of wood together continuously. In the jungle sometimes two bamboo sticks produce fire due to their constant rubbing against each other. To produce fire out of two pieces of wood they must therefore be rubbed together continuously. If you pause in between, the temperature goes down and again you have to go through the same procedure. Uninterruptedly keep rubbing them together and only then will fire be produced. Similarly, uninterruptedly meditate on God; constantly meditate on Him alone. In a single verse of the Gita, Shri Krishna emphasises three times that a devotee should meditate on God continually.
If you look at this verse from a literary point of view repetition is considered undesirable, but in a philosophical description this is very, very important. You should constantly, day in and day out, think of God exclusively. Not only for one or two hours, but for all twenty-four your mind should be attached to God. If even for one second your mind goes back into the world, it is like making your clothes dirty again after putting so much effort into cleaning them.
Throughout the day you worked hard to earn money and at the end of the day you carelessly left it behind on the roadside and slept elsewhere peacefully. By doing so, all your money will be stolen and you will be left with nothing in your hands.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2 December 2011
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
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