All the scriptures, including the Vedas, the Puranas and other religious texts, as well as all the Saints, unanimously declare that bhakti (devotion, love) is the only way to reach God. Without bhakti, no one can ever be free from the bondage of maya. As long as one remains under the influence of maya, the attainment of divine bliss is impossible. However, in the Shrimad Bhagavatam and the Ramayana there are references regarding the demonesses Putna and Tarka respectively. It is described that both these demonesses approached the Supreme Lord, who had assumed a human form, with the intention of killing Him, and yet our causelessly merciful Lord granted them both redemption. By citing these occurrences, it appears that they attained supreme bliss without practicing any devotion - even while having hostile feelings towards the Lord! Let me reveal the secret behind this, and disperse your doubts once and for all.
All of you think these demonesses never recited the sweet name of Shri Radhe, whereas we at least sometimes - and maybe inadvertently - chant this holiest of holy names. Moreover, what is the reason behind this inconsistency, where someone attains supreme bliss only after engaging in rigorous spiritual practices for thousands of years, while someone else attains the divine abode of Golok without even performing any spiritual practice? Not only this, the Shrimad Bhagavatam relates the story of Putna; all of you must have read it.
Putna, as commanded by King Kansa, entered the palace of Nanda (Shri Krishna’s father) where Baby Krishna was sporting in a cradle, in the disguise of an extraordinarily beautiful female. She swiftly disappeared with Baby Krishna, and placing Him in her lap, she made the little Divine Baby suckle her breast that was anointed with deadly poison. Putna’s intention was to kill Baby Krishna, but the all-powerful Lord suckled the life out of her instead and rewarded her with a place in His divine abode, Golok; the abode of supreme bliss.
From these depictions, one gets confused. How did Putna attain the divine abode of the Lord without practicing devotion? Let me now resolve this seemingly contradictory statement.
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An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
11 August 2013
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
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