You do not care what will happen after death. This human body is a priceless treasure which does not come again and again. Do not assume that you will get a human body automatically again, and then meet some “Kripalu” who will guide you and then you will act according to His instructions. Each of these things is very, very rare to attain.
Shankaracharya says three things are very rare to obtain. First is the human birth: kabahuka kari karuna nardehi deta esha binu hetu sanehi (Ramayana) Sometimes the Lord out of His causeless mercy, grants a soul a human birth. This is obtained after thousands, millions of births. But you will not attain your goal just by getting the human body: manushyatvam mukshyatvam mahapurusha sambhava. You will have to meet a genuine Saint. Even after reading the scriptures for millions of lives, we will not understand what we are supposed to do. There are all kinds of contradictory instructions to be found in the scriptures. One will become extremely confused by reading them. But a Saint will tell you in brief, “Do this.”
So secondly, meeting a genuine Saint is even rarer. But thirdly, if we meet a Saint but do not accept him as one, or we do not surrender to him and act according to his instructions – i.e. you do not have faith in him or his instructions - then what will be the benefit of having met a Saint? We got a human body, we met a genuine Saint, but we committed spiritual transgressions by going to the Saint and using our intellect to analyse him and his actions, and we returned.
So these three things are extremely rare, and if someone has all three and still does not attempt to attain his goal, there can be and never will be a person more unfortunate than him. All these things fall into place, but he does not take advantage of it.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
26 April 2010
© Radha Govind Samiti
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