Practice to Remain Alert, 3

If there is a hungry man and someone gives him fifty-six delicacies served on a golden platter free of cost, but he does not eat, yet he considers himself intelligent and makes all kinds of excuses, “You see it’s like this and like that,” and so on to avoid eating. Just think, how will these excuses protect you when Yamaraja (the god of death) summons you to leave this world? You will have to leave all your property, your wife and children and go alone. Therefore, please practice what I am telling you: the realisation that Shyamasundara is seated in your heart, noting each and every one of your thoughts.

Have faith in this statement and practice remembering it constantly. There will be a little effort involved initially. In an hour you might remember Him for just a second, “Yes He is seated in my heart and I was harbouring such dirty thoughts.” Now become alert. Then try remembering Him for a second every half hour. We don’t need to misuse our time. Just as you scratch yourself while working, or hear a sound somewhere and look in that direction for a moment, in the same way, for an equal period of time that you do something like that, just realise, “He is seated within; I am not alone. He is there seated with me.” You will have to practice this. Memorise this point! YOU will HAVE to practice this!

After a few days of practice, you will start to experience His presence. You will think, “Yes! He is seated within.” Then you will not waste your time thinking, “Let’s go over to the neighbours and gossip a little with them,” or “Let’s go talk to the wife, how do I just pass the time sitting here?” Then you will be alert all the time. You will think, “I don’t know if I will have the next moment or not.” The greatest of physicians, Prime Ministers or other important people just go in a moment. They didn’t even think something like this would happen, but in a moment they are gone. Therefore, practice this spiritual discipline with great care.

To be continued . . .

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

26 April 2010

Sitapaila, NEPAL

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