All scriptures from the Vedas to the Ramayana and all other religious books and spiritual paths to God believe that God is omnipresent. He does not merely permeate everything, but He also resides in our hearts as paramatma. In this form He is not just a divine presence, but also a performer of action. He calculates the consequences of our uncountable accumulated karmas or actions of the past, gives those consequences in the form of our present destiny, and most importantly, He notes our current actions. Actions in this sense are our thoughts, not our physical actions.
Karmas were performed by all great Saints. For example, Arjuna killed millions in the war of Mahabharata. Hanumana destroyed Lanka. But what was the internal state of their mind? This is what God observed, not their external actions. Similarly, our government has particular rules and laws. Only if a person commits a crime with premeditated intention to cause harm is his action called a crime. If it was an accident, his action won’t be judged a crime. For example, the car a person was driving was in good operating condition, he had a license and suddenly a man walked in front of his car to commit suicide. He won’t be found guilty of any crime, because he had no premeditated intention.
A worldly court can only examine physical evidence. God is not like this. He notes our internal intention, judges it and gives a consequence. God Himself does all this work. If we were to reflect upon and practice this understanding all crime and wrong actions would come to an end. It also would put an end to all police departments and armies. Otherwise, if a government gave an opportunity for its citizens in the next twenty-four hours to do whatever they wanted with no consequences, then after twenty-four hours you could imagine what condition that country would be in. The capacity for this wrongdoing is in all of us, hidden. But due to fear of the law and punishment, we resist acting out in this way.
So what we have to realise is that God is really and truly seated within and He is noting our every thought, and organising the consequences we will receive for that. He won’t listen to our excuses or give us time in court for our case. He will straightaway give us a punishment. This realisation has to be practiced. You heard it – that’s fine. You also read it – that is also fine. Still, it’s not enough. It has to be practiced.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2 August 2011
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti