For example, you believe your physical father is your father. This is very firm in your understanding. Why? You repeatedly thought, “He is my father.” You did this on the basis of what he and others told you. So to practice the understanding of God’s presence, repeatedly think, “God is seated in my heart. I am not alone; we are together.” dva suparna sayuja sakhaya . . . (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 4.6) The Vedas are also saying this. ur prerak raghuvansh vibhushana. (Ramayana) He is residing in everyone, even in evil rakshas’. Look at the situation that occurred with Hiranyakashipu. He said to Prahlada, “Does God dwell in the home of demons?” Prahlada said, “Yes, He does.” “Well, is He in this pillar?” “Yes, He is.” Finally, when Bhagavan Nrisimha (the half-man half-lion descension of God) appeared, Hiranyakashipu had no doubt about this.
So we have to practice this. Everything we have achieved in the world we have accomplished through practice. When you are driving, you simultaneously talk to friends in the car, talk on the phone, see what is behind you and avoid what is on the road; look to the left and right. Is this some special skill that we humans possess? No, this was all accomplished through practice. All the amazing things that you see circus performers do is the result of practice. Just add one more practice to what you already know – practice the presence of God. If you do, you will become peaceful. The amount of anxiety, restlessness and lack of peace in the world is escalating. Whether we become a victim of this or transcend it is in our hands.
God gave us such a machine in the form of the mind that the intellect can’t go against its own judgement. The mind acts according to the intellect, and the senses act according to the mind. None of these can revolt against each other or go on strike. Whatever the intellect decides, it follows in a straight line all the way down.
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
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