The conclusion is that Rama can be seen only by Rama. Who can hear Rama’s words? Only Rama. Who can inhale His divine fragrance? Only Rama. Who can taste the flavour of His person? Only Rama. Who can think of Him? Only Rama. Who can know Him? Only Rama. And whichever surrendered devotee He gives His divine senses, mind and intellect to, even if it is a donkey, will be able to see Him. It could be anyone, by God’s grace, he will receive divine transcendental senses, mind and intellect. Only then is it possible to attain Him, not otherwise. The senses mind and intellect have no entrance here, even if they belong to Sarasvati, the goddess of learning and Brihaspathi, the guru of the gods. Even a great intellect will have no worth over here.
We practice devotion to God. However, this is not actually devotion, it is surrender. Since we have not seen Him, how can we make a form, no matter how great our intellect? Sarasvati herself can come forward with a reply to the question, “Can you meditate on Rama?” “No it is impossible. When I have not seen Him, how can I meditate on Him?” And how can we see without having received divine vision? Divine vision will be obtained only upon complete surrender, when the mind is pure and we have received divine love; not before. That is why God cannot be known or understood by anyone.
When Rama came to this world and stayed for 11,000 years, did it actually benefit anyone? People got confused and no one benefitted. Tulsidas Ji in showering praise on Rama has said: rama eka tapasa tiya tari. In all, He delivered the wife of one ascetic! [This refers to the story of Ahalya, the wife of Gautam Rishi. Having been attracted to Indra, the king of the celestial gods, she was cursed to become a stone for her infidelity. At the touch of Rama’s lotus feet, she regained her female form.]
Rama stayed for 11,000 years in this country; enjoyed its goods and delivered only one person. And there is doubt on that issue too! Why? Ahalya went to her husband’s abode after receiving the touch of the lotus feet of the Lord. If her husband went to Saketloka, then it is true she was delivered, and if he did not, then how was she delivered? Yes, so we can understand that the descent of Rama will not benefit anyone. Someone of the stature of Garuda (the eagle-like mount of Vishnu) fell into delusion on seeing Rama’s pastimes. He thought, “An significant demon has bound Rama with a nag pash [Indrajit-used weapon which bound Rama and Lakshman with snakes]. I can accept Rama as a great personality, but He definitely cannot be God!” So poor Garuda roamed around everywhere; bound by maya. He could not comprehend Him. No one can comprehend Him.
Let me relate a little incident for you. Sita had been kidnapped and Rama went with Lakshman to search for Her on foot. Now, look at the way He is searching for Her. A lot of people lose their wives, sons or sisters, but they follow some standard method to recover them. Either they will inform the police or publicise it on radio; there are various methods. But Shri Rama was roaming around the forest saying, “O trees, creepers and leaves! Tell Me if my Sita has gone this way." Does anyone ask a tree?
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
18 August 1999
© Radha Govind Samiti
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