The Importance of the Mind, 2

He was saved from death. (Bhagavatam 6.2.24)  Then, after listening to the debate between these two groups of messengers, Ajamila developed detachment. He thought, “Does God’s name really have so much power that it can chase away Yamaraja’s messengers?” After hearing about the importance of God’s name, devotion for Lord Krishna arose in his heart. (Bhagavatam 6.2.25)  Then he decided, “I will now lovingly attach my mind to God through bhakti.” (Bhagavatam 6.2.38) Then he went to Haridwar.

In Haridwar he engaged in devotion and through this he attained God-realisation and received divine vision of God. Then the messengers of Vishnu who had come before, came back again in a celestial vehicle, but this time they came to take Ajamila to Vaikuntha abode. Therefore, if your mind is not lovingly attached to God when you repeat His name, nothing will happen. It is essential to add your feelings of loving remembrance for God when you engage in nama sankirtan or chanting.

The cause of our mayic bondage or liberation from maya is the mind, not the senses. God does not note what our senses are doing. Even in a criminal case, the law doesn’t note what the senses do. If someone has premeditated bad intentions, then his actions are called a crime. But no judge is all-knowing. He cannot know what a person actually thought. He can only pass judgement based on the evidence. He also feels that he shouldn’t wrongly give the death sentence because the accused did not commit the crime. But he is helpless. He must act according to the evidence.

God Himself, however, is noting all our thoughts from within our hearts. That is why He has no need for physical evidence. He Himself is the observer, He Himself gives a judgement and He Himself ordains the punishment. For this reason, the mind must be attached to God. The Vedas say: “The cause of our mayic bondage or liberation from maya is the mind.”

To be continued . . . 

An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

14 August 2010

Bhakti Dham, Mangarh

© Radha Govind Samiti


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