Shri Krishna says in the Gita (7.14), “O souls listen carefully! Maya is My power. It belongs to Me. Only when I say go, will it go. You cannot remove it through your own effort.” So, dasiraghubirkisamujhaimithyasopi . . . God and the scriptures are issuing a challenge. Maya is a power of God and without God’s grace, maya will not go away. As long as maya does not go away, none of its children will go away.
Thus, everyone is suffering and we will continue to suffer as long as we do not receive God’s grace. So how do we receive it? There must be some condition we have to fulfil because, after all, Saints like Shankaracharya, Nimbarkacharya, Madhvacharya, Tulsi, Soor, Meera, Kabir, Nanak and Tukaram received God’s grace. They must have fulfilled some condition that we have not and that is why we continue to suffer. What do we need to give to God so that He bestows His grace upon us? We cannot see Him to render service to Him directly so He graces us. In the world, if we needed something from some great king, we could at least sweep the footpath outside his door. He would occasionally glance at us and perhaps say, “He comes here every day to sweep. Alright, what do you want? Tell me.”
God is omnipresent. He also resides in our hearts and hears our desires, but we do not see Him and realise His presence. Rather, we dispute this, “Listen, if you mix salt in water, it would become salty. If you mix sugar in water, it would become sweet. But if God is omnipresent, He is also in this water. Then why don’t I experience Him? Where did He go? I drink water every day!” Yet the Vedas, the Puranas and even the Bible explain that God permeates every particle of this world. All scriptures say this.
Our response to this is another argument, “It is just hearsay that God is omnipresent. Even if He is omnipresent, that’s fine. But what is He doing for me? He’s not fulfilling my aim now, nor will He in the future.” God says, “Have faith.” What should we have faith in? “That I am residing in your heart. There is no need to go anywhere to find Me. I am seated in the temple of your heart.”
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 November 2009
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