pichla bigara sab govind radhe,
guru ki sharan gahi agala bana de
All our births prior to this one have been spoiled. During those lifetimes, our actions, karma were wrong. We performed both good and bad actions and both of these bind the soul in maya. We did not practice devotion, the action that would have freed us from maya.
This didn’t happen just once or twice. This human form, which could have enabled us to progress spiritually, was received by us uncountable times. Instead of advancing, our situation became even worse. Why? God has given the greatest power of knowledge to the human form. No other life form has this great asset. As a result, we can understand the philosophy of the Vedas and other scriptures. If we were to give a lecture to an animal, what would people say? “That person has gone fully mad! He’s trying to speak to animals!”
Leaving aside the celestial gods, the human form has the greatest capacity for knowledge. The celestial gods have other greater powers, but they do not have the ability to perform new fruit-yielding actions, karma which would enable them to advance spiritually. Instead they are only subject to the consequences of their past actions performed in a human birth. What does this mean?
Let’s say you saved 100,000 rupees in the bank. You stopped depositing money and little by little you started withdrawing it. Every month, without any tension, you took out 10,000 rupees. After ten months you went to the teller at the bank and he said, “Guard! Remove this man from the bank!” You said, “Wait a minute! You have respectfully been giving me 10,000 rupees every month for the last ten months.” “Yes, well now your account is empty. What have you come to take? You are wasting my time!” Similarly, someone who enters the celestial abodes only enjoys the consequences of good actions they earned in a human birth. Those consequences eventually come to an end and then he must leave.
For example, the consequences of your good actions resulted in your entering the celestial abodes for four years. One year has ended and three are left. Now two years are over and two are left. Now today is your last day – who knows whether you will enter the womb of a dog, cat or donkey after this.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
27 July 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govinda Samiti