tu to hai sada se hi govind radhe,
kaal ras ab ras kaal bana de
Even in human births there are great differences. If you are born to the wife of a meat-eating, alcoholic criminal then there is a good chance you will be like him; your father will teach you his ways. “Son, why work for someone or have your own business? Rob a bank like me and you can become a millionaire overnight!” Another person is born to the wife of a Saint and starts saying God’s name from his very birth. Another person is born to rich parents and is pridefully intoxicated by this wealth. He laughs at the very mention of God. In this way, the type of rebirth we receive is according to our own individual past actions.
But when a person turns towards God, maya runs away from him. All maya’s relatives – lust, anger, greed, infatuation, etc. – all tie up their bedrolls at once and run away with maya. This is like the way darkness runs away at the coming of light. No one is able to see it go; it just goes away. Similarly, once maya goes away, these qualities will leave you forever and they can never return.
Once a person becomes God’s by fully turning towards Him, he becomes united with God. He doesn’t remain separated. Veda Vyasa put all this philosophy into a single verse in the Bhagavatam, 11.2.37: bhayam dvitiya-viniveshatahsya-dishadapetasya-virparyayosmritih Turn towards God and Guru; surrender to them completely and then maya will leave. If you remain turned away from God, your mind will have a reversed understanding. You will identify yourself with the body and then have to suffer the consequences.
Both God and the soul reside in one place in the heart. Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 4.6 states: dwa suparna sayuja sakhaya samanam vriksham parikasvajatey. But we do not receive His divine qualities even though both are in exactly the same place. God is actually seated within us.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
30 January 2011
© Radha Govind Samiti
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