19th June 2010, Saturday, Jyeshth Shukla Saptami, Shanivar
Vikram Samvat 2067,Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
Freedom from Worldly Desires – 8 (Vairaagya)
(continued from previous day)
Freedom from worldly desires (dispassion) that happens from spiritual disciplines is even better than the dispassion that arises from discrimination. When with your mouth and tongue one initiates reciting the name of God – “Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram,” the body becomes filled with ecstacy and feels enraptured. The heart is filled to the brim and overflowing with love. On listening to God’s divine messages, one begins to dance. In this state, even by mistake the sight does not go towards sense objects, and naturally there is dispassion (i.e. freedom from worldly sense enjoyments). The mind by great magnetic pull continuosly gets drawn towards God. In his heart the joy of divine love cannot be held. He keeps repeating “Giridharlaal! Keep me as your servant! Just like Meerabai on becoming blissful in love begins to dance tying bells on her feet.
“Pag ghungharoo baandh Meera naachi re”
Intoxicated Meera, exhilarated in love begins to dance. What is the reason? She received the relish of “bhajan” (devotional worship and adoration) of the Lord. From a worldly perspective, the greatest of all attraction is in honor and prestige, glory and fame; but where is the concern for these things? On the contrary without fearing disgrace and bad reputation, it begins to appear pleasant. Meerabai says –
This disgrace appears sweet Ranaji! I find this scandal pleasing!
In this manner the dispassion that is developed when one engages in devotional worship and adoration, from this the attractions for objects automatically, without any effort, goes away. He who is engaged in devotional worship and adoration, do not have to make an effort to develop dispassion for things. His mind is naturally, innately without forcing, united with God. If we say that our mind goes all over the place, then so be it, it goes all over the place, however it does not stay on God, and if it did go towards God, then it would not return back to the world. A fly goes every where and sits, but never on fire. But if it were to sit on the fire, then it would not get up from there, in the same way, once the mind engages in God, then it does not go anywhere else. It becomes of the same form. Therefore for becoming dispassionate about the world and for developing love for God we must all intensely become engaged in devotional service, worship and adoration of God.
There was a devotee Dampatti. Both husband and wife were engaged in devotional service of the Lord. Their way of worshipping and adoring the Lord was that they would keep a few lentils with them. They would turn the “japa-mala” once and take a lentil and keep it aside. In this manner several pounds of seed would get moved aside by each person. Both husband and wife would compete as to how many pounds of lentils were moved. As one continues to engage in such devotion and adoration of the Lord, the state he reaches has been shared by Lord Krishna –
“Vaag gadraadaa dravate yasya chintan rudtyabheekshanam hasati kvachich;
Vilajj udraayati nrutyate cha madbhaktiyukto bhuvanam punaati”
While singing My name-qualities he whose throat is filled to the brim, heart tremors, who time and again in love sheds tears, sometimes laughs, sometimes leaves all shyness and shame aside and with a high pitched voice begins to sing and dance, such a devotee of mine purifies the three worlds.
(to be continued)
From book “Saadhan, Sudha, Sindhu” in Hindi pg 497 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
The same message is available in HINDI titled “Vairaagya – 8” at: http://www.satcharcha.blogspot.com/