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Fifth Discourse
Page One

Naath sakal saadhan main heena
Kinhi kripa jaani jan dina
So kachhu dev na mohi nihora
Nij pan raakheo jan man chora

Let me remind you once again of what I said on the first day.

When one feels the pangs of separation from the Lord and cries, then that condition Ramanuj calls 'Taap'. Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji calls it 'Vyaakulta', Sri Guru Shankaracharya calls it 'Mumuksha' and the Gopis of Vraj call it 'Lalsa'.  They may all call it by different names, but the feeling remains the same.......Stare longingly at the path through which the Lord comes and cry......cry in pain!  Also remember the following lines all your  life:

Naath sakal saadhan main heena

Disha and Dasha (Direction and Condition)

I have no means to achieve you O Lord! Whatever I am capable of doing, it is You who makes me perform! I am only an instrument!

Listen carefully to what I am about to say, and let these words sink deep within you, until it becomes part of your attitudes and reactions towards life. Only then will your life take a turn towards the sublime.

In order to mould your Spiritual life, you will have to make 'Nisaadhanta' your 'saadhan' (means).  Today is the birthday of Mahaprabhuji and so it is an auspicious day. It is a great blessing for us to be here in the land of Vallabhji.  Whatever means you may employ, you have to take to one direction. When you do a "jajna' i.e.. perform a sacrifice, you will be made to face a certain direction. So also in the case of different ritualistic prayers.  If you have accepted the path of Knowledge (Gyan) then your direction will be towards Liberation or Nirvana.

One who has accepted the path of 'Nisaadhanta' has 10 directions.  Nisaadhanta is a condition, a state, a direction. Pray to Vallabhji to grant you the state of being ,that he granted to his disciples.  Whatever means that you may employ requires a direction. Certain rituals bind you not only to a direction but to a certain time. Some are performed during the morning, some during the afternoon or night.

So as I was saying all your 'saadhan' (means) require certain 'dishas' (directions).  But for 'dasha' i.e.. 'a state of being' you are not in control! Who knows when you state of being will change direction!  Meera's state of being, changed, and she suddenly tied bells onto her feet! No one was able to stop the process and the princess took to the streets singing in ecstasy, the praises of her Lord!

Log kahe Meera bhayi baanvari

Which means that people claimed that Meera had lost her mind. But do you think that Meera cared about what the world had to say?. No, she did not! She sang:

Main to mere Narayan ki
Khud hi ho gayi daasi re

Which means that I care only for my Lord who I belong to and who only I will serve!  This is what is called 'Nisaadhanta'

Hari vyaapak sarvatra samaana

Which means that the Lord is present in the same capacity and quantity everywhere. In such a case, since He is present everywhere, where are you going to call Him from? How are you going to assign any direction to Him?

Chitvat panth raheo din raati

Which means 'Keep looking at the path through which the lord will arrive'. But if the Lord is present everywhere, then how to look at the path through which the Lord will come? During the 'Hari-Leela' (the drama that the Lord enacts during His Incarnation) God does assume directions. Thus Sri Ram does go to the forest and Sharbhang also believes and hopes that Sri Ram will come to his hermitage.

The residents of Vraj also stared at the road from which Krishna had left with Akroor. But what about Draupadi? Which direction do you want her to call from, at her hour of need? Wherever she moved, she faced a rakshasa (a demon) ready to dishonor her. Even though there were great personalities like Bhishma in the court, they did not do much to help her. So where to look for aid?......Instantly her state changed to 'Nisaadhanta'.  Totally surrendered to 'her only refuge left', she cried out helplessly:" He Govind-- He Gopal!"

On the last day if I have time, I shall tell you, more in detail  what Bharatji had to say on the above topic.

Saadhan Sidhi
Ram pag nehu

Which means that my only means, and my most prized possession and power is Sri Ram's charan (feet).

One of the 'saadhan 'of the 'Nisaadhan:'-- Dasha
One of the means for the 'Helpless:'----A state of being

When I was returning from Kurukshetra, the plane was delayed, and I still had to travel the next day. A brother who was traveling with me got very annoyed and said: "Bapu you are undergoing  so much trouble!"  I said, "Real trouble is not for ordinary people like us". Two hours delay in your traveling plans is not considered 'trouble'. And listen to one more thing , the Lord is extremely merciful  He does not want to burden people in this 'Iron age' because He knows that our shoulders are weak. Real trouble was experienced by Draupadi, by Gajendra, Narasingh and by Meera, who was sent poison, by her brother-in-law.  You miss a plane or it is late by a few hours and you call it trouble!

Disi aru vidisi panth nahin soojha

You have trouble when all your means fail you, and you have no one to turn to, you cry and yet your direction is not clear.  The above happened to Draupadi. Which way to move? What to do? Who to call?  At that point she turned towards the Lord who protected her!

Lajja mori raakho Sham Hari
Kinhi kathin Dushaasan mose, gahi kesh pakdi
Bhari sabha mein dushta Duryodhan, chaahat nagna kari
Paancho Paandav sab bal haare, tin so kachhu na sari

    Which means: Protect me, my Lord!
    Dushaasan has humiliated me by pulling me, by the hair
    And Duryodhan is bent upon disrobing me in court
    My five husbands have lost their power
    And are unable to protect me
    O Lord you come to my aid

In which direction to look for help? For Draupadi all her means had failed! Then appeared the Lord's Incarnation in the form of 'Endless  Apparel' (As Duryodhan tried to disrobe Draupadi, her sari proved endless much to the embarrassment of Duryodhan and Dushaasan).  What I am trying to say is that all other rituals and prayers have a direction.  'Nisaadhanta' has a 'state of being'.

When Ramji returned from the forest to Ayodhya, and saw the un-groomed look of Sri Bharat, He remarked at his appearance and at 'dasha'.  This proves that for 'Nisaadhanta', a 'dasha', 'a state of being' is important.

There are 10 'Dashas' for  the 'Nisaadhan'. Listen carefully, my brothers and sisters, if you identify with any of these 'dashas', you will achieve victory in the Spiritual world.

Abhilaasha--Manorath
Desire--Hope

The first 'dasha' is 'desire'

You have to feel: The fulfillment or not, of my desire, is in God's hands, I can only hope!  If your desire is fulfilled, feel that God has showered His Grace upon you, and if it is not fulfilled, then believe that it was not the Lord's wish.  Your efforts are important, but without the Lord's Grace, your endeavor will prove futile.

Vishwamitra performed so many penances, and yet he continued to be disturbed by Mareech and Subaahu, and so he moved towards Sri Ram and Ayodhya, along with his desire.  You also do the same. whenever you have a desire, make your efforts. When they prove unsuccessful, then take to God's path and move towards the Lord along with your desire. The inhabitants of Ayodhya had a strong desire that Sri Ram should be crowned king but that was not to be.

For the pilgrims of the Nisaadhan path 'desire' is the first state required. You may call the desire 'abhilaasha' or 'laalsa' it does not make any difference.  You must have the desire to look upon the Lord's countenance with your eyes. You should be ever-thirsty for His 'darshan' (to see Him) and the truth of the matter is that on this path, this kind of hunger and thirst itself is the goal. When your thirst for the Lord increases, it is a sign that you are arriving at your destination.

Give birth to a desire like Vishwamitra had and like the inhabitants of Ayodhya had.  I could give you many examples, but in order to understand these instances suffice.  Remember 'hope', 'desire' is the first requisite for the Nisaadhan pilgrim.

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