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Fifth Discourse
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Pralaap
Crying out loud

Pralaap means 'crying out loud' in longing, in pain! Like the gopis of Vraj did.

Tulsidasji writes that when Sri Ramji left Ayodhya, to proceed towards the forest, tears of pain flowed from the eyes of the inhabitants of Ayodhya.  When they looked at fishes dying in the river, the inhabitants believed that the fishes were more spiritually advanced, as they were dying due to their being separated from Sri Ram. while they, the inhabitants continued to live! What did the inhabitants of Ayodhya do then?

Ram daras hit
nem-vrat karan lage nar-nari

Which means that they started to perform certain penances to achieve the Lord again. The Lord says: "I want to clasp your hand but how do I do that if your hands are full, with all the deeds that you perform in order to achieve me?"

If you are a pilgrim of 'Nisaadhanta' then do only 'pralaap' ie cry! But do not think that on this path , only the pilgrim cries! Even the Lord cries for you!  When Laxmanji fainted in the battlefield, Sri Ram cried out loud! He sobbed, "Oh Laxman! How am I going to face Sumitraji, your mother if you do not waken? You wife did not complain even once when you came with me to the forest, even though Seetaji accompanied me. When 14 years are over and I return to Ayodhya, and am crowned king, and all my brothers along with their wives come to me for blessings.......what kind of blessing will I give your wife Urmila if you do not return with me?". The way Sri Ram sobbed then, He had not ever cried before and did not cry since.  Even Krishna cried so much to Udhav remembering His beloved gopis of Vraj.  Some people cry within themselves, they do not show, but one who feels helpless cannot help crying out loud when he cannot bear it any longer!

The above is the fifth stage of 'Nisaadhanta'.

Udveg
Restlessness

Udveg is a little different from 'Chinta' ie. worry.  Udveg is a kind of restlessness  that is the result of worry.  'Udveg' for worldly things is undesirable, but for Spiritual  affairs it is another matter.  One can immediately perceive when another person is worried. However in the case of 'udveg' the mannerisms of the person gives away the state of his mind.  He would in all probability be pacing up and down, or he would be repeatedly asking: "Has any telephone come in yet?" He would sit for a short while and then resume his pacing again.  When mind and body are both in turmoil, then that state is called 'udveg'.  Some people break out in fever or start feeling physically weak.  In 'Spiritual udveg' the devotee would feel 'Where is my Lord, when will I meet Him? He has appeared in so many devotee's life, why not in mine? I just cannot see my life slipping away. I may have to undertake a re-incarnation to achieve Him!". The above kind of state is the 6th one and is called 'udveg'

Unmaad
Intoxication

The 7th state of the 'Nisaadhan' pilgrim is 'Unmaad'  This state just descends upon the pilgrim.

It is said that when Bharatji was approaching Chitrakoot (the abode of Sri Ram in the forest), the coterie which came with Bharatji behaved in quite an intoxicated manner. Sometimes one person's head would fall on another's shoulder. Bharatji would himself lose control and fall on the ground or on some other co-traveler.  This state is called 'Unmaad' and it is like an intoxication. It is like the pilgrim has drunk from a certain fountain.

Naam khumaari Nanika chadhi rahe din raat

Which means that Guru Nanak says that other intoxicants will only have effect for a limited amount of time, but the state of intoxication that is achieved by taking the Lord's name stays with one constantly, day and night. 

Sometimes when you go for a Spiritual pilgrimage, or you sit at the feet of an enlightened Master, you may experience the above state. In this state you do not care if people criticize, or what they think of you. But to arrive at this state you will first have to drink from the Spiritual fountain.  From now on, promise that you will not touch alcoholic beverages. People who govern our country eat and drink the wrong things. If their character is out of place, how will our country progress?  He is able to bring about a change in society whose own character is stable and solid.  Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji went through this state of intoxication.  

How to explain this state? In the village when people go out of control, others try to bind him, but he cannot be contained. This state is like a kind of madness. When clouds of rain burst, they just pour unconcerned. They do not care where the water falls or what it affects.  When the pilgrim reaches this state, the Lord just observes. This is what He did with Sutikshana. The Lord appeared to him after a long time. In the meantime He looked at him from behind a tree and observed his state.  This state Tulsidasji calls "Unmaad'.

Byaadhi
An illness

The next state is 'Byaadhi'. This is a disease that springs in the pilgrim due to the pain of separation. There is no medicine for it except to look upon the Lord (darshan). Bharatji was beside himself in grief, when Sri Ram left for the forest. Mother Kaushalya told Bharat that the guru had prescribed a medicine for his condition.- that of accepting the kingdom. Bharatji said "This medicine is not right for me, what will cure me, is the darshan of Sri Ram".  There are various types of illnesses. Some illnesses give you an obsession for material things, whereas on the other side we have 'Bhakti' and this state of illness comes to the nisaadhan bhakta, who wants no comfort, but the pain of the above illness.

Jarta ka sanchaar
Non-conscious state

This state is recognized by the fact that a generally conscious person becomes non- conscious- like. A classic example is when Bharatji spoke so rudely to his own mother Kaikeyi for having sent Sri Ram to the forest. At this point Bharatji was not conscious of what he was saying.

Moh magan gati nahin bideha ki
Mahima Siya Raghuvar saneh ki

The state of Maharaj Janak and the relationship of Sri Ram and Seetaji is that of love and not that of attachment.  Another important example of this state is that of Ahilyaji:- She was not going to turn conscious unless and until she was touched by the very feet of Sri Ram.  In this state one loses touch with what is right and what is wrong.

Asahaaya prem
Unbearable love

This is the final state of the Nisaadhan pilgrim, when you feel that your love is unbearable.

When Sri Ram saw this state of love of Bharatji, then even Sri Ram was beside Himself.

Tan man vachan umag anuraaga
Dheer dhurandhar dheeraj tyaaga

In this state your heart breaks with the pain that this type of unbearable love brings.

Torat gyaan viraag karaare

In this state even your Gyan (knowledge) and Vairaagya (renunciation) take leave of you.  In this state the Lord cries out, "Stop your love or I shall not be able to function, I have to make the sun and moon appear on time, and with your type of love I cannot concentrate".  Have you ever heard of anyone breaking open a pillar and coming out of it? Well it happened in the case of Prahlaad. The Lord took the form of half-man and half-beast to protect His devotee. The Lord broke his own law to come to the rescue of his devotee whose heart throbbed with limitless faith and unbearable love.

See, my brothers and sisters, I am tackling this topic very carefully, so do not misunderstand. Do not let go of the disciplines that you follow, but definitely do drop the ego that arises out of you believing how great you are, since you are undergoing this or that penance because of your love for the Lord.

If any point that I have discussed finds a way to your heart, then become like a stick in the Lord's temple! Say to Him, "Oh Lord, do what you will with me! Leave me where I am, pick me up, throw me, hold me, do what You want. I am here!"  Now that you have come to the door-step of Sri Vallabh, tell him:

Aapke darbaar mein ham aa gaye
Phool shradha ke chadhaane aa gaye
Lok ninda ki koyee parva nahin
Aapke didaar ko ham aa gaye

Which means:
I have come to Your door-step
Brought flowers of faith to surrender at your feet
I do not worry about the world and its opinion
I only seek to have a glimpse of You

So these are the 10 states of Nisaadhanta which I have humbly placed before you according to my own understanding and experience. Ask the Lord, "Grant me at least one state, so that I turn impatient to achieve, to reach!"

I congratulate each one of you on the birthday of Shrimad Vallabh Mahaprabhuji. Before we rise let us sing with love:

Sri Vallabh Vithal Giridhaari
Yamunaji ki Balihaari.........

Jai jai Sri Raadhe.......

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