Fourth Discourse - Page Two
'Mercy' looks for an excuse to visit. Hanumanji told Vibhishan, "Learn to serve! you may have a tulsi in your
garden and the name of Sri Ram written in your house, but you do not perform
service! Seetaji has been a prisoner in Lanka for some time and you have done
nothing about it!"
Vibhishanji then said "I am becoming aware of my faults as you are bringing
them to my notice. But then please tell me why you have been kind enough to
grace my home?"
Hanumanji answered, "I have come to you, because your wife and your daughter
often go to Seetaji to give her courage."
'Mercy' looks for an instrument through which to flow, and is as impatient and
loving as a mother who seeks her child when her breasts are full. Similarly God in His form of Mercy loves us and looks for excuses, despite our
base nature, to make us His own.
The great battle in Kurukshetra was an instrument through which the world
received the Sublime Song of the Lord in 'The Geeta" The Bal-kaanda (chapters in the Ramayana are called Kaandas) in the Ramayana
gives us the birth of Sri Ram. The Ayodhya-kaanda is an excuse to show to the world the love of Sri
Bharat. The Aranya-kaanda is an instrument through which we get acquainted with
'Nisaadhanta'. Kishkinda-kaanda teaches us the fact that one achieves the lord through faith in
one's guru. Sunder-kaanda gives us an insight into Bhakti (Devotion).
Through the Lanka-kaanda one learns, means of salvation. The Lanka-kaanda and the Uttar-kaanda are an excuse to give the world, great
knowledge through 'Bhushundi Bhagvad', Ramayana , Upanishads and 'Geeta Gyan'
The curse of the Rishi was an excuse for the world to receive the 'Shrimad
It is therefore clear that 'Mercy' looks for an instrument through which to
appear. Hanumanji also found an excuse, to come to Vibhishan to take him towards the
Lord. Hanumanji said: "I have come to you because I feel that you are capable of
great service." When a child fails in his examinations, he only gets courage from another
student who has similarly failed in the past and has eventually been successful.
In the same manner Hanumanji gave confidence to Vibhishan , by telling the
latter that he was even less worthy than him. Hanumanji said: "If you feel inferior because you belong to the demon race,
then think of me! I am a monkey!"
At this point :
Bhare bilochan neer
Which means that Hanumanji's eyes filled up with tears. When Khagraj Garuda felt inferior because he was only a bird, Kaagbhusundi who
belonged to the crow race said: You are unhappy because you think that you
belong to a low caste, but you look at me! I am the lowest amongst birds and yet
the Lord in His mercy, has made me 'world-known'.
Sabhi vidhi heena
Hanumanji continues to tell Vibhishan, "I do not even have great qualities.
Because I am a monkey I cannot even remain still, and in the Spiritual path that
is one of the most important requisites required. I am no great devotee, neither
do I know how to pray. I do not know how to perform sacrifices, nor how to
meditate-- yet the Lord 'Kinhi kripa' (showered His grace) upon me. Thinking of
the large heartedness of the Lord my eyes fill with tears of gratitude".
Hanumanji decided on:
Ram kaaj kinhe binu
Mohi kahan vishraam
Which means that unless I serve the Lord I cannot rest! How could Hanuman rest until he had accomplished what he had set out to do;
which was to meet Mother Seeta and hand over to Her Sri Ram's ring. However, sometimes one does feel rested when one meets a fellow pilgrim on the
Ram Charit Maanas yahi naama
Sunat shravan paeeye vishraama
Which means one feels rested when one listens to the Ramayana. One feels at peace when one listens to any katha (a Spiritual lecture).
The fruits of listening to a katha is to feel rested. All of you have visited 5-star-hotels, clubs, and yet you experience no peace.
Your mind is in turmoil.
But in a satsang, I see serenity on your countenance! Peoples' illnesses disappear
in a katha.
Sri Raghuveer pratap se Sindhu tare
Which means that stones were made to float, by the Grace of the Lord. You can experience the same sense of peace that saints do. In a katha!
When you flip the pages of the scriptures, you will feel the Breath of the Lord.
The Scriptures are alive, that is the reason why they are able to grace you with
peace and contentment! Some people ask me: "You have been doing the katha for years, do you think
that people have changed their lives?" The truth is that I cannot do
much about that. I personally do the katha or sing the Lord's praises because it
helps me, on my Spiritual journey.
A woman went to a palmist. The palmist conjectured that her husband may die
consuming poison. She asked, "Will I be caught?" Just that one sentence reveals so much about the state of mind of the woman and
her life. Similarly sometimes a mere sentence heard in a satsang or in a katha reveals so
much about our lives, that it proves to be very useful, in our changing for the
better. We have exhausted enough of our lives running here and there. It is time to take
stock of the time spent, and rest! Rest in a katha!
As I was saying that Hanumanji felt that he could not rest until he had executed
the task that Sri Ram had entrusted him with. Hanumanji told Vibhishan that even though he was full of short-comings, the Lord
had showered His Grace upon him. The main point to consider is that if one eliminates ones ego, which is as hard
and heavy as a stone, then:
Kinhi kripa jaani jan dina
Which means: The Lord showers His Grace on the humble. The word 'Kripa' (grace) has been used with meticulous care, and in the
Ab mohi bha bharosa Hanumanta
Binu Hari kripa milahi nahin santa
Which means that : I am now convinced, O Hanuman, that without the Lord's Grace
one does not come in contact with His messenger (a saint).
The Lord's Avtaar of Grace
Whenever the Almighty incarnates on this earth, how many people have ever been
able to recognize Him? In the case of Sri Ram only 9 or 11 were able to
know Him as the Lord. One realizes that an elephant has passed through a desert, by the sand that has
risen due to the movement of his feet. Similar is the case with an Avtaar.
When an Avataar descends on earth, most people are asleep. But when they notice
his foot-prints after He is gone, then they lament and cry out in grief, "Oh! the Lord came and left and we did not even recognize Him!"
Very few people realized the value of Mahaprabhuji or Shankaracharyaji
while they lived in our midst.
If one were to ask a fish to describe the ocean, it would be difficult for her
to answer because while she is out of the water, she is not able to breathe to
talk; and while she is in the ocean, she cannot explain. Similarly, those who by the Grace of God are able to recognize the Incarnations,
find it difficult to convince their brothers and sisters of the magnitude of
their understanding. If you ask me, even today an Incarnation of the Lord lives and moves
amongst us! That is the Incarnation of Grace! I see Grace flowing freely everywhere today.
Earlier one did not see too many young people attending kathas, and interested
in religious matters. While today one finds them attending Spiritual discourses
in great numbers. So I say, feel the 'Grace Avataar' around you. Without Grace you will not be able to accomplish anything.
Grace is ready to pour over you, but first, you will have to remove the stone of
ego that is blocking the entrance from where Grace must enter.
Naradji says: Take refuge only in the Lord! Some take refuge in people. They feel: "I know that person who is so
influential, so why should I worry? All I have to do is write him a letter, or
make a phone-call and my work will be done!" How can you depend on a man,
who may be there for you today, but not here tomorrow?
Some people become very egotistical about their wealth! They should remember
that the Lord sends you His wife Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth) to pamper you, to
hold you in Her arms and give you some milk. Since it is by the Grace of God
that you enjoy some wealth, then how can you become egotistical about it?
Some take refuge in their own strength, and some in the amount of
rituals/prayers that they may have performed. I am not asking you not to perform
rituals or sacrifices, what I am saying is do not become egotistical about it!
The ocean became proud, and its result was that it was punished! It turned
Nisaadhanta means that you continue to do everything; but do not take credit for
it. Believe that the Lord is doing everything through you.
A father teaches his child to pronounce his (the father's) name; and then takes
great joy when the child repeats it-- So does the Lord!
Kahat Kabir suno mere sadho
Sharan gayo soi bhaayo
Which means that: Kabir claims that who-ever surrenders to the Lord is loved by
Priti Ram naam so, Pratiti Ram naam so
Riti Ram naam so, Pratiti Ram naam so
Arth Ram naam ho, Kaam Ram naam ho
Ghar mein Ram naam ho,Moksha Ram naam
Riti Ram naam ho, Vibhuti Ram naam ho
Raag Ram naam ho, Viraag Ram naam ho
Maan Ram naam ho, Dhyaan Ram naam ho
Mati Ram naam ho, Sumati Ram naam ho
Which means: Bring the Lord to your heart and surrender to Him, your faith, your
knowledge, your experiences, your customs, your mannerisms, your wealth, your
desires, your efforts, your renunciation, your likes, your meditation, your
intellect, your thoughts and the praises showered upon you.
Come let us take refuge in the Lord and sing His praise for a short while.
Sri Vallabh Vithal Giridhaari
Jamunaji ki Balihari
The Ultimate type of Peace
I believe that listening to 'kathas' confers upon you the ultimate type of
peace. Even if you go to the Himalayas looking for peace; there your senses will
wander. Whereas when you listen to a katha, your senses become centered. Here
your very breath lives through your ears!
I personally like the following anecdote very much :
Shukdevji told Parikshit: "Once you start the katha, even if you keep it
going for 360 days, the curse of the Rishi will be rendered useless, and I will
not die, because the power of the katha will keep me alive! If you stop the
katha after 4 days, then also the curse of the Rishi will be proven false
because I will die as soon as the 'katha' stops, and not after a week as he had
predicted. But I want the Rishi's word to be proven correct".
This is the power of the 'katha'!
I believe that once you surrender totally to a sadguru, you need no further
means to achieve the Lord. He will pick up the Giriraj (mountain) for you.
During the deluge Sri Krishna held the Giriraj on His little finger to protect
His beloved cowherds. Yet the gopalas (cowherds) held a stick under the mountain
Giriraj to try and help the Lord--when actually the whole burden was being
carried only by Krishna's little finger! We do the same! We hold the stick under the mountain. We think that we are
performing this or that act, when in effect the whole work is being accomplished
by the Lord!
Naath sakal saadhan main heena
Sri Vallabh Vithal Giridhari
Jamunaji ki balihaari
Om namah Parvati Pataye, Har Har Mahadev