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Nisaadhanta
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The Lord Himself has stated in the Srimad Bhagvad " No yoga, no studying the Scriptures , no penance, no pilgrimage centre, no renunciation, can achieve Me".    Then who can achieve the Lord?

Kaam aadi mad dambh na jaake
Taat nirantar bas muni taake

Which means that the Lord belongs to one who has no desire, greed nor hypocrisy.

How does one achieve the above qualities? By keeping company of those personalities who will be conducive to one becoming detached from the world. Whatever company you keep will determine your character. Worldly or Spiritual company will mould your disposition accordingly.

There are some people who feel so attracted and attached to the Lord, that they claim that the Lord belongs only to them! Fine! As long as they do not envy nor criticize any other devotee. Mira sings: "Mere to Giridhar Gopal, doosra na koi". Which means: "For me there is only Krishna and no one else" or it could also mean "I see no one in the world but Krishna" and she might also be saying "Whoever I see in the world, seems Krishna to me."

The Lord belongs to everyone ,and resides in everyone. When you believe the above tenet to be true, then it follows that God's wish should become your  wish.  

In the temple of Shrinaathji ,if an ornament falls while they are wearing it for the Lord, - it is believed that He does not want to wear it for that day.  When I was doing a discourse at Shrinaathji, I expressed the desire to the temple priest to do darshan (see) the Lord before proceeding for my lecture.  The priest said "It is not in my hands when the Lord wants to be ready. Sometimes he takes time to eat and sometimes to dress."  What I am trying to say is that the Lord is the ultimate authority in every circumstance, so there is no need to criticize or envy another devotee.

Devotees, like children from the same parents may have different likes and dislikes, but they are equally loved by their mother and father (God).  Hanumanji tells Vibhishan that if the latter takes him to meet Mother Seeta, he would introduce him to Father (Sri Ram). Vibhishana was an Asura (belonging to a demon race ) and the brother of Ravana; yet Hanumanji called him a brother, and expressed his desire to see mother Seeta.

Tab Hanumant kahau sun bhraata
dekhi chahau Janaki mata

The chief of the army of Sri Ram was Sugreeva. He complained to Sri Ram when the latter befriended Vibhishan. However Hanumanji intervened, and Vibhishan was accepted. In life also, one requires a mediator (a Sadguru) who will put in a good word for us  and take us to the Lord's portal.

Having accepted Vibhishan, Sri Ram continued to look around to see whether Ravana had also come, as he was ready to accept him as well. The above proves that even a sinner (Ravana) if he befriends a saint (Vibhishana) and takes to the Lord's path, he is accepted by the Lord.

Sri Ram then asked Hanumanji , why he had put in a good word for Vibhishan. Hanumanji answered: "There are various reasons. Firstly even though Vibhishan lived in the city of demons, he continued to take the Lord's name. Secondly I saw a Tulsi plant in his patio. Thirdly when he woke up the first word that emerged from his lips was 'Ram.' Fourthly , it was with his help that I got to see Mother Seeta. When Ravana gave the order to have me killed, Vibhishan said: 'Niti virodh na maarei doota' ( which means that it is against the law to have a messenger killed). Also whenever Seetaji would be depressed while captive,  it would be Vibhishan's wife and daughter who would go to console her"

Vibhishan left his brother Ravan because the latter was on the wrong path. Leaving the company of such people is condoned by the Scriptures. As a matter of fact:  

Ravan jabahi Vibhishan tyaaga
        Bhayau bibhav binu tabahi abhaaga

Which means : Ravana's destiny took a turn for the worse , since the moment Vibhishan left him.  What I am trying to say is that there is no need to judge and criticize others. The Lord takes the form and character according to the liking of the devotees.

Krishna while doing the 'Raaslila" (The Mystic dance) was seen dancing with each gopi at the same time, which means that every gopi had Krishna exclusively for herself , dancing to her own rhythm.

During the Ramavtaar Sri Ram enacts the role of son, brother and king to perfection to fulfill the desire of mother, brother and kingdom respectively.

Therefore do not  criticize anyone else's mode of worship as man was not given the right to judge.

When you commit a bad act (karma), you may deceive yourself into believing that you have not; but if your inner conscience is awake, you will know the truth. Remember that 'sin' is the fruit, not the means; which means e.g.: you steal, that becomes your act (karma). the fruit of that act will be a sin. How does one unburden oneself of all the sins one has accumulated? By chanting the name of Sri Ram or Sri Krishna! The latter has two benefits. It saves he who chants and he who hears.

Also, continue to  look yearningly at the path from which the Lord will come and one day you are sure to achieve Him.  Even if a beggar continues to knock at the same door everyday , he will eventually get what he is asking for.  Go like a beggar to the Scriptures and they will unravel their mysteries to you. Continue reading even when you do not understand, and one day you will receive their grace. When a car stops at a junction and beggars surround you imploring you to give them something, they may not succeed in getting what they want, but they always manage to receive your attention.  Why then knock at anyone else's door but the Lord's, when constant imploring can at least get you the attention of the King of Kings?

Sometimes you may think "I have committed so many misdeeds in my life" and you may feel ashamed to go to the Lord's portal.  I am going to tell you a story: A King, once saw a beggar in a feeble and miserable condition and offered him some food.  The royal cook said that the food was consumed and the kitchen was closed. Since it was the king's desire to feed the poor man, the cook was made to prepare something. However he did so in a careless manner . When the king expressed his displeasure, the cook retorted, "But it is only for a beggar! "The king said, "Since I, a king is serving it to him, the food has to be fit for a king's guest's consumption.".

The Lord also thinks :"This man may be a sinner, but I possess the title of being 'Merciful' so I have to forgive those who seek forgiveness at my door, and give them liberation and joy."

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

Sharbhang told the Lord that if He were not to claim him as His own, He would be criticized, as then He would not be living up to His title of being 'Merciful' Note how Sharbhang is not afraid of talking to the Lord in this manner. The above is the language of love. Sharbhang claims that his heart is already stolen by the Lord. Now he belongs to Him totally, and as such the Lord is completely responsible for him now.

Dear brothers and sisters, do all your worldly and spiritual duties, but in your heart of hearts know, that only the grace of God will make you His (Nisaadhanta).  Stare yearningly at the path that will unite the lord to you......and wait.....and cry.....like the Gopis of Vraj did.  Chitvat panth raheo din raati.  God knows how many nights Sharbhang kept awake waiting for Sri Ram!  Ab Prabhu dekhi juraani chhaati.  Which means : 'I only feel at peace when I look upon the Lord".   Devotees while waiting for the Lord sing to Him:  Daras bin dookhan laage nain.  Which means "Our eyes hurt when they do not look upon You"

When Krishna left Vraj with Akroorji , the gopis looked at Krishna, then looked at the chariot. When they could not see the chariot any longer, they were left with no strength to hold on to the branch of the tree any longer and they fell to the ground in grief.

Much later when Udhavji came to visit Vraj, the gopis looked at him hungrily. They felt "Krishna's friend has come ,but why should we show him that we care." and they said to Udhavji, "Why should we yearn for Krishna when He does not care?!"

When Udhav asked the gopis why they were unblinkingly looking at him, the gopis could not hide their true feelings any longer, they said, "We are not watching you, we are gazing at your eyes which have been lucky enough to have recently looked upon our Krishna! Udhav we see Krishna in your eyes!"

Jit dekhoon tit Sham-mayi hai. Which means: "Wherever we look we see Krishna!"

Mahaprabhuji has spoken wisely when he said that however many means you may employ to achieve the Lord - unless you feel helpless about your efforts, the Lord's Grace does not descend.

Say with me :

Sri Ramchandra Bhagwan ki jay
      Glory be unto Sri Ram!

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