This is the next line of "Sadhana Karu Pyare" series.
Continuing from the last issue...
granth paḍhu jani bahut sunu jani, sant mat bahu pyāre
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is asking us to engage in loving God, rather than spending our time in reading numerous scriptures. These scriptures mention various ways of sadhana, such as, awakening the Kundalini, practice of Panchagni Kriya, concentration on the agya hakra and so on. Moreover, in our Hindu religion there are many scriptures. If someone wants to read them all, it would take 500 years to complete. And suppose if someone completes reading them, doubts will arise in one's mind, "Here, it is written like this. There it is written in another way." So, Ved Vyas says:
śhrutirvibhinnā smṛitayaśhcha bhinnā naiko muniryasya
dharmasya tattvam nihitam guhāyām mahājano yen gataḥ
There are several scriptures. The more you read them, the more you will get confused and entangled. When you attempt to find the answer to one question from the scriptures on your own, you will end up tormented by a thousand other questions. These days, there are many devotional TV channels, which show discourses of several different saints. The viewer gets confused as everybody tells different ways to practice devotion. One saint says to read Hanuman Chalisa, the other says to perform austerities. The person wonders and thinks what to
do, and ends up doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, a little he learns wrongly, and a little he forgets. All together, it becomes a mess, and even more confusing. Your goal cannot be realized in this way. There have been innumerable ways and means propounded by
innumerable sages and Saints since many years. We should have a strong belief that the devotion that we are practicing, taught by our Guru is right and will lead to God-realization one
day. A firm decision should be there that God will be attainable only through this path. There is no need of any other path. So, what is this easiest way of attaining God? The path is bhakti marg i.e. the path of devotion or love. God will be attained only by love. Ved Vyas ji wrote eighteen Puranas, which contain four hundred thousand verses. He also wrote the Mahabharat, which consists one hundred thousand verses. Each Purana contains eight lakhs shlokas. He embedded the Geeta in the Mahabharat. However, after writing so many scriptures Ved Vyas thought, "What is the summary of all these scriptures? All humans should learn something.
Nobody has the time and lifespan of 500 years to read all these scriptures." So, Ved Vyas said:
āloḍya sarvaśhāstrāṇi vichaārya cha punaḥ punaḥ
idamekaṁ suniṣhpannaṁ dhyeyo nārāyaṇo hariḥ
"I have churned all the scriptures several times and contemplated upon them. I have come to a conclusion that one should just love God." Kabir ji also said the same thing in his simple language way:
pothi paḍi paḍi jag muā, pandit huā na koi
ḍhāi akśhar prem ke paḍe so pandit hoye
In this world, nobody has become a scholar by reading these scriptures. The one who has actually learned to love God is the real scholar. Till today, all Saints who descended in this world told only one thing, which is to love God. But, when those Saints left this world, individuals, under the influence of Maya, forgot this philosophy. Everybody started to practice the path of karma kand (to perform Vedic ritualistic actions/duties prescribed by the scriptures). We start fighting over simple issues like, "You are not wearing the tilak in the right way. You are committing a sin." Another person says, "You are not wearing the kanthi mala, (beads necklace) around your neck. It is wrong." In this way, we souls are tied up in the physical and ritualistic aspects of karma kand and have completely ignored the main philosophy, which is to love God. There was a Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy. Mahatma Gandhi considered him as his mentor. Tolstoy has written a very excellent book -The Brothers Karamazov. In this book, he writes that once Jesus Christ returned back to this world. He thought, "When I came to this world 2000 ears back nobody accepted me and they nailed me to the cross to death. Now, half of the world is
Christian and following my teachings, and now everybody will welcome me." This is the reason why he came back to the world. He stood in front of a church. Everybody started to come out of
the prayer hall after their prayer was finished. They saw that man standing outside the gate of the church. One person said, "Look at that person. He resembles Jesus Christ." The other person commented, "He has dressed just like Jesus Christ. What a joker! He looks like a joker!"
On hearing to this, Jesus Christ replied, "Neither I am a fake person nor I am a joker. I am your own Jesus Christ." Everybody laughed loudly and said, "Look at this mad man. He calls himself
Jesus Christ." Suddenly, the father of that church came out. Jesus Christ said, "He is my priest, dedicated to following me. He belongs to my order, He will definitely recognize me. The priest
said, "Who is this rascal? Tie him up with a rope and put him in a jail." Jesus was tied up and put in a jail. Late at night, the Father came to the jail to meet Jesus Christ. He bowed down to His feet and said, "O Lord! Please forgive me." Jesus asked, "You recognized me?" The priest replied, "I recognized you in the morning itself." Jesus asked, "Then why did you lie in the morning and locked me in this jail? The father said, "O Lord! Why did you come back to this world again? We were running such a great business in your name. Everything was going on moothly and we were earning well. It was not necessary for you to come again in this world. Now, you will hamper our status and reveal our deceit again as you did 2000 years ago!" Just see, when a Mahapurush descends on this world, he advises only one thing, which is to love God. When they leave this world, we end up fighting over external rules, and forget the essence of his teachings. So, all these scriptures say only one thing: To love God. The Koran Sharif says:
mā khalatkal insavajin illale avadoon
It states: "God made human beings so that they may love and worship God."
The Bible says: "The first and foremost instruction is to love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart and all thy might and all thy soul."
The Bhagavad Geeta states:
bhaktya mamabhi janati
"I am known by devotion alone."
Hence, only through love we can attain God. Now, one can say that if God is attainable only by love then why there are so many different difficult paths to realize God? Like awakening the kundalini, practicing panchagni kriya, concentrating on the agya chakra, etc. Ved Vyas ji gives the answer to this question and says:
tāvat karmāi kurvīt na nirvidyet yāvatāmat kathā
śhravaṇādou vā śhraddhā yāvan na jāyate
"There is no doubt that we can attain God only through devotion, but people don't have faith in
devotion." People are unable to appreciate the beauty of the simple path. If someone asks, "How do you practice pranayam?" "See first make the nasarya mudra and then while keeping your right nostril closed, inhale from left nostril and then while keeping your left nostril closed inhale from the right nostril." You will probably comment, "This saint does not know anything."
Instead, if I complicate things, "I will tell you the correct method of practicing pranayam. First, twist your right hand from the back and touch your right nostril and then twist your left hand from the front. With fourth and fifth fingers, close the nostrils and inhale and exhale."
On hearing this, people will say, "Yes, this is a great method of doing pranayam." It shows that t
he intellect does not appreciate the importance of the easy way. For example, why do people climb mountains and walk miles in a queue to visit Tirupati Balaji Temple, Vaishno Devi temple? They say, "It is a temple of Lord Vishnuji." "So don't you have Lord Vishnuji's temple in your city as well?" "Yes, we have a temple. But, that Vishnuji is small. And the Vishnuji at Tirupati is big. That Vishnuji's is placed on a mountain and this Vishnu ji is on sea level.
So, that Vishnuji must be a more powerful Vishnuji compared to the one near my house!"
People visit the Char Dham (the four sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus).
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says:
chāro dhām kāhe kare govind radhe
terā hari tere ur baiṭhā hai bata de
"You visit the four pilgrimage sites looking for God, while He resides in your hearts."
Our intellect does not accept this fact. Unless, one visits these places, they will not begin to have any devotional feelings and believe that they are connected with God. Similarly, the Vedas have given various complex paths, for people who are not able to have faith that God can be attained merely by devotion. However, the first and foremost we have to understand that the
essence of all the scriptures is only one thing i.e. to love God. There will be no use of reading so many scriptures. It will just lead to confusion: "This book says like this; that scripture says other
thing." This will result in doubts, which will be obstacles in your devotion.
Then you will think, "When we meet Swamiji and clear our doubts, then we will progress in our spiritual path." So, don't indulge yourselves in this fight. Understand the philosophy thoroughly from the Guru and then implement it practically. This is what Shree Kripaluji Maharaj explains in this line.
.... To be Continued