Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s historic temple Prem Mandir (Vrindaban, India), which cannot be compared with any other temple, biggest and tallest temple in Vrindavan.
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The power that any object possesses is not influenced by one’s feelings. In other words, if someone unknowingly drank milk mixed with poison, that object (the poison like cyanide) would produce a poisonous effect. That person would die, because the outcome of drinking poison is death. If someone knowingly drank poison in order to commit suicide, he would also die. It doesn’t matter if a person knowingly or unknowingly drinks poison(any type like cyanide), he will die.
If someone who doesn’t know how to swim and intentionally jumps in a river to kill himself or if he accidentally slips and falls in, the outcome is the same. In our country thousands die accidentally like this every year. This means that the object produces an outcome, which has no concern with your intention or feelings towards that object.
Similarly, there is a stone deity. That stone was brought from somewhere, sculpted into a form, and then given a name like Ram, Krishna or Hanuman. It is just stone – it doesn’t see, hear, taste, smell, feel, think or know. It is lifeless. As a result, we should receive a similar consequence from that object through its worship. What is that outcome?
A person drank poison mixed in milk and, even though he thought it to be milk, he was still poisoned. In the very same way, whatever feeling you may invest in the stone deity, you should receive the consequence of it just being stone.
Bhagwan Shri Krishn came on this earth as a divine descension. He was supreme God. Those who knew and believed him to be supreme God and loved him, received a divine consequence. This is only logical. Yet there were also those who never knew nor believed Him to be supreme God, and who just considered Him to be an ordinary boy and loved Him as such. Some accepted and loved him as their father, as their son and as their husband. But they also received a divine consequence and entered Golok abode. Even those who were hostile towards Shri Krishna, who were negatively attached to Him, received this attainment.
A man has a paras, a mythological stone that converts iron into gold. Whether a person touches that lovingly to some object or he angrily slams it against some object, the object will be converted to gold. The effect will come from the paras, provided the paras and the object come into contact with each other. Similarly, electricity is flowing through a wire. Whether a person accidentally touches it or touches it on purpose to die, he will be electrocuted.
In the Bhagwatam (10/29/12), Parikshit asked his Guru, Shukdev Paramhansa, “The Gopis believed that Shri Krishna was just a boy. They never thought He was God. In fact, they used to verbally taunt Him. Still, mentally they felt attached to Him and loved Him. Everyone in the world loves like this. So how were they liberated from Maya?” Shukdev strongly admonished Parikshit (Bhagwatam, 10/29/13), “Didn’t I explain to you earlier that Shishupal attained the divine abode? This, too, after he insulted Shri Krishna one hundred times in the royal assembly.” You attain the effect of the object your mind is attached to. But your mind has to come into contact with that through emotional attachment, no matter what that emotion may be – this is the condition. (Bhagwatam, 10/29/15) “So, Parikshit, listen carefully and now don’t have any more doubts about God or Saint in the future.”
So many impurities flow into the holy Ganga (Ganges River). They don’t make the Ganga impure, rather it is the Ganga that purifies the impurities. Anything can be placed in fire, but it doesn’t make the fire impure. Whatever is placed there eventually is converted into fire. The rays of the sun fall everywhere equally, no matter if they fall upon the pure or impure. This doesn’t make the sun impure. God is omnipresent. He dwells in even the dirtiest impure places. But God doesn’t become impure because of this. He makes the impure divinely pure.
In this way, whether Shri Krishna is remembered through feelings of lust, anger, greed, jealously or even hostility, regardless of how one’s mind is attached to Him, the consequence of this attachment is attaining Shri Krishna and going to Golok.
So now you understand one point – that you should be mentally attached to Shri Krishna, regardless of whether you believe He is supreme God, a human being, or an enemy.
By loving a lifeless material object and believing it to be God, the same divine benefit can be achieved as could be achieved by loving Shri Krishna directly. Even if you love an object made of lifeless material elements, if you worship it believing it to be God, you will attain God. Imagine there is a stone deity. You love this with the feeling that it is God. God does reside in the deity because He is omnipresent. He is also all-knowing. Therefore He will give us a consequence based on our feelings for Him. But if we were to worship a statue of a human being such as our mother, father, and so on, we won’t attain anything. That human being does not permeate the statue. He is not all-knowing. What could he know about the worship we are performing to him through that statue? But if God were worshiped through that statue, because He is omnipresent and omniscient, we would receive a divine benefit from that worship.
It is on this basis that deity worship has been propagated in India.
Two forms of suffering affect us. One relates to the body and one to the mind. You all know what physical suffering is – today you caught a cold, you came down with a fever, your stomach is hurting. There are even bigger diseases than this like cancer. Everyone suffers from these, regardless if they are a king or a billionaire.
But the greatest suffering of all is mental suffering. What is that? Lust, anger, greed, jealousy and so on. These mental afflictions are the most frightening. A person may live in a house made of gold and lack nothing in this world, but he feels no peace. He is in depression. He takes sleeping pills just so he can get two or three hours of sleep. Why? Because he is wealthy.
If someone became the ruler of the entire earth, he would still feel unhappy. He thinks, “The human body is so dirty. It becomes diseased. But a celestial body is really something special! It always exudes perfume. I have heard that the celestial gods never feel hungry or thirsty. If only I could go there…” He went there as Indra, the king of the celestial abodes. Even then he felt, “Brahma’s abode is still better than mine!” This disease never ends. We have been in the celestial abodes hundreds of thousands of times. The residents there also feel tense and agitated if they see someone who has more then themselves. Desires, anger, greed and all the mental vices still exist there.
So these mental diseases that cause mental suffering are the most frightening. This is called the disease of Maya. Saint Tulsidas wrote,
Kama vata kapha lobha apara, krodha pitta nit chhati jara.
The root cause of physical disease are the three doshas of vata, kapha, and pitta. Similarly, the Bhagavad Gita describes that desire, anger and greed are not only the source of mental disease but also the doorway to hell and they lead to one’s utter destruction.
So just as we take medicine for a physical disease, so we should take some medicine for these mental afflictions, and there are many remedies prescribed for these that people practice. Saint Tulsidas writes,
Nem dharma achar tapa yoga yagya japa daan…
Proper behavior, good actions, physical austerities, yoga, Vedic rituals, repetition of God’s name, the giving of charity – even if you take millions of these remedies prescribed in the name of dharma, these mental afflictions won’t go away. No matter how many good actions you perform, you will only attain the celestial abode, and there this disease won’t stop. The source of this disease is Maya. If Maya goes away, then all these afflictions will also go away. If you cut the root of a tree, then the trunk, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers and fruits all will cease to exist. But if you cut just one branch, you won’t eliminate the tree. Instead two, four or six more branches will grow in place of the one that was cut.
Desires are such that if you fulfilled any one of them, it gives rise to greed. If you don’t fulfill desire, it gives rise to anger. Both these enemies are standing before you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small desire or a big one. You had a desire that your child should obey you. “Son, give me some water.” He ran to get it. You thought, “He will really serve us when we become old.” Ten minutes later you said to him, “Bring my glasses.” He kept on sitting. “I said to bring my glasses.” He still continued to sit. “Are you deaf? Didn’t you hear me?” He again remained seated. “I gave birth to a demon!” He was the embodiment of service a few minutes earlier and now he is a demon!
You fight all the time in your home with your mother, father, husband and wife. Why? If your desire wasn’t fulfilled, you fought. If your desire was fulfilled, you developed more desires beyond this. Did you earn $100,000? “Yes, but now how can I get $200,000? What should I do?” Did you earn a billion? “Yes, but what business should I do so that I can double it?”
So desire, anger, and greed are the generals in Maya’s army. Absolutely no one can defeat them, no matter if they are a human being, a celestial god, or a demon. No one has ever been born anywhere in this universe who could defeat Maya, and no one ever will be. Why? Because as Shri Krishna said (Gita 7/14), “Oh souls, listen carefully! Maya is My power. It belongs to Me. Only when I say, ‘Go!’ will it go. You can’t remove it through your own efforts.”
So dasi raghubir ki samujhai mithya sopi,
chhutai na Ram kripa binu Natha kahahu pad ropi.
God and the scriptures are issuing a challenge. Maya is a power of God and without God’s grace, Maya will not go away. As long as Maya doesn’t go away, none of its children will go away.
So everyone is suffering and we will continue to suffer as long as we don’t receive God’s grace. So how do we receive it? There must be some condition we have to fulfill because, after all, Saints like Shankaracharya, Nimbarkacharya, Madhvacharya, Tulsi, Soor, Meera, Kabir, Nanak, and Tukaram received God’s grace. They must have fulfilled some condition that we did not, and that’s why we are continuing to suffer.
So what do we need to give to God so He bestows His grace on us? We can’t see Him to render service to Him directly so He graces us. In the world, if we needed something from some great king, we could at least sweep the footpath outside his door. He would occasionally glance at us and perhaps say, “He comes here every day to sweep. Alright, what do you want? Tell me.”
God is omnipresent. He also resides in our hearts and hears our desires. But we don’t see Him and realise His presence. Rather, we dispute this, “Listen, if you mixed salt in water, it would become salty. If you mix sugar in water, it would become sweet. But if God is omnipresent, He is also in this water. Then why don’t I experience Him? Where did He go? I drink water every day!” Yet The Ved, the Puranas, even the Bible, explain that God permeates every particle of this world. All the scriptures say this.
Our response to this is another argument, “It’s just hearsay that God is omnipresent. Even if He is omnipresent, that’s fine. But what is He doing for me? He’s not fulfilling my aim now, nor will He in the future.” So God says, “Have faith.” What should we have faith in? He says, “That I am residing in your heart. There’s no need to go anywhere to find Me. I am seated in the temple of your heart.”
The Mundaka Upanishad says there are two eternal friends that reside in your heart – you and God. Just believe it. But this is where we have a problem. We don’t accept this. If we did accept this, then there would only be one thing left to do after this: Beg. What is required is to believe and then to beg.
A person may say, “But when I go to the temple I beg all the time. ‘Oh, God, let me see You. Grace me’.” Everyone prays to God like this wherever God is worshiped, and you also do it in your own home. But your begging is just superficial. You are only asking with your voice and words. You are not begging from the heart.
Food offered to God in the temple
Food offered to God at home
It is customary everywhere to offer food to God before eating. A person closes his eyes for a few moments and thinks, “Oh God, come and eat.” In temples, big food offerings are made to the deities. But does any temple priest have the faith that God will actually eat that food? If he had even .1% faith this was possible, after opening his eyes, he would look to see, “Alright, what did God eat?” And if he saw that God didn’t eat anything, he would feel bad.
If someone in your own family refused to eat, you would definitely feel bad. You also wouldn’t eat. You would cry and say, “He left without eating!” But if God left without eating what was offered to Him you have no reaction at all. Then why offer food to Him if you don’t believe He will actually eat it? You may respond, “It’s a tradition. My father did it so I do it, too, and besides that, everyone else does it. So I also sprinkle water over the food and say a few mantras.” So will God eat because you said a few mantras?
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