08 Apr Make your heart a temple of God
If we wish to reach the goal of life, which is God-realization, we must work towards the purification of our heart. We must strive to make our heart into a temple of God in which we bring Radha Krishna and our Gurudev alone. However, we do just the opposite. Rather than turning our heart into a temple, we turn it into a motel. In India we call these free motels ‘dharamshalas’. Every traveller is allowed to come and reside in the dharamshala. Similarly we welcome everyone in our heart – son, daughter, mother, father, uncle, aunt, grandfather, rock star, movie star, everyone.
We forget that the material world is coloured with the three gunas–sattva, rajas, and tamas–and is hence inherently impure. The problem with bringing the material world in our heart is that it makes our heart also impure. Therefore, in the Bhagavad Gita, Shree Krishna emphasized on ananya bhakti or exclusive devotion to God. Exclusive devotion means to keep our mind attached to the divine realm alone. Along with Radha Krishna we can bring their divine names, divine forms, divine virtues, divine abodes and divine associates in our heart.
We may interact with the whole world but within our hearts we should keep God and Guru alone. When we install God’s divine presence in our heart, we don’t even have to reside in the Himalayas. We can then feel the company of God and Guru in our heart at all times and continue to discharge our worldly duties. This is exactly what great kings like Prahalad, Janak and Dhruv did. They kept Hari and Harijan in their heart and conducted all their kingly duties in a perfect and responsible manner.