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.

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9 Comments
  • Preeti Malhotra
    Posted at 02:46h, 08 April Reply

    Thank you Swamiji. This is the true way of living.

  • anupama tiwari
    Posted at 03:36h, 08 April Reply

    The only truth of life. But life and responsibilities take over our minds and then hearts innumerable times. We start focusing on all worldly relations and other aspects. Blessed are those whom god gives awakening calls. His love is pure for each one.
    Thank you swamiji

  • TapankumarMishra
    Posted at 08:23h, 08 April Reply

    Inexpressible Joy SWAMIJI.Nothing is Comparble to this wisdom for a Mayabadhh Jiba like me.

  • Prasanna
    Posted at 19:22h, 20 April Reply

    Very well said swamiji. Such a short and sweet explanation .

  • Pragya Sinha
    Posted at 23:24h, 20 April Reply

    ‘Mann Hari me tan jagat me’ to keep our mind attached to God and do worldy responsibilities, we not only purify ourselves but also release ourselves from the bondage of karmic results.Like Arjun surrendered to Lord Krishna and fought the epic Mahabharata war,like Hanuman burnt the city of Lanka but still remain absolved from the results of their ”Karm’ beacuse their mind was absorbed in God.For this to actually attain in our everyday life we need to practice ‘ananya bhakti’.

    Immense thanks to Swamiji for bring forth this knowledge to us mayabadh jiv.

  • Raj Singh
    Posted at 05:10h, 21 April Reply

    Swami Mukundanandaji is instructing us to attach our mind in God while discharging our duties to the material world. This is the way to purify our mind and to attract the Grace of God and Guru. Thanks Swamiji for the invaluable knowledge!

  • vatsala
    Posted at 07:04h, 25 April Reply

    This is a beautiful concept. If we bring in that which is pure into our hearts, our hearts become pure too. If we bring in that which is impure, our hearts remain impure! I feel blessed to read this amazing piece of wisdom Swamiji has shared. I am surely going to make efforts to incorporate this in my life.

  • Ashwin
    Posted at 11:45h, 06 May Reply

    The problem that I am facing is how do we prevent thinking, or how should we completely stop thinking completely anything other than Hari Guru. At some point of time, since we are still under the influence of Maya, we think (not the worries part) about our relation’s or our professional work environment, based on either on their expectations, or our duties and responsibilities and frankly our own expectations too, in such cases how does this qualify as? I know it is not being ananya, but how do I progress knowing it as wrong and have to still be in this mayic world ?

  • Ms Sandhya Das
    Posted at 10:03h, 25 May Reply

    Very simple and beautiful explanation by Swamiji.,Love is the inner bond, the inner connection, the inner link between we and God.The Guru is the means of realization..So we should keep God and Guru alone.in the temple of our heart..

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