04 Dec Tips for Daily Sadhana

Souls on the path of spiritual development practice Sadhana of various kinds. Depending on the exact path chosen, aspirants follow many procedures, rituals, actions and thought processes. Bhakti, devotion to God with loving sentiments is the sweetest path towards God realization. It has been repeated declared...

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13 Jul Karm Yog – Should I be a Sanyasi?

In our previous discussion about Karm-Yog and working without desires, we learnt how to work without worrying much about the fruit of action. This forms the essence of Karm-Yog. There is another path known as Karm Sanyas, and many intellectuals debate hard on which path is the best one to take.

Is Karm-Yog is best one or is it Karm Sanyas? Some people think that Karm Sanyas is superior and hence the best and only way towards Krishna consciousness. What is Karm Sanyas?

Renouncing your profession and family to practice sadhana is the path of Karm Sanyas.  The word 'Sanyas' means renounce or give up. The life of a renunciate is not cakewalk as it may seem from far.   Many difficulties, obstacles and issues need to be resolved, just as in any worldly vocation.  At the moment, you may find that along with practicing your profession and family life, you are unable to remember God and Guru, and you wish to take Sanyas.  If you were to tread the path of a Sanyasi, and then realize that you are still unable to remember God and Guru as intensely as required, what would be the situation? You would neither be a true Sanyasi nor a Karm Yogi.

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26 Oct Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 13 (Selfless Love)

Part 13: True love is selfless

All our life we have not learnt to love, because we follow the principle of take, take and take. But if we wish to enter the realm of God we will have to reverse our principle to give, give and give. 

In life we are born with many relations like our parents, brothers, sisters etc and there are other relations that we form as time passes.  No matter how closely we feel related to these people, the truth is that all these relations will cease to exist one day.  Our scriptures inform us that we have had countless such material relations in our past lives as well, and every time it has been the same story; we spend some time together and then we all part ways to form relations in our subsequent lives.   Yet, apart from all these transitory relations, there is one relation which alone is eternal. And that is our relation with the Supreme Lord of the Universe who is seated in our hearts and accompanies us in every life form.  When we realize the truth that God alone is our relative and he is the soul of our soul, we discover the uniquely intimate and divine bond we share with him. Merciful God has given us the freedom to develop any relation with him as we like, we can look upon him as our child, as our friend, king or beloved. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in his keertan ‘jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē’ tells us to worship God in madhur bhav or in other words as our soul-beloved.  There is however one correction required even in this bhav, and so Maharajji states:

jo nija sukha ura nahiṁ rākhē

He says; don’t love God for the sake of your own happiness. Love Him for the sake of His happiness!

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09 Oct Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 12 (Soul Beloved)

Part-12

In this world all our relations are temporary, but there is one unique relation we have with God and that alone is eternal.  Devotees realize the intimacy of this relation and thus see God as their soul-beloved.

In the third stanza of the keertan “jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē”, Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj states:

jo madhura bhāva apnāvē rē

yāmēṁ chārihuṁ bhāva samāvē rē

jo nija sukha ura nahiṁ rākhē, prēma rasa soī chākhē rē 

One who loves Shree Krishna in the conjugal sentiment as the Divine Beloved, in which the other four sentiments are naturally included, such a person, who abandons his or her personal happiness for the sake of the Beloved’s Happiness, tastes the bliss of Divine Love.

Let us here discuss the relationship with God.  Our relationship with God is unique, because it is the only relationship that is permanent, our all other relations in this world are temporary. On the cremation ground, the pandit who performs the funeral rites gives a twig to each of the family members of the deceased, and asks them to break it. The family members snap the twig into two. The pandit tells them, “Just as this twig was so delicate and broke so easily, that was the nature of your relationship with the deceased person.” But we don’t realize it – that one day, this is all going to end.
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01 Oct Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 11

Part 11:

In continuation to his instructions, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj states another gem of Divine wisdom for the benefit of spiritual aspirants. He states:

"nahiṁ r̥iddhi siddhi ura rākhē"

“Such a devotee shall attain Divine Love who desires neither material opulence nor mystic powers.” We are all acquainted with riddhi, it refers to the material wealth and opulence. Everyone in this world wishes to possess riddhi, so much, that one is never quite satiated.  There is yet one another thing in this keertan that Shree Maharajji draws our attention to.  He talks about siddhis which refers to mystic powers. The mystic abilities are of two kinds: fraudulent and genuine.
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26 Sep Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 10 (Liberation)

Part 10:

In continuation to his instructions, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj states another gem of Divine wisdom for the benefit of spiritual aspirants. He states:

nahiṁ r̥iddhi siddhi ura rākhē

“Such a devotee shall attain Divine Love who desires neither material opulence nor mystic powers.” We are all acquainted with riddhi, it refers to the material wealth and opulence. Everyone in this world wishes to possess riddhi, so much, that one is never quite satiated.  There is yet one another thing in this keertan that Shree Maharajji draws our attention to.  He talks about siddhis which refers to mystic powers. The mystic abilities are of two kinds: fraudulent and genuine.
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02 Sep Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 9 (Heaven and Hell)

Part 9: Heaven And Hell are Equal

A devotee who genuinely aspires to attain God’s Divine Love sees no difference between Heaven and Hell.  Celestial abodes may have far superior material comforts yet they are under the influence of material nature, and take the soul away from God.

Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in his keertan “jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē”, summarized the essence of attaining Divine Love of God, which is the highest form of bliss one can ever achieve in this whole universe.  Line after line, he gently explains the things we need to do or be wary of in order to purify our heart and receive the grace of God.  Thus He goes further and states:

jo swarga naraka sama jānē rē

That person who considers celestial heaven to be equal to hell will get Divine Love.

Often, people question if earth is the only planet where life exists.  But it is interesting to ponder that, if life existed only on our planet, what purpose would innumerable stars in the sky serve?  If God has created such an immense universe, it is very likely that there is life on other planets as well.
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22 Aug Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 8 (Yogasans)

Part 8- Yogasans: Means to achieve good health not Divine Bliss 

The article states that while Yogasans are prescribed as a means for attaining God, they should be practiced only to maintain a healthy body. Like other spiritual paths, path of Ashtang Yog also falls short in attaining the highest bliss of Divine Love.

Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj has time and again glorified the greatness of the path of Bhakti Yog in all aspects and particularly the sweetness of bliss relished by its devotees.  On the basis of the infallible knowledge of ancient Vedas and Scriptures, He has declared Bhakti Yog as the easiest and the most perfect way to reach God.  While the other paths of spirituality like Karm-kand and Gyan Yog were recommended with best intentions to the people in different times and according to prevailing circumstances, these paths cannot help a soul experience the highest bliss of Divine Love.  It is only by engaging in loving devotion to God and humbly rendering service to Him, can one experience that highest bliss in the universe.  Shri Kripaluji Maharaj goes further in His kirtan “jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē” and states:

jo yoga dūri kari rākhē, prēma rasa soī chakhē rē

 Such a person, who stays away from the practice of the Ashtang Yog path, tastes the Bliss of Divine Love.

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12 Aug Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 7 (Bhakti-Yog)

Part 7 – Supreme Bliss in the path of Bhakti Yog 

This article expounds the sweetness of Bhakti Yog in comparison to other paths of spirituality, particularly Gyan Yog.  Even the greatest gyani Shankracharya engaged in devotion to God because there is no other way to relish the bliss of Divine Love.

An incredible characteristic of God’s creation is the variety that exists in it, and to cater to varied interests of all people God has mercifully laid down different paths to reach Him.  There is the path of karm-kand where rituals prescribed in the Vedas take precedence in devotion, Gyan Yog where the principle is ‘soham’ or in other words the devotees declare their own selves to be God, and the path of Bhakti Yog in which devotees engage in loving devotion to God.  People are free to choose their spiritual paths as they like based on their inclinations and interests.  But for people who are engaged in Bhakti Yog and are experiencing the bliss of sweet association with the personal form of God, other paths seem absolutely insipid. So, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj in His kirtan “jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē” says,

gyānahum nāhiṁ suhāve rē”.

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30 Jul Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 6 (Devotion)

Part 6 – Devotion inspired by Love 

 

The article describes the two kinds of devotion, one dominated by rituals and the other inspired by love. While rituals are relevant at the beginning of one’s spiritual journey, they gradually become insignificant as Love for God overrules external devotion.

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in His divine kirtan “jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē” instructs devotees that in order to attain Divine Love they will have to be cautious of rituals laid out in the ‘karm-kand’ portion of the Scriptures.  The rituals have their own relevance in initiating the spiritual advancement of an individual but are in no way helpful in attaining the supreme goal of Divine Love.  People who do not realize this fact end up entangled in rituals and performing merely external devotion. They however never advance to building an inner connection with God or grasping internal devotion. 

karm-kand’ will not suffice in making us cross the ocean of Maya and meeting our soul Beloved. Therefore the Scriptures state that as internal devotion enhances, the importance of the rituals automatically slips out of your mind.

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