Naath sakal saadhan main heena
Kinhi kripa jaani jan dina
So kachhu dev na mohi nihora
Nij pan raakheo
Jan man chora
Let us keep our minds, intellects and ego aside, and learn a few things about Nisaadhanta.
Bhakti is bound to emerge in the heart of the person who listens to the Bhagavad-katha. If by listening to discourses of the Lord, devotion does not arise in you, then it can mean only two things: Either you have not attended the discourse, or you have not truly listened to the katha. But then there is so much to do in the world, that the very fact that you have come to a katha means that you have a heart throbbing with love for the Lord!. If you and I did not have bhakti in our hearts for the Lord, we would be else-where. We can therefore safely conclude that somewhere hidden in our core resides faith and love. These emotions become apparent in a katha. If we learn a few things about life in a discourse, then maybe these dogmas can enrich our existence
Shastras and Sant
Scriptures and the Spiritual man.
There is much recorded in the scriptures. But it is easier to understand the wisdom of the scriptures through a sadguru, (a Master) rather than when one reads the scriptures oneself. It is rightly said that the saint or sadguru is the previous janam (incarnation) of our scriptures. Mahaprabhuji, Shankar, Nimbaark, Ramanuj, Chaitanya, surely seem to be the previous incarnation of the scriptures. The wisdom of the scriptures become embedded in the core of great saintly personalities, and when truth becomes such an integral part of a human heart then it cannot help but strike its mark. I keep saying in different kathas that though the sun’s rays are hot, they cannot burn cloth. But if one amasses the rays at one point through a glass, and keeps cloth or paper close to it, then you will soon find smoke emanating from the material or the paper. A sadguru, a spiritual man does a similar thing with the scriptures. Therefore take utmost benefit from satsangs, in this age of Kali, that we are passing through!
Satsang and Seva
Spiritual company and service
It is evident from the scriptures that what one receives in Kaliyuga from satsang and seva is unequalled in proportion to anything else. One receives so much from service! I believe that:
“Seva Svabahav se hoti hai
Prabhav se nahin”
Which means that service comes through ones intrinsic nature not through influence. By influence one is able to perform ritualistic worship.
‘Seva’ is a beautiful word according to the ‘Vaishnava Samrpradaya’. “Seva” means that we should learn about the nature of the needs of the one whom we are to serve. If the Lord offers you the chance, sweep the hermitage of a saintly personality, clean his objects of worship, The dust of the place where these saintly people reside is more valuable than heaven itself. Great power lies where their feet touch the ground. What I am trying to say is that one should serve and put in ones efforts to achieve the Lord but the ultimate rung is that of Nisaadhanta. Sri Krishna, in the Srimad Bhagwad, says:
Na saadhayati maama yogo
Na saankhyam dharma Udhava
Na swadhyaayasta pastyaago
Yatha bhaktirma morjita
Which means that I am more pleased by one who tries to achieve me by devotion rather than by yoga or the knowledge of deep spiritual thoughts and doctrines. What a great statement made by Sri Krishna. We are not criticizing deep knowledge or/ and yoga. Here Krishna has spoken from the depths of His heart to Udhav, his close friend and confidante. This particular statement was spoken before one had entered the age of Kali,- Kaliyuga started after Sri Krishna physically left the world. If devotion was the most dear means to achieve the Lord then, then how much more importance will it hold now, that we are immersed deeply into Kaliyuga -. a time when passion does not stop shooting its arrows. Greed has us bound and anger robs our peace. We have to become free from the above three enemies. But that will only happen by the Lord’s grace. Passion does shoot its arrows! Goswamiji says :
Kaam ka teer hai
Which means that the arrows of passion are the eyes of a damsel. Anger does not allow us to rest, to sleep! and the rope of greed is tied tight around our neck! And man cries out to the Lord that without His grace man cannot be freed. That proves that though man puts in his efforts, he is not able to free himself from these enemies. There are people who have been on the spiritual path for years, some as long as 25 or 50, yet their desires have a strong hold on them.
I met an elderly man of 70 years who said to me – I am following the principles laid down by you, without breaking any of them, but I feel the desires within me more intensely. I told him, “Continue on your spiritual path, desires will intensify, they are not going to disappear by this effort of yours – they will only burn away with the Lord’s grace but there will surely come about one benefit: your desire may intensify but it will not bring about your downfall. Your spiritual pursuit will prove to be an armour to protect you! You will not be allowed to fall by your Sadguru, sometimes the Lord protects you in the form of a child, or in any other form of His choice.
Man gets confused when so many problems come his way. At times he loses control and a friend comes to his aid and comforts him by taking him out to tea or for a stroll. Similarly when a spiritual pilgrim reaches a downfall, he is protected by the Lord.
Tyaagahu bal more.
The Lord says – ‘You are my friend, why don’t you give your worries to me?’ Sometimes the Lord comes in the form of a child. It so happens at times that when parents fight, and the father walks away from the house, it is a child coming from school who stops him and lovingly brings him back home. Similarly when a spiritual pilgrim falters them the Lord in the form of a Scripture or a Sadguru helps him. You must have heard the following lines of Mahaprabhuji:
Chinta kaadaapi na kuryaat
Niveditmapi kadaapi iti
Mahaprabhuji says : When you have surrendered your mind and soul to the Lord, then what do you have to worry about? He is a true spiritual pilgrim, who does not worry, who only prays.
Which means I have surrendered to the Lord.
Suppose you were to be asked by your Guru in whom you have placed your full trust, to perform a certain service for him for five days in a place that may not be very comfortable, I am sure that you will do it more willingly, because the desire comes from one you love and trust. Then why don’t you feel the same way when placed in difficulty. That order has come from the Lord, so execute this willingly and do not worry about the outcome.
Mahaprabhuji claims that he who surrenders to the Lord is not allowed by the latter to lose his ways midst the labyrinths of the world. Mahaprabhuji explains in the ‘Subodhini’ which is his interpretation of the Srimad Bhagwad, how Sri Krishna protected his devotees from all sorts of calamities. His devotees did not perform any difficult penance in order to be protected thus, but they surely did one thing and that was – ‘Surrender to their Gopal’. Surrender to Him all their worries and every -day dilemmas. However you will have to work on your negative tendencies, you will have to control your anger- but after having done your best when you surrender to the Lord then he destroys Putna (the demoness of anger) for you.
There is a story in the Pushtimarg about King Aashkaran. He would visualize his offerings to the Lord. Once he was offering rice and dal to the Lord. In his mind he saw the soup spilling. As he opened his eyes later, he noticed spilled lentil soup on the ground. If visualization can bring about such results then what about real surrender! A real disciple does not think of leaving the world. In fact, he brings the Lord into his world. He feels that the Lord should sit, stand, eat and sleep with him! The time comes when the devotee feels that whatever happens in the world, happens because of the Lords will. Why do you think that a true spiritual pilgrim is at peace all the time – Because he is in tune with the Lords will.
I met a couple whose Radha and Krishna had been stolen. They were so unhappy. I explained to them that all happens with the Lord’s will. How can anyone steal the Lord of Lords unless it is His own will to be stolen? He is a true believer who believes that whatever happens , happens because of the Lords desire. The inmates of Vraj did nothing in terms of penance and worship, but they always remembered that in their every act , be it ever so mundane, the Lord was always with them.
Suppose someone falls into the well, you’d probably throw the rope to help him come up, but if it is your beloved you’d probably jump into the well to help him out. If you can do that, what about the Lord. If you surrender to him all of you, he will surely jump into the well to help and ease you out.
The Lord is the Param Pita The Lord is the Father of Fathers.
You must have heard the story of Akbar & Birbal. Once Akbar asked Birbal, “Why does the Lord Himself have to incarnate over and over again” Isn’t He powerful enough to order his subordinates to perform that task for Him? Birbal said that he would give an appropriate answer at the right time. After the lapse of about a week Birbal ordered a statue to be made in the semblance of Akbar’s own Son. The statue was placed on a boat and at the precise time when Akbar was looking, Akbar’s son was pushed out of the boat into the sea. Watching the above, Akbar immediately jumped into the sea. When Akbar realised that what had fallen into the sea was statue of his son, he was annoyed with Birbal for having pulled such a prank on him. Birbal said “This is in answer to the question that you had posed to me. Last week why did you not ask your servants to jump in . Akbar protested! Birbal explained, that when the Lords “very own” are in peril, He incarnates Himself to save them rather than to order His subordinates to do so.
Connection with the Lord
Guru Nanak & Chaitanya claim that if you replant rice from one field to another, you will have a harvest. Modern day Saints say that all you have to do is to move your plug from one socket to another and you will connect with the Lord!.
So do not worry, just believe that all that happens occurs with the Will of the Lord!. If you worry, you are insulting the Greatness & Power of the Lord!. The people of Vraj never worried because they surrendered their worries to the Almighty.
The Lord’s Wish & Grace
There was a man who chanted the Lords name all his life until he reached the age of 90. At that point he became so physically weak that he was unable to pray anymore. He felt that this was a matter of great misfortune – after all, he had prayed all his life and at the time when he should be praying the most, he was unable to do so. It is said that at the moment of his death, the Lord appeared to him & said “It does not matter if you cannot chant My name anymore, I shall pray for you”.
Kabira man nirmal bhayo
Jaiso Ganga neer,
ab pichhe pichhe Hari phire
kahat Kabir Kabir
Mala japo na kar japo
jivha japo na Ram
Sumran mera Hari Kare
ab main paava vishraam.
Kabir says – I do need to pray to the Lord anymore- Now He thinks of me and follows me all the time, everywhere.
What I am trying to say, is when you surrender to the Lord – He will worry about you. If you want to test the Lord, ask for some problems every 3 or 6 months which will be an examination of how you have lived your life, and observe how He comes, to your aid and remains by your side during your time of trouble. Didn’t Kunti ask for difficulties? She knew that whenever there would be difficulties the Lord would be standing by her side, because it would be His responsibility to steer her across.
But what to do when desire, anger does not leave you. I say continue to pray, it will become an armour and will save you from downfall. When a great devotee like Naradji can become a victim of desire, then what about us? You must have heard the story when Naradji was angrily going along his way with his mind full of desire. The Lord met him half-way and saved him from downfall. So what I am trying to say that for His true devotees, the Lord does not drop the rope. He himself jumps into the well to bring him safely outside.
The Greatness of a Sutra
The greatness of an empowering Spiritual thought
It is a well known practice to place the Vedic sacred thread over your ear when you go to the toilet – I have read that there is a scientific reason for the above but I am sure of the Vedic reason. I believe that at the time when you are involved in an unclean activity, if you place an empowering thoughts to your ear, you will be saved from your becoming unclean. Goswamiji states :
Jin Hari Katha suni nahin kaana.
i.e. Those ears are worthless which have not been used, to hear the narrations of the Lord.
18 ways or means to achieve the Lord
Tulsidasji has described various means to achieve the Lord. The fruit of these efforts is to achieve love and devotion for the Almighty. Those who are unable to perform these methods or who become Nisaadhan can also achieve the Lord.
Nine of the methods to achieve the Lord are through devotion and of nine of the means through knowledge. Yoga is a part of both. The Vedas have described the above in various details, but the teachings of Tulsidasji and Mahaprabhuji are similar. Tulsidasji has explained it in brief. When one receives a long letter, maybe one does not read it as it requires time, but a telegram one always goes through, leaving all the other work aside. One day maybe I shall explain the methods in detail but at the moment let us go through it in brief. Lord Shankar tells Parvati :
Tirthaatan saadhan samudaai
Jog Biraag Gyaan Nipunaai
Nana Karma dharma vrat daana
Sanjam dam jap tap makh naana
Bhoot daya dwij gur sevkaai
Vidya vinaya bibek badaai
Janha lagi saadhan bed bakhaani
Sab kar phal Hari Bhagati Bhavaani
So Raghunaath Bhagati shruti gaai
Ram Kripa kaahu ek paai
Lord Shivji tells Parvati that the Vedas explain certain methods. But the fruit of those methods is devotion and love. It is alright for those who are capable of performing the methods, but what of those who are not, those who are Nisaadhan ? They also achieve, but there are a few conditions. Let us listen to the 18 methods that the Vedas talk about – Remember 18 is 8 + 1 = 9. Nine is a complete number. The Scriptures speak in complete and full numbers because they themselves are complete and full.
Going for a pilgrimage is one of the efforts one can put in the spiritual path. Vidurji went for a pilgrimage for 36 years! So one should learn from him what to do when one goes on a spiritual travel! A pilgrimage center has the power to liberate you. but you will be surprised to learn that in one of the Upanishads it is mentioned :
Tirth yatra adhamaadham
Which means to go from pilgrimage to pilgrimage is not of much use! All the same one must go for a spiritual journey at lest for a few days to a month in one year. One generally purifies a place by doing certain prayers. A spiritual place is naturally purified by the great spiritual personalities that have lived there or by the heavenly rivers Ganga and Yamuna. Whenever I go to any place, I get to know about it, by the vibrations I get there. When I go to foreign countries for spiritual discourses, it takes 4 or 5 days to create the right vibrations and atmosphere. Sometimes I feel tired there, something that never happens to me generally in India. India is the place in which so much worship has taken place by great sages & saints of yore.
When you proceed to a pilgrimage, I would like to implore you not to sully, not to make it dirty. Do not destroy what has survived for so many years ! Some people go for pilgrimages to criticize & complain! They criticize the place or people they know and complain about the difficulties they face in a pilgrimage center. The Upanishads have stated that to go from pilgrimage to pilgrimage is useless for people like these. You go for a spiritual pilgrimage to cleanse yourself of your sins, not to make new ones. In olden days it used to be so much more difficult to undertake Spiritual travel. People would take medications with them because it was hard to get much help when on a pilgrimage. Now a days if you complain, the sages learn immediately what kind of a person you are! When you go for a pilgrim center, keep silent or do some more chanting or take a spiritual book of your choice. The patron saint of the place you are going to, will be pleased and shower his mercy upon you. Take advantage of the great pilgrim centers that are available to you in India. Go pray there, listen to the Lord’s name and it will become one of the means to achieve the Lord.
Gyan Biraag Jog Nipunaai
The second method to achieve the Lord is through Gyan or knowledge. One requires knowledge to achieve devotion or Bhakti. What it means is that if you know how to keep your eyes open you will not strike against the wall: you will find a door, you will find a way out, or you will shout till someone opens the door for you.
Vairaagya or Renunciation is necessary to achieve Bhakti. What it means, is that your younger brother wants something you possess-then give it away happily. Giving happily is vairaagya.
This proficient Yoga can help you to cross over the Ocean of Samsara, i.e. the world with all its trials and tribulations, and this eminent perfect yoga can also become means to achieve Bhakti just like Gyan (knowledge), Vairaagya (Renunciation) and going for Tirthyatra (Pilgrimages)
Nana Karam Dharam Vrat daana
Sanjam jam japa tapa nana
There are different types of acts that make one achieve Bhakti. Those who are proficient in the scriptures have spoken of 5 types of actions or karams. These 5 karams are Nitya, Nimit, Kaamya, Prayaschit and Aavashyak.
Everyone has different type of Nitya karam or every-day regular activities. What time to wake up, bathe, perform certain services, What to offer to the Lord, how much to pray, what yogic exercises to do.
You may read or recite the Scripture of your choice, but one thing you must do and that is to not to criticize what others read or recite. You have no right to do so. Some people ask, “What have you achieved by reciting this prayer every day?” Achieving, or the speed in your spiritual travel is in the Lord’s hands. You just perform your Nitya Karam. Only sometimes you may have to change your timing or the amount of times that you perform your prayer when you travel, and that sometimes is inevitable.
Prayer of Visualisation
Sometimes you are strapped on to your seat in an airplane for almost 24 hours. You can still perform your ritualistic prayers by the power of visualisation. Imagine the form of your Lord. Make Him sit on a beautiful seat. Slowly imagine bathing Him and wearing Him the most beautiful clothes. Then offer Him a feast of 56 Dishes. Since you are visualising it all, there is no need to be stingy. Offer the Lord food made with pure ghee extracted by you from milk with great love & effort. The above is one way. The second method is if you feel that you will not be able to perform your prayers for a few days, then do it either a few days earlier or a few days later. But the mind tricks you. Your own inner self is your alarm Clock – It wakes you up at the exact time that you want to wake up but the mind tempts you to sleep for a while longer. Mahaprabhuji believes that you should devote 3 hours out of 24 hrs to the Lord. If you cannot do it for 3 hours, do it for 1 hour or at least for a few minutes.
Ek ghari aadhi ghari,
aadhi se puni aadhi
Tulsi sangati Sadhu ki
Hare koti apraadhi
Which means that Tulsidasji claims that even if you spend, an hour, half an hour or even a quarter of an hour in the Company of an Enlightened Human being, it destroys all your wrong doings. When you work for an hour in the office you earn Rs. 10,000/-, then you deduce that if you were to work for 3 hours how much more would you earn? Similarly when you take the Lord’s name for a few minutes, you receive so much benefit that it follows that if you spend that much longer in your prayer room, you would reap that much benefit. And in Kaliyuga, this Iron age, you can pray, lying down, or sitting or however it is convenient to you
Recite a sanskrit shloka (verse) everyday. Even if you know it by heart, look at the scriptures, i.e. do the darshan of the scriptures while you recite. It is said that then the Scriptures bless you, and you will be able to see yourself in the Scriptures. They become a mirror for you. What I am trying to say is perform your daily rituals regularly, it will bring about great benefits.
Nimit Karam is the action that one performs because of something or/and someone. For example a Guruji comes to your house, so you decide to have devotional songs in his presence at your place, or you may decide to perform certain prayers or rituals.
Some make a certain month the instrument for praying more – like Purushottam or a certain day of the month like Ekadashi. The Purushottam month is not added amongst the 12 month of the Calendar, maybe because it has no birth and no end – It is immortal -Maybe that is the Lord’s message to us:- to pray more, chant more during that month. But if you cannot think of the Lord more during Purushottam then at least do not criticise or gossip. A lot of people pray more during the Eclipse of the sun or/and the Moon – Then the Eclipse becomes the instrument for your increased prayer.
The Karam or action that man performs for a motive or a reason is called a Kaamya Karam. In the above action one may feel that if one performs a certain action, a certain result will follow.
The action that are performed to repent for certain sins that are committed are called Prayaaschit Karam or Repentance actions. Whatever sins are mentioned in the Scriptures, their modes of repentance are also listed there – but some of these prayaschit karam have been exploited for personal gains.
When I was studying for my S.S.C there was a story in my Hindi Section. A woman saw a cat coming out of the house and hit her with a stick. The result was that cat died. The priest was called to enquire as to how to atone for the act of having killed the cat. The priest declared that a golden cat should be made and donated to him. After having haggled for a while they finally decided over the weight of the golden cat. However at that precise moment, the cat regained consciousness and went and sat on the priest’s lap. The priest cried out disappointed, “I do not want you, I really would have preferred the golden cat!”
I believe that for atoning for certain sins committed, just take the Lord’s name or read a Chapter from Geeta or 5 verses from the Shrimad Bhagavad or the Ramanayana.
Pavan Tanay Sankat haran
Mangal Murati roop
Ram Lakhan Seeta Sahit
Hriday basahu sur bhoop
Some acts are performed on a regular basis, and are considered necessary like waking up at a certain time, going to the office, looking after your health, your family, bathing, eating, resting, etc. These are called Avashyak karam or Necessary actions.
Swami Ramsukhdasji has given a very good explanation and symbolism on karam. He believes that karam or action is dependant on 4 factors. He has divided it very beautifully by comparing it to a car. When the car is in the garage, neither its engine nor the wheels move. When you start the engine the mechanism is in motion but the wheels are still stationary. When you press the accelerator and drive the car away from the garage, then the engine and the wheels are both in motion. When the car takes speed and let us presume that it reaches a slope, you may put off the engine but the wheels will continue to roll.
In the first instance neither the wheel moves nor the engine. This state is comparable to that of the sages, who do not have a desire and therefore no action arises due to it. The second state is that of those people who have a desire to achieve or become, but do nothing about it. Their state is like that of the car whose engine starts but the wheels do not move. Smoke may come out from the engine and from the desiring but there is no movement. Then there are those type of people who have the desire and move to do something to fulfill that desire. These type of people are comparable to the car whose engine and wheels both move. Lastly comes the Nisaadhan pilgrim whose desires have ceased but his actions continue in the form of prayer and patience. He surrenders his all to the Lord. He is compared to the car whose wheels continue to move with the engine off. He has no desires left and he reaches that point in the road where Grace will fall! Where the invitation has come from above to stop the engine, halt all desire.
How wonderful to reach the stage where no more energy is required, petrol is not wasted, the wheels continue to move and one reaches ones destination without effort.
Nana karam Dharam Vrat Daana
We have discussed various karams that take you on the road of devotion and love i.e. Bhakti. Giving what you have is called “Daan”. One should make a promise to oneself to give something away during the 24 hours of the day. If nothing else offer someone a seat on which to sit, or a glass of water or a few respectful words. There is so much to give! You can give knowledge, clothes, food even forgiveness. Someone has done something or said something to hurt you. Forget it. Give him the gift of forgiveness. This will help you in the path of devotion.
Bring your mind under control. Keep practicing. The Geeta says that with practice and constant discipline one can harness the mind. It is not very difficult to understand the above. When one learns to ride a cycle, it seems like the most difficult thing in the world. But with practice one is able to ride it with ease. So explain to the mind, cajole it, like Surdas did, Tulsidas did, like the great sages do. If the mind does not understand with gentle persuasion, then scold it!
There was once a mother who was busy with her work and her child was busy with mischief. He was engrossed in fighting with his friends. The mother, upset, made the child sit close to her, while she continued with her housework. Every time the child tried to move away, the mother would stare at him and order him to continue to sit still. What I am trying to say is, control your mind. If you are sitting for a Spiritual discourse, tell your mind, “There is no need to go to the office now, sit!” The Law states that if one is able to find the weak point of another, then one gets to control the other one. The weak point of the mind is that it cannot be at 2 places at one single time, just like a man cannot bathe in 2 bathrooms at the same time. Therefore if the mind is involved in the Lord’s name, it cannot think of the world and vice-versa.
To bring the mind under your control is also a means to achieve devotion. Control your senses. The senses tend to move hither and thither. Slowly lure them back under your control. Krishna used to go to the meadows to graze the cows. But in the evenings, He would call out to them, and they all would return from different directions. Similarly call back your senses from all directions that they have gone to.
“Tap” or Penance can also be a means to achieve devotion. Besides fasting and other disciplines, undergoing difficulties and inconveniences that come about in life is also “tap”. Bearing an underserved insult is also “tap”. Try to understand this clearly.
Sanyam Dam Jap Tap Makh naana
We Indians have forgotten “Yagya” The offerings to the fire. It would be incorrect if a cook who prepares the meal for 10-15 people does not get to eat himself. One must remember that what really cooks the food is the fire. So shouldn’t we be giving it an offering?
In the villages people who did not know how to recite any mantras (prayers) would sprinkle pure “ghee” (oil), on the fire as an offering. Today maybe that is not so practical as we cook on gas stoves, or with the help of electricity. However you can make an offering to the fire within you, to the Deity that resides within you. So now, whenever you eat, imagine that the Lord within you, eats the offering that you give to him. Or maybe you can look at it another way. There is fire burning within the hunger pangs of the beggar outside your door. Offer him something to eat respectfully. Continue to offer food to your deities, but do not forget the live ones that roam about barefooted. Fill their stomachs and it shall be regarded as a “Yagya” a sacrifice to the Fire-god. The Geeta claims “Do not give up “Yagya-daan” because it cleanses the intellect of human beings.
Daya aur Seva
Mercy and Service
Vaishnava jan to tene kahiye
Jo pir paraai jaane re
Which means that he truly belongs to the family of God who understands the pain of others. We should make a promise unto ourselves that we will not hurt another creature.
Dvij Guru Sevkaai
Service towards men of God is a means to achieve Bhakti or devotion. If you truly serve and the Guru’s blessings sprout from the bottom of his heart, then to achieve the Lord is not a difficult task. When you serve do so without expectation. Sometimes a revolution can take place in your life and heart as a result of true service.
Vidya aur Vinay
Knowledge and Humility
Knowledge is a means to achieve bhakti or devotion. True knowledge has to result in humility and “vivek” which is the power to discriminate from right and wrong, only then will it liberate you.
Sachiv Biraag bibek Naresu
Goswamiji is considered the king of Vivek. A king is able to rule wisely if he has an honest minister. That minister should be Vairaagya which means the power of renunciation. So from Knowledge sprouts humility. From humility comes the power of discrimination.
Janh lagi saadhan Ved bakhaani
Sab kar phal Hari Bhagati Bhavaani
Shivji tells Paarvati, “These efforts mentioned in the Vedas make’s one achieve devotion towards the Lord.” Parvati poses an important question to Shivji. She says that it is difficult enough to put in so many efforts during purer times like Satayuga, Dvaapur or Treta yuga, Wouldn’t it probably be impossible to perform so well during Kaliyuga? How will man, then achieve Bhakti during times with more distraction and temptations?
Shivji replies that during the Iron-age or Kaliyuga one can achieve the same benefit by pure “Nisaadhanta” The Lord’s Grace will befall the man who after having striven, drops all effort, and surrenders to the Almighty.
Nirantarta aur Vishwas
Faith and Consistency
By listening to “kathas” or discourses of the Lord, one can achieve devotion or bhakti. But one must listen to a katha “nirantar” which means without a break. This does not mean that you go to one katha after another, but that when you listen to a katha, you listen with rapt attention. No other thought should disturb you at that time.
Listen to the katha believing that the Scriptures are the very embodiment of Shivji. Believe that what you hear will be for your own benefit. It will be for your own salvation. Know in your heart, that if what you hear does not liberate you, then the fault lies in your weakness and not in the Scriptures. Listen to a katha with unbroken faith.
Bharoso dridh in charnan kero
What sages of yore found so difficult to achieve during purer times, people of Kaliyuga will be able to attain with relative ease by Nisaadhanta.
Mahaprabhuji urges you to have faith and not to worry. He believes that he who surrenders to the Lord will not stumble in the material world. God will not allow him to slip. Faith is a gift of Nisaadhanta. Bhakti is respectfully awarded to you when you listen to kathas. With right efforts you achieve the Grace of the Lord. And with the Lord’s Grace you get to hear words such as these. So:
Naath sakal saadhan main heena
O Lord, I have surrendered to you my all! Since I have come to your refuge, I feel complete, I feel secure! Now that you have stolen my heart, now that all belongs to you, who can rob me of anything?
Nij pan raakheo jan man chora
Shafi, a poet has stated:
Teri gali mein aakar
Khoye gaye hain dono
Dil tumko dhundta hai
Main unko dhundta hoon
Which means that ever since I have come to you, o Lord, I have lost my heart which yearns for you. This is Nisaadhanta! This is fulfillment.
Sri Vallabh Vithal Giridhaari
Yamunaji ki balihaari
Nisaadhanta – Preface
Nisaadhanta – First Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Second Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Third Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Fourth Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Fifth Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Sixth Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Seventh Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Eighth Discourse
Nisaadhanta – Ninth Discourse