Kartik inspirations 2019 – 16 October, 2019
KARTIK INSPIRATIONS 2019 – DAY 4. 16 OCTOBER, 2019.
By HH Sacinandana Swami.
When you give your full attention to your spiritual practices, a profound shift in consciousness takes place!
To help you establish a divine connection I will recite an ancient verse now:
“My dear Lord Krishna. Although I have forgotten You for so many long years in the material world, today I’m surrendering unto You. I’m Your sincere and serious servant. Please, engage me in Your service.”
Take a few deep breaths. You might like to end this meditation with words of your own spoken in the mind.
Thank you, you are done. This simple meditation can be done at any time, in any circumstances. It can be done before you offer your light, or before you read or chant. It will help you enter into the presence of the Lord.
The Helpful Meditation
We are now into our fourth day of the Kartik month. Have you noticed that when you give your full attention to your spiritual practices, a profound shift in consciousness takes place? I would like to speak about this.
When I went out yesterday, I came to my favorite holy place and somehow there was not a single disturbance. No dog, no raging bull, not any of the unpredictable things that happen in India. It was calm and peaceful and I could enter the atmosphere.
Entering. That is what you need when you do your spiritual activity. Fully entering the activity with your consciousness. To help you do this I would like to offer you something practical today – a simple meditation. You can either do it now, or if you are not in a situation suited for meditation, you can replay it in the evening before your Kartik ritual.
Sit down in a peaceful place where you will not be disturbed. Sit upright and imagine you are completely on your own. Let everything around you slowly and gently disappear. If you have any thoughts or concerns, put them on a parking place. Take a few deep breaths, in and out, to relax yourself even further. Tell yourself: “I’m calm now. I’m ready to enter.”
Bhakti is not about a distant God, it is about the close God.
Krishna’s Message to You
In an interesting episode from the Damodara pastimes the demigods observed how Krishna was tied up and controlled by His mother. They wondered, ‘What is Krishna doing being bound by a rope?’ Krishna looked at them and explained, “Listen, I like it when my devotees bind Me out of love. Mother Yashoda thought, ‘If I don’t control my boy, He will become restless and too cheeky. Now He only steals butter, but what will He do in the future?’ It’s love which motivates Yashoda. I don’t like ceremonial puja with golden and jeweled articles. I don’t appreciate the hymns which are spoken to Me in Vaikuntha. I do not really like the sacrifices which people do on altars made of gold. I want the love of my devotees.” This was Krishna’s message.
The Lord is hidden within our hearts as the greatest secret. But when He sees that the devotee approaches Him with a genuine attitude, genuine bhakti, He can no longer stay in the heart. He comes out, ready to interact with His devotees.
Yesterday I rode my red bicycle to a holy place where I could chant a bit in seclusion. On the way, I saw a devotee I knew and he stopped me and asked, “Maharaja, just a minute. How much time do you think will pass before I reach spiritual perfection? Will it be in the next life or the life after that?”
I reflected and then answered, “See, I don’t think your approach is proper. So many spiritualists are occupied with the afterlife. When will I go back to Godhead? When will I take up my eternal form and go into the direct service of the Divine Couple? Or in other religions: What does paradise look like? Will there really be milk flowing in rivers?”
These spiritualists are so concerned with their afterlife that they forget the now. Bhakti has to happen in the now, in the present moment. Bhakti is not about a distant God, attained somewhere at some distant time, in the future. No, it’s about the close God.
Krishna makes it very clear in the Gita that He is situated in everyone’s heart and that by bhakti alone one can come to know Him. And bhakti has to happen now. I have to act for Krishna now. I have to use my body, mind and heart now and I have to have the desire to please Him now.