March 08, 2002
Friday Meeting

In Swami Ni Vato 3/33, Gunatitanand Swami reveals that if a devotee concentrates on three main points, he or she becomes brahmaroopa. These points are to lovingly attach the soul to, have faith in, and be nishkapata or remain totally open with God's saint. Gunatitanand Swami gives the example of Jala Bhagat (not to be confused with Jaga Swami) during His time. Though Jala Bhagat served Gunatitanand Swami in Junagadh with his heart, he was unable to open up to Swami fully when it came to matters of upaasanaa.

Another example is from Krishna Bhagwan's time. When Krishna Bhagwan was about to pass away, he decided to impart his divine knowledge to Uddhavji, who was with him in Dwarka, and had the capacity to propagate the divine knowledge. In the 11th canto of the Shrimad Bhagavat, Krishna Bhagwan imparts knowledge to Uddhavji. He instructed Uddhavji to leave everything and abandon Dwarka because it was destined to drown in the ocean. Uddhavji, however, was unable to follow Krishna Bhagwan's command and leave immediately [ref. Swami Ni Vato 1/36]. His devotion (in following God's command) thus had a hairline defect.

Third, is the example of Naradji. Daksh Prajapati created 10 thousand sons. Before asking them to procreate and populate the earth, he asked them to engage in meditation for purification. But on the way to the jungle, they met Naradji, who, through only a few hours of discourse, convinced all 10 thousand to renounce worldly life. Daksh became upset, and thus created 10 thousand more sons. Again Naradji met them and led them to a life of sainthood. Finally, Daksh created 60 daughters to enter marriage. But, despite the power to initiate 10 thousand saints in only an hour, Naradji lacked supreme bhakti (devotion). [Naradji, though, gifted devotees with the scripture on bhakti, the Narad Panchratra, referenced in Vachanamrut Vadtal 2.]

Once, Naradji along with Tumbaru went to Vaikunth. There, Tumbaru pleased Lakshmi and Narayan by singing in front of them. Out of jealousy, Naradji did austerities for 7 manvantaras to also please God by singing. Referenced in Vachanamrut Gadhada First 4, only when Naradji learned to sing from Tumbaru, was his jealousy removed, and he was able to please Krishna Bhagwan.

Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/256, when Naradji visited the court of King Ambrish, the king asked Naradji to read his daughter's palm, and predict the auspices of her wedding. Just by seeing her beautiful hand, Naradji lost the focus of many years of penance, and had the desire to marry her. Naradji advised King Ambrish that her lines and stars perfectly matched his, and so their marriage should immediately be arranged. King Ambrish was reluctant to marry his daughter off to a roaming ascetic, but could not directly deny Naradji either. He thus told Naradji that the wedding would be decided by a svayamvara, where the princess chooses her own partner based on established criteria. Naradji's nephew, Parvat, had also accompanied him on the trip to King Ambrish's kingdom, and also had the desire to marry the princess. They both realized that in order to win her hand, they would have to modify their appearance, and without revealing to each other their intentions, they visited Lord Vishnu for help. Naradji first approached Lord Vishnu and pleaded that he becomes the most handsome person in the world. Lord Vishnu agreed to this, but then, Naradji asked that his nephew's face look like a monkey. Lord Vishnu granted this wish as well. Parvat also secretly approached Lord Vishnu and asked for the similar two things. The following morning, King Ambrish's daughter was to choose her prince. Naradji and Parvat spent the entire preceding night describing the princess's beauty, and arrived early to get a good seat. They were the first to enter the hall and took their place at the beginning. However, because of their deception, Lord Vishnu had made them both look like monkeys. But to each other, they appeared as if nothing had changed. When the ceremony began, the princess arrived and quickly passed both of them. As the princess tried running away from the two, people exclaimed, "Why would she marry you - have you seen your face?" Surprised, they left and traveled to a riverbank where they discovered what had happened. Naradji and Parvat became angry with Lord Vishnu for ruining their plans and cursed Lord Vishnu that he too would be separated from someone he loves. The curse manifested during Lord Vishnu's incarnation as Rama Bhagwan, when he was separated from Sitaji. Because of such actions, Naradji's devotion was considered incomplete.

Dinkar Uncle explained that similarly we each have a resting place or deep-rooted attachment that does not allow us to become totally open with the master. There is an inherent program or the accumulation of past deeds that keeps us from recognizing and removing the barrier. On the other hand, we have the aspiration or desire to become nishkapata. At this stage, one must pray that "regardless of who or how I am, I sincerely and faithfully want to be yours." Dinkar Uncle called this "turning the switch on from within." When that occurs, the master takes control of one's chart, and one treads the path to liberation and devotion to God.



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