|December 19, 2003 |
Vachanamrut Gadhada First 38 and Gadhada Middle 33 reference a story which explains the nature of the mind. There was once a man who was confronted by a ghost. The ghost threatened the man, saying, "If you do not keep me busy, I will eat you." The man immediately started assigning different jobs to the ghost. However, the jobs were finished very quickly and once again the ghost would appear in front of the man and pester him. Finally, the man had an idea. He instructed the ghost to construct a ladder and continually climb up and down until he was assigned some other work. Thus, the ghost was controlled, and became an asset to the man, doing the man's work when necessary and busying himself with the ladder during free time. The mind is similar to the ghost in the story, and we have to give it activities like the ghost's ladder. This is called kriyaa-roopa bhakti or activities to remain devoted. At a higher level is bhakti-roopa kriyaa, or actions performed according to God's intuition/to please God.
In Swami Ni Vato 3/32, Gunatitanand Swami explains that if activity is performed while doing prayer, peace remains within: "bhajana kartaa kartaa kriyaa kareeye to antaramaa taadu rahe." However, even work pertaining to the temple is second to remaining in God-consciousness. In Swami Ni Vato 3/18, Gunatitanand Swami gives the following example: "Except Maharaj's moorti, nothing else is wanted. One day, while binding a scripture, it fell from My hand. After that, I have not binded scriptures." In this way, Gunatitanand Swami set an example for devotees to keep nothing more valuable than remaining in tune with God.
Swami Ni Vato 3/32 continues, "Seeing one's inner peace, the great saint is pleased. And he whom the great saint is pleased with, his soul gains happiness." Also given in Swami Ni Vato 3/32, Maharaj has explained, "If I am pleased with someone, I give him buddhi-yoga or the association of a good saint." Asked how God remains pleased, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "God and the great saint will always remain pleased with one who remains within God's commands and does not desire happiness from anywhere except from the form of God we have met; and if one keeps the association of God's true saint."