August 30, 2003
Des Plaines Mandir

Hariprasad Swamiji explained that Kakaji's favorite verse in the Bhagavad Gita is 5/29, in which Lord Krishna is described as the suhrada of all living entities: "Bhoktaaram yagna-tapasaam, sarva-loka-maheshvaram, suhradam sarva-bhutaanaam, gnyaatvaa maam shaantimruchchhati." The word suhrada literally means "nice heart (or inner-wish)." The saint indiscriminately has a heartfelt oneness with all of God's creation.

The story of a saint and a scorpion illustrates this. When the saint was bathing in a river, he saw a scorpion fall in. When he rescued it, though, the scorpion stung him. The next day, the scorpion again fell into the river, and the saint was again stung as he rescued it. Seeing this happen several times, a passerby questioned the saint's illogical act. The saint replied, "If the scorpion does not let go of its habit of stinging, why should I let go of my habit of loving all creatures?"

When Dinkar Uncle was young, he was associated with a saint named Gnyanjivandasji Swami (of the Vadtal temple) who was so elevated that he envisioned the soul in all living creatures, even trees. Once, Swamiji insisted that they cut a coconut tree by the temple. Many could not understand why such a fruitful tree should have to be cut - only Swamiji envisioned that the tree gave much service to devotees and now it could take birth into a divine family. Due to suhradabhaava, Swamiji had divine inspiration and strength.



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