“I Inhabit the Home where Contentment Reigns”
Whenever I meet a person what I particularly observe is, how far he is
happy. Perhaps you, too, do the same, only the criteria differ. Your test is
his wealth, learning public esteem, and suchlike. People prefer the rich, I
prefer the poor; people honour the learned and the scholar, while my
preference is for the simple unlettered. My preference is poles asunder from
the worldly man’s. That is why I enjoy contentment which other people lack.
I searched deep to find wherein contentment can reside, and found it only in
God. So I like to live in the house which is replete with contentment. Being
contentment in and out, I find it difficult to live with one who calls himself
mine but is discontented. All that I expect of you is that you should live in
contentment, as I do.
To this day, I have meticulously observed one vow: I never hurt anyone’s
heart or feelings. This I could do because I have never lapsed into forgetting
nama. After all, I am a destitute by worldly standards : I have neither
scholarship, nor art, nor wealth. And yet people seem to want me, find
support in me; and this is solely because I love everyone selflessly,
I know fully well the way of the world, and therefore, I have never worried
about what people say or feel about me; I have only taken pains to see what
I should say to each person in his own interest. That you people come
repeatedly to hear me speak may be due to one of three reasons. First, I
may not have been clear and precise enough; second, you may not have
understood me correctly; and third, you may be forgetting what I say.
I expect you to talk with me with the same open-heartedness that you would
have with a member of your family. In any case, I always say to a person
what I feel will be wholesome for him. I feel sure that he will profit if he
follows my advice; by ‘profit’, however, I do not mean an apparent
improvement in his worldly life, but something conducive to contentedness
in the circumstances as they exist.
It is my mission in life to create in the listener’s mind a relish for nama.
Whoever comes to meet me, I ensure that he will take to nama sooner or
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Discourse by saint Bramhachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj