Pleasure and Pain Depend on Awareness of God
Nowadays everyone seems anxious to achieve somebody else’s interest, but
what can be expected from one who never attends to his own? This situation
is caused primarily by pride; everyone is bloated with the idea of doing
something for the good of others. This pride can be eradicated only by doing
the sadhana prescribed by the sadguru. It is therefore necessary implicitly to
Brahma, the Ultimate Reality, does not have to be looked for anywhere,
because it is in the heart, everywhere; however, it is only realized through
the medium of the sadguru. Lord Shrikrishna was an incarnation of
Parabrahma, the Ultimate Reality, in human form, as the son of Vasudeva;
but Vasudeva only loved Him as his son. He never realized His true form
until the sage Narada made him aware of it. Rama was, similarly, an
incarnation, but only became aware of His true identity when informed by
the sage Vasishtha. Evidently, the ‘ignorance’ in either case was a feigned
one, in order that the principle, that a sadguru is a necessity, may be
impressed on human beings in general. The sadguru advises, in essence,
that nama-smarana is the true, the simplest, sadhana.
Nama-smarana is apparently simple, but, in fact, difficult to practice
wholeheartedly; however, we should persist in it. We should go in complete
surrender to God, and, take my word for it, He crowns our effort with
success at a suitable time.
Really speaking, nothing is good or bad in this world but thinking makes it
so. The effect is temporary. They arise from our imperfection,
incompleteness, of understanding. Real pleasure and pain arise from
proximity to and forgetting of God respectively. We should have a conviction
that we belong to God, and accept all happenings as coming at His will.
We celebrate as a festive occasion the birthdays of Shri Rama or Shri
Krishna, every year. That means, in effect, that we have in the meanwhile
put back on the shelf of memory the awareness that God is here,
everywhere, all the time, and the awareness needs to be renewed! God was
here in the past, He will be here in the future too though we shall cease one
day to exist in the human form.