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SriSri 108 Sri Vinod Bihari Das Baba Ji Maharaj Ki Mahima (01 Sep 2017)
Video satsang: Naam mahima by Sri Sri 108 Sri Vinod Bihari Das Baba Ji Maharaj.
Baba sang mero man lago barsane me on special request on shri Malook Peethadhishwar Swami Shri Rajendra Das Ji Maharaj.
Param pujya Malook Peethadhishwar Swami Shri Rajendra Das Ji Maharaj visited priya kunj again today for kirtan. Here is few moments.
Shri Maluk Peeth - Malook Peeth Vrindavan
When we chant harinaam along with chintan (contemplating the pastimes of Krishna and Radharani) it is called Shuddha naam. We have to think only of Radha Krishna and no material subject. Such kind of chanting provides the fruits of chanting harinaam very quickly. "Anya chinta rahit". That is, without any other thought. If we give our full concentration towards harinaam, we will get the fruits of chanting harinaam very quickly.
Now what should we contemplate while chanting? There are many kinds of Chintan for different people of different capacities. For example, those who have come to Braja Dham to do bhajan, they may practice contemplating the Ashtayam lilas of Radha Krishna (ashtayam = eight three-hour intervals or the eight kinds of pastimes throughout a day) along with harinaam. Those who are incapable of doing so, may be due to a lot of work they are incapable of sitting at one place and do Ashtayam lila chintan, they may practice Naimittik lila chintan. It means contemplating the pastimes occuring right at that moment, as long as they chant sitting at one place. Suppose you are not able to contemplate the pastimes, or don't know much about the pastimes, then you can just contemplate Radha Krishna seated on a bejewelled gold bench in the Nikunja bhavan, in the deep forests of Vrindavan. They are laughing and joking with each other. Contemplate this scene. Otherwise, think you are serving Radharani. Suppose it is summer, you want to offer Radharani something that will soothen the summer heat. In a bejewelled plate take the dish you like most, or the dish you want to offer to the Yugal kishore and contemplate that now you are feeding Krishna with your own hands, then offer the adharamrita of Krishna to Radharani. Then bring some cool water flavored with camphor or kesar and offer to Radha Krishna. Then clean their mouths and hands with water and dry them. Chant along with this contemplation. If you are incapable of doing such chintan, just contemplate that Yugal kishore is seated in front of you and you are taking Darshan of them and they are looking at you with merciful eyes. If you are unable to do this, then just concentrate on harinaam you are chanting. Give your full attention to it and don't let anything else enter your mind. This is Shuddha naam. And if your mind us wandering to various thoughts, to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. and also chanting to complete the number of rounds you are supposed to finish then it is called Namabhas. It will not go futile but it will take a long time to achieve the fruits of chanting harinaam.
(Someone asks whether it is possible to achieve Radha Krishna's Prem practising only Namabhas?)
Practising Namabhas it slowly purifies one's heart and slowly the sadhak is able to beget the full mercy of harinaam. Then slowly he starts experiencing the pastimes of Radha Krishna as if he is present there. Slowly he is able to comprehend his actual form, that is the Manjari Swarupa. And serves Radha Krishna in that swarupa. So it is not that practising Namabhas results in Prem. But practising Namabhas slowly purifies one's heart so that the sadhak is able to chant Shuddha naam and then Shuddha naam gives Prem. First the sadhak enters and ascends through the stages of satsang, bhajan kriya, anartha nivritti, nishtha, ruchi, aasakti, bhav and lastly, Prem. (Please refer Stages of Sadhak). It is not possible by the hardwork of sadhak to ascend through these stages, but it is harinaam that takes you through. You cannot deliberate yourself from the stage of ruchi to the stage of aasakti. It is possible only by the mercy of harinaam. Naam prabhu is not just a word, it is the same as naami, Krishna and holds all the powers of Krishna. That is why even Namabhas purifies one's heart and gives him the ability to chant Shuddha naam and gradually gives Prem. But yes, you have to beware of Naam aparadhas.
Whether we should praise a sadhak in front of him? Will it not increase the pride of that sadhak and actually harm him?
No, we must not praise a sadhak in front of him. Although, the more Bhakti maharani showers mercy on sadhak, he acquires the beautiful qualities only a bhakta can have. Those are supernatural qualities. Compassion, the nature of regarding no one as enemy, seeing the Truth everywhere, purity, regarding everyone equal, having no flaws in the character, sweet nature, accepting only what is needed to stay alive, etc are supernatural qualities of a real sadhu. The heart in which Bhakti maharani resides these qualities reside too and purify the sadhu's heart even more. Any normal person cannot have these qualities. The sadhu is ornamented with these qualities. Such qualities should be praised. But we shouldn't praise the Prakrit or material qualities of a sadhak. This person is very qualified, that person is very talented, he is very good, she is a simple person, etc are material qualities. What is the value of material qualifications and education and talents? In the spiritual world, they are meaningless.
If you praise a spiritually ignorant person he will become full of pride. And if you praise a sadhu he will feel ashamed that I am so full of faults but these people don't know anything about me, so they are praising me. Such is the difference between a sadhu and an ignorant person.
Once a sadhu came to my ashram on dwadasi. He was a very good sadhu. I started praising him in front of all the sadhus who came for the bhandara (baba performs a feast on every dwadasi). I started saying, "this is a very good sadhu, very good bhajananandi. He has a very simple life." And so forth. The sadhu became angry on me. He didn't say anything to me at that time but never came again to my ashram. I hunted for him so much but could not find him anywhere. Once I saw him at Sankri khor in Barsana parikrama marg. I asked baba why he doesn't come to my ashram. He retorted, "Why should I go to your ashram? I won't go there." I was astonished. Why is this baba angry on me? I love him so much, respect him so much. Which act of mine caused him to get so angry on me? I was so scared. What aparadh did I do unintentionally? I said baba please forgive me, I am a great aparadhi. But please tell me what mistake did I make? He said, "You started praising me in front of everyone. I won't go to your ashram, never." He was angry on me for praising him. Such is the nature of a sadhu. This is something to take lesson from. He lives such a life nobody knows him more than a normal sadhu. He doesn't engage with anyone, always lives alone. Wears minimum clothes, torn from many places.
So a sadhu feels shame on hearing his own praise and ignorant people take pride in the same. We act as if we are so ashamed on hearing our praise but inside we want to hear all that more and more. But a real sadhu actually feels that he is nothing and he is full of faults rather than anything to be praised of. This is possible only by the mercy of Bhakti maharani.
We tend to look for qualities and shortcomings of a person related to his material nature. We do not evaluate his spiritual nature. When we evaluate the material qualities, we inevitably see the shortcomings also. Where is praise, inevitably there is fault finding also. Therefore a sadhak must neither see one's qualities nor shortcomings. This is possible for a sadhak of higher level only. But at-least we must avoid evaluating others' shortcomings. Evaluating shortcomings is very bad for sadhak.
"Sapnehu nahi dekhe par dosha".
Sadhak never even dreams of others' shortcomings. This is a crucial part of bhakti yoga.
If your nature is fault finding, you cannot help seeing shortcomings, then just remember back and see what faults and mistakes you have done from your birth. See your own faults first. If you evaluate yourself sincerely, you will find that you have hundreds and thousands of faults yourself. I'm talking about myself. There are so many faults in myself which I can't tell a single person created by the Creator! Not even my own mother, not even my Gurudev, the most spiritually intimate person. When we ourselves are so faulty, how can we evaluate and discuss the shortcomings and faults of others?
That is why in bhakti yoga we need to see the spiritual qualities of others and shortcomings of oneself.
A sadhak must observe others' qualities. There are qualities even in an ant. The discipline with which an ant works is something we humans should take lesson from. See qualities even in a
bird. If we could observe our surroundings and take lesson from them then we could increase our wisdom and develop to higher levels. Look how a crow has qualities superior to us. If you give it a bread it will not eat it first. It will caw and let know all its relatives that it has found some food. Not only that, if another crow is unable to come to eat for some reason, it will take some bread in its beak and go and feed that crow. It could have filled its own stomach first and then call its relatives but it doesn't do that. In case of we humans, if we came to know that something good is being given out, we would fill up to our own contentment and then if something is left, we would tell others! A crow also saves food for later but first it will call its relatives.
God has given qualities and shortcomings in every living entity. One has some quality, another has some other quality. One has some fault while another has some other fault. We see only what is obvious. Someone became very angry for some reason, we think oh this person has so much anger. I don't have anger like this. But who knows how much desire, greed, envy, cheating and dishonesty persists inside you? Others aren't aware of it so you are called a sadhu. That is why see qualities of others and faults in yourself. Always think ohh this person has so many qualities, I don't have a single quality. If I had a single quality then it would have made Krishna happy. We see one fault in others and we start discussing it. We don't see the numerous faults in our own selves. Who knows what superior quality the person has, but we are busy finding faults. Chaitanya mahaprabhu says,
"aninduk hoiya je sakrit krishna bole, satya satya Krishna tare uddharibe hele".
Meaning if one chants Krishna naam without discussing others' faults, Krishna will definitely take him out of the cycle of rebirths and give Premabhakti without much delay.
"Nirmal man jan mohi pawa, mohi kapat chhal chhidra na bhawa".
Those who have pure hearts reach me, I don't like deception, cheat and character full of holes, says Shri Ramchandra in Ram charit manas. What is the point in doing sadhana if we don't have the qualities needed to delight Krishna? We are chanting harinaam, doing tapasya, meditation and all but inside we are full of deception, flaws, wickedness, etc then how can we expect Krishna to be happy with us? How can Krishna dwell in a heart full of impurities? That is why it is very important to purify your heart. Become pure and simple. Let go of all the wickedness and treachery. Then you will go a long way up the spiritual journey in a very short time. Otherwise it might take births after births.
Aaj ke paawan darshan!