Benefits of an Unfaltering Aim – 3

He who has done virtuous deeds in the past life,  has been called a Brahmin with pure conduct, and those who are virtuous in the present birth,  are called “Rishi Swaroop” Kshatriya. Similarly those who are sinful from past births, are called “paapyoni”, and those who are sinful in the present birth,  they are called “duraachaari” (people with bad conduct). All types of human beings can attain God. Therefore, on acquiring this human body, that is impermanent and void of any happiness, in other words,   one must renounce desire, that may I live indefinitely and may I continue to enjoy pleasures, and one must become devoted to worship and prayer of God. This human body is for worship and devotion, not for enjoyment of pleasures ‒

‘एहि तन कर कल बिषय न भाई’ (मानस ७ । ४४ । १)

First and foremost what needs to take place is to recognize our aim.  When the aim is unfaltering and unwavering, the means for its fulfillment will become available on its own.

‘किं पुनर्ब्राह्मणाः पुण्या भक्ता राजर्षयस्तथा’  

‘Kim punarbrahmanaah punyaa bhaktaa raajarshayastathaa’ ‒

Inbetween this verse, there is the word ‘bhaktaah’ ‘भक्ताः’
(devotee),  which means that the glories are not sung of those Brahmins with pure conduct and those Kshatriyas, that are like sages and seers, rather the devotion that is in them,  is what is glorious and significant. Therefore God says from the very beginning ‒

समोऽहं सर्वभूतेषु       न मे द्वेष्योऽस्ति न प्रियः ।

ये भजन्ति तु मां भक्त्या मयि ते तेषु चाप्यहम् ॥

                                              (गीता ९ । २१)

Samoham sarvabhooteshu na me dveshyosti na priyah |

Ye bhajanti tu maam bhaktyaa mayi te teshu chaapyaham ||                                                          (Gita 9/29)

“Arjuna!   “I am the same to all beings; as such, there is none hateful, nor dear, to Me. But, those who worship Me with devotion, are in Me and I am also in them. (Gita 9/29)

It means that God has no aversion or hatred towards those with bad conduct or those that are sinners,  nor does God have friendship towards the virtuous, the Brahmins and Kshatriyas. God is equal to all beings, whatever he may be,  from whatever place, race, “varna”, stage in life, class, group, etc. he may be, but if with love and devotion he prays and worships God,  then he has a very close relationship with God. Therefore God has given the instructions to “worship and be devoted to Him” ‒ ‘भजस्व माम्’   But this will only be accomplished, when we have a firm conviction, an unswerving, an unwavering aim, that I want to realize God in this very birth.

to be continued…..

From book ‘Jin Khoja Tin Paayiyaa’  by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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