Paramahamsa Vishwananda Jayanti at The Ashram
Shree Peetha Nilaya, 13 June 2019
On His birthday, Paramahamsa Vishwananda, shared with everyone the essence of the purpose of a human life. Guruji also highlighted that wherever we are, however long we may have been on the spiritual path, whichever situation we might find ourselves in, we should never forget that Guru and God is always with us at all times to guide our journey to Love.
Jai Gurudev, everyone!
You see, incarnation, to take birth, is a mystery in itself, you know. It’s a deep mystery. Why it is a mystery? Because human birth is very special. You have heard many satsangs about it. You don’t get a human birth easily. But once you have attained a human life, how you handle that life is very important.
You see, everybody is called for something great in life, because you are not just the limited things that you think of yourself. You are more than that. Not only you…when I’m talking about ‘you’, I am talking about humanity itself. Very often people don’t realise why life happens, you know, why one comes on Earth, why one takes birth. Like it is said, life itself is a service, but service to whom? Service to Sriman Narayana, service to God. Once you realise that, you have served your life purpose itself.
Life itself is a service. Service to Sriman Narayana, service to God.
Why do you think incarnation happens? Why does the Guru come?
The Guru comes for the devotees. The devotees can’t come for the Guru, because, you see, the devotees are still bound by Maya.
There is this beautiful verse in the Uddhava Gita, actually, where Uddhava asks Krishna. He said, ‘I have never asked You anything, you know’. You see, Uddhava grew up with Krishna, but he never asked for anything from Krishna. So, as Krishna was ending His incarnation, He asked Uddhava, ‘Please, ask Me something. You have never asked Me for anything.’
So, Uddhava was thinking, ‘What can I ask Him? He is the Lord Himself, He knows everything. But I will ask Him something.’ So, he asked Him for permission first, and Lord Krishna agreed and said, ‘Fine, whatever you will ask Me, since what I have given to Arjuna is the Bhagavad Gita, what I’m giving to you will have your name first. It will be called the Uddhava Gita.’
So, the first question he asked was, ‘Who is a true friend?’
Lord Krishna said that a true friend is someone that comes to help his friend even without asking.
Lord Krishna said that a true friend is someone that comes to help even without asking.
He said, ‘Wah, what a great answer You give! So, may I ask You a second question?’
He said, ‘Yes, ask.’
‘You have told me what is a true friend, but tell me, how do You consider the Pandavas? They are Your true friends, isn’t that right? But You didn’t come to their rescue.’
Uddhava continued, saying, ‘When Draupadi was pulled by Dushasana, where were You? You say You are a true friend. When the Pandavas were playing the dice, where were You? Yudhishtir had already bet his brothers, why did you not stop the game? Where were You then? You say that You are a true friend.’
The Story of Draupadi's Letting Go
So, when he finished asking these questions, Lord Krishna answered him and said, ‘It’s true, but you have to understand that, firstly, I was bound by the prayer of Yudhishtir himself. Yudhishtir didn’t allow Me; he prayed that I should not interfere in the game. He didn’t want Me to find out that he lost the game by mischief from the other side. So, he didn’t allow Me. He prayed and said that I should not interfere in his business. So, if somebody has bound Me already by the prayer, how can I interfere in that?
‘Secondly, you are telling Me about Draupadi. Draupadi was pulled by her hair. What was she doing? She was cursing Dushasana, she was cursing Duryodhan and so on. She was very busy with her own strength. The Pandavas, they were crying in their own misery, you know, cursing Duryodhan. None of them had even a thought about Me. And I was there; I was just behind the door.’ That’s what He said in the Uddhava Gita, ‘I was just behind the door.’ Which means ‘behind the door’ can be the door of the mind that separates one from seeing the Lord Himself. So, they were all very busy with themselves. And Draupadi at the end, you know, when Dushasana was disrobing her, at the end she had the good sense to remember Me. And this is when the miracle happened. This is when I intervened. But I was there all the time.’
Then Uddhava said, ‘But Lord, You just said a true friend intervenes without asking. You know how they didn’t even think about You. So, is this meaning that only when somebody asks for Your help, then You will help?’
Krishna smiled and said to Uddhava, ‘Uddhava, don’t misunderstand. These people are very wise people. Seeing that they are continuously alone, seeing that they are losing, Yudhishtir could have even just thought about Me one moment; just a thought and I would have intervened.’ Then He said, ‘Look at Duryodhan, he is wise, you know, because he had everything materially, but he lacked the skill of playing. What did he do? He took the help of his uncle who was skilled in playing dice, even if it was a cheating way.’ Then Krishna said, ‘Do you think if Yudhishtir had asked for My help, I would not have helped him? I would! Do you think that whatever number that Duryodhan and his fellows would have asked for, do you think that number would have come out, and that I would have given them that? No, I would have not! That could have happened only through one thought. And also one thing: knowing that I am the in-dweller of everything, that I am the one who bears witness for everything, how could they think that they were alone?’
So, how can you do something knowing that God is always with you? You can’t! But that didn’t even cross their thoughts. So, in that, we see that very often people forget. Because they are so busy in doing everything else and thinking how to attain happiness, they forget that they are never alone. Guru and God are always with them, whether they want it or not. Very often their ego may rise, thinking that they are so great that they don’t need somebody else, they don’t need the Guru, they don’t need God, they can handle everything by themselves, you know. But it’s different, you see.
It’s the Guru that comes for the disciple. But the disciple has already come a hundred, or maybe a million times to gain enough punya to carry on in their spiritual path. But what separates them from seeing truly that reality is that mind. You see, as long as the mind is entertained, you think you are happy. And this is where people go wrong. As long as the mind is not challenged, you will not move forward. How to challenge the mind is the Guru’s duty, because by yourself you would never allow your mind to change because you love your mind so much. You like so much what your mind tells you, you will not allow that mind to be challenged. That mind itself will not allow you to be challenged because you think that your mind is your dear friend. Do you know? So, when such a thought arises, this is where the Guru comes and challenges that mind. Once you accept that challenge, once you cross over, only then can the transformation happen. Otherwise the mind stays the same.
How many more lives do you want? Don’t think that in every life the Guru will come. You know, this is a mistake that very often people make. They think that, ‘Every time I will come, the Guru will come’. No, the Guru will allow and will bring help from other sources, but only your Guru can really free you. And also not every Guru can free everybody. Many Gurus will tell you, yes, be happy, enjoy the world and so on. It’s true, you have to be happy, you have to enjoy, but you have to aim for the Supreme happiness also, even if you don’t understand it. But that Supreme happiness is deep within you. Once it becomes clear what you want truly, then you allow the Guru to take over. Like I said in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna explained to Arjuna that it’s like you are in a car. You know, in your body the Lord Himself dwells inside of you, but if you allow Him to take over and drive you, this is something else. But if you keep sitting in the driver’s seat and say, ‘No, I will drive’, He says, ‘Okay, fine, drive.’
It is your duty to continuously remind yourself that you are never alone.
So, like that, incarnation is very important to realise why you are here and why the Guru is here also. The Guru is not here for Himself. I didn’t come because I have to attain something. If you say the devotee comes because of the Guru, no. The Guru comes when you have enough punya so that you can be free. So, like that, you also have to do your duty in realising that; it is your duty to continuously remind yourself that you are never alone. Because it’s easy to sit there and be miserable, saying, ‘Yes, I am alone’. How many people say that daily! This world is full of people who are sitting and crying for their misery every day. But that is not the aim. The aim is to awaken.
If you have a relationship between God and you, then you are special in His eyes also. Like you are dear to Him, He is dear to you also. That’s why Krishna said, ‘In the devotee’s heart, I dance.’ But He is present in every heart. But in every heart very often He is super bored waiting for the people. Imagine! That’s why Sri Ranganath is lying down there, He says, ‘In many hearts, I’m just lying there.’ You know? ‘But in the devotee’s heart, I’m dancing.’ What makes that dance is that relationship that you have with Him. And the Guru is the one which bears witness to that, you know, that this thing happens. So, you are special due to the humility that you have, not through the pride and ego, because pride and ego is only here.
Like I say often, once you die, it’s finished. Who will remember you? If you have grandchildren, they will remember you, ‘Once I had a grandmother or a grandfather’, and then it’s done. In the next generation, you are not even remembered. So, like that, when you are alive, you think that you are so great. And then it’s finished. You think you are so great in this whole universe. Imagine you are sitting at home, thinking you are so special; like I said, your neighbour probably doesn’t know you. Imagine the village or town you are staying in. How many people have ever heard of you? A handful. In the country, who are you? Nothing! In this world even, how special you think you are! You are nothing. And imagine now in this universe how it is.
You know, there was this picture where you put all the planets next to each other, and you see the world itself is very small. And then in the whole universe, this planet and this whole solar system is nothing. And yet, what makes one feel special is that relationship that you have with God, the One who has created everything. That’s what makes you feel special: your relationship to Him. The thing is that He knows you, but you don’t know Him. And that’s what you have to get to know. And you get to know Him only through that humility in your heart only when that mind is transformed and changed. Then you can attain real happiness. But if you think only of the limitation, it becomes very difficult. Also, who limits you apart from yourself? Because what the Divine wants is for you to awaken, you know. Awaken into your full potential. This is why you have come.
The Divine wants you to awaken into your full potential. This is why you have come.
Of course, now you are celebrating the birthday of the Guru, but it’s also your birthday because there is no difference once you have this Realisation; the Guru comes for you all. And that’s what you have to understand. Then you will understand why you have come and what you truly long for.