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An Endless Divine Continuity - Part 12

Our Association With Nanna - Part 12
*Nanna's words
*Amma's words
*Foreword by Author
1Sri Radha Bhava Dhyana
2Radhaji, The All Powerful
3Nanna, The Manifestation Of Sweetness
4Sri Radha In the Vedas
5Passive Bhava
6 Message On Sri Dhyana
7 Sri Radhasakhi Rasavani

Nanna gave a series of lectures in Radha Krishna mandir, Secunderabad. This is one of them.

" A river is flowing mellifluously and the water is sweet. If you stretch out your hand, you have water in your palm to quench your thirst. Instead of going in this way, one person is digging a well on the bank of the river! 'Why are you digging this well?' 'To get drinking water!' In the same way, we also have a simple spiritual path to follow. God knows better than us about the troubles we must in the world in this kaliyuga. So we can be assured that we all can move higher easily. "

" In Brindavan, a young Muslim boy, Rehman, aged 8 years became detached from the world and contemplated only on Her chanting 'Shyama Shyama'. Surprisingly he went to the higher worlds very easily. This incident was actually seen by a great scholar from Pondicherry. When he was on the bank of River Yamuna, a young boy sat beside him and was weeping 'Shyama Shyama'. He was surprised. He found out that the boy faced a lot of difficulties. His father abused and insulted him. 'The Hindus are khafirs. They belong to low caste. Do you believe that you will seek shelter near their God and go up?' The boy did not bother even when he was ridiculed or he was made to wear only a loin cloth. When he was taken to the head of their mosque, he declared 'the boy is being controlled by Saitan. Tie him to a pillar and whip him till the evil spirit leaves his body. He will be normal afterwards.' "

" The scholar wrote that despite of his scholarly achievements and spiritual wisdom, he never came across a case like this one. What is man's qualification? Which is the path to follow so that we can move up in this life only? The scholar answered these questions citing Rehman's life. The boy is a Muslim, hence does not know about Hinduism and spiritual literature. He accidentally saw the idols of Radha and Krishna in a temple on his way back home from school and was instantly attracted towards them. This is the mystery here! His life is not like Prahladawho knew about the Lord even before he was born! When he was still in his mother's womb, narada taught him about Bhagawata and inwardness. Rehman grew up in totally different surroundings. He was just 9 years old and a Muslim. So how could he know about Mother? "

" When Rehman was tied up to the pillar and beaten up, he never stopped uttering Her name; he never ran away from there; he did not abuse the persons beating him. All these prove that there is a divine element within him. He did not run away in fear; he simply faced the beatings. He showed utmost patience and fortitude. "

" There is a fundamental difference between Prahlada and Rehman. When Prahlada was attacked with a spear, he did not cry because the Lord took the pain. When he was thrown into the boiling oil he did not cry because the Lord absorbed that effect also. It is not so with Rehman. This is the most important point. When the muslims were beating him, he cried out in pain. Radhaji did not absorb his pain. She remained passive, watching his fortitude, patience and tolerance. His life is an example to us. If somebody takes our pains. We will not feel it. Though Rehman was given pain, he tolerated it without developing hatred towards anyone and without giving up her name even for a split second. It is indeed amazing that the young boy could do such tapasya. He fell down but still continued to utter Her name only. None other than Mother for him! "

" The religious scriptures describe this state in a typical way. A mother is angry and beats the child. Even while taking the beatings, the child hugs his mother because he knows only his mother and none else. Rehman also held to Mother and believed that She will come and lift him up. He did not cry out for Her in pain. He thought 'my duty is to take Her name.' After he was brought back home, his father ordered that he must not be given food. The boy starved for eight days. At that young age, he never gave up Her name even though he was abused, insulted and starved for eight days. Finally he went to his mother and said 'I cannot stay here anymore. I am not afraid of these beatings . The atmosphere here is not congenial for me to taker Her name. My father does not think beyond khafirs; he is abusing the Hindus all the time. Hence I am leaving this house. Good bye.' He left his house in Mathura at 11 p.m. hungry and cold. The temperature is so low that you feel your blood is converted into ice. He walked the 7 miles to Brindavan in the biting cold without even covering himself with a blanket. Such fortitude! "

" Vivekananda said 'if you want to realize God, you must possess infinite fortitude and patience. 'You need infinite patience to reach God - patience when you suffer physical illness and patience when your enemies insult you. Your mind is always wandering. So without patience, the mind cannot move up. A mahatma said that 'the path to heaven is like the ascent of a smooth greased pillar.' It is very difficult to climb a marble pillar which is greased. The ascent is very slippery. In this kaliyuga, the ascent to higher worlds is also very slippery. The dharma has reversed in this yuga. We are not able to dhyana for 5 minutes continuously. The mind begins to wander. Neither the body nor the mind has the strength to overcome mundane problems. Man cannot resist temptation. This yuga is full of all kinds of problems. "

Nanna narrated Rehman's story many times but in a different way each time. He stressed that we must learn fortitude and patience from Rehman. When Prahlada' father beat him, the Lord absorbed his pain. When Rehman's father torture him, Mother remained passive! Rehman's life is like a tapasya which Mother showed as an example for every sadhaka.

" Well, the little boy sat beside the scholar and chanted 'Shyama'. He was shivering in the biting cold. The poor boy had nobody except Mother. Astonishingly, a circular light appeared in the sky and shone on Yamuna river. An eight year old girl came down from the light with a bowl in one hand and a shawl in the other. She sat down near Rehman and said 'drink this potion. It will relieve you from your pains. 'How can I find Shyama? I must go near Shyama. I don't want anything else.' 'Shyama sent me to you.' 'Who are you?' 'I am Champakalatha.' The scholar was watching with rapt attention. 'She is not Radha. Mother is very deep.' The boy drank the potion and became energetic. She covered him with the shawl to protect him from cold. 'When will Shyama come? I never saw Her.' 'What will you do if She does not come?' 'I will jump into this river and die. You also must attain that state. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was in that state when Goddess Kali did not give darshan. 'If I cannot realize God, I have no alternative except to end my life.' He took a sword to cut off his head. Goddess Kali held his hand and stopped him. 'My son, why did you take this extreme step. Where do think I am? Am I not near you? I am here only, watching you. You will come to me when the time comes. You must be patient till then.' Such is the life of the spiritual jeevas. "

" Champakalatahadevi is one of Radhaji's eight sakhis. 'We do not give darshan even to Lord Brahma. Mother ordered me to go to you. That is why I came here, my child.' After she left, the scholar went near Rehman. He narrated the whole story. Within 2 hours, he arranged to print the story in Sriji mandir press. He was amazed by the boy's patience. He was a muslim and never heard about Mother before. His penance during those few days was very intense. Don't fear if your life span is short. During your short life, contemplate on Mother intensely with your heart and mind.. Others have to move in a queue, they must take more births to reach Her. We have no queue. We will realize God in this very life. There is no need to wait for one day even, we are... This is Mother's promise! "

" As told by her, the boy went to Radhakund the next evening. The scholar followed him. At 3a.m. Radhaji's sakhi came down . 'Will you come near Mother?' 'Yes.' The was walking in the front chanting Shyama Shyama.. The scholar was behind him. Suddenly neither the name was heard nor the boy was seen. After dawn, the scholar searched everywhere but could not find the boy anywhere. "

" You must realize that you have nothing to do with the bad situation in this world. God is merciful and easily attainable in this this yuga also. You must worship him with your heart , mind and senses completely linked with him. That is most intense! This intensity is essential. When you adopt the three principles in intensity, you will receive some kind of response, some reaction within one year. "

" The first principle is ananya nishta, one pointed devotion. You hand will not burn in natural sunlight. When you converge the rays in one place using a converging glass, it burns your skin. In the same way man can achieve his goal in a short period. We must bring our consciousness to one pointed state. The mind which is drawn by the three base modes must be brought under control and made to remain with one pointed concentration; with only one bhava that 'Mother, I do not want anyone except You.' Then you will certainly receive the reaction. I am speaking from experience, not quoting from any book. So with all your heart you know. with full confidence that Mother is hearing you and will respond to you. Do not forget that this is the essential condition. This is what one pointed devotion truly means! "

" You must not have any other thought except Mother. Your mind must not think of any second object. There is only one single path moving towards the Supreme; you do not have a second way. That is ananya nishta. The first condition in Bhagawata is ananya chintana. 'Ananyaschinthayantho...vahamyaham.' Without one pointed contemplation, there is no link between and the Lord. He promised that he will look after the welfare of the devotees who give up everything nad have devotion only towards him. "

" The Bharata narrates an incident to explain this point. After 7 days of war, Panchali and Arjuna were asleep. Krishna entered through the locked door! They woke up alarmed. 'Don't you have any worries? You are sleeping so peacefully with your hands on your heart.' 'How can you say that? I promise on your divine feet that I have only one thought - Krishna. I want only Krishna, nothing else. I am not interested in the outcome of the war or about this kingdom. The elders ordered me to fight in this war of dharma; hence I am fighting. I want only you. I have nothing to do with this world.' Then Krishna took Draupadi with him and saved the Pandavas. "

" Ananya chintana is a great message to humanity. If you follow this principle, it is the highest and most essential. A devotee in Brindavan narrated a story. 'An old woman in Brindavan had a small idol of Kanhaiya. She served the idol diligently. A rumour spread in the city that a wild wolf entered the city to steal children. Everybody cautioned her to take care of her child (idol) . Worried about her little one, she sat in front of the house the whole night with a stick in her hand. This is one pointed contemplation on God. Lord Vishnu, the four armed one gave her darshan. 'Mother I am Krishna. The Lord has come near you! You can wish for a boon.' She wished for only one boon. 'Please protect my child so that he is not carried away.' That is one pointedness! She did not ask anything for herself. Ananya nishta is so intense. Even today you will find that . Ananya nishta is a common feature; infact the important hallmark of Brindavan! "

" Many sisters who accepted the vow of austerity (brahmacharya) known as behenjis live in Brindavan. They serve Kanhaiya from morning to night. They have no second thought in their life. So many sisters live here with just a little money with them. They surrender their life to the Lord, no other thought but serve him day and night. They have true one pointedness. "

" A few days back two ladies came to our ashram. 'Guruji, namaskar.' 'My child. From where did you come?' ' I came from Kolkata to have a darshan of the sadhus here. Please bless us.' She said 'my father wanted me to marry. But my wedding is over long back with Lord Krishna. I do not want this human family.' Her father was very angry. She decided that there is no use arguing with him and left her house at midnight to reach Brindavan. In these days when there is no safety for a woman's life and purity, Krishna protected her from all harm. He always looks after the welfare of those who have one pointed devotion towards him. "

" The second principle - tatsukhena sukhitwam. I must derive my happiness from Mother's happiness. I don't have any other heaven or pleasure. The happiness here is linked to the senses. Some people enjoy watching a film; some enjoy eating flavoured sweets; some enjoy chatting; some enjoy spending time with relatives etc. This is not bhakti. Youn must derive your happiness only from the Divine! We are speaking about Mother, listening about Her, contemplating on Her. our mind is filled with ecstasy. I want only such happiness. This is the second principle - my happiness lies in Your happiness. I must get my happiness only from Mother's, divine happiness. I do not want the sensual pleasure. This principle is maintained by the devotees throughout their life. No wonder they are not interested in any worldly matters,neither a film or a novel. They are indifferent to such things. You must maintain this attitude for six months - forgetting everything except the Divine. You must attain the yearning for oneness with Divine! "

" The third principle - sahacharini bhav, Companionship. This bhava must be maintained at all times. The wife moves along with her husband as a companion with the thought that 'my life is linked with you. I have no other life without you.' Such a link must be established between jeeva and Paramathma. You must develop the bhava that you cannot live even for a moment forgetting Her. Aurobindo Yogi mentioned about Gandhari's vow of companionship in his eye opening book. "

" It is considered that brahmacharya deeksha, vow of austerity is essential for the devotees who do tapasya. There are no diversions in brahmacharya - the devotee and himself only. In Brindavan dham, the essential condition for devotion is vow of austerity. They never give up this vow. Gandhari had one sided affection towards her husband. In the hindu marriage ceremony, husband takes seven steps and wife follows his steps. This is the real marriage, not rituals like garlanding or tying the ceremonial knot. Recently somebody refused to accept a court marriage inspite of photos and witnesses because the bride did not take the seven steps with the groom. The significance of these seven steps is the bride's feeling that 'I am moving in the footsteps of my husband. If he goes to the forest, I will go with him. If he starves, I will starve with him.' The only Vedic formality in marriage is that the bride takes seven steps with the groom. Who is the witness? God of fire is the witness for every marriage. The hindu marriage is based on the bhava that the bride always moves in the footsteps of her husband. "

" The same vow is also taken spiritually. 'I cannot live without my husband, my Lord.' Te Vedas have clearly stated that God id the husband of this prakriti. The Gita said 'he is the husband. Lord Supreme is the husband.' God is accepted as a divine husband. He is not a finite being. He is all pervading. 'Gatirbharta Prabhussakshi'. "

Nanna gave Gandahari's example for vow of companionship. When she learnt that her husband is blind, she also blindfolded herself. She did not want the sight that her husband did not have. When Duryodhana was born, her husband pleaded with her to take a look at their first born child. She refused saying 'he will become a hurdle in my affection for you. I will not see him.' Commenting on this statement Nanna said 'the affection between husband and child reduces when children are born. It will not vanish but it gets diluted.' He continued 'there is no diversion for the devotees who accepted the vow of austerity and do penance.' He stressed that one pointed devotion, vow of austerity and companionship are essential qualities of a sadhaka in pursuit of rasa.

" Meera bai sang 'mera tho Giridhar Gopala doosra na koi'. I don't have anybody except Giridhar Gopal. I gave up my kingdom, people are pointing fingers at me. Let them ; I will not hear them. Giridhari alone is my husband. He is my Lord. I offered my soul. She maintained the same stand throughout her life. That is one pointed devotion. That is companionship - I will go wherever my Lord goes. "

" After Rama and Sita's wedding they were returning to Ayodhya in a chariot. 'My mother told me that a wife is her husband's servant. I must be like your servant.' 'I do not like this thought.' 'Then please tell me how I must be. I will be as you like. Tell me what attitude a wife must have towards her husband. I will follow you.' Rama embraced her and said 'Sita, I want sahacharini bhava not dasi bhava. We are companions. There is no question of equality and inequality between us. That is companionship. That is how you must move with me.' When Kaikeyi bid Rama to exile in the forest for 14 years, he said 'Sita, as soon as I step out of the palace, my father will die. Who will console my mother if both of us are in the forest? Moreover you must face many problems in the forest for 14 years if you accompany me. For my sake, be with my mother and console her.' 'I am not concerned with anything. On our wedding day you told me to be your companion. So I must follow you and not anything else.' "

" The vow of companionship is one of the highest bhavas. The Mahabharata cites another example. Savithri knew that her husband would die shortly. She is a yogini with power of her penance. She decided 'my penance is companionship. I must not live without my husband.' When he died, she gave up her body in the yogic state and followed her husband to higher world with her astral body. Yama, the God of death stopped her. 'This is the place where wild animals and wicked people move. You are young and inexperienced. Don't follow me. Stay back. Your husband is dead. The ties of karma between you both are broken.' 'No, I created my karma. It is my duty to remove the karma created by me. I can do it.' It is not compulsory to face your karma. You can change your karma in any way you want. It is dependent on free will of jeeva. Savithri's life is the perfect example. "

" Markandeya hugged his parents and asked 'please tell me why you are crying so much.' 'My son, the three months of life granted by Lord Shiva are almost over. You will live for a veruy short time. You are our only son. That is why we are crying.' 'No, I created this karma which gave me a short life. I will create another karma.' If karma causes a disease, the antidote to this disease is another karma. This is how the world is moving on. Everybody has full powers to change the karma if you have thapas, fortitude, will power and patience. "

" Well, Savithri was still following her husband though Yama stopped her many times. Finally he relented and gave her husband back. 'Savithri I got my life back. I never thought my life would be like this. I am penniless. You are a princess, the only daughter of King Ashwapathi. You married me because you saw me in your dream. Your father offered you the whole kingdom but you refused and came to live with me in the forest in poverty. I wept many times because you are leading a miserable life with me, eating only fruits and vegetables.' 'Do not speak like that. I did not come here for food or sensual pleasures. There is a higher soul beyond the senses (indriyas) . My soul loves you. Our affection is related to soul and not body. That is why I came here.' "

" Devotion must necessarily have three conditions. 'Now I am moving with my free will. There is a gap sometime. Mother, I could not contemplate on You since three hours. I came back to You now. ' You also must feel like this. You must feel sorry if there is a gap of one hour. In sahachari bhava, if the devotee does not contemplate on his deity for two hours, he will actually weep. We must conduct our life carefully. Keep these three points in your mind. Remember that the Divine only is our guiding force. When jeeva moves forward with Divine resolution, God must be with him; God must guide him. "

" Meera, the devotee from Kolkata said 'we never faced any problem on the way to Brindavan. I always got food on time. Somebody offered me food even at night. I feared some danger on the way but nothing happened. My life was safeguarded. Brindavan is so powerful! Radhaji is so powerful ans merciful towards me.' This is a real life experience not an incident from scriptures. "

" We can be anywhere; we don't need worldly matters. We will live in a new world, with new environment and with the new hope that we are always with the Divine. That is enough. "

" Radhe Krishna. Radhe Krishna. "

The next day Nanna spoke to a few Harnath Baba's devotees that God is God and jeeva is jeeva.

" I know what Chaitanya said. They committed a blunder; they forgot Radhaji. I want to prove to the world that Radhaji is far superior to Krishna. See how daring it is ! I will show recorded evidence. You may wonder that I am speaking absurdly even after knowing everything... "

" Your highest goal is not Krishna. You must not meditate on Krishna. Your highest goal is bhakthi. Bhakthi is an absolute term , not in terms of Krishna or other.This is the first point in rasa tattwa. It is bhakthi. The Upanishad said 'Bhakthirevainam..Purushah.' Which devotion captures Purushottama? Is it Krishna bhakthi? Never. It is bhakthi. Then why do you say Krishna bhakthi, Saibaba bhakthi, Haranath bhakthi and narrow down devotion? I am not happy with that. Bhakthi is the purest form; the highest.. "

" In Brindavan, a caption in Biharji temple reads 'Ananya Rasika Siromani Haridasji Maharaj'. He is Rasika Siromani, not a bhaktha! This implies that it is not ordinary devotion; rasa is the highest. "

" In one song I wrote 'Rasa is Your form ; Rasa is my highest goal' (Rasame Nee roopambu..) That is our philosophy. My highest goal is rasa. This world is filled with rasa. His philosophy is rasa. Nobody speaks about rasa differently. Otherwise, he is shunned. "

" I can explain Baba's philosophy also. If I quote one sentence, you will send me away. Without that you cannot get love in rasa tattwa. I will read out one sentence told by Baba. Let me see if you can tell me the meaning. You will be suitably rewarded if you can unfold the real meaning. In Eswarganj, Baba.. "

The cassette ended midway.

Rasa is Radhaji's form. Our highest goal is to reach Mother's lotus feet.


Aiswarya madhurya gyana sakthula gudi
Sarveswarivi aina Saubhagya Radharo

Radha! You have the powers of opulence, sweetness and knowledge; You are the Supreme.



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