Ram Katha London Day 6: 17/8/17

Bapu congratulated Chintan Pandya for his superb presentation on Sir Isaac Newton with special emphasis on mysticism as Newton who recognised the existence of an unknown and unknowable energy, one of its forms being gravitation. We can call this energy by any name that we like. Bapu then mentioned Gohil’s analysis of Margi sect of sadhus searching for the true and real marga. Bapu said that one which keeps you pure all throughout life is the real road. Bapu quoted Lao Tze speaking of the great road. Acknowledging Gohil’s references to himself. Bapu said it is not the individuals that count, what counts is the flow.

Turing to the mushaira side Bapu was very happy that some shires declared that they liked their own creations. Bapu said there is nothing wrong. Every one of us is happy with our own creations, the only condition is there should not be any arrogance in it. There is nothing wrong in presenting one’s own abilities and we shouldn’t always look to over own defects. Doshdarshan people may criticise one who praises himself but we shouldn’t be bothered about the opinions of ignorant people. Popularity always comes with some conditions and we should avoid hypocrisy of humility which we don’t feel. Bapu quoted mahima stotra which says that one who plays with his own creation can never be enslaved. Bapu advised those who have the means to spend it for the greater good of the society. Bapu said it has become a fashion to criticise the rich, but all such critics themselves eagerly yearn for money. Wealth is never useless if it is spent for good actions and good purpose. Bapu said we should have our own self-dignity (Gaurav). There are many people who are eager to get but just pretend that they would not accept it. Bapu then offered his appreciation of the poets who has participated in the mushaira.

Bapu then began to narrate Shiv katha. Parvati felt that she is under the shade of kalpataru. Bapu said that nobody has ever seen kalpataru, but saints and gurus are in no way inferior to kalpataru, because in their company our intellectual poverty disappears, our faith becomes firmly established.

Bapu said that we can physically see the activities but mahima cannot be seen, it is only experienced. We can never see peace we can only feel peace.

Bapu quoted Rumi who declares that he wants to make love to God in total peace, where there is no rejection of anybody or anything. Such love can be experienced only in total silence (mauna). Bapu quoted another saying of Rumi by saying that he wants to love God when no one else is there. Bapu connected these two sutras by saying that one who is at peace with himself is never disturbed by or in the presence of others. The third aphorism of Rumi was that he wants to make love to God in his dreams because dreams are unending and fresh every day. Bapu said that just as character can be seen, mahima can be heard or experienced. Leela of divinity is to be enjoyed with pleasure. Katha, if it is done and heard properly, can actually be heard and seen. Bapu confessed that very often when he is doing katha he is able to see as if the episodes are taking place before his own eyes. Very often when he remembers his grandfather he is able to see him, but such experiences are occasional, only God has the continuity of darshan. Bapu said that mahima is much more important than anything else. What is the value of wealth in comparison to honour and prestige? When we here about the mahima, we should listen with vivek – discrimination. Bapu said that the art of listening is also a science he mentioned the incident in Mahabharata when Indra deprives Karana of his earnings (kundal) and his armour (kavach). Bapu would interpret the events that Karana was deprived of the art of listening and he was made to lose his sensitivity. This incident was the highest point, the climax in the life of Karana. Karana was not always at the same height because the levels of life keep changing. One’s approach gets changed according to his company. Bapu then mentioned that when the disrobing of Draupadi was being planned, Shakuni insisted that the decision should be taken in absence of Karna because as the son of Sun God, Karana would never agree to disrobe any person much less a woman like Draupadi.

Bapu felt that the character of Karana keeps on changing from a Viratah to a Vamana. He said only Krishna continues to maintain his personality at the consistent level. Bapu described how Karana prepared for his final encounter with Arjun, but he was being humiliated by his own saarathi.

Bapu then turned to Ramcharita manas and he mentioned the 5 charitras in manas, which together form panchaamrut of manas: Ram charit, Shiv charit, Bharat charit, Hanuman charit and Bhushundi charit. Each one of these 5 has its own mahima. Mahima of Ramcharita manas is benevolence, of Bharat is devotion to Ram, Hanumant charit energies, Shiv charit gives us kalyana and Bhushundi charit teaches us total devotion to our guru. Bapu then traced the further importance of Bharat charit. In Bharat, we can find the basic principles of all religions – brotherhood of Islam, compassion of Buddhists, non-violence of Jainism, sense of service of Christianity and exclusive devotion of the Sikhs. He said religions always help to ennoble our nature and to preserve our individuality. Urjaa of Hanuman charit teaches us of devotion and peace, and the capacity to be free from our defects. Bapu then traced the unity between Ram and Bharat. Both were born on the same day, got educated on the same day, married on the same day, went to the forest on the same day and both felt the pangs of separation from each other with equal intensity. Bapu then brought to the story down to the birth of Ram followed by celebrations.