Ram Katha London Day 8: 19/8/17

Bapu expressed his happiness at the amount collected for the relief funds to be sent to India. He was more happy that the allocation of the amount has been fixed and drafts are ready to be dispatched to the allotted. He then thanked all the singers and speakers who made Friday evening a very pleasant experience. Bapu thanked Sri Palan for getting worried about the health of Bapu. Bapu said he never feels tired in the kathas or in the programs which follow. He then turned to the mahima as described in manas. After the mahima of Ram and Ram naam. He turned to the mahima of Bharat who is a personification of love which is totally pure. Mahima of Bharat deals with several aspects of his personality and Bapu’s opinion was that Bharat must have been reborn as Mahagopi in the days of Krishna. That means that chetna of Bharat spread and universalised itself. Bapu said the mahima of Bharat was so great that even Vashishtha often waited in amazement.

Bapu drew a distinction between fate (prarabddha) and destiny (niyati). He said saints can change the fate but niyati cannot be altered, even by God himself. In that connection Bapu referred to the story of Gandhari getting upset with Krishna for not stopping the war of Mahabharata. Bapu said that fate is the result of our own action while niyati is the will of God. In that connection Bapu said that manas is a mahamantra which can change the fate if you have total faith in manas. Bapu clarified that he has no followers and he himself is not the follower of anyone. Bapu advised his shrotas to do Sandhya three times a day. Remember God in the morning, help the needy and in the evening apologise to God for any mistakes made during the day. Bapu then turned to Mahabharata katha and said the Yudhishthira decided to perform a yagna and he sent Bhimsen to invite Krishna. When Bhima said that yagna is being performed as a prayashchit, Krishna assured him that he has already wiped out all their sins. But Bhima said we want to give you the punya of yagna. Bapu said that this type of submission (samarpan) is a system of japa yagna. Bapu then picked up a question and advised that we should do the japa of Ram Krishna Hare, which is done by the Varkaris from Maharashtra. Bapu exhibited his cosmopolitan attitude by the kirtan of all religions. Bapu said that there are two mahamantras. Manas itself is a mahamantra and Ram naam is another mahamantra. Turning back to the mahima of Bharat, he said that Bharat is the climax of sainthood, he removes all the sins and bears way all the impurities. By reciting the name of Bharat, you get the prestige in this world and happiness in the next. In fact, Ram himself recites the name of Bharat.

Bapu said that Tulsidas has laid down four different ways of doing the japa. The ritual japa has to be conducted by strict adherence to all the ceremonials. Secondly, japa can be done after the proper understanding. If you have a ratna you will treat it as an ordinary stone if you don’t understand its value and if you don’t use it then also that ratna is useless. Third, you can do the japa with purposeless love or bhakti. And the forth way is to do the japa under any and all conditions, knowingly and unknowingly with love or without it. Bapu quoted the incident of Natha bhai who declared that he has got all of his siddhis by naam japa. Bapu then quoted a Gujarati lexicon and thesaurus known as Bhagavat Gomandal. Bapu then picked up the katha of Ram visiting the royal garden to pick flowers for puja and at that time Sita also arrived for worshiping Goddess Durga. Bapu quoted Ramkinkardasji, who explained the spiritual implication of the incident. The royal garden is satsanga, and the lake in that garden is the pure heart of saints and the worship of Durga is faith. Tulsidas has described the first meeting between Sita and Ram. He then described the breaking of the bow (dhanush), the arrival of Parshurama, who was disarmed by Ram. All the four brothers were married and the bridal procession reached Ayodhya after several days. Vishvamitra, who had played a leading role in all these episodes, then took his leave and this was the end of Bal Kand, with which Bapu ended the katha for the day.