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UPASANA ( DEVOTION ) | IWGR IV | PART 20 OF 25

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UPASANA ( DEVOTION ) | IWGR IV | PART 20 | PAGE 39-40 | RAMA राम

|| TRUE UPASAK ( DEVOTEE ) ||

To tell you the truth , I have not as yet been fortunate enough to be a true devoted lover . I have seen so far only one true lover or Upasak in the whole world . Otherwise , it is for name sake only to call the rest of the devotees , Rishis , Munis , preceptors or prophets , as the loving Upasaks . But who is that true Upasak , devotee or lover who may be called the Beloved of all ? It is GOD alone .

Do you know how the Beloved teases you in disguise like a true lover ?

Slowly but imperceptibly It draws your attention . In a variety of disguise , under different masks and under various names and forms , It wins your heart from behind the curtain .

Whenever you give your heart to unreality , GOD gives Itself to strange and monstrous airs , and expresses anger in various ways . Whenever you are deviated from GOD's path , GOD gives you a rub , and does not let you rest even for a moment , unless you are made to rest in GOD and GOD alone .

Dear GOD ! If You really are my lover , why should You give yourself to such airs ? Why should You now deny me , after once giving me the blissful taste of Your sublime love ? O my Lord ! Look here . The demon Shishupal * ( egoism ) is snatching away virtuousness and GODliness from us . Are You not annoyed at it ? Have you no shame left in You ? Come to our rescue . It is no occasion for You to show indifference . Come my Lord . Come immediately .

Jai Deva , a great Sanskrit poet says :—

" O Lord ! You are my ornament and decoration . You are my very life . You are my jewels churned out of the ocean * . You have always been kind to me . I pray that my heart may be studiously devoted to You . "

You have been bestowed light on the Sun for nothing . You would not be poor , if you grant me also Divine bliss for all time .

O Lord ! I cannot now afford to perform two duties simultaneously . I cannot manage my food , shelter and clothing and at the same time look to the pleasure of my Beloved . I do not care about my food , clothing , life and even death . You are my all , my food , my blanket , my support , my medicine , my body , my soul and everything . I do not mind , if you want to keep my body and soul together .

But why are You so inactive ? What should You sit idle in this way ? Do some service unto me and grant me oneness with You .

Out of love , a Hindu poet addresses the Beloved thus :—

" I will not close my eyes , if I see you eye to eye , I will see the game and make you dance before me . "

Another poet says :—

" It is for you alone that I keep my soul in my body . "

Keep back your things . Throw them away as charity in the name of your nameless Self . Dishes full of diamonds , jewels and precious stones have been thrown away in this way . People call them stars , satellites , moon , sun and planets etc .

Take them , you astronomers , metaphysicians , traders and merchants . Take them , you rulers and emperors .

But alas , it is not for Rama to accept the money thrown over the palanquin * of the Beloved even under coercion . Let others take it , but not Rama . Rama does not accept such money .

Rama will like to have only the beautiful and charming Beloved inside the palanquin , behind the rainbow curtains ( of colorful clouds , dawn , rainbow and star studded blue sky ) .


( NOTES : * Reference is to Krishna's marriage with Rukmani .

* Reference is to churning of the ocean ( Samudra manthan ) by Gods and demons as described in the Puranas .

* In north India , when marrying , the spouse goes for the first time to the other spouse in a palanquin from the parent's place , coins are thrown over it to be looted by the poor , as charity . )


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