'The smoke of 100 sacred fires and the murmur of 1,000 praying Brahmans issue from great Pandal
outside Delhi
beside River Jumna (rear) Feb 12th'
photo credit 'Life Magazine' March 13th, 1944


Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
'Upadesha' (discourse) of  Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati,
Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-1953)



Always be on the Lap of Bhagwan
(from 'Shri Shankaracharya Vaksudha')

[It is recorded that in Delhi, after the Shatamukha Koti Homatmaka Mahayagya of 1943 {1944?}, at the time of the great festival of Shivaratri, in the tent colony there, a discourse was given in 'Bhagiratha Palace' of which this is an extract.]


'If you think of Bhagwan (God) as being distant from oneself then He will be very far away, but if you appreciate He is near and upaasanaa (devotion) to Him will to go to Him, then He will remain always near by. In the manner a woman carries water on the head by putting the pitcher there with one hand, with the other hand [staying] free to take her own child, and when she raises her child up with her foot then with the empty hand she raises him higher. In this manner Bhagwan has been doing the work of the whole world, is always available to raise His own child devotee. Having been crying is to delay in clinging on to His feet, He himself benefits you by holding you up and lifting you and causing you to sit in His own lap. Have faith and from the city of the heart make a prayer to Him; He is always with you, is truly within you; it is not necessary to seach anywhere far away; only understand that as long as you do a little period of a kind of upaasanaa, automatically you will be connected to experience and that at all times will be possessed of limitless strength, wealth of bliss consciousness - be on the lap of Bhagwan in the form of aananda (bliss)!'

सदा भगवान् की गोद में हो

दिल्ली में होने वाले ऐतिहासिक  शतमुख कोटि होमात्मक महयग़्य  के पश्चात् सन् १९४३ की शिवरात्रि - महोत्सव के समय दिल्ली शिविर  भागीरथ पैलेस  में दिये हु‍ए उपदेश का सारांश ]

भगवान् को यदि अपने से दूर माना जायेगा तो वे दूरातिदूर हो जायेंगे और यदि समीप मानकर उनकी उपासना की जायेगी तो वे सदा सन्निकट ही रहेंगे। जिस प्रकार पानी भरने वाली स्त्री अपने सिर पर और एक हाथ में पानी के घड़े रख लेने पर भी दूसरा हाथ अपने बछे को लेने के लि‍ए खाली रखती है और जब उसका बछा उसके चरण पकड़कर ऊपर चढ़ने का प्रयत्न करता है तब वह अपने खाली हाथ से उसे ऊपर उठा लेती है  उसी प्रकार भगवान समस्त विश्व का कार्य करते हु‍ए अपने भक्त बच्चों को उठा लेने के लि‍ए सदैव खाली रखते हैं। रोते हु‍ए जाकर उनके चरणों में लिपटने की देर है कि वे स्वयं तुन्हें ऊपर उठाकर अपनी गोद में बिठा लेंगे। विश्वास करो और नग्न हृदय से उनसे प्रर्थना करो  वे सदैव तुम्हारे साथ हैं  तुम्हारे अन्दर ही हैं  कहीं दूर खोजने की आवश्यकता नहीं है  केवल उपासना का प्रकार समझकर कुछ समय तक कार्य करो  तुम्हें स्वयं अनुभव होने लगेगा कि तुम सर्वदा अनन्त - शक्ति सम्पन्न  चिदानन्दधन  आनन्द - स्वरूप  भगवान् की गोद में हो।



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