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Q: How does one direct their desires for the world towards God?

Shri Maharaj Ji: There are five kinds of desires relating to our five senses, namely the desire to hear, see, smell, taste and touch. If these five desires are for mat

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Shri Maharaj Ji: There are five kinds of desires relating to our five senses, namely the desire to hear, see, smell, taste and touch. If these five desires are for material objects, they will further increase our attachment to the world resulting in making the mind more impure, which will act as an impediment on the path of devotion. If these five desires are directed towards Shri Krishna, i.e. the desire to see Him, touch Him, hear Him and so on, it will help to purify our mind because God is divine, possessing the power to purify even the pure.

By engaging in sankirtan or congregational chanting of the names, forms, pastimes, attributes and devotees of God, your worldly desires will slowly convert into desires for God and all that is related to Him.

Q: Why do you say that the attachment of the mind and the senses to the world (bhukti) is better than merging with God (mukti)?

Shri Maharaj Ji: In jnana marg, mukti or liberation means that the individual soul loses his identity by merging into God. His senses, mind and intellect cease to exis

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Shri Maharaj Ji: In jnana marg, mukti or liberation means that the individual soul loses his identity by merging into God. His senses, mind and intellect cease to exist and he therefore becomes incapable of relishing any relationship with, or the bliss of, Shri Krishna. On the other hand, if someone is deeply attached to the world, he still does stand a chance of meeting a true Saint in some human birth. If he is able to develop faith in that Saint by practicing devotion and surrendering to him, he will surely realise and meet Shri Krishna one day. It does not matter if this process takes one birth or ten births. In mukti, however, the soul loses its identity by merging into God and forever loses the opportunity to enjoy the bliss of the divine love of Shri Krishna.

Q: What is the importance of tattvajnana?

Shri Maharaj Ji: I have explained this many times, but you people fail to revise or contemplate on what has been said, and therefore, you tend to forget everything.Read more »


Shri Maharaj Ji: I have explained this many times, but you people fail to revise or contemplate on what has been said, and therefore, you tend to forget everything.

If you can remember tattvajnana (philosophy) at all times, then you are unlikely to commit sin. Even if the mind does wander towards the world or bad thoughts, you will immediately remember that Shri Krishna is sitting inside of you, noting your every thought. You even tend to hide things from your Guru and commit sins by maintaining your privacy. This privacy is ruining you and it is a big stumbling block on the path of devotion. You fail to believe that God is omnipresent. If you believe it, you will realise God.

Tattvajnana is therefore extremely important. Do not be careless in this regard and do not consider it to be of less importance. There are several topics related to tattvajnana, such as raag-dvesh, panchmahabhut, abhinivesh and so on. However, you need only remember three main points - sambandh, abhideya and prayojan. In other words, what is our relationship with Shri Krishna? What should we do to establish and complete that relationship and what is the main aim behind what we are doing? As your tattvajnana deepens, you will move closer to God.

Q: Which desires are to be condemned and which are worth adopting?

Shri Maharaj Ji: All material desires right up to the abode of Brahma - and even the desire for moksh or liberation - are to be condemned. All desires relating to Shri

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Shri Maharaj Ji: All material desires right up to the abode of Brahma - and even the desire for moksh or liberation - are to be condemned. All desires relating to Shri Krishna for the sake of our own happiness are neither condemnable nor adorable. All desires relating to Shri Krishna purely for His happiness are praiseworthy and should be embraced. The very character and nature of devotion is that all desires for our own happiness are to be discarded.

It is our nature to make ever new desires by constantly thinking and imagining that there is happiness in the material world. This nature of ours will continue to torment us until we reach the last stage of God-realisation. At that level, it will become your very nature to love Shri Krishna wholeheartedly. In fact, you will not be able to survive without loving Him. Even a moment of forgetfulness will torment and suffocate you. The aim of all your desires should therefore be to love and serve Shri Krishna solely for His happiness only.

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Q: How does one direct their desires for the world towards God?
Ans: There are five kinds of desires relating to our five senses, namely the desire to hear, see, smell, taste and touch. If these five desires are for material objects, they will further increase our attachment to the world resulting in making the mind m...

Q: Why do you say that the attachment of the mind and the senses to the world (bhukti) is better than merging with God (mukti)?
Ans: In jnana marg, mukti or liberation means that the individual soul loses his identity by merging into God. His senses, mind and intellect cease to exist and he therefore becomes incapable of relishing any relationship with, or the bliss of, Shri Krish...