Continuing his efforts to make Shraddhavans understand ‘Naradiya Bhaktisutras’ (नारदीय भक्तिसूत्रे), Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu elaborated on the need to have firm faith and trust in Swayambhagwan Trivikram during the discourse he delivered on Thursday, 23-March, 2023. To simplify it further, Sadguru Aniruddha quoted a Doha from Saint Tulsidas ji’s Ramcharitamanas:
एक भरोसो एक बल एक आस बिस्वास,
एक राम घनश्याम हित चातक तुलसीदास.
Ek bharoso, Ek bala, Ek aas, Biswas,
Ek Ram Ghanashyam Hita, Chaatak Tulsidas.
These simple words of Tulsidas ji and their intended meaning that Bapu explained in this pravachan help us to understand God’s place in my life and what I get from Him.
The above Doha starts with “Ek Bharoso” and thus highlights the importance of faith. It makes me remember a Hindi pravachan of Sadguru Bapu in which he had quoted and explained a line from Hemadpant’s Shree Sai Satcharita.
एक विश्वास असावा पुरता,
करता, हरता गुरू ऐसा।
Ek Vishwas Asavaa Purataa।
Kartaa Hartaa Guru Aisaa।।
However, going beyond books and granthas, I recollect Bapu telling us all that life should be ‘walking in faith’ and not mere words. It makes me eager to draw your attention to an experience of the grace of Sadguru Aniruddha that Shivam Pednekar, a Shraddhavan from Mumbai, had. Shivam has narrated an unbelievable experience of his, of the time when he was about to fall from a train and how the ultimate ‘saviour’ ensured no harm to him.
Bapu believes if we keep recalling Bhagwant in our mind regularly, i.e. if we intend for God’s presence in our life, the Bhagwant does not wait for us to call upon Him during our moment of need. He comes to our rescue, as ‘He’ came for Shivam. Here, I cite a quote by Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, which helps us to advance on the Bhaktimarg as a ‘true believer’.
As we talk about ‘Walking in Faith’, we all know that Sadguru Bapu has authored the great work, ‘Shreemadpurushartha Grantharaj - Volume II - Prempravas or ‘Walking in Divine Love’. Apart from this pravachan, this grantha is where Bapu has explained in detail the Shravanbhakti, the first of the nine types of Bhakti or the’ Navavidha Bhakti’.
Similarly, this pravachan again takes us to ‘Shreemadpurushartha Grantharaj - Volume II - Prempravas or ‘Walking in Divine Love’ where Sadguru Aniruddha highlights the eternal tussle in human life – that between our intellect and mind. Again, it is the Shreemadpurushartha Grantharaj where Bapu has explained how we overcome this duel.
Interestingly, at the end of this pravachan, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu revealed a secret, a master key, a ‘master question’ that is the answer to all of our life’s questions. It is the question that we should ask ourselves before doing any activity. I am sure you all are eager to listen to it, and this blogpost will serve the purpose of a ready reference to it.