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Posted: April 17th. 2004 5:44:30 AM
Types of watery orators
by the doc
Age Group: Adult
By bowing to God Hari, the eternal source of joy, I, Mahaprabhuji shall now describe the twenty different types, as made by the devotees of various attributes of God and its expression by which all sorts of doubts about these different expressions will disappear.
All these different attributes of God are likened to the differences that are accepted in the Vedas of the attributes that water takes up in its various different forms. Though water remains the same, yet by changes in its given form and function, it acquires those attributes, so does God Hari by His different modes of description and expression by different devotees.
II- II ½
Those who professionally and devotionally sing the praises of God Hari (as a vocation) are likened to the waters of a well. They are known as Gandharvas or celestial musicians. These are also of different types, similar to the different types of wells as seen in the world.
In this world, the Pouraniks those who learn the various Purana scriptures traditionally and elucidate its meanings are compared to canals of water (usually where there are no rivers and thus acting as beneficial to the populace)
These Pouraniks too, being attached to different acts and people, lead to the emergence of similar bonds of infatuation in the listeners.
Those who sing the praises of God alongwith courtesans, out of being intoxicated with false pride and lust are known as “Garta” or ditches, present in the river bed, when water stops flowing through them continuously and intermittent sparse areas remain filled, unfit for usage by healthy people, hence their company should be avoided.
Those who earn their livelihood, belonging to the extremely low category of people by singing the praises of God, are likened to sewer ditches created or made for storing / transporting dirty water.
All those Pundits, who are sincere in their beliefs in the various scriptures denoting God eg. The Geeta, Shrimad Bhaagwat etc are likened to huge lakes, plentiful and beneficial for the people which includes those who do the Katha, Kirtan sermons too.
Among those Pundits, ones who can remove the earnest doubts of a seeker, who have a serious and inquiring states of mind are compared to great lakes of sweet water or large step-wells with sweet water for usage.
Those Pundits as described earlier, with infinite and unending love of God, are compared to those great lakes with sweet water and which have blooming lotuses growing within them.
Those who have listened very rarely to the wonderful words of the men of Truth, with little love for God and His Leelas are compared to small sized lakes.
Similarly those with a very minute amount of devotion and listening to or have knowledge about God and His Leelas, yet pure out of their virtuous actions are compared to very small lakes or ponds.
Those who practice the eight fold path of Yoga, meditation and contemplation etc. who describe the God’s attributes are compared to rain-water.
Those who express God and His attributes through the paths of severe renunciation demanding asceticism and the Saankhya path of knowledge of Nature and the Supreme force are compared to the beads of water which arise from sweat.
Those who describe God beautifully by knowledge begotten with the grace of God, yet which can be understood only occasionally by the listener and only if he is attentive to what the orator is describing as the attributes of God, are likened to the noisy flowing waters of a stream or a waterfall.
Those who describe God according to the scriptures and the invoking of their propounded deities are compared to dew drops arising out of this earth.
Those who follow the Vedic-Maryada-Marg and its nine-fold devotion bestowing means (as described in the earlier scriptures) and describe God, out of the inspired feeling of love for God, are compared to the pleasantly flowing rivulets or rivers formed out of rain water.
According to the means employed, and the inspired descriptions of the attributes of God, of those who have their faith in the Maryada Marg have been described by me. Their intensities neither undergo the phenomena waxing or waning, equanimous yet limited in their own way, they are likened to the rivers, which are filled with waters all the year round by me, Mahaprabhuji.
After attaining contentment and following the path of devotion in various births, and in this birth being continuously devoted, in the presence or company of various sorts of people due to the relations of the body, time, place etc. prone to great positivities and negativities of emotions and devotion dependent upon their circumstances are compared to the flowing waters of the river.
Those as described earlier are free from the ebbs and tides of emotions and devotion, are intransigent in their love of God and His Leela description, then these are compared to the great big rivers flowing perennially towards the ocean.
XIV –XIV ½
Those ultimately devout and rarely approachable holy souls, ever merged with God like Sheeshji, the serpent form of God on which God rests with his consord Goddess Lakshmiji; Vyasji, the propounder of various scriptures of the Shreemad Bhaagwat; Agni, the propounder of the Agni Purana; Vayu, the propounder of the Vayu Purana; Jadabharatji the teacher of King Raghugana; Naradji the teacher of Dhruvji and Prahaladji and propounder of Narada Bhakti Sutra; Maitriyaji who expounded the Shreemad Bhaagwat to Vidurji etc are compared in their description of God to the great oceans, permanently filled and with treasures.
Those ultimate devotees who describe the attributes of God with the mixed emotions of society, the Vedas etc eg like Valmikiji in the A___ Ramayana about God Ram are compared to the six different salty seas of the world.
XVI – XVII
Those who are above all the three Gunas – Satva, Rajas and Tamas and hence pure in totality, totally aware of all the attributes of Sat-Chitta-Aanand form of God, are compared to oceans of pure water or of nectar. These devotees are extremely rare to find and so is listening to their divine description of God.
Very, very rarely, somewhere and sometimes, the speech of such great devotees, like the voices of the messengers of God as heard by the Brahmin Ajamil and likened to his listening itself is heard. It is compared to the intake of a drop of water which does not quench thirst, but gives little happiness and contentment and extremely, rarely the direct experience of God
When one is totally free of all attachment and ignorance in this world, which leads to various sins like lust, anger, greed etc only then the listening to the speeches or sermons of devout souls is compared to those substances which can be licked, tasted and enjoyed because it is the cause of the experience and enjoyment of the manifested God Himself.
If there is any description, different than the above-mentioned ones, then it is likened to water contained in different vessels after removing them from various sources and the water which is fallen on the grounds while doing so. Similarly what one gains out of them, pure or impure depends upon the attributes described, as is the use of water in different vessels.
I have thus described individuals embodied life – Jeevas, on this earth, and those emotions and attributes present in their multitudinous aspects, prevalent and arising out of all their special senses, and their different created forms, emotions and end-results, which eventually and in total versatility are all the different forms of God Vishnu Himself.
Author's Location: Baroda, India
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