“We see Krishna everywhere and in everything. And our love is being expressed through all we do. That is the perfection of yoga.” – Radhanath Swami
Taj Mahal! The person who built this incredible monument, Shah Jahan, can you imagine what power, what influence, what wealth he had to make this as a tomb for his wife! How many tombs are there like this in this world?!
There are other people, I am sure, who love their wives as much, or much more. But they just burn her body and put her ashes in the Ganges. Or they have a little tomb of stone. But what is this! What is the art! What is the architecture! What is the craftsmanship! To do all this, to make a tomb for a wife, what kind of power, influence and money he had!
But even with it all, there were things out of his control. His own son Aurangzeb killed some of his brothers, exiled others, and put his father in prison. He wasn’t even allowed to see the Taj Mahal. He had such power to build it, but then he wasn’t even allowed to see it, what to speak of walk around and show people – what I have done!
“So whoever we are, there are forces beyond our control.” – Radhanath Swami
To really be a master means to completely give up the idea of being a master. Because, as long as we think we are master, there are going to be bumpy roads. And even if we go on the beautiful highway, even if we build the Taj Mahal, we may not even be able to look at it. That’s the way the world is.
“But that current of truth that is within us, when we connect to that, when we bathe deeply in that current of truth, then we give up trying to be the master, the controller, the proprietor.” – Radhanath Swami
And we take our joy – gopé-bhartuù pada-kamalayor däsa-däsänudäsaù. We become the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the Lord of gopis. And our true happiness is seva, unconditional loving service. That is our eternal nature. And nothing can impede that, not even the fog, because in the light of that, even if the whole world is full of fog within our hearts, the light has dissipated the fog. And we see everything as it is. We see Krishna everywhere and in everything and our love is being expressed through all we do. That is the perfection of yoga.
yoginām api sarveṣāḿ
śraddhāvān bhajate yo māḿ
sa me yuktatamo mataḥ
Krishna tells in Gita,
”Of all yogis, one who abides in me with this faith and love and renders unconditional loving service to me, that person is most intimately united with me in yoga and is the highest of all.”