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Come Hell or High Water

Hari OM
Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!

The Mukundamala of King Kulashekhara is the focus, currently, as we seek to raise our devotion.

In this verse, there is a promise to the Lord of undying bhakti.

idiv va _auiv va mmaStu vasae
Narke va nrkaNtk àkamm!,
Car[aE te mr[e=ip icNtyain.7.
Divi vaa bhuvi vaa mamaastu vaaso
Narake vaa narakaantka prakaamam;
charanau te marane-pi chintayaani ||7||
Whether I live for a long time in heaven, hell or on earth, Oh, slayer of the demon Naraka, as you please, even at the time of my death I will think of Your Lotus Feet that deify the beauty of the lotus flowers blossoming in the autumn season.

Saadhana is a practice of consistency of purpose and enthusiastic participation. This is demonstrated by the guru king by stating how he seeks never to forget his Love for the Lord. Bhakti has an element of the romantic about it, hence the poetic analogy with the lotus and the Lord's feet. A true devotee has, always, the Lord in mind, even in the most trying of times. Yeshu showed this to his disciples when he cried out from the cross, "Lord, you and I are one and the same. I am deathless; forgive them…" Shri Rama's brother Bharata, despite being handed the throne to take care of, never sat upon it, choosing instead to place Rama's sandals there and to honour them as if his brother was present at all times.

In our life, we would benefit from such firm faith and determined devotion! Only by climbing the rungs of Unconditional Love can we come to realise that the God we seek is none other than our Own Self - we can never actually be separate from the Higher Existence. With this understanding, too, death can hold no fear. In the Bhagavad Gita (2:14), Krishna-ji advises Arjuna to bear the transient, for the body is nothing but an abode give to us to experience the results of our past actions, whether good or bad. There can be regret for what one did, but there can be no going back and changing how things happened. The wise, then, waste no time in holding sour memories or living with regret. Instead, they make a clear decision to not repeat mistakes and face the future with cheer and joy.

By forgiving ourselves any wrongs and in reforming our ways, through the constant remembrance of Higher Existence and by living the values associated, we can go a long way to overcoming fear.

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