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What pleases God?
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5/19/2015 9:26:55 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
(Message of Shri Datta Swami)
What best pleases somebody should be expressed by that person himself. What best pleases you need not be the best that pleases God. People generally rub their liking on God and propagate that their liking is the best path to please God and hence, everybody should follow it. Suppose you are a good singer. You will propagate that God is always pleased by only songs. You expect that everybody should believe this and promote the art of singing and in such process, you will be also engaged and benefitted. You have taken this path since God is not speaking anything represented by statues or photos.
Thus, everybody is exploiting God. All this is utterly wrong because God has already spoken and His speech was recorded by the ancient sages in the name "Veda". Therefore, the Veda is considered to be the best and first authority of spiritual knowledge. The next authority is the speech of God in Human form called as the Gita. The first authority is Shruti (the Veda) and the second authority is Smruti (the Gita). There cannot be a contradiction between these two since the same God is the author. The third authority is logical discussion (Yukti) and the fourth is experience in the world (anubhava). All these four should be present for the full validity. The third and fourth authorities are only to check the misinterpretation of the speech of God.
Let us take the Shruti, which says that neither worship, nor the issues can please God and the only way is sacrifice of money (Na karmanaa"). People tried to bring "no" before money also, though it is not present in the original text. If you reject the money also by the above process, the question will come that which is to be sacrificed? When you have specifically mentioned the items like worship or issue, you should also specifically mention which is to be sacrificed if the money is also deleted along with worship and issue. This is only a misinterpretation of clever scholars to avoid the sacrifice of money because it is the most difficult point. God is the highest and so the achievement of God also will be with highest difficulty. The status of the fruit indicates the status of effort also. If you pass the IAS examination, you will get the post of Collector.
If you pass group-4 examination, you will become peon. People always wish to become Collector through group 4 examination! Similarly, people want to please God through any means other than money. Money is the root of the world and even the family also. If there is no money, even your life leaves you due to hunger! The Smruti (Gita) says that you can please God by sacrificing the fruit of your hard work (Karma Phala Tyaga). It is always more difficult to sacrifice hard earned money by one"s own work than ancestral property. Thus, the Gita brings higher climax. In this way, the Gita excels the Veda. But, the Veda also excels the Gita in another way in this point. The Gita mentions the fruit of work instead of money because sometimes the fruit of work given need not be money always but also kind. It is cash or kind. The Veda mentions cash only because any kind can be procured by cash.
If you donate in kind, that may not be essential for the receiver. Then the receiver has to sell that kind for half rate and procure the kind of his requirement reduced to half quantity only. In this point, the Veda excels the Gita. Of course for a saint, who does not possess any cash or kind can sacrifice the work alone to God (Karma samnyasa). The third authority is logic. Money is proved as the most valuable item in this world by the very behavior of the human beings, who try to escape from such sacrifice. This is also supported by the worldly observation that with the help of money everything in the world can be attained and hence, it is highest. The last authority, which is experience, proves this also that finally you sacrifice all your money and property to your issues only since your maximum love is always on your issues. Therefore, the best service is the sacrifice of the thing on which your love is the highest.
posted by: surya (disciple of Swamiji)