Katha Chopais

Naath sakal sampada tumhaari | Main sevaku samet sut naari ||
Naath aaju main kaah na paava | Mitey doshe dukh daarid daava ||

Dashrath Jee says to Vishwamitr jee, “My Lord all that I have is yours, I and my sons and my wives are your servants.
“Lord”, Kevat cried and said to Bhagwan Ram, “What have I not already received this day ? The fire of my sins, sorrows and indigence (poverty) has been extinguished” !

Katha Translations

On the commencement of this katha,  Bapu began by saying that In this holy place of Nathdwara, my pranaam to Bhagwaan Shrinaath jee and all my listeners on the occasion of the new Vikram samvat year.

In Shri Ram Charit Manas, the first chaupai of this katha is by a King (Dashrath jee) when he went to see off Sage Vishwamitra after the wedding of Bhagwaan Ram and Ma Sita. Whereas the second chaupai of this katha is spoken by a modest person (kevat) in an expression for Bhagwaan Ram’s grace towards him. These two chaupais can indicate an aspirant as to how to behave with a saint and the Lord.

An aspirant should try not to complain to God but rather express his gratitude for whatever he’s been bestowed upon. In the times of adversity, if an individual gives more importance to the trouble then it means that he/she is making the grace of God smaller than the trouble. Rather, in such times it is better for an individual to consider his Lord and his grace greatest of all and lessen the weight of the trouble.

Shri Ram Charit Manas is a great scripture; its presence around also can give a lot of strength to a person. Just like when a person has a good sum of money, he feels confident and fearless. If a bundle of paper currency can make a difference to a person’s psyche, it is obvious that a scripture like Shri Ram Charit Manas can work wonders for him! Similarly, your mala (rosary) can be a tremendous source of strength as it is continually attached to the remembrance of the Almighty.

The seven kaand of Shri Ram Charit Manas convey a certain message and if an individual tries and implements those in life, it is equivalent to doing the paatth of Manas. The seven messages are as follows.

  1. Bal kand preaches that one should never ever be proud of own bhajan. If one is not careful about that, then he might face a downfall like Naarad jee faced when he got arrogant about his samaadhi. Ego is the root of all faults, so an aspirant should be extremely careful and be a like a child (free of false pride).
  2. Ayodhya Kand teaches that one should not have any ill feeling towards anybody. Kaikeyi jee indulged in ill feeling, so neither she was happy nor anyone else.
  3. Aranya Kand shows us the path to sacrifice like Jataayu and not capture like Raavan.
  4.  In Kishkindha Kand, Tulsidas jee indicates that one should try and be free of hypocrisy like Baali.
  5. In Sunder Kand, Hanuman jee took a leap towards Lanka in the search of Ma Jaanaki. One can learn from this that the caliber should be always used to help others.
  6. Lanka Kand is all about ‘Setubandh’, i.e. building bridges between sects, communities, races etc. One should try and create harmony in own surroundings.
  7. Uttar Kand makes a person gradually progress towards the ultimate peace through the spiritual path.

If a person is able to sincerely implement the above sutras in life, he/she can be said to be living Shri Ram Charit Manas in daily life, in spite of not doing paatth of it.

Bapu began today’s katha saying that the subject of ‘Nav-naath’ can be seen from three aspects.

  1. The nine forms of Bhagwaan Krishna as ‘naath’.
  2. The nine characters of Shri Ram Charit Manas who are addressed as ‘naath’.
  3. The worship tradition of ‘naath’ sect with its lineage of nine heads.

Let us first discuss the term ‘nav-naath’. The digit 9 (nav) is a considered to be a whole number as well as a digit connoting a vacuum.

In Sanskrit vocabulary, the word ‘naath’ refers to following four meanings:

Yaachana (to ask for) – an aspirant should resist from asking for anything from anybody, but if that does not seem possible, then ask only from the Almighty (naath). Tulsidas jee says in Vinay patrika-‘ Jaanchiye girija pati kaasi..’ indicating that only your Lord can fulfill your wishes; it is useless to ask from anybody else.

Aishwarya (fortune) – Never ask for fortunes from God. An aspirant should rather ask for God from God (naath), fortune would follow automatically! In our Neeti shastras, it is said that the one who desires only God from God is a Mahatma.

Uptaap – Naath is also referred to a person who uses the path of penance (tapa) to destroy all the faults.

Aashirwaad – A blessing can work for a person as the caretaker.

‘Naath’ in the common language means a master or a subject of respect and love   (naath is also said for swami, prabhu, pati, guru).

In Rig Veda’s 10th Mandal, there’s an indication of  ‘naath’. The Rishi says that it’s only the Master (naath) who can answer the questions like why, where, how this creation came into being.

In ‘Tantra shastra’, Lord Shrinaath is described as the one who is capable of granting salvation i.e. freedom from worries and anxieties, the one who takes a person towards self-realization and the one who stops the expanse of ignorance. But, it is to be noted here that Bhagwaan Shrinaath jee can stop the expanse of ignorance, but it is only the Sadaguru who can destroy the roots of ignorance in the aspirant. Bapu says, ‘I strongly have faith in the fact that it is only because of Lord’s grace that an individual reaches gets a Sadaguru.

Let us see who are the nine naath in Shri Ram Charit Manas:

  1. Mahadev– Biswa-naath mum naath puraari | Tribhuvan mahima bidit tumhaari ||
  2. Bhagwaan Ram – Daani siromani kripa-nidhi naath kahaun satibhaau|
  3. Vishwamitra jee – Naath lakhan pur dekhan chahahin | Prabhu sakoche dar pragat na kahahin ||
  4. Yaagyavalkya jee – Naath ek sansau bada morein | Karagat beda-tatva sabu torein ||
  5. Bharadwaaj jee – Ram saprem kaheu muni paahin | Naath kahiya hum kehi maga jaahin ||
  6. Parshuram jee – Naath sambhu-dhanu bhanjanihaara | Hoihi keu ek daas tumhaara ||
  7. Bharat jee – Suni saprem samujhaav nishaadu | Naath kariya kata baadi bishaadu ||
  8. Kumbhaj Muni – Naath kosala-dhees Kumaara | Aaye milan jagat aadhaara ||
  9. Kaag Bhushundi jee – Naath kahahu kehi kaaran paayau kaak sareer |

Now, let us just list the nine forms of Bhagwaan Krishna as ‘naath’.

  1. Shrinaath.
  2. Vraj-naath.
  3. Gopi-naath.
  4. Surat-naath.
  5. Lok-naath.
  6. Kaaliya-naath.
  7. Draupadi-naath.
  8. Arjun-naath.
  9. Dwarka-naath.

There has been a tradition of ‘Gorakh naath’ where the original deity is Bhagwaan Shankar considered as ‘Aadi-naath’ and then nine saints who come in the ‘naath’ school of worship propagated it.

A Sadaguru is an ocean of grace (kripa-sindhu) from where a disciple can attain innumerable precious elements. Many people say that they are like dust of their Sadaguru’s feet. Such people should take care that they don’t create in malignity in others’ eyes and rather should try to purify their vision.

Bapu says, ‘Recently, a sanyasi asked me if one can have a glimpse of God in the outer forms just like in inner self. I said yes, one definitely could. But, I have never desired for Lord’s glimpse, I see him in his every creation. For me, my Sadaguru is more than enough.’

For a dedicated shishya, his Sadaguru is everything. A Sadaguru reaches to aspirant through his spiritual being (chetna), if not physically. When there is not a point of hole in shishya’s bag of faith, only then he would be able to absorb Sadaguru’s grace in the right manner. Even a minutest doubt can hamper his spiritual journey.

Some scholars have defined ‘Naath’ as ‘Na + Atha’, meaning the thing that does not have any end and thus does not have any beginning also. The naath sect has an age-old tradition but there has been a supposed allegation on it that it propagated Yoga and denounced the path of devotion (bhakti). But this allegation does not hold any weight, as any spiritually aware person would never criticize devotional means of worship. Gorakh nath had said, ‘Hansiba kheliba dhariba dhyaanam..’- A spiritual person should meditate but not at the cost of his joy and innocence. This statement clearly indicates that the naath sect endorses the path of devotion, which is full of joy. Spirituality should not make an aspirant grave and sad; but he/she should be full of delight and be able to enjoy dance and music. Bapu says, “I feel that ‘To smile’ should be added to the ten characteristics of Dharma as the eleventh one.” Mira is a good example; she showed to world that a fully spiritually aware person is full of joy, music and dance.

Meditation should not be dreary; it should have an element of ‘rasa’. The more a person is quiet and peaceful from inside, the more is he joyful; he would sing and smile. Like in a sea, there’s depth and stillness inside it, but there are waves in its outer appearance. Similarly, inner peace and tranquility in a human being creates waves of joy around the person. Meditation is not just about a still body; it is actually about having a still mind.

Bapu says, “Gorakh naath is in tune with the thoughts of my Vyas-peetth. If the subject does not complement my Vyas-peetth, then my pothi only does not allow it to be discussed from here. I have total faith on my pothi (Shri Ram Charit Manas).”

Naath sect has a ceremonial ritual of piercing ears, which connotes that an aspirant’s ear bloom and flower with the words of Sadaguru.

Bapu said, “I would request all my listeners to be very careful about not getting prejudiced about any person, place, thing or situation. As once the knot (granthi) is formed in mind, it becomes very difficult to unfold it. It can last forever and can spoil the journey of life”.

The founder of ‘Naath’ tradition was Matsyendra naath. Let us have a brief glimpse of his life. There’s ambiguity about his life history as there are many opinions about it. But, it is said that he was named Vishnu Sharma in the childhood and he attained knowledge from Bhagwaan Shankar. Once, he went to a forest but got enticed by the womenfolk living there. His disciple, Gorakh naath was informed about this. Gorakh took a form of a dancer and went to the place where his Guru was. He alerted his guru and helped in regaining his awareness.

The significance of this story can be summarized in saying that the Sadaguru and his actions are not comprehensible for everybody. This kind of behaviour may be just to show that a person can become aware even while living in the middle of the world. Or it can also be ascertained that a shishya can overtake a Sadaguru and in such a case, the Sadaguru should be proud of his shishya.

QuestionHow do we establish faith in God?
Bapu’s answer – Try and know your subject of worship. Unless you understand and know your deity, you wont be able to put faith in him.

Let us discuss today, one of the ‘naath’ forms of Bhagwaan Krishna i.e. Vraj naath. The literal meaning of the name is ‘the head of the Vraj kshetra’. But, ‘vraj’ also means movement (gati). Bhagwaan Krishna is the propagator of movement and not stillness. Movement leads to innovations and creates novelty. An individual should get up as a new person every morning. An aspirant should always aspire to move forward in his spiritual journey and the Lord takes further care. For instance, when an aspirant decides to do ‘japa’, then the Lord pulls him towards himself and also gives the necessary push for forward journey as such. Even the resolution to do japa comes from the inspiration of the Lord only.

Bhagwaan Krishna carries the ‘Sudarshan chakra’ representing constant momentum. Indian culture has witnessed three main charkas:

  1. Sudarshan chakra (represents truth)
  2. Ashok chakra (Denoting the win of love over hatred)
  3. Yerawada chakra of Gandhi jee (gives the message of compassion).

Movement of sudarshan chakra indicates three types of movements that Bhagwaan Krishna brought about in society.

  • Go-gati – Bhagwaan Krishna took care of cows in a big way. But it also means that he used his senses (‘go’ means indriyas/senses) for bringing about positive movements. To watch, hear, talk, walk or hold auspicious elements is the movement of senses.
  • Golok-gati – Bhagwaan Krishna took utmost care of his surroundings. To keep the environment free of pollution and to use the resources in the right manner is ‘golok-gati’.
  • Govardhan–gati – Bhagwaan Krishna gave shelter to everyone under the Govardhan mountain. To be large-hearted and helpful to others is the ‘govardhan-gati’ for aspirants.

Once Gopichand asked Jalandhar naath (second saint of naath tradition) some  questions and got the following responses.

  1. What to do when desires disturb me when I’m in the middle of people?- Controlled and pure (saatvik) diet can help in reducing the desires. Yoga endorses balanced diet.
  2. What to do when hunger disturbs in a forest?- Practise pranayam.
  3. What to when delusion (maaya) disturbs in a hut (kutiya)?- Chant the ‘naad’ (Omkaar) or Harinaam.
  4. What to do disease gets on me when I eat sweets?- With the help of Guru kripa, try to create a harmony between the mind and air in the body.

In Mahabharat, there are reasons mentioned that become a reason for friction in the society. They are – woman (when there’s an insult to a woman’s prestige or she speaks harsh words on some occasion), Money, Negative speech, Enemy and Crime.

If any poetry, music, dance or a statement touches your soul (not just the    the mind or heart) , then just understand that there’s truth behind it. Soul can
only be touched by truth.

The whole creation is a form of God only; it is not for condemning, but for celebrating. Never insult anyone; it is an insult to the Almighty.

Bapu says,“we can see the darkness, but we can not see in the darkness. We can see the creation but we are unable to see the creator.”

An aspirant should never get arrogant about his spiritual stage as downfall can occur at any point of time. It is only the God’s grace that saves an aspirant from the attacks of anger, greed and desire. Aspirant’s efforts are limited and they are extremely prone to ego and false pride; therefore, just take refuge in the grace of the Lord and never take it for granted. Ego is in constant search of a vehicle to reach out to you and capture you any moment.

QuestionIn the two main chaupais of this katha, the word ‘main’ occurs at different points. In the first chaupai, it is used in the second half of chaupai and in the next chaupai, it is used in the first half. Is there any particular reason behind it?
Bapu’s answer – Shri Ram Charit Manas has not just been written by ink on paper, it has come as a blessing or voice of the supreme power and Tulsidas jee became a medium in putting it across the world. In the first chaupai, Dasarath jee is surrendering in the feet of Rishi Vishwamitra, so his ‘main’/ego is at the back. When an aspirant surrenders in the feet of his Sadaguru, he should let go his ego; surrender is not successful if done with an egoist attitude. In the second chaupai, Kevat is conveying his gratitude; in expressing the thankfulness, an aspirant should be the first one to feel that this kind of grace has not been bestowed upon anyone else.

QuestionHow do we save ourselves from ego?
Bapu’s answer – An aspirant should be constantly aware and alert in this regard. But, it is only the God’s grace that can save a person totally from ego.

Do not compare anyone with yourself. Just think over and then you will realize that God has been extremely kind in showering the grace on you. Every individual, on a personal level, should think that isn’t it true that God has given more than one deserved. Comparison leads to mental complex.

In the worst of adversities, if you can sustain your faith, you can move above the troubles. Total faith is a big strength for an aspirant.

In the ‘naath’ tradition, Gahini naath was a saint who defined the sutras of devotion with the reference to Yoga. But on the other hand, Gorakh naath defined the yoga sutras with a devotional approach. He said, “ Mana main rahina, bheda na kahina, boliba amrit baani, aagili agini hoiba avadhu, aapan hoiba paani.”

‘Mana main rahina’ – If one is able to station himself in his own mind, he can easily become a saadhu. This is possible if one does not indulge in analyzing the minds of others.

‘Bheda na kahina’ – An aspirant need not share the experiences of his spiritual journey with everyone; just share them with your Sadaguru. Tulsidas jee says,‘Joge juguti tapa mantra prabhaau | Falayi tabahin jab kariya duraau ||.’ Yoga practices, strategies, penance and mantra chanting lose their charm and strength if they are shared with others.

‘Boliba amrit baani’Avoid the use of harsh words even if you are true.

‘Aagili agini hoiba avadhu, aapan hoiba paani’In the situation where the other person burns in the heat of anger, an aspirant should use the water of composure to make him at ease.

Bhagwaan Krishna as ‘Gopinaath’ can also been seen in the context of the above sutras of Gorakh naath. Bhagwaan Krishna was given allegations in the things that he wasn’t involved in. In those circumstances also he never retaliated, he maintained the composure of mind. He went through a lot of unpleasant episodes as human being, but he never complained. He kept his intentions and feelings to himself. His speech was so inspiring that anyone could regain the lost confidence; the biggest example is his Bhagwad Gita. He listened to blasphemous language by Shishupaal etc. but never retaliated.

In Shri Ram Charit Manas, Sage Yagyavalkya and Bharadwaaj Jee both are addressed as ‘naath’. Bharadwaaj jee is such a naath who does penance but is non-aggressive; he maintains calmness. He has control over his senses with discretion and he is well aware of the path of salvation (paramaarth).

King Bhartrihari jee has also has been a follower of the ‘naath’ tradition. He experienced extreme disappointment in his life in the relationship with his queen, Pingala. He got inspiration from Gorakh naath and took on the path of detachment. His whole focus was on Vairaagya (dispassion). Gorakh naath’s instructions were-

  • Do not speak without thinking.
  • Walk carefully so that you don’t hurt anyone.
  • Don’t be arrogant about your achievements.
  • Live according to your nature (sahaj). Saadhana should also be done in a comfortable manner, as without a healthy body, it cannot proceed. For instance when you do japa, sit in a comfortable posture.

After practicing the above instructions and spending twelve years on the ‘naath’ path, Bhartrihari was sent by Gorakh naath to his palace and ask for alms from Pingala considering her as a mother figure.

Mahabharat says that following people should be got away with just like a broken boat is disposed off as it is unsuitable to go ashore:

  • King who does not take care of his people.
  • Religious leader who does not show the right path.
  • Woman with malign intentions and behaviour.
  • Brahmin who turns away from shastras and misuses them.
  • Cowboy who is not ready to go to forest.
  • Barber who is not ready to leave forest.

QuestionWe’ve heard that the one who follows religion has a respectable end where as a non-religious person does not have so. Is it true?
Bapu’s answerIt is not like that. One should try to follow the religion and try to be righteous, but it does not guarantee a peaceful end.  Eg. In Mahabharat, it is understandable that Duryodhan, Dhritrashtra etc. did not have an ideal end. But it is also seen that people who followed religion did not have necessarily have a good end too. Pandavas, Bheeshma and Vidur were on the side of religion but still did not have an ideal end. The end actually depends on the decision of the supreme power. The end is not the certificate of being religious. But, if a person chants Harinaam in the end, it surely is most auspicious. Harinaam is the greatest of all saadhan (spiritual efforts). Try to increase your bhajan/sumiran even if you are full of faults or vices. For instance,  Dasharath jee chanted Ram naam in the end and attained the ultimate fruit of life and death.

Even if the Sadaguru is not physically around, his inspiration can reach an aspirant in any form, provided he’s receptive.

An aspirant should try to satisfy the people around him with his best efforts. Doing bhajan does not give you a license to be indifferent to the family and surroundings. Also, don’t create enmity with anyone; rather try to be as helpful as possible according to your caliber.

In the ‘Naath’ tradition came, “kanipa naath.’ His thought was mainly based on Dhyaan/meditation. He said that meditation could be in the form of aspirant’s mind, speech and intellect being in union with the supreme power continually.

Katha is such a distinctive medium that it incorporates all the paths of spirituality in some way or the other. It is an ‘all in one’ saadhan!

In Shri Ram Charit Manas, Sage Vishwamitra is referred to as Maha-muni. But, he says that he needs Bhagwaan Ram as his ‘naath’ as without him all the achievements are worthless – ‘Anuj samet dehu raghunaatha | Nisichar badh main hobe sanaatha ||’. But it is seen that once, he gets the company of Bhagwaan Ram, he becomes the naath himself – ‘Naath lakhan pur dekhan chahahin | Prabhu sakoche dar pragat na kahahin||’.

Bapu says, ‘My Vyas-peetth sees a person as naath, who has following traits.”

  • The one who is fearless (abhaya) – a person can be fearless if there are no desires and pretensions (hypocrisy). The best way to attain fearlessness is to constantly be aware of the fact that the Lord is within me. Hanuman jee is totally free of fear as he’s in constant union with Ram naam.
  • The one who is not pompous about his fearlessness. Hanuman jee always credited his success to the grace of Bhagwaan Ram.
  • The one who does not indulge in scornfulness (ninda).
  • The one who follows the ‘ashram-vyavastha’ (four spheres of a human being’s life) with discretion.
  • The one who is free of hypocrisy and has a transparent personality – Hanuman jee took various forms, but they were only for ‘leela’ purpose.
  • The one who is continually involved in the study of scripture, reciting it or thinking about his beloved deity. Even if you have a scripture by heart, still pay respect to it by reading some part of it daily.
  • The one who is joyful.
  • The one who does not give his opinion about others. A spiritually inclined person should use his discretion in choosing his company, but should never give personal opinion about others.
  • The one who does not have an ideal. He/she should move ahead in life maintaining originality.

Hanuman jee is a unique persona, who can be considered an ultimate ‘naath’ but still is beyond every ‘naath’.

QuestionYou say that your listeners are not your shishyas, then whose responsibility is for your listeners’ spiritual progress?
Bapu’s answerIf any individual is totally committed to one Vyas-peetth only, then it automatically becomes the responsibility of the speaker to take care of his/her spiritual journey. But, if the listener is not committed to one speaker, then it is his own responsibility. It all depends on the loyalty of the listener towards the speaker. If the commitment is absolute, the speaker has to take care of the listener; he cannot escape this responsibility.

The difference between ahankaar (ego) and abhimaan (arrogance) is that ego may come in a person genetically and so it remains deep inside an individual. Whereas, arrogance may be situational, it lasts temporarily; it may come and go with time.

According to Sage Manu, following five places are worthy of respect in their ascending order:

  • Vittam – The wealth that is used for welfare of others and cannot be counted is Lakshmi. Such Lakshmi should be respected.
  • Bandhu – The relationship with your kith and kin should be respectful.
  • Vayah – The elderly should be respected in spite of having difference of views with them. The youth should serve the elderly as their blessings may bestow good age, knowledge, fame and strength.
  • Karma – Good deeds should always be given due regard.
  • Vidya – Knowledge should be given utmost respect.

QuestionYou don’t pay much significance to vice-virtue (paap-punya) thought in the spiritual journey. What are the vices in practical life  according to you? 
Bapu’s answerI think the following vices should be avoided. They are the worst vices of the present times.

  • Stree-ninda – Never abuse a woman; wherever a woman is insulted, there cannot be true happiness.
  • Gareeb ki upeksha – Never be rude to the poor/needy. If you want inner peace , respect every human being. Insulting a poor person is a form of violence.
  • Asahaj jeevan – Living against your nature is nothing but hypocrisy. The more unpretentious you are, the more religious you are.
  • Dwesh karna – Bearing ill-feeling towards others is a vice. Abhorrence towards people can have a long lasting negative effect on the society.
  • Bhajan mein bhang karna – creating hindrances in others’ spiritual path should be forbidden. Never criticize anybody’s path of worship. Even if you are involved in social service, don’t ignore bhajan.

A ‘naath’ could be the person/place or element for which you become willing to surrender yourself completely. And also who is capable of fulfilling your life in every way.

In the ‘Naath’ tradition, came ‘Charpati naath’; he was a propagator of ‘rasa’. He was once asked that what would be the greatest fruit of life. He answered that surrendering everything in the feet of Mahadev is the ultimate fruit of life.

Another saint was ‘Gopichand naath’. He took the resolution in front of his mother, Maina that until he attained total self-realization, he would not return back home.

QuestionCan you explain ‘prem’ in detail?
Bapu’s answer – It is difficult to explain it in detail, but I can spread it amongst people! Love is flower that can bloom anywhere, for anyone, at anytime; there can never be restrictions on love. Khalil Gibran professed some things about love, as the supreme element (prem devata). He said the following things:

  • Follow the path that the prem devata indicates.
  • When prem devata spreads its wings, just surrender to it.
  • Follow the words of prem devata with faith.
  • Prem is such that it takes all and gives all; it exists in absoluteness and not in pieces.

QuestionIt is said that olden times were better than today. What can you say about that?
Bapu’s answer – There have been good things and bad things in the  past as well as in the present. It actually depends on the individual as to how to live and extract the best from both. One should not waste the present in doing the postmortem of the past.

Question If a good end is not guaranteed by righteous living, then why to follow religion?
Bapu’s answer – Do not worry about the end. Following the religion is helpful for living a healthy life. Religion saves an individual from  mal practices to some extent.

Bapu began today’s katha by conveying greetings to everybody on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti and Dev-Diwali.

Two of ‘Nav-naath’ are ‘Revani naath’ and ‘Naag naath’. Revani naath was mainly involved in social service and opposed the superstitious activities in the society. He aimed at creating gender and caste equality amongst people. He spent a long time of his life in Girnar.

  • Naag naath believed in ‘maun’ (silence). He said that words complicate the matters.
  • Rishi Kumbhaj is a ‘naath’ in Shri Ram Charit Manas. He drank up the ocean, terminated the growth of Vindhyachal mountain and Bhagwaan Ram came to meet him on his own. These incidents indicate the characters of naath- ‘naath’ can be the one who is capable of digesting the ups and downs of life, stopping the strong flow of desires and for whom the Lord becomes a guest out of choice.

Bharat jee and Kaag Bhushundi jee are also naath of Shri Ram Charit Manas.

Question – There have been various discussions about the characters of ‘naath’ in this katha. Are there any sutras that can make us instill some part of ‘naath’ in ourselves?
Bapu’s answer – It is a good aspiration to inculcate the characters of naath in yourself, but it is more important to make sure that you don’t remain ‘anaath’ (without a master). Even if you adopt a single sutra of katha, it can become your guide and you become ‘sanaath’ (sheltered by master). One can take inspiration from ‘naath’, but it is not an easy task to become one. But if you want become ‘sanaath’, just take care of following factors:

  • Life – Respect your life and see its positive aspects.
  • Live – one should learn to live every moment in the best way.  The more you try to escape from troubles, the more they come to bother you. Face every situation with courage.
  • Love – Live with love for all; don’t breed ill feelings towards anyone.
  • Learn – Always be ready to learn more. Keep an open mind and accept the truth from wherever possible.
  • Leave – Try to sacrifice for others. Youth should make a resolution of donating something to others everyday. Donating may not only be in the form of money or a thing but it can also be in the form of a smile, a good thought or a consolation. Every individual should donate 10% of his money for welfare of others.
  • Laugh – Be joyful and keep smiling.

Sadaguru is not a shikshak (teacher); he is a chikitsak (physician). Teacher     can explain or give knowledge about your problem, but Sadaguru is the one   who gives treatment to you. Bapu says, “I’m not your vitta mantri (finance minister), but I’m your chitta mantri (manager of the mind). My vyas gaadi has been working on the minds of many people.”

Let us offer the fruit of virtue of this katha in the feet of Bhagwaan Shrinaath jee…Haraye namah..Haraye namah..Haraye namah.