fter transmigrating through 8.4 million species, we are now human beings. St. Tulsi Das has written in the Ramayana, “Bare bhagya paiye satsanga, Binahin prayas hot bhav bhanga.” One is very lucky to hear satsang by which our misconceptions get easily erased. So we should listen to spiritual discourse very attentively because our salvation lies in it. Spiritual discourse tells us the guidelines for our salvation and is the main instrument for bringing transformation into our life.
There is a story about a businessman who was very miserly and selfish and hated good and pious works. One day he was invited by a devotee to attend satsang. He went to the place where the program was being held and sat down there. He could grasp only three things: “come”, “sit” and “go”. Besides these three things, he understood nothing of the satsang. That night, while the businessman was sleeping, a thief entered his house. Even though the rich man was fast asleep, he was dreaming and uttering the three words: Come, Sit, and Go. But the thief heard this and thought that probably the owner of the house wanted to catch him red-handed. He bowed to the feet of the businessman and prayed, “Please forgive me, do not hand me over to the police! I came to your house to steal but you caught me red-handed.”
The businessman grasped the situation and realised that his life’s savings had been saved due to the three things that he had learnt from the spiritual discourse. So he decided to attend satsang regularly. He went there a second time and asked the mahatma to give him satsang. He told him the whole story about the thief who had broken into his house and how his wealth had been protected by virtue of the three things which he had learnt in the last satsang. The mahatma said, “You could carry only three things from the discourse yet this was enough to protect your money. Had you listened to the satsang with full attention, your life itself would have become blissful.” The point is, saints and divine masters come on this earth from time to time and spread Spiritual Knowledge through satsang, because it is the only measure which takes us towards true devotion. There is no other way which can take us to God.
We have designed brakes to stop all types of vehicles but it is written about the mind, “Kabahun man rang turang charhe, kabahun man sochat hai dhan ko. Kabahun tiya dekh ke sang chale, kabahun mrig hoy chale ban ko, Tulsi Das vichari kahe, kehi vidhi samjhaun kapti man ko.” The mind is very volatile. Sometimes it is here and the next moment it is somewhere else. Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that he will impart to him the Spiritual Knowledge which can put the brakes on the mind. In the battlefield of Kurukshetra, two armies are standing facing each other. Lord Krishna attempts to explain in many ways to Arjuna but still Arjuna says, “Lord, this mind is very fickle. I cannot control it.” So, our mind is very unstable and can only be controlled by Spiritual Knowledge. One can have this Knowledge only in the human form of life. St. Tulsidas writes in the Ramcharitmanasa, “Bare bhagya maunsh tan pawa, sur durlabh sad granthanh gawa. Sadhan dham moksha kari dwara, paye na jehi parlok sanwara”. (“One is extremely fortunate to receive a human body. It is rare even for the gods and all the scriptures sing its glory. It is just right for meditation and is the gateway to liberation.”) We are extremely fortunate to have this human body, so we should not waste it in merely eating, drinking and enjoying this illusory world. In this lifetime, we have to sit in the company of true saints and listen to the glory of the Almighty and thus achieve the highest goal of human life.