Today morning I was recalling the heroics of the Hanuman, the egoless devotee of Lord Rama. He contributes the success of his entire activities comprising of searching, finding and helping His Lord in uniting with Sitadevi, just to the chanting of Rama’s Nama. The modesty in him inspires me to channelize the achievement of whatever I do to Sri Hari. And also he has in a subtle way put sense into me not to go behind material world in one episode that happened after the war.
After Sri Rama Patabhishekam (Coronation), pleasing with Hanuman’s service and devotion Sitadevi presented a pearl necklace to him. But to her utter surprise, Hanuman separated each pearls, and started breaking them one by one. When he was asked for the reason for his action, Hanuman told that he wanted to find if Lord Rama was in it. His logic was how could a pearl necklace be an object of appeal and interest, when he had Lord Rama in his Heart?
Now when this thought came in my mind there was another thought that surfaced and has a counter attack to the first one. The dialogue between the first thought and the second thought when on like this:
First Thought: Hanuman has set a good example by preferring devotion to materialism.
Second Thought: But, to lead a life in society materialism is necessary. Money beats everything and with money the sense of security is swanked.
First Thought: Of course money is needed for survival and can be earned for the need. Money has to be earned in a limit but devotion should be unlimited, money can buy only gross matter but it fails in dealing with subtle issues.
Second Thought: Like???
First Thought: Recently one of the politician could not be saved even with so much money he had.
Second Thought: But there are many instances where even a person who was pious could not be saved, so do I conclude that as money is useless so is devotion to Absolute.
First Thought: Hmmmm... You have a point there.
Second Thought: So you agree that just as amassing money gets you nothing so does devotion get you nothing.
First Thought: I would not look at it that way. A rich man or a poor man can come out of the hospital alive if he is predestined to. Money or his prayers might have nothing to do. It is merely his destiny which will play a major role at that time.
Second Thought: That makes both money and devotion the same ---useless.
First Thought: Tell me, can a person who has amassed money carry it with him afterlife. Is it possible for him to transfer his existing bank account and unaccounted wealth to his next life????
Second Thought: What a silly question? definitely not!!!
First Thought: Amazingly devotion to Absolute spills on to his next journey. All actions that are performed at subtle level get imprinted making a strong impression and travel along with the subtle body. The memories of such actions become part of the self. Money stays back but devotion becomes your nature and hence it does not leave you. Like how sugar does not lose its sweetness even when its solid state is converted into liquid state so does devotion remain in your nature.
Second Thought: Any proof?????
First Thought: Yes, that too from the voice of the Lord of the Universe in Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 6 verses 43. Lord Krishna replying to Arjuna’s doubt as to what might happen if a seeker dies when in the middle of Spiritual Practice, the Lord says thus:
O, scion of the clan of Kurus! He (seeker) will regain the spiritual discernment of his previous birth, and then he will strive harder (in the next birth) than ever for perfection.
The Second Thought just faded away........!