Question: Acharya ji, how are Gratitude and Love connected with each other?
Acharya Prashant Ji:
Love is the urge to move towards That.
Gratitude is the lightness you keep experiencing, as you move towards That.
Love is what brings Sudama to Krishna.
Gratitude is what Sudama feels, as he keeps coming closer to Krishna, and as he returns, after meeting Krishna.
Out of these, obviously, love will come first. You love Him, you move close to Him, He showers his bounties on you, Gratitude arises. But obviously love cannot be in expectation of bounties.
And that also explains Gratitude. Gratitude says, “I did not even want it, or dream of it, and I am still receiving it. How fascinating! I don’t even deserve it, and yet I am being blessed with it.
Question: Acharya Ji, how to show Gratitude?
Acharya Ji: You distribute it.
Gratitude is the realisation, that you have something beyond your capacity, beyond your eligibility.
Once you are grateful, you stop measuring others, on the eligibility scale. Just as you received something, irrespective of your eligibility, similarly, you start distributing it to others, irrespective of their eligibility.
Question: Acharya ji, why are there so many forms of God as Krishna, Ram, or Shiva?
Acharya Ji: Because you are so many. Even here I have to speak in two languages. You are so many, that different words, different names are needed. And if there are eight hundred crore of you, currently alive, then how many names and how many definitions and forms will be needed?
God is one, but you are many, therefore gods are many.
Listener: So, there is no difference between…
Acharya ji: For you, there is a lot of difference.
Listener: Yes, they were different for me. Now, should I try to understand the commonality and singularity that all of them represent?
Acharya Ji: The singularity is there, whether you understand it or not. I wanted some normal Dal, and my hotel waiter tells me that a normal dal, with a bit of spinach in it, is ‘palakura pappu’.
And I have been so fascinated by this word, ‘palakura pappu’, while driving the car, I was singing of it, – “Palakura pappu..” It is just dal. Dal-palak. Just little bit of distance, and ‘dal-palak’ becomes ‘palakura pappu’.
And God is so very distant from the common egoistic human being. Obviously, there would be a great diversity in names.
Question: Acharya Ji, are there any simpler and direct ways of Remembering?
Acharya Ji: The Zen way is there, but it is very direct. It is as direct, as a stick- straight and forward.
Zen teachers had very great respect for time. They would not even waste time in explaining. So many of them, would simply beat up.
That is the way of instant remembrance, for the forgetful mind.
Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.
Watch the session: God, Love and Gratitude || Acharya Prashant (2019)
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