So sometimes when people hear these principles of Bhakti..this bowing down, offering a flower, offering a fruit, offering water with tulasi, doing some simple services, they think, ‘what is this? this is over-simplified! we have to do some high mental speculation or….these are just the ABCs’.
There is also a story about that…One time there was one widow. She had a son, about 11-12 years old. So she wanted to give the best education for her son, but she herself was not very highly educated. She just a primary student. So she even borrowed some money and she was paying 100 rupees a month, and order for a tutor, a teacher, to come and teach her boy.
So one day she was cooking, but she was listening, what is the teacher teaching the boy. So that day…he’s about 6th standard, he was teaching geometry. So in geometry… teaching about a triangle, so a triangle is 3 corners, A…B…C. He described the sides by saying AB…BC…CA. So the teacher was explaining this…triangle A…B…C, and then how you go AB…BC..CA.
And the mother is just listening…all she can hear is ‘A…B..C…A…B..C..C..B…C..A’. She said, ‘what is this? I am paying a 100 rupees to a teacher to come and teach by boy, after he is already in 6th standard…and he is still teaching ABC?!!’
She became very furious..came out and started shouting at him, ‘You are fired! You are useless…what are you doing? I am paying you 100 rupees a month and you are teaching my son, after 6-7 years, still you are teaching him ABC??!! You are fired…get out! You are wasting my time’. Then he was trying to explain what it…but you know she won’t hear. She was so angry..so furious. So what can he do, he closes the book.. he goes.
So like that, sometimes the Jnanis, they think, ‘Oh what the Bhaktas as saying, this is ABC!’. They don’t realize that these are higher principles. But even higher principles you may refer to certain things, which may sound that, just superficial, if you don’t go deep into it, it may sound as though this is ABC.
But actually, the devotees know how to apply it, these principles for understanding the highest knowledge…’Who is the Parambrahma? How do we relate with the Parambrahma, with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan? What is our Sambandha, relationship? or Abhideya, how we act in that relationship? Prayojana, the purpose of life?’
All these there are very clearly understood, practiced and achieved through the process of Bhakti Yoga!”HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture: BG 2.57
31st July 1991