One shall serve only the contemporary Human Incarnation There is no greater devotee
  • dattaswami September 2009
    One shall serve only the contemporary Human Incarnation

    There is no greater devotee than Hanuman and Gopikas. Both have worshipped their contemporary human incarnations only, which were Rama and Krishna respectively. Hanuman did not worship the statues of Vamana or Parusurama who were the past human incarnations or the statues of heavenly energetic forms like Vishnu, Shiva etc., or the formless God. After completing the learning from the god-sun, He did not say that He was Brahman already but He became the Brahman finally by serving the contemporary human incarnation. The present Advaita Scholar is reverse to this who says that he is already Brahman and never became Brahman! Hanuman did not go to temples and pilgrimage, never chanted any mantra, never did any penance etc. He simply recognized the human incarnation in His generation and served Him in whatever way the Lord required.

    The same Hanuman lived after Rama also till the next human incarnation came. During the time of the next incarnation, Krishna , Hanuman was worshipping Rama only in His mind. But Krishna corrected Him and made Him a devotee of the contemporary incarnation again. Similarly, Gopikas did not worship the statues of past human incarnation like Rama or statues of Vishnu etc., and did not do anything except worshipping their contemporary human incarnation by offering butter, by dancing with Him etc. These Gopikas reached the highest Goloka. These Gopikas were the ancient sages who wrote the Upanishats, which form the basis for Advaitins.

    As Gopikas also, they retained their previous knowledge about God and cannot be treated as illiterate (Mahatmya Jnana…Narada Bhakti Sutra). Pandavas who recognized their contemporary human incarnation but could not do total sacrifice for the Lord due to limitations of justice, could go only up to heaven. Every devotee in Hinduism has digested these three epics thoroughly and the essence of these is very very clear. What more proof is required for the concept of the contemporary human incarnation than this? Everywhere in Gita, the worship of Krishna was stressed which means the worship of the contemporary human incarnation.

    The worship of alive human form of God is far better than worshipping the energetic forms and worshipping the dead human forms (Devan Deva Yajo Yanti Pitrun Yanti Pitru Vratah…. Gita). The word “Pitru” here can be taken as the past human form of God who was the real father of the soul. Jesus referred to these alive people who worship the past dead forms as dead because they should go to the past in the same state of dead to get the effect of contemporary human incarnation (Let the dead burry the dead…).