reality, we are part of God. We are His very own. We are His inheritance. “Ishvar ansh…” We have accepted that which is our very own as being apart from us. We have accepted as our own, the mind, body, intellect, and other things that are a part of Nature. However, we are only Consciousness (chetan). How can the inert (body, mind, ego etc) be ours? Egoism exists for two reasons – one is due to desire for the world and the other is desire for God. When the desire for God is fulfilled, then the desire for the world is wiped out. As long as we give importance to worldly matters, the worldly egoism persists. However, desire for God is innate and naturally present.
In devotion there is something very special. There is importance of faith. While in discrimination (vivek) there is importance of the difference between the real (sat) versus unreal (asat). In devotion, it is simple. I belong to God, I am His. In entire scriptures, at no time have you been called as being part of Nature. When you accept yourself as part of God, every thing will be alright. “Aisa abhimaan jaaye nahin more….” This is not egoism. It is not “par” (foreign). Simply speaking – just like your mother is your mother. It is not egoism to see your mother as your very own maa. Wherever there is “par” (foreign) i.e. someone other than your own Self, it leads to bhog (enjoyment of pleasures).
Devotion is of two types –
1) Devotion through a spiritual practice (sadhan bhakti) and
2) Devotion through oneness with God (sadhya bhakti).
There are nine steps of sadhan bhakti – sharavanam, kirtan, smaranam, archanam, padasevanam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam, atmanivedam. Whereas in sadhya bhakti is only refuge in God. There is no other. There is only God. You do not exist. You are surrendered to Him. This is the best of all (sarva guhyatam) and it comes only once in the entire Gita. It is the best of all (sarva guhyatam) – taking refuge in God. Atyantta gopniya “highest secret”. It is God’s immense grace.
In Saadhya bhakti, there is no importance of discrimination (vivek). Just like the child says this is my mother. She simply IS. There is no inquiry into why she is his mother, whether he was born from her etc. Simply speaking, she is my mother. She appears ever so sweet to him. Similarly is sadhya bhakti, it is very similiar. God is ours and He appears sweet. Taking refuge in God, is a very great thing. “maamekum sharanam vraj”. Dependence on only God. Do everyone’s work, serve all, but depend on only God and become joyous. After all we are part of God, His inheritance.
You hear this, you know of it, you contemplate on it, but you simply don’t follow through. This is the main work that is remaining and you will have to do this work at some point in time. A hungry can only be satisfied from eating something. Without salvation, where will this embodied soul (jeev) go ? With a true heart, engage in God and all will be alright. If you do so with a true heart, there will be great results. Those that have been engaged with a true heart, have gained immensely. After knowing all this, after going through all this effort – spending time, spending money, coming to discourses, if you are not engaging, and not following through then what is the use ? Simply do not be satisfied with the time and effort you currently spend on devotion and worship of God. When you are sitting in your shop for selling goods, there will be days when you may not sell anything, but in spending time with God, there will be only gains, for any amount of time you
put in God’s rememberance and worship will lead to gains. Simply decide to start and thereafter increase your intensity (lagan). It is the most important thing and you will definitely benefit. This is the Truth. It is absolute. It is work that is essential and needs to get done. What if you die today ? Therefore with a true heart become engaged in God.
If you have true longing (lagan), all work will be alright. Let there be no concern about the world. Become engaged in worship and devotion and there will be definite gains. Don’t speak much. Practice silence (mauna). There will come a time when you wont have to put the effort, you will automatically be engaged in God. Many have done so. No amount will satisfy us in the material world. There will always be shortages of some sort. There will always be – should have, would have, could have etc. You still have time, so become alert so that you don’t have to regret later on. You are getting messages of truth that will benefit you greatly, therefore follow through with what is being said. All are poor. Only those who are chanting the Name of God are truly rich.
From Discourse in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji from Sharanagati CD Series
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