Constant Remembrance of God – How?
God in the Gita says to Arjuna –
“Tasmat sarveshu kaaleshu maamanusmara yudhya che.” (Gita 8:7)
Therefore Arjuna, remember Me at all times and fight. Here fight stands for doing one’s duty. We can remember God at all times but we can’t fight at all times. Arjuna’s duty was to fight, just like we have to perform our daily duties. Domestic duties can’t be performed at all times. The spiritual
aspirant have three options before them –
1) To do the work while remembering God,
2) To remember God while doing the work, and
3) To do the work considering it as God’s work.
In the first option, remembrance of God is primary, while the work is secondary.
In the second option the work is primary, while remembrance of God is secondary.
In the third option there is undivided devotion for God.
Generally people forget God while working. There are two reasons for it. The important reason is one’s negligence. The second reason is lack of attachment (feeling of mine-ness) with God. If there is attachment for anyone, he is reminded spontaneously of that one. People have attachment to their domestic affairs, not to God. They are therefore likely to forget God. As long as we accept and see the house, the work, and Self as our own, we are likely to forget God. Therefore we should be determined that we have to do only God’s work, not our own work. What is the use of work which makes one forget God? Therefore a spiritual aspirant should accept that his house, his work and he himself belong to God. They are not his own. He should feel that he is doing God’s work, with
His power in order to please Him. this firm determination will develop a strong bonding (a feeling of mine-ness) with God and in-turn spontaneous and constant rememberance of Him.
From “Art of Living” in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji