Thursday, January 8, 2009


The devotees' feelings determine his concept of God.

When a devotee prays: "Oh Lord! Don't you see my sufferings? Don't you hear my lamentations? Can't you see the troubles I am going through?" The Lord appears to him only as a pair of eyes. He is not able to see the full form of the Lord.

The state of mind of spiritual aspirants today is like this: when they are in meditation they appear like yogis. After the meditation is over, they return to their daily activities and are immersed in mundane pleasures.

This is not the way of life preached by Lord Krishna. He declared: Be Yogis at all times. What we witness today is: "Yogis in the morning, bhogis during the day and rogis at night!!!"

How can such persons ever remain yogis at all times? You have to think of the Divine at all times, in all situations, in whatever you see, do, say or experience. To pray to God when you are comfortable and to blame God when you are in trouble reflects your selfish and narrow outlook…

Lord Krishna once enacted a small drama to demonstrate how the devotion of the illiterate cowherdesses (Gopikas) of Brindavan was deeper and fuller than that of His consorts, Rukmini or Sathyabhama, or the sage Narada.

He pretended that he was suffering from a severe headache, and that only the application of the dust from the feet of a devotee would cure Him. Neither Rukmini, Sathyabhama nor Narada were willing to offer the dust from their feet, as they felt that they would be condemned to live in hell if they allowed the dust of their feet to pollute the Divine head of Krishna.

But when Narada approached the Gopikas, they had no hesitation in collecting the dust of their feet, because their only concern was to relieve their beloved Krishna's pain instantly, without caring about what happened to them as an outcome.

Even though they were warned by Narada about the dire consequences of their action, they told him that they were not concerned about the worst that might happen to them, if only their Krishna would be relieved of pain.

Krishna's pain was gone the moment the Gopikas offered the dust of their feet. Narada realized that the totally unselfish devotion exhibited by the Gopikas was Parama Bhakti (the highest form of devotion).

What you offer to God must be your sweet love. Your love must be all embracing. This is the foremost message of the Avatar.(See photos)


PS: "Oh man, it is because you lack love and are filled with selfishness that the world is plunging in so much conflict and chaos. It is only when you develop love and the spirit of sacrifice that you will realize the divinity that is in the human." SATHYA SAI BABA

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