Full Faith and Earnest Longing for Nama

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3rd SEPTEMBER
Full Faith and Earnest Longing for Nama
Everyone can attain the experience of God by some means or other,
according to one’s temperament. Maruti devoted himself to God as a
servant. Dasharatha loved God as a son. Our only thought should be, ‘how
shall I attain God?’ Devotion has been considered to be the highest means to
attain God. If the obstinacy and love of an addicted person towards his
addiction could be transferred to God, the result is spiritual uplift. When I
dedicate my good and bad qualities at the feet of God, the result is total
surrender or ‘arpanBhakti’. We practice devotion but it is devoid of real love;
this is because our mind is scattered in all directions. Therefore, concentrate
your mind first; practice a little on contemplation but with single-minded
devotion.
Do not practice spiritual means while under depression, or with a tired mind.
You should consider how your spiritual attitude will get the proper direction
to manifest itself. All saints have told us that God is residing in Pandharpur;
however, if we see only a stone there, is it not the fault of our spiritual
attitude alone? Have full faith in God. In a dark night, if the lamp is taken
aside a little, you lose your way. Therefore, keep your attention fixed on God
and concentrate without break on nama, the spiritual means. When I sing
with devotion before God, I must earnestly feel that he is listening to me;
love for God does not depend on rhythm or tune. Have a firm conviction that
you belong to God and earnestly long for His grace; whatever you do should
be with single-minded devotion. Have no grief over whatever has happened,
have no worry for tomorrow, and do not lose the present awareness of God.
Practice nama-smarana with a feeling that God is personally present before
you. Every utterance of nama should remind us that ‘God alone is the doer’,
so that pride of doership will not stand in the way. True progress in the path
of devotion is not to feel pleasure over gains or grief over losses. A person
who is most narrow-minded and selfish, and who feels that the entire world
is meant for his pleasure, should be considered an egoist. The more the
selfishness of a man the more dependent he is on others.
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