How to Maintain Unbroken Awareness of God
God has gifted us with intellect and we use it for our work; this means that
God himself gets the work done by us. With the faith that everything
happens only by His inspiration, you develop love for God. Do everything for
God and you will not be affected with sin or merit.
Once Kabeer had some guests. There was nothing in the house. Tradition
requires guests to be regarded as God. So Kabeer stole just enough grain to
feed them. Stealing is a crime; but, in stealing for God, there is no sin.
Remembering God, at least after a deed and dedicating it to Him, will reduce
pride and develop love for God.
Resolve firmly, ‘I belong to God and not to the world.’ This resolution should
be as firm as the conviction that, I am a human being. This, however, may
be difficult to achieve. The next, simpler way is to maintain the faith in the
heart that whatever is happening is according to the inspiration, power, and
will of God. If this also is not possible, maintain unbroken remembrance of
God by chanting nama aloud by tongue. In this process of awareness the
mind is constantly attached to God. At present we are going in the opposite
direction. We physically worship God, go for pilgrimages, etc; but our mind
is attached to prapancha.
A daughter-in-law labours hard for everybody in the family, but in her heart
she is for her husband alone. Similarly, we should do everything required for
everybody in the family, but in the mind constantly maintain the awareness,
‘I belong to Rama’. When we enter a train, various things may happen, we
may have to stand, we meet a variety of people; but later, we forget all this
in the happiness of reaching our destination. Similarly, our aim is God, and
we remain in His awareness; the difficulties in the worldly life get only
transitory importance. Nama should be chanted for His grace, and not for
fulfillment of worldly desires. Nama alone will help us attain the aim.
Like God, we should be aloof from prapancha while being in it. Learn to look
at the body as a detached spectator. If this is not possible, while attending
to the worldly affairs, maintain constant awareness of God. You may forget
what you have read, seen, or done, but the awareness of God firmly held in
the heart will never be forgotten.
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