27th SEPTEMBER Remembrance is an Action


Remembrance is an Action
It is true that the guru should do everything; and that he unfailingly does.
But we should examine if we are really worthy disciples. What else is
required to transcend body-consciousness, except to abide by the word of
the guru? If I reflect on the thought, ‘I am not the body’ I shall sometime
transcend body-consciousness. Alternatively, I say, ‘God is mine.’ so that I
forget body-consciousness.
I tell you on the authority of Samartha Ramadas, ‘take care of your moral
discipline, and whatever be the circumstances, do not forget nama.’ He is a
real devotee who says, ‘Whatever I do is for God.’ One has to become an
excellent devotee for elimination of doership. To aspire for nothing other
than God is the sign of an excellent devotee. That obstacle which holds God
off from us is a true obstacle. That period which is spent in the
remembrance of God is a happy period. Remembrance is an action and
forgetting is a natural impulse. Remembrance is like an offering to the fire,
and annihilating ego is a complete final offering. The impulse must be
submerged with God. We instinctively remember sense pleasures as they
have taken complete possession of us. But remembering God has to be
intentional. It is not so easy but not so difficult either. It is possible for
human beings to do it.
Devotion to God is naturally achievable. It can be achieved by constant
awareness of God. This awareness must be consciously maintained; then
experience will come early. A sentry on duty is vigilant; similarly, if
awareness of God is maintained consciously, worldly desires will be
destroyed. There should not be the least slackness in this awareness; else
desires will get an opportunity, like a thief.
Fever gives a bitter taste to the mouth, which remains even with rubbing
sugar on. The bitter sense disappears only when fever is gone. Similarly, the
sense of pain and sorrow leaves us only when we have unbroken awareness
of God. So free yourself from the attachment to prapancha, then alone you
will really enjoy family life. Just as a lamp kept on the threshold lights both
sides, awareness of God throws light on Paramartha as well as prapancha.
Keeping God at the base of our attention towards prapancha is awareness of
God or anusandhana.
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