6th OCTOBER Reach Blissful Divinity Through Saguna Worship

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6th OCTOBER
Reach Blissful Divinity Through Saguna Worship
It is true that the Divinity is, in the ultimate analysis, limitless, nonattributive,
and purely blissful. It can, however, be attained only through
loving and worshipping the tangible form. It is for this reason that Shree
Samartha has advocated that a true devotee should understand the
attributeless form but continue to love and worship the tangible form, an
idol.
An eternal truth must be peaceful and blissful; and the Cosmic Reality
certainly has these features. It created the universe, and pervades it.
Creation, therefore, must necessarily be full of peace and bliss. It is a
delusion if I find it otherwise. To be able to see, there must be an outer eye
backed by proper power of vision; that is, both are necessary. Similar is the
relation between the formless, attributeless Cosmic Reality and the tangible
form, the idol.
The Cosmic Reality is the eternal truth; this creation is pervaded by that
Reality. The Lord desires peace throughout creation. Now this peace cannot
be a product of circumstances. It should be intrinsic. Peace must exist where
there is no duality. So he realizes peace whose mind is focused on the single
point, the Lord, his circumstances notwithstanding. Activity in the world
entails misery of one kind or another, but the pursuit of God yields one and
only one kind of experience, namely, blissfulness. Constant chanting of
nama is the only means to that end.
If we want to attain God, who is the pinnacle of sattva-guna, we, too, must
first imbibe it thoroughly, must get saturated with it. A sick person must be
careful in three respects: he must avoid unwholesome food, take the
prescribed diet, and take the prescribed medicine in specified quantities at
the specified timings. Similarly, one who wants to get free of the clutches of
the cycle of births and deaths, will have to be careful in three regards: first,
avoid the contra-indicated things such as bad company, immoral conduct,
indifference to religion, falsehood, hatred, jealousy, etc; secondly, carefully
cultivate conducive things such as association with the saintly, righteous
thoughts, reading sacred books, righteous behaviour; and thirdly, chant
nama ceaselessly. Love and worship the tangible form of God, and earn the
eternal bliss that is characteristic of Ultimate Reality.
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