To See God in Everything is True Devotion
The five basic elements arose from God. If we analyse miracles we shall find
that they are but manipulations of the five fundamental elements with the
extraordinary potency of God. Man is endowed with all potentialities of God.
The Lord created the universe and is the natural proprietor of it. It is by His
will and power that all affairs are conducted. We, all living things, are part of
Him. So we should carry out our duties, and leave the result to His scheme
and will. A question may be raised here: If everything is happening
according to His will, why should I not consider my desire also to be by His
will and give it full play? The question would be similar to asking, who
causes darkness in the night? The evident answer is, the same sun that
brings light during daytime. The catch is that in this case it is the presence
of the sun, whereas the darkness at night is owing to his absence. Similarly,
one may ascribe his desire to the will of God, only, it is owing to disregard of
it. Briefly, then, one may say that my desire arises when I forget God. So
one who aspires to realize God should remember Him and dedicate the
sensory desire at His feet.
God can be attained as soon as the ‘body-am-I’ feeling vanishes. Just as a
blue-print represents full-size structure, the idol represents the Cosmic Spirit
in a concrete form. The construction of an edifice is facilitated by the blueprint.
Contemplation should therefore be of a concrete idol, not of the
attributeless abstract. Some people object to this. What else, I ask, can one
do so long as one has the awareness of one’s own body in a material form?
To say that one belongs to Rama amounts to saying that one is the Ultimate
Reality itself. Saying that the creation is unreal really means that it is not
what it seems.
To be able to see the Ultimate Reality in everything is the culmination of
devotion. So learn to be aware of the constant presence of God everywhere,
all the time. Never think that God is away from you. Treat your body as
having the attainment of God as the only purpose of the body. Applying the
mind to God causes unconsciousness of the body as a separate entity.
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To See God in Everything is True Devotion