To drink pure water from a shallow pond, one should gently take the water from the surface without disturbing it in the least…..If you desire to be pure, have firm faith and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. —–Sri Ramakrishna.
Hello friends, the endless debate and arguments can go on regarding the ways of practicing devotion to God. Specially in Hindu religion there various ways and rituals propounded by our ancestors to show our devotion and please God. In my earlier post I had mentioned that Lord Krisna himself emphasized two ways of worshipping God. First through rituals and idol worshipping and other through meditating Him single mindedly without any distraction.
In current uncertain times, the support of Almighty is required by us mortals more than ever before. The much revered saint of Bengal, Sri Ramakrishna in the above featured quote stresses on the simplicity and sincerity regarding our interaction with God. He says to connect with the Supreme Power in any which way you deem suitable without worrying about the aspect of traditional ways described in scriptures or go on wasting your time debating about it. If true devotion is there one can connect with God sitting in one’s own bed. The crux of the matter is, how ardently we concentrate on Him.
Another saint I would like to mention is Kabir, a respected figure among all the religion. In one of his famous couplet, he says, ‘Dukh mey sumiran sab karey, sukh mey karey na koi, jo sukh mey sumiran karey to dukh kahey ko hoi.‘ It means that people pray and seek God at the time of sorrow and pain, nobody does at the time of happiness. If one start remembering God in happiness then why there would be any pain and sorrow?
Friends, as far as my experience goes, in my tryst with God, I use to worship every morning with flowers, sweet and dry fruit offerings, incense stick and holy mantras. It provides me peace and confidence. But sometimes to my own exasperation I find myself thinking about what to cook today or other wordly thoughts while going through my worship rituals. As we all know that our mind is fickle, it tends to deflect in many directions all the time. Our aim should be to make a continuous effort to tame it and try to concentrate on the matter at hand.
If we sincerely pray to God in any which way, He is bound to listen. It entirely depends on our individual devotion to get our soul (atma) become one with the Almighty (parmatma) who in fact reside inside each of us. The quest is to discover it.
Thanks for reading. Stay happy and healthy.
Adieu for now.
Pc: Riya, flowers in our housing society.