We must develop love that does not change. God’s Love never changes. We must make an effort to cultivate love for God who is truth and eternal. Several changes keep taking place in humanity. But in God, there is Love that never changes. Such true and eternal love for God is called Bhakti (devotion). There are certain desirable requisites for cultivating this love.
02-Second requisite to develop love for God-Devotion-3.33-1989 February 17
The second requisite is Devotion. What is devotion? Performing meditation, singing bhajans, chanting of God’s name, participating in singing His glory; these alone cannot be called Bhakti (devotion). All these are merely sacred acts. Devotion primarily means expression of gratitude. When anybody does some help to us, however small it may be, like someone giving us a towel or some coffee, we say “thanks”. Thus, we express our gratitude even for such small and trivial things in our life.
The third requisite is Discipline. What is discipline? The recognition of the truth that “I am born as a human being, and therefore I must find fulfillment in life by conducting myself as a human being”. That is, everything must be within certain limits. Discipline means observing limits in our conduct. Na Shreyo Niyamam Vinaa – there can be no welfare without discipline or regulation. When we cross the limits, we become victims of disease.
The fourth requisite is Discrimination. In every object and in every individual, good and bad; truth and untruth remain blended together. As they are all mixed up together, we must receive only the good and reject the bad. Let us say, we take a banana. We eat only the inner fruit and we throw away the outer peel. In the same way, with respect to our thoughts also, we need to discriminate, what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong; and we need to accept the good only.
The fifth requisite is Determination. Determination means a type of resolution. We must have the confidence that “I will be able to accomplish this, I must achieve this, I must reach the goal”. If we do not have such determination, we will not be able to achieve anything in life. We have embarked on our spiritual journey; now whatever obstacles may come, whatever difficulties may come, whatever others may speak about us, we must tell ourselves “No, this is my principle, I must accomplish this”. Without such a resolve, we can achieve nothing. It would be as though, we just come, see and go away; like passing clouds. If this is the case, we would not be able to achieve anything in life.