"Devotion is a means as well as its true end when it grows into a full treasure. When devotion becomes a treasure, you will need nothing more for inner fullness or affluence. As devotion grows, it will begin to free you of all desire, hatred and fear. It will relieve poverty, either by making you amply resourceful or by taking away from you the very feeling of poverty. Devotion also will remove your weakness, generating untold strength and confidence."

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

Last night in the Satsang, I was speaking freely, light heartedly about how a human mind grows either in the religious sphere or in the spiritual sphere.

Many of you were not there, so I was not very happy that such an important discussion was not heard by all of you. I was trying to emphasize one important point. You know my life is given too much to the saadhana that started after getting deeksha from my Gurudev.

Seeing my guru, talking to him, taking interest in his life, in whatever he said and finally seeking Deeksha from him, after taking deeksha, assiduously following the saadhana, the sitting, after closing the door alone in the room. These things have a great and an exclusive importance in my life. I was one who was always given to meditational saadhana. I consider that meditation alone was the key to rip open the mystery of either the religious God or the spiritual self of the philosophical reality. Not only that, therein lay the fulfillment, the meaning of our life in this Earth. So much of importance I was giving, to such an extent, that, I did not like to or want to read anything also.

There were so many books available on spirituality, I did read some of them. A series of books Yogi Ramacharaka has written. ‘Fourteen lessons in yogi philosophy’ is a book. I think this one of the is the first book I read because of my brother. The book was well written. But generally I was averse to reading.

My thought was - all the people who have written and spoken, where from did they speak. Did reading come first or writing followed something within the mind, heart and intelligence.

Ultimately we speak to relate or convey the ideas in the mind. To give expression to the knowledge the intelligence grasps. So, between the intelligence and the mouth, I think the intelligence always comes first. So let the mind, heart and intelligence be directly illumined by whatever saadhana is done for the purpose. So saadhana was my sole focus.

So, I was saying yesterday that, most of the people carry on, they don’t have to think necessarily of God. So without the thought of God they carry on. They attend to the daily needs of life. Then, there comes a time they start thinking about God. They have respect and fear, like that they go. After sometime they would like to know, what this God is? What God would like us to do? Then you get into so many details and regulations etc. etc. etc.

It proceeds and proceeds and proceeds and finally comes a stage where you become very natural, free and light. Natural, free and light. It is not necessary that you pray to God, the moment you pray to God, your devotion is defeated, because we are praying to God who is all knowing and all knowing God need not be told or reminded about your needs. So a praying stage and a non praying stage, between the two, the second is the better. God is all pervading.

He will automatically do what is necessary, therefore I don’t pray. I don’t have to. But I attend to the needs and compulsions of life. With sufficient lightness and humility without any ego, possessiveness etc, and ultimately you reach a stage, where you become very natural, poised. Even it is not necessary to think of God always. It is a simple natural, harmonious, unassuming life that is required.

Now this is described to be the pinnacle of spiritual knowledge, wisdom and realization. All the knowledge ultimately takes us to this redemption, this freedom. What is that freedom? Employ the senses, to the extent it is necessary. Employ your mouth to the extent called for and use your mind also to the extent needed. Employ your intelligence also. All these applications are done because these instruments are meant to be applied in their respective fields. For whatever duration you are supposed to be alive in this world, carry on. Never get addicted to anything, never claim anything, never disclaim anything. Be very natural.

Now, these are indications which the scriptures and scriptural compositions make. I did not know there were anything like scriptures. I have heard of Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata etc, but I never thought they were scriptures. After some time, I understood, scriptures have the relevance, and when I started reading at one point of time, I could understand from Bhagavad Geeta, Ashtavakra Samhita, from so many Upanishads and Prakarana Granthas, that the whole subject of life is dealt with in a beautiful manner. And if one goes on thinking about it, thinking about it, I was interested in the final stage of spirituality. Unlike other walks of life, spirituality is something in which you can gain your own fulfillment. Whatever is maximum to be reached, you can gain. I was very very particular about this pinnacle of spirituality and spiritual pursuit I wanted to have. So, the quest, the search, the enquiry, the examination, the investigation, it was very very pronounced. So, I could get from here and there, what is the ultimate stage of spirituality and I was pursuing it. Ultimately, I understood that to live a natural, normal, simple and harmonious life, in that everything is contained and fulfilled. The religious God, the spiritual self, the philosophical supreme reality and the yogic fruition - all these are contained and involved in this wonderful, simple, natural, harmonious, free life.

I just wanted to mention this to you. It is better that you understand it. I don’t know whether it will be guiding you but it is necessary to understand. I speak on many things. So, I speak only on this. I think this is a subject which may evoke some inquiry and investigation in you and if you have any questions you may ask me and I shall discuss. I think this is how everyone grows. We should think now and then whether prayers are necessary and not praying is better.

What is the God whom I’m praying to? What should be the right relationship? What is this self? What is this self-realization? How will it work? What is called liberation, liberation in life? What is called the ultimate redemption and the like?

Luckily in Nirvaana prakarana the subject is discussed and this issue we have particularly taken up as we are progressing some of the descriptions of the state of wisdom, spiritual wisdom.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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