Supreme Love of God

Life is complex nowadays. The struggle is very keen. Here is an easy way of worshipping the Lord. Consider your house as the temple of the Lord. Your wife and children and others as the holy company of the bhaktas (devotees). Consider every word you speak as the japa (repetition) of the Lord’s name and…

Grace Purifies the Heart

Behold the Lord’s grace in every inch of his creation. On a hot summer day you enjoy the delicious sweet juice of grapes, cucumber, oranges and pomegranates and the cool Ganges water of Rishikesh and Hardwar. This is the Lord’s grace. When you suffer from a serious ailment you get immediate relief and cure from…

Supreme Love is Self-knowledge

A devotee of para bhakti type is all-embracing and all-inclusive. He has cosmic love and the whole world is holy for him. He does not visit temples for worship, seeing the Lord is everything. He feels that the world is a manifestation of the Lord, and that all movements and actions are his sport. He…

God-realization

Divine love overflows to others once it has filled your heart. Love God with all your heart and your neighbour as yourself – this is the secret of God-realisation. Love breaks down all barriers. Love is an open sesame to an infinite realm of bliss immortal. The learned talk of God but the poor love…

I am Thine O Lord

Do not bother about taking care of your body. God will save it if he needs it for further service. Surrender it at his feet and rest in peace. He will take care of it. A real devotee says, “Let me take millions of births; it does not matter, but let me be attached to…

Surrender

Surrender is lsvaraprar:idhana. The devotee consecrates all his works and their fruits to the Lord. He has no will of his own. He says unto the Lord, “I am thine. All is thine. Thy will be done. Thou art just. Thou doest everything for me. I am an instrument in thy hands.” In surrendering one’s…

The Nature of Surrender

In atma nivedana (self-surrender) the devotee offers everything to God, including his body, mind and soul. He keeps nothing for himself. He has no personal, independent existence. He has become part and parcel of God. God takes care of him and God treats him as Himself. Grief and sorrow, pleasure and pain, the devotee treats…

God as Master and Friend

Dasya bhakti is love of God as the servant of God. To serve God and to carry out his wishes – realising his virtues, his nature, his mystery and his glory and considering oneself as a slave of the supreme master – this is dasya bhakti. Serving and worshipping the murtis (images) in the temples,…

Prostration

Vandana is prayer and prostration. Humble prostration-touching the earth with eight limbs of the body, with faith and reverence, before a form of God, or prostration to all beings, knowing them to be the forms of the one God, getting absorbed in divine love of the Lord-is termed prostration to God. The Bhagavatam says: “The…

Worship

A devotee repeats the mantra (mystic formula) of the Lord during worship and touches his heart, his head, tuft of hair, arms and hands. There is caitanya (consciousness, power) in every letter of the mantra. Through repetition of the mantra and the touching of the parts of the body with the repetition of the mantra,…

Worship

One can realise God through worship of murti (or idol). The worship of the Lord in saguna (concrete) form is a great aid for vedantic realisation also, and for the realisation of the Lord in His all-pervading, formless aspect. The worship of the murti is very essential for the purpose of concentration and meditation in…

Worship

An idol (murti or vigraha), sun, fire, water, Ganges, saligram (symbol of Visnu), linga (symbol of Siva), are all symbols of God which help the aspirants to attain one-pointedness of mind and purity of heart. A symbol is absolutely indispensable for fixing the mind. The Christians also have the symbol – the cross. A gross…