UNALLOYED DEVOTION TO GOD.
The paradoxes in human nature are often the cause of flagging of man’s resolve to focus on Spiritual pursuits that leads to realization of the ultimate. Human beings are susceptible to joys and sorrows, resulting from sensory pleasures. Then sensory pursuits culminate in sinful deeds setting of a chain reaction, which makes re-births and suffering inevitable. So, how does one escape from this vicious cycle brought about by human fallibilities ? In the shifting sands of emotional and sensory compulsions, how does one find the hard rock to anchor one’s efforts towards loftier ideals? What can be the nurturing influence to the nascent spirituality in man? The answer lies in sincere devotion and unswerving faith in God.
In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Sri Krishna espoused devotion as remedy to all human misery and sorrows. HE says, “Great Souls who posses divine nature, knowing ME as Prime cause of creation, worship ME constantly with undiverted mind.” Scriptural literature reinforces multi-pronged approach that any devotee may pursue in order to find everlasting Bliss. Holy texts re-iterate the desirability of contemplation on the Lord as an exercise to attain HIM.
There are 5 means for a devotee to adopt as his daily ritual::
(1) Praying to God for hindrance free service to HIM.
(2) Offering flowers.
(3) Daily Prayer.
(4) Reading of inspiring scriptural works.
(5) Meditating on the Glory of the Lord.
Any one of these when undertaken with devotion and faith will help on Spiritual progress.
Unalloyed devotion remains unparalleled by virtue of it’s practical applicability and divine approval as the Lord has declared, “whoever offers to ME with love a leaf, a flower, a fruit or even water, I appear in person before that devotee.” Sabari in Ramayana is a case in point. Gajendra born as a result of a Sage’s curse retained devotion of his earlier birth. Small transgression of Vedic principles caused his birth as an elephant; simultaneously another celestial was caused to be re-born as a Crocodile in order to establish supremacy of devotion as a way of Life.