श्री गणेशाय नम:
This article is all about the devotion of God. After reading the article, you’ll get the idea of real devotion. This is specially for the domestic persons.
As it is difficult for a common people to read all the vedas, puranas and other hindu scriptures; but one can easily read and understand the epic ‘Ramayan’. Almost every people might have read the Ramayan, so i will give you the reference of that epic if required. I have tried to explain it in a short format.
WAYS FOR THE TRUE DEVOTION :
The true devotion of God can only be attained by the Mind. Keep yourself dedicated and concentrated towards the God. There is no any special way of worshipping the God for which you have to spend some money to purchase worshipping things. You can do the devotion from mind. It will not cost anything, it is totally free. From the mind, you can offer the God whatever you wish. You can see the God in a form which you like most. You can see him wearing jwelleries, good clothes, flowers or whatever you like. Even you can see the God in a place you like most. Just put the picture of God to your beloved place. Its all from the mind ! Thats it !!
Now whatever i said, let us look in the scriptures :
HOW ONE CAN ATTAIN THE DEVOTION OF LORD ?
What we have to do while worshipping or devoting the God? Nothing. Yes ! You heard it right. Just flash the mind in God. How? Have a look …
कहहु भगति पथ कवन प्रयासा !
जोग न मख जप तप उपवासा !!
There is nothing. No austerity ! No fasting ! …then what we have to do?
सरल सुभाव न मन कुटिलाई !
जथा लाभ संतोष सदाई !!
Make you nature calm and make your heart pure. Be satisfied on whatever you have. It seems uncompletable? Ok. Look once again !
मन क्रम बचन छाड़ि चतुराई !
भजत कृपा करिहहिं रघुराई !!
Yes you got it right. Leave all your bad habit and thoughts. Just chant the lord name or his mantras by picturizing the form of Lord in mind. Make sure your mind shouldn’t divert anywhere while performing this.
It also doesn’t enough to grasp all the concept? No problem. Look at the Nine forms devotion to which Lord Rama itself said to the great devotee Sabari.
A SIMPLE AND EASIEST NINE FORMS OF DEVOTION :
The nine steps of devotion, i impart you all to read well and remember it always.
1. प्रथम भगति संतन्ह कर संगा।
The first step to devotion (Bhakti) is to keep company of the saints (Satsang).
2. दुसरि रति मम कथा प्रसंगा॥
The second step is to enjoy listening to legends/discourses pertaining to the Lord.
3. गुरु पद पंकज सेवा तीसरि भगति अमान।
Selfless service to the Guru’s lotus feet without any pride is the third step.
4. चौथि भगति मम गुन गन करइ कपट तजि गान॥
The fourth step is to earnestly sing praises of the Lord’s virtues with a heart clear of guile, deceipt or hypocrisy.
5. मंत्र जाप मम दृढ़ बिस्वासा। पंचम भजन सो बेद प्रकासा॥
Chanting My Name with steadfast faith is the fifth step as the Vedas reveal.
6. छठ दम सील बिरति बहु करमा। निरत निरंतर सज्जन धरमा॥
The sixth, is to practice self-control, good character, detachment from manifold activities and always follow the duties as good religious person.
7. सातवँ सम मोहि मय जग देखा। मोतें संत अधिक करि लेखा॥
The seventh step is to perceive the world as God Himself and regard the saints higher than the Lord.
8. आठवँ जथालाभ संतोषा। सपनेहुं नहिं देखइ परदोषा॥
The eighth, is a state (which one arrives at when one travels the first seven steps) where there is no desire left, but the gift of perfect peace and contentment with whatever one has. (In this state) one does not see fault in others, even in a dream.
9. नवम सरल सब सन छलहीना। मम भरोस हिय हरष न दीना॥
In this state, one has full faith in the Lord, and becomes (CHILD-LIKE) simple with no hypocrisy or deceit. The devotee has strong faith in the Lord with neither exaltation or depression in any life circumstance (but becomes equanimous).
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नव महुं एकउ जिन्ह कें होई। नारि पुरूष सचराचर कोई॥
सोइ अतिसय प्रिय भामिनी मोरें। सकल प्रकार भगति दृढ़ तोरें॥
Shri Ram adds that Shabri’s Bhakti is perfectly complete. Yet if anyone were to have taken even one step towards devotion, out of all nine, he/she would be very dear to me.
” THE KEY POINT IS THAT JUST SURRENDER YOURSELF “.
Note : If you want to know the story of sabari that who was she and how she attain the abode, then please prefer our previous article titled as ‘Sabari – The Great Devotee’.
Now i think, you grasp the real concept. Now the problem is How to know all about the God? Many scriputures and even Ramayan says no one knows the God? Lets see here…
राम सरूप तुम्हार बचन अगोचर बुद्धिपर।
अबिगत अकथ अपार नेति नेति नित निगम कह।
No one can know the God. Even trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh) also don’t know. Oh ! Its a big problem ! The creator, the preserver, the destroyer…are all three main powers, they also don’t know.
जगु पेखन तुम्ह देखनिहारे। बिधि हरि संभु नचावनिहारे !
तेउ न जानहिं मरमु तुम्हारा। औरु तुम्हहि को जाननिहारे !!
(You can also see in : Bhagwat 2/6, Geeta 7/26 , Shvetasvataroupnishad 3/19)
There should be a person who know it. Who knows? No problem, the answer is further given in scriptures (See : Shvetasvataropanishad 3/20).
Here look in ‘Ramayan’ :
सोइ जानइ जेहि देहु जनाई ! जानत तुम्हहि तुम्हइ होइ जाई !!
Problem is solved. The one who is graced by God succeeds in knowing God or in attaining God. The same has been answered in Geeta too. Lord Krishna said to Arjun, “Arjun ! With God’s grace you can attain supreme bliss.”
Hence, no need to worship God in any special way. I have explained the process by all possible easiest reference.
WHERE THE GOD LIVES ?
People are trying to find out the place where God exist. They go to visit some divine places and worship the God there. No need to search anywhere.
हरि व्यापक सर्वत्र समाना !
प्रेम ते प्रकट होहिं मैं जाना !!
( You can also see in : Jabala Darshanopanishad 4/58)
The God is everywhere. Then what is the need of searching in different places? The Idol or form of the Lord at your home (also in your mind) is same as the Lord at some different divine places or temple.
नाहं वसामि वैकुंठेयोगिनांहृदये न च।
मद्भक्ता यत्र गायंतियत्र तिष्ठामि नारद॥
God lived in a place where their devotee used to chant him with full of love. So find God in yourself or near to you.
• The Lord is in you and are noting the activity of yours. I repeat, He is noticing your every activity and then they provide you the fruits of your karmas time to time.
Geeta is all about solving the problem of yours. Just do your karmas. You don’t have the right to think about the fruit of your karmas (thinking about future). Just dedicate every work of yours to the God. The Good and Bad times are like the Wheel of Time. They come and go on regular basis depending upon your time and as per your karmas. Do not be distressed in your bad times just sit back, relax and remember the God with pure heart. Believe it, they will give you the power and ways to tackle your bad times. KARMA YOG in the ‘Geeta’ is for everybody. Just follow it with full attention and dedication. Soon you’ll be closer to God and finally you’ll get the devotion of the Lord.
You’ll never return from there. There will be unlimited happiness for the infinite time. This material world is the lucky chance for you to attain the devotion of God.
DO NOT WANT SALVATION !
Never demand of salvation. Yes it is because :
अस बिचारि हरि भगत सयाने !
मुक्ति निरादर भगति लुभाने !!
राम भजन सोई मुकुति गोसाई !
अनइच्छित आवहि वरियाई !!
By much effort your mind diverted to the God and you are trying to obtain the Salvation. Choose what you actually want? The God himself will take you to their abode. Just want his love, his devotion, his view etc.
Reminding you one more time the place where God lived:
काम कोह मद मान न मोहा। लोभ न छोभ न राग न द्रोहा॥
जिन्ह कें कपट दंभ नहिं माया। तिन्ह कें हृदय बसहु रघुराया॥
The heart of a person which doesn’t have above qualities; such as lust, anger or malice etc, is the living place of God. Just do the SELFLESS DEVOTION OR NON-CAUSAL DEVOTION. This is because whatever you desire will be relating to this material world.
जैसा बोओगे , वैसा पाओगे !
The result will be definately relating to that material world i.e. rebirth on this material world.
माया का बीज, माया का फल !
So never want the bad of others. Stop getting anger and putting or seeing incrimination in others. These kind of desire are the hurdles in the path of devotion.
जे हरषहिं पर संपति देखी। दुखित होहिं पर बिपति बिसेषी॥
जिन्हहि राम तुम्ह प्रान पिआरे। तिन्ह के मन सुभ सदन तुम्हारे॥
अवगुन तजि सब के गुन गहहीं ! बिप्र धेनु हित संकट सहही !!
नीति निपुन जिन्ह कइ जग लीका ! घर तुम्हार तिन्ह कर मनु नीका !!
Hence its enough to explain the idea for never wanting the wish of salvation.
GET THE LORD BY LOVE :
राम ही केवल प्रेम पियारा !
जान लेहु जेहि जान निहारा !!
The Lord is not thirst of your leisure or the precious things. He is thirst of your tone or love. Whatever you offer him with Love, they will accept it for sure.
निर्मल मन जन सो मोहि पावा मोहि कपट छल छिद्र न भावा।।
Following all above qualities with KARM YOGA, you’ll attain the devotion of God without doing any special effort. Just try to control your mind and the five senses. (Prefer : Bhagwad Geeta)
Lord Rama Avataar is basically for teaching us the DECORAM and,
Lord Krishna Avataar is for teaching us the lesson of LOVE in between all.
As per the relevant needs, they took the different forms (Avtaar) and gives us the pleasure. Through this, they teach us the way to live, to understand the reason of our existance, to destroy the demons and finally to save us from being bad oriented.
” DEVOTIONAL PRACTICE IS THE ONLY WAY TO PURIFY YOUR HEART CONSCIENCENESS.”
While devoting the Lord, you’ll feel the HAPPINESS. And the HAPPINESS is the OTHER NAME OF GOD. Want to know how ? Lets go to the TAITRIYOPNISHAD :
आनंदो ब्रह्म !
The Happiness or Joy is the God. Attention, Happiness is not in God, the God is Happiness. And everybody wants it. Thats why all the living beings are not athiest. They all wants happiness. Difference is in their supposition for the existance of God.
आनंदो ब्रह्मेति व्यजानात् ।
आनंदद्धयेव खल्विमानि भूतानि जायन्ते ।
आनंदेन जातानि जीवन्ति ।
आनंदं प्रयन्त्यभिसंविशंति ।
( Taitriyopanishad 3/6)
Now i’m summarizing and ending the article. Explaining everything is not possible specially on Net. I suggest you to follow the first form of devotion of NINE FORMS OF DEVOTION i.e. follow the company of saints.
• There is only one Supreme Power. There forms are many. If you wish to get the grace of God, just perform the devotion as mentioned here and in scriptures. There are lot of troubles in life, do not distressed. Accept all bad or good times by letting that its a God’s wish.
• Whenever you feel sad or your bad times are going on, just sit back in a peaceful place. Remember the God in the manner as an INNOCENT CHILD called to their parents. Yes !
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• When a child needs something, he simply start crying. Soon, there parents came to him and gives pleasure to that child by fulfilling his desires. The Same TRICK is applicable on devotees. Remember the God by crying. God will definately come to you through your pure innocent heart gateway and will solve your problems. Never think anything of this material world; like the children didn’t think, while remembering, devoting or worshipping the God.
• This is the most simple way to attain the God. Never forget the God.
“AS LONG AS YOUR ATTACHMENT LASTS, SOON YOU WILL GET THE GRACE OF GOD”.
Remember the God in your good as well as in bad times. Just love God, love others, do something for others. Always respect elders, parents, and saints.
परहित सरिस धर्म नहीं भाई।
पर पीड़ा सम नहीं अधमाई।
” THERE IS NO ANY OTHER RELIGION BIGGER THAN SERVICING OR HELPING OTHERS. ”
• Note that there is no difference between the real and pure hearted Guru (a great saint which you find by the grace of God) and the Supreme God. Never try to differentiate between the TRINITY. They all are one. Never disrespect your Guru. (Reason for this, has been explained in Uttar Kand of ‘Ramayan’)
THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS TO EXPLAIN. I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED IN MY FURTHER ARTICLES.
If i made any mistake in the whole article, then i’m appologetic for that. Your suggestions are always welcomed.
“OFFER RESPECT TO ALL LIVING BEINGS, BUT YOUR LOVE SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR GOD ALONE. ”
God bless all… Have a good time !
Credit: Sagwara Ashram, JKP Organisation, Hindu scriptures