What is devotion?

SIVANANDA DAILY READING


WHAT IS DEVOTION?

Make use of this precious human birth for the achievement of this
supreme purpose – God-realisation. Pray to the Lord to make you
desireless. But have one strong desire and let it be for attaining
self-realisation. Through a life of devotion, service, purification,
charity, sadhana (spiritual practice) and meditation attain the
highest self-realisation and dwell in the supreme peace and bliss
(paramananda) .

Devotion is supreme love of the Lord, supreme attachment to the
Lord. The notion of God means an absolutely perfect being, who has
all the possible attributes, including the attribute of existence;
so God must exist. The existence of God cannot be proved by rational
arguments. It is purely a question of faith and refers to the
intuitive side of man.

The deepest craving, the deepest aspiration in man is for eternal
happiness, eternal knowledge and eternal truth. Man should search
for some supernatural entity which can satisfy his deepest
aspirations.

As we explain everything within nature by the law of cause and
effect, so also the nature as a whole must be explained. It must
have some cause. This cause must be different from the effect. It
must be some supernatural entity, i.e. God. Nature is not a mere
chance collection of events, a mere jumble of accidents, but an
orderly affair. The planets move regularly in their orbits, seeds
grow into trees regularly. Seasons succeed each other in order. Now,
nature cannot order itself. It requires the existence of an
intelligent being, i.e. God, who is responsible for it.

Everything in nature has some purpose. It fulfils some function or
other. Certainly every object by itself cannot choose a function for
itself. Their different functions ought to have been planned or
designed by a single intelligent being or God. You cannot explore or
probe into the Lila (sportive play) of God. You must accept it with
faith and reverence.

What is the nature of God? God is love and love is God. God is the
source for this world, body, mind, prana and senses. God gives light
to the mind, sun, moon and stars. God is your only redeemer, refuge.
God is your real father, mother, guru, friend and relative.

God is the only reality. God is the dispenser of fruits of actions.
God is the designer and architect of the universe. God is immanent
and transcendent. God is unchanging, undecaying and imperishable.
God is the supreme goal, beauty, truth.

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