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"Holy Mother" painted by Swami Tadatmananda

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Devotion to God

I have not kept on the schedule very well, and I think I am reading ahead. But, this comes to me this morning out of a passage in the Gospel. At some point Mother is with devotees and these are her words to them.

"May you attain devotion to God"

Sounds so simple. And yet not. I am realizing that this is my work. This is also my prayer for us, here at the Courtyard.

Location: North Carolina

Re: Devotion to God

Thank You Rosemary,
to attain devotion to God should be everyones aim in life. Alas my misfortune that knowing this i yet hanker after worldly objects!

Re: Devotion to God

There is comfort in what Mother says.

The word "attain" to me, implies that there is a reward after effort. In our lives, there is grief, there is disillusionment, there is failure in life. And then there is Mother saying to us to listen to her words and to rise above, each and every time. It is not easy, it won't be easy.

If there were not a form of grace in our lives, I do not think we would be meeting here, discussing our divine Mother. This is hard to remember when we "lean to our own understanding".

Location: North Carolina

Re: Devotion to God

I thought of this later.

The situation that you describe above, the EXACTLY WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES.

This is how I think and how I will try to explain what I mean...Did we ask to be born(?), or do we find ourselves here? Do we want this trouble and this pain(?), or do we find ourselves here?

When we do not obtain the object of our hankering, or even if we do, that is when we ask ourselves, "But is this devotion to God?" When we are in pain and suffering we say, "But where is my devotion to God?"

When I said above that I realize that this is my work, what I mean is that I have never known what my path was to be. (Karma, Bhakti, etc) It's not really a choice, I don't think, but a knowing. After hearing it from Mother's voice, I begin to know.

Location: North Carolina