God's Answer to Your
pray to God for enlightenment and grace, but when God comes, they are not
ready to receive Him. They are speechless and try to avoid Him, because - seen from a worldly standpoint - God means renunciation and the loss
of all their self-made misery, and people love their misery; it gives them
Take an example. A man is
lame and crippled. Though may be unconsciously, he loves his handicap, it
attracts the sympathy and attention of others. He therefore clings to his
condition. There are millions of such phenomena and God stays far from
such people who love their old misery and are not willing to change.
Let us take another
example. There is a pious lady, throughout life she has been praying and
visiting every temple. One day God appears before her and says: 'Come
with me.' 'Oh,' says the lady, 'that would be wonderful, but I
still have so many duties towards my grandchildren. I cannot come. I feel
obliged to serve my granddaughter for whom I feel great affection. She has
no one else.'
The granddaughter has
everything, but the lady thinks she depends on her. 'Good,' says God,
'in this case I will come again when your granddaughter has grown up and
your duties are over.'
After twenty years God
returns. Again He says: 'Come with me.' But although this lady has
always prayed: 'Lord, grant me Your experience, I want to be with
You,' she now excuses herself 'O Lord,' she says, 'see, my
granddaughter has a small child and I feel responsible to help her. When
this child goes to Kindergarten there is no one to assist her. I have to
stay.' 'That's good,' says God, 'I am going back.'
Thereafter what happens?
The great-granddaughter grows up and becomes a big problem. Yet this lady
feels attached to her. One day the great-granddaughter approaches her:
'Look, I am short of money. You have got bonds worth five-thousand
Dollars. Give them to me and I shall return the money with interest later.
But the old lady refuses: 'That's not possible, it is my only
financial security.' Now a quarrel ensues. The great-granddaughter
begins to hate and trouble the old lady. In this way there are thousands
of problem-creating attachments that bind the human heart and keep it away
from the Divine.
But there are also
wonderful people who are pure at heart. What do they do, if God comes?
Immediately they leave everything and follow Him. Such persons are very
rare, but you can be absolutely sure that the grace of God will look after
their grand- and great-grandchildren. They need no old lady or
grandmother. God's Omnipotence cares for them and protects them. His
unlimited wealth provides for them. The boundless abundance of the Divine
alone can really sustain everyone.
There are countless forms
of life in this vast creation of God. There is life in every stone. Who
nourishes them all? God. He sustains the whole of creation by His wisdom
and all-loving care.
Your heart must be ready
to receive and enshrine the Divinity. Daily many people repeat prayers:
'Come, O Mother Divine, dwell in my heart.' Immediately the
all-seeing, all-hearing, omnipresent Divinity reacts and stands at the
door, waiting. But these praying people are surrounded by beings. Who are
they? Mr. Egoism, Mr. Vanity, Mrs. Ignorance, and so on. Where is there
space for God to live in such a heart? On the one hand they call God, on
the other hand there is no space for Him, because their hearts are already
filled with attachments and aversions, jealousy, arguments, envy, gossip
and criticism, which destroy the spiritual life and prevent God from
revealing Himself to the heart of the seeker.
People meditate and pray
and then gossip or go to the city where they lose themselves in shop
windows and in fashion shopping, forgetting God entirely. And yet they are
surprised when all their meditations and prayers are fruitless.
We have to fulfil the
conditions for the Divine to dwell in us. People pray: 'From ignorance
lead me to truth. From darkness lead me to light.' But they are not
ready to fulfil the preconditions for such a guidance. Therefore they keep
praying and meditating for a lifetime without achieving any significant
progress. They call themselves spiritual and want to live in a divine
place among spiritual people, but in reality they are all the time
consciously or unconsciously occupied with unnecessary and worldly
thoughts. Such a life only leads into deeper darkness, disease and death.
It is not enough merely to
pray and meditate; you have to fulfil the conditions for success on the
spiritual path. As long as your heart and mind are preoccupied with other
things and persons, God is helpless. Not even His omnipotence can help Him
enter your heart. You have to make yourself receptive to the omnipresence
of the Divine and remain truthful to His wonderful love and wisdom.
There are people who know
what is right and do what is wrong. They long for the spirit, but follow
the body. But then it is useless to complain that God is not compassionate