UPASANA ( DEVOTION ) | IWGR IV | PART 15 | PAGE 29-30 | RAMA राम
|| IS DEMAND A PART OF UPASANA ? ||
There are two kinds of demands .
One is to maintain the importance of your little self and to pray for your worldly prosperity and satisfaction of your sense-desires .
And the other is to pray for the evolution of the self ( destruction of selfishness ) and achieve real knowledge , realization of Truth or GOD .
The first kind of prayer is like making GOD the servant of your little self or calling GOD to serve your own personal ends . This is quite undesirable .
The second kind of prayer is to follow the right path .
All your desires , good or bad , would be fulfilled automatically , if at that time your mind is merged in Atma .
However , if they are due to ignorance , selfishness or if they are irreligious ( unnatural ) , they would cause untold miseries , like a thorny and poisonous growth .
Prayers for self-aggrandizement , temptations , and satisfaction of senses are like keeping pure milk in a dirty copper pot . You are sure to know their adverse effects by bitter experience .
But why not do away with impious thoughts , desires and aspirations ? Impiety is harmful not only to others but also to your own self .
On the other hand , piety and good thoughts are not only helpful to you , but also good to others . If we entertain good thoughts and have peace , happiness and purity in our mind , all our actions will be as if those of GOD Itself . All our desires will be fulfilled instantaneously .
It has been mentioned in Bhagwat Puran that :—
" All those who worship Shiva , renunciation personified , become rich . And , all those who worship Vishnu , the spouse of Laxmi , ( the god of wealth ) , remain in poverty . "
Here , they do not mean to compare Shiva and Vishnu by showing their inferiority or superiority . In reality , Shiva and Vishnu are one and the same .
Here they mean to emphasize that those who prefer renunciation and self-abnegation , are automatically blessed with prosperity , wealth and good fortune .
On the contrary , those who are attached to , or pine for wealth and prosperity , continue to be poor . It may be explained by an illustration .
A person , with one's back towards the sun , runs to catch one's own shadow , but can never do so . But when one is face to face with sun and turns oneself away from one's shadow , it runs after one and never leaves .
So is the case with worldly desires or prosperity .
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