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Feeling God’s presence – part 4

Despite chanting and worshipping the Lord’s deity form, one may still not experience a loving relationship with God. Then what?

That brings us to determination, the fourth principle of spiritual practice.

Determination

Daksha then reveals an important quality that every spiritual seeker must internalize, and that’s a determined effort to access Lord’s grace.

Determination assumes importance because the distractions on the path to God are many. As Thomas Merton put it beautifully, “Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him requires a lot of courage.”

Ironically, although God is closest to us, because we have disconnected ourselves from Him, we go far away from Him. For example God resides in the heart of all living entities, yet due to our aversion, we propagate various theories disputing His existence. It’s the same Lord in the heart who inspires people to agree and disagree with each other and come to a conclusion that He doesn’t have a form or He doesn’t exist in the first place. And interestingly all this happens under the watchful eye of the Lord in our heart.

He explains how different people imagine various forms of God. But just as air carries the aroma of a flower or dust, God too appears in various forms and imaginations of his worshipper. But Daksha fervently wishes to rise beyond these speculations, and he humbly seeks to access the personal form of the Lord. Thus he teaches us how we should be unwavering on the path and with determination seek the Lord’s personal audience. The famous American Christian preacher Aiden Tozer said, “The importance of coming into God’s presence is worth overcoming all obstacles along the way”

The results of offering these prayers are hope-giving. Daksha not only received a personal audience with the Lord, he also got a special recognition. Lord Vishnu who appeared before Daksha in His transcendental form said that He is very pleased with him and his prayers and activities are as pleasing to the Lord as the activities of Brahma, Shiva and Manus.

It’s important to note here that Daksha was not on the same level as Brahma, Shiva etc, yet the Lord reveals here that if someone is sincere, He doesn’t make any distinction amongst His devotees. An insignificant squirrel or a spider is as equal to the Lord as a powerful personality like Lord Brahma. As Guru Nanak said in the revered Sri Guru Granth Sahib, “Even kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God”

Therefore these prayers reveal how with the right principles in place, we could access God’s grace and develop a personal relationship with Him.

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