People say that we should worship God without expecting any reward? Is it true?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:
As described in our scriptures, a devotee can be viewed at three different levels, Aarthi, arthaarthi and Jignyasu.
• An ‘Aarthi’ is one who worships the lord for the removal of sufferings.
• An ‘Arthaarthi’ is one who performs Bhakti to the Lord to bless Him with more wealth and fortune
• A Jignyasu prays to the Lord for spiritual elevation, divine visions and Liberation.
Above all of these, there is a fourth level, where the devotion is unconditional. In this state, the devotee performs Bhakti for the love of Bhakti. This is the supreme state called as Prema Bhakti.
Thus none of the levels is right or wrong. It purely depends on the individual’s attitude and bhaava.
The easier method to do this is by winning God’s grace. If Maha Mantra is chanted with utmost faith and devotion, He will bring a proper transformation in your mind.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Yogiramsuratkumar always chanted the Ram Nam. By sheer power of Rama Nama, he cured innumerable diseases, blessed so many devotees with money, power wealth etc who came to him with mundane, worldly problems.