Nama Article 1st July 2012
Swami Papa Ramdas
Surely the aspirant’s mind must think of God as intensely as a miser thinks of his money, if not more. If he loves something else in the world more than God, naturally, his mind will stay on that something.
So a sincere devotee prays to God, “O God, make me love Thee above everything else.” When we love Him, our whole mind will be filled with Him and there can be no other thought coming into it.
Ramdas will give you an instance here of such a God-love. You must have heard the story of the famous saint Mira Bai. She was, against her will, married to a prince; but her heart was already given away to God before her marriage. When Mira was a child, a marriage procession was passing in the street. Mira and her mother were witnessing it. Jokingly her mother asked Mira whom she was going to marry. She said she would marry Lord Krishna. From that time Mira was feeling that she was actually married to Lord Krishna, and when the proposal came for her marriage with the prince, she said that she was already married to Krishna.
Though she was forced to marry the prince, she could not love him. One day, her husband asked her whether she did not love him at all. She replied that her entire heart was given to Lord Krishna and there was no possibility of her loving another.
So, if one wants God, one’s whole heart must be given to Him. The one sole objective of the devotee is to pray to Him, to take His Name and to dedicate his whole life to His service.
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