Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Bhagavăn might (without any reason) just bestow liberation on anyone. This is very rare, though. This is akin to offering cooked food. There are some who await only Bhagavăn's 'kripa' (God's grace). They are ever weeping and crying for His grace, "Oh! Lord! When would you bestow Your grace on me?" They have no other thought and practise no sădhana. Gopis belonged to this category. Just as the Chakora (bird that existed in days gone by) used to cry for 'Chandra' (the Moon) the Gopis awaited the arrival of Bhagavăn. The whole day the Chakora bird would look up at the sky awaiting the Moon. This is a very rare case indeed. Instead of cooked food, you may be provided with stove, rice, dhal, etc. to cook and eat. The sădhakas are like these who have to practise the sădhana taught to them. Bhagavăn Ramana gave liberation to his mother, a cow, a crow and a dog. They did not do any sădhana. But, it was not so in the case of others.
There are people who come here regularly, morning and evening. Such people should practise their sădhana with concentration. There are many who come here seeking some solace or solution to their worldly problems. Well! The question of spiritual practice does not arise in their case. But, the darshan of a Mahătma is not wasted on them! One day it will work in them, too. A boy sits with his book for an hour or two, under compulsion, due to fear of his father. He keeps leafing through the pages of his books without actually studying. The boy who spends two hours just leafing through the pages may as well study with concentration. This would do him a lot of good. Would it not? Similarly, those who come and spend their time here regularly may as well show more concentration in their Năma japa or chanting 'Hare Răma Hare Krishna' or whatever path shown to them. Would it not help them progress spiritually?
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