Thought of the Day

As written at Prashanthi Nilayam on 13 - 11 - 2019

How long can we tolerate a boy staying in the same class at school? He must proceed from one class to the next higher one, year after year. The spiritual aspirant too should not stagnate in one sadhana. From the master-servant relationship with God, the aspirant must advance to the body-limb relationship and reach the stage of merging in the All-inclusive One - that is to say, from dualism (Dwaita), through conditioned non-dualism (Vishista Adwaita) to monism or non-dualism (Adwaita). In the initial stages, man worships portraits or idols of God in all the sixteen forms of reverential homage. But, one should progress from this stage to the awareness of the Atma. Flowers fade and rot soon. The effect of offering flowers may not last long. What God loves more are the flowers blooming on the tree of one’s own life, fed and fostered by one’s own skill and sincerity. They are the flowers of virtues grown in the garden of one’s heart. (Divine Discourse, Oct 06, 1981)
- Baba