Thought of the Day

As written at Prashanthi Nilayam on 23 - 10 - 2018

Amongst the many who claim to be devotees of the Lord, only very few are real devotees. When the elements of selfishness and egoism are present in a devotee, God will take no notice of him or her. Divine Love is present all the time. But like the cloud that hides the sun from a person, selfishness and ego of the devotee comes between God's love and the devotee. To proceed from the human condition to the Divine in man, the only means is the Prema Tatwa (Love Principle). Worldly love cannot be equated with Divine Love (Prema). The term Prema is used in ordinary parlance to describe what is really worldly attachment. People are attached more to names and forms than to the inner spirit of things. To get over this false attachment to external forms and names, it is essential to cultivate love in its purest form. To manifest this love, the first requisite is to get rid of selfishness and self-interest. (Divine Discourse, Aug 21, 1992)
- Baba