baba, what is the key to bhakti?what do we stick upon when we are not so much open to the godhead, love or emotions. i know there are times when we are more open towards bhakti and there are times when we are more or less closed. what do we do then? similarly what do we do when we feel no emotion regarding the holy names? just keep on chanting regardless of what comes in the mind? and how exactly does chanting help us gain knowledge? the ways fo knowledge and bhakti seem poles apart. although the results are meant to be the same. one starts with surrender to a supereme entity and the other starts with inquiry to what reality is. i mean there must be times when we feel surrender and other times when we feel the reason and inquire into the real nature of things. but these things seem so opposite that at one time the other way seems to be futile and worthless. and i feel i am walking one step forward with three steps back wards..i also feel that many other must feel this way (poor us being made of a mind and a heart—we cannot just dump one and choose another..and then we are always in this paradoxical state of mind)…please enlighten…always at your feel ..sarvesh
Whether it is the path of devotion or self-analysis, the idea is simple, you have to annihilate your ego. Move through any path that suits you but mind you as you become more and more conscious of the root causes of all misery in life you will find that your enemies are not out there, but sitting inside of you in the darker areas of your unaware self.
You suffer from the dryness of your mind, just because the love for the divine is more businesslike than a true self offering. Even the purity of the intellect which is essential for self-analysis is not available so that you can seek and search your true cosmic Self.
The two paths are not opposite, it is your impure intellect which is creating the illusion of apparent divisions. As you purify your intellect through continual submission to the divine, and more awareness you’ll find there is no disharmony anywhere other than in the unconscious state of mind.
Lots of love and blessings,
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