The Path of Devotion
God is beyond the gross, the subtle and the causal. But, as Lord, he
rules over all of them. He is the master of time, past, present and future.
Human beings have been given limited capacities and may find it very difficult
to understand this divine principle. In that case, the easiest path to
follow is the path of devotion. This is what Krishna taught Arjuna. Krishna
described the path of devotion in three steps.
First and foremost is: Work for God! You may not be aware
of it, but every bit of work you do is already being done for God. He
is the supreme master of this world and everything in this world belongs
to him. Knowing this, consciously make every action you undertake an
offering to God. Devote all your labors to him, while being ever mindful
that God is not outside of you.
The second step is: For the sake of God alone! Up to
this point you have been thinking only about yourself. But who are you?
Who is this I that you use to refer to yourself? Krishna said,
"It is I who am shining in you." This word I does not
belong to the body, neither to your own body nor to Krishna's. This
I emanates from the highest self, the immortal self, the atma.
This I should not be equated with the body or the mind or the
intuitive faculty or any other aspect of the individual. It transcends
the limited personal self of the individual. This I relates only
to the unlimited, impersonal self, the divine self, which is the real
self of everyone.
The limited personal self by calling itself "I", has associated
itself with the universal. But the personal self is not the real self.
It is merely a reflection of the one immortal, divine self. Whatever
you have been doing has been for the satisfaction of the divine self
alone. Not realizing this sacred truth, you have been caught up and
swept away by delusion. Krishna told Arjuna, "Whatever you do,
do it for my satisfaction, for my sake. Do everything you do for me.
Perform all your actions on my behalf. Act as my agent." This
me or my or I which Krishna is speaking of, is
not God outside of yourself. It refers to the atma, your divine
self. Do everything you do for the sake of God alone, who is none
other than your highest self.
The third step is: Be devoted only to God! Understand
the inner secret of this directive. Devotion is the expression of
love, and the emotion which is called love emanates from God, your
highest self. Love comes from God and is directed towards God.
Love has nothing at all to do with worldly feelings and secular things.
Love, which is just another word for devotion, is the very name of your
highest self. This principle of love emanating from the core of your heart
must saturate every action, word and thought. This will happen when you
think that everything you do, say or think is for the satisfaction of