While doing service of the Lord, not only emotional inspiration is needed, but also, intellectual an
  • dattaswami1 December 2017
    While doing service of the Lord, not only emotional inspiration is needed, but also, intellectual analysis is required.

    Q) Lakshmana served Rama without food and sleep in the forest for 14 years. What is your comment on this devotion?


     Lakshmana served Rama without food and sleep for 14 years and he could do so due to the power of chanting a special hidden Vedic hymn called as Bala and Atibala blessed by sage Vishvaamitra in the childhood. You may not find the real sacrifice in this aspect due to the power of the hymn. This point is also related to future requirement in killing the son of Ravana (Meghanaada), who can be killed only by a person fasting and not sleeping for 14 years. But, Lakshmana, younger to Rama was also married and did the service to Lord without enjoying His wife, while Rama and Sita were enjoying in the hut! This is sacrifice of desire for sex for the sake of Lord and this is not a small sacrifice!

    Coming to the sacrifice of food and sleep in the service of Lord, let us assume that Lakshmana was not having such power of the Vedic hymn with him to overcome hunger and sleep. In such case also, do you expect Lakshmana to do the service of the Lord without food and sleep? Assuming that Lakshmana did so, he would have met with death in few days. Do you think that service for few days is better than the service for 14 years? He can do the service for 14 years by taking minimum food and minimum sleep so that the service can be done for a long time. Such long service is certainly far better than such short service. Instead of giving one wedding meal to a beggar, it is better to feed him for 10 days with minimum normal meals! While doing service of the Lord, not only emotional inspiration is needed, but also, intellectual analysis is required. Devotion without knowledge goes in wrong direction. Hanuman was not only emotionally dedicated to the service of the Lord with His excellent physical strength, but also, involved with sharp intellectual analysis.

    When Hanuman was crossing the sea, angels tested Him by sending Surasaa in the form of demon to see whether He had mere physical strength with emotion or physical strength combined with analytical intelligence. Surasaa opened her mouth with ten sq. miles area. Hanuman grew to 100 sq. miles-area with emotion. Then, Surasaa opened her mouth with area of 1000 sq. miles. Like this, the game went on for some time. Then, Hanuman thought that the time will be wasted without end, which is infinite hindrance to the service of God. The game was involved on the exhibition of the power of each to grow based on victory and defeat. Hanuman, due to lack of ego, accepted defeat suddenly, became 1sq. inch entity, entered the mouth of Surasaa and came out through her ear declaring the victory of Surasaa! Surasaa in her own form and angels appeared and appreciated Hanuman as best servant of God using emotion with physical strength and intellectual analysis together.

    Hence, after acquiring knowledge patiently only, the emotional devotion shall be acquired, which is controlled and guided by the already existing knowledge. If devotion is acquired in the beginning itself, there is no patience to learn the knowledge after getting emotion. Devotion is the emotional force that transforms already existing knowledge into practice. Hence, knowledge of Shankara, devotion of Ramanuja and practice of Madhva are subsequent steps in the spiritual path to be achieved by the spiritual soul.

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