Easy Straight Path to God
Upasana [prayer] is of four types - Naam [name], Rupa [form], Leela[divine sport] and Dham [abode]. Each of these four has unlimitedpower; each is God Himself. First of all comes Naam; follows Rupaafter that; the third is Leela; and the fourth is Dham. If a personcan develop single-minded devotion to any of these four, he will beable to cross the ocean of the Samsara with the greatest ease. Eachhas a bearing on the other. If a person can hold fast to any of them,the others gradually will come by themselves.
As a result of the deeds done in previous lives, one comes in thisworld with specific qualifications. One's Sadhana depends one one'squalification so acquired. It is in accord with the path one hasfollowed in the previous lives. Hence one has to select the path forwhich he is qualified. Hence at the beginning of Sadhana one hears ofmany different paths. As one progresses, all paths meets in one.Whether he is a Shakta or Vaishnava of Shaiva, Soura or Ganapatya,whether he is a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian - all ultimatelyreach that one path leading to God.
One constantly hears of renunciation as the first step towardsSadhana. There is no need of renunciation. Stay wherever you are andtry to chant Naam constantly. If you can hold on to Naam which isBhagawan Himself, then you need not worry any more. He who stays nearthe King does not depend on the kindness of the door-keeper. He, whosetongue is reluctant to sing Naam, may think of renunciation. If onecan sing Naam, the four types of Sadhana, i.e. Vivikta[concentration] , Vairagya [renunciation] , Mumuksha [sannayas], Shamaand Dama [control of mind and senses] run after him.
The Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, the Tantras, the Samhita alldirect one along the path following which one can gain that onePurusha. They have laid down different paths for persons withdifferent qualifications. The aim of every person is to getestablished in that one. All want the 'One' not 'Two'. Some want to beunited with Him, some want to mingle in Him - that is the onlydifference.
Standing or sitting, eating or lying down, if one chants Ram, Ramconstantly, one will be able to gain His grace, there is no doubtabout it. A person, who is anxious to gain God's grace, can experimenton this and test its truth. He, who constantly chants Ram, Ram, willbecome Ram; he who chants Shiva, Shiva, will become Shiva; by chantingDurga, Durga, or Krishna, Krishna, one becomes Durga or Krishna. Thisword of the Shastras is absolutely true.
By acquiring learning and by Nishkam Karma, you set an example to theworld. There is no real Jnana [knowledge] in the books. Jnana is thefulfillment of Sadhana; it is the life force of Tapasya. If you go onrepeating Shastras like an animal or a bird, you will not be able toacquire real Jnana even after hundred births. Pray and worship andenlightenment will come to you. Go on doing Sadhana; the whole powerof the Creator of this Universe will come and embrace you.
When one's mind becomes steady by keeping company of Sadhus, bystudying the Vedas and other religious books, by doing work accordingto the instructions of the Shastras, by the grace of God, he thenrealizes that he is not shelter-less, he has One with whom he can takeshelter. Thereafter, he is not disturbed by pleasure or trouble, peaceor want of it, danger of prosperity, or joy and sorrow. He realizesclearly that whatever is happening is for his Mangal [good]. He thenconstantly stays with Naam, and, like a spectator in a film show,watches and enjoys the play of the Prakriti of endless wonders.