When there is true devotion, even adversities appear to be blessings. ~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
As far as possible our sadhana and bhakti should be kept concealed, for, others’ praise and honour shown to us are, but blocks in our sadhana. ~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
The path of jnana is challenging and adventurous. Because of that, only few can taste success in that path. But the path of Bhakthi is lyrical and full of beauty. That is why it is recommended to all. ~Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Though the fact is that it is only our devotion (love) to God that comes back to us as ‘GRACE’, the RETURN is immeasurably higher than our devotion; just as the light that falls on the mirror is reflected manifold. ~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
The temple authorities bestow special attention and honour on the rich and the powerful who visit the temple in an ostentatious manner. But, the Lord does not even look at them. A bhakta stands in some corner of the temple shedding tears of devotion for the Lord. The Lord’s grace descends only on him! ~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
When cattle devour a newly planted mango sapling, it struggles to live and grow more leaves. But surpassing these struggles, when the plant grows into a tree, the cattle are no more a threat to it. Likewise, when one’s devotion is in the initial stages, the ills of the world affect him to a large extent. When he continues to chant with patience and perseverance, his devotion eventually becomes strong enough, that the ills of the world don’t affect him anymore. ~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
The devotion of ordinary people is first recognized by the world and later by God. However, the devotion of Mahatmas is first recognized by God. It is God who then makes it known to the world. ~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
All acts that we perform have a selfish drive to it. We befriend someone with the motive that he might help us in securing a job or help us in our business. We befriend a wealthy man or a man of ‘power’ as it bestows on us a status in society. Or we move with a person since he is affectionate towards us. There is a selfish motive behind every move of ours. What is the basis for the this? The mind! We have the same attitude with God too. We seek God with expectations. This is not Bhakti. This will not take you to jnana. Jnana is born only where there is selfless devotion. ~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Bhakti shows the Lord. But, where does one find bhakti? In the Lord? No! Not in Him! In temples? No! Not in temples! Only in the company of a bhakta! ~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
A true devotee expects grace from the Lord like a lover expecting a gift from his beloved. The sadhak expects grace from the Lord like an employee expecting wages from his master. ~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Bhakti is all about showing gratitude. A Guru shows us how to show our gratitude to the Lord. Showing gratitude to the Guru for showing us how to show gratitude to the Lord is Guru Bhakti. ~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Silver or gold kavacha (armour) may be offered to the Lord, or even a rãjagopuram (temple tower) built by a wealthy man, individually or through concerted effort. But rare indeed it is, to offer a single tulasi or bilwã leaf or a flower at the Lotus Feet of the Lord with tear filled eyes and a devotion filled heart! ~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
In the ‘Bhakta Saamrajya’ (the kingdom of devotion), Sadhus are verily the citizens, Srimad Bhagavatam verily the governing scripture (Shaastra) and Nama Sankirtan, verily the wealth! Sometimes we consume food because we are hungry and at other times, we consume specific delicacies because we want to relish the taste. However, the food that we consume for the sake of taste also appeases hunger. Likewise, the Vedanti and yogi go about their spiritual practice in pursuit of liberation like the one who eats to satiate his hunger. A Bhakta performs Bhakti out of sheer love for it, like the one who eats just to relish the taste. Though it is never his intention, the Bhakta's pursuit will also take him to liberation just as the food consumed for taste fulfills hunger. Those with taste for materialistic and worldly ways of life wish to live long to enjoy the sensory pleasures. Those who get Satsang and perform a little Bhakti get tired of life very soon and don’t want to live long! Some consider Bhakti and Satsang as a means for Moksha and hence want to die early! This is because they have not progressed enough in Bhakti to consider it as anything other than a means for liberation (‘moksha sadhana’). If we read the Scriptures and the prayers of Maha Bhaktas, we find that they have always cried out to be blessed with Bhakti in many many Janmas to come. These are the Mahans who nourish the true taste for Bhakti! ~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji