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