Prayer is thought off as a process that is adhered to by less-educated people who are non-scientific in their approach. But this understanding is false. Prayer is perhaps the most scientific methodology towards invoking the latent powers hidden within the heart of man. Prayer enriches our thoughts and emotion. It makes us lively and raises the pitch of our energies creating a positive aura around us.
We cannot enter into the Lord's domain without a proper understanding of Maya Devi. Unless the philosophy of Maya Devi is assimilated, spiritual life cannot be stable and one shall be continuously lured by material energy or by the power of Maya. The sages and saints have highlighted the value of Maya Devi through their very lives. Goswami Tulsidas is a striking example in this regard
The Supreme Lord's incarnation in Kaliyuga was Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He showed the people of the world the pure path of Bhakti which is radically different from the path of Advaita Vedanta. Although Vedanta talks about the path of intelligence, Sriman Mahaprabhu declared and established the path of Bhakti to be Supreme, unchallenged even by the scriptures. The Questions put forth by Sanatana Goswami one of Sriman Mahaprabhu's favourite disciples lights up the path of Bhakti to the fullest.
It is important to understand what choices we need to make so that we may enter a domain of eternal bliss. This material world has many options for us. However only deep intelligence can instruct us as to what needs to be done so that we attain the path of ever-lasting happiness. Karma keeps us busy all the while. However only Grace can take us out of the wheel of Karma. The means to attaining such Grace also become of paramount importance
Bhakti is least understood these days. Bhakti, is propagated by many organisations regarded as spiritual stalwarts. However the inmates of such organisations may not qualify as role-models to follow. Bhakti has more to do with inner alignment and nothing at all to do with the external paraphernalia. How do we develop the inner mood and spirit, this becomes a thing of paramount importance.
Many times the Sanskrit term Seva is used interchangeably with the term Service. It is convenient to use the word Service in the English language, but this English word lacks that depth, that the word Seva connotes. It can be interesting to see and grapple the depth and the high standards of the word Seva. We should have deep reverence for the word Seva. Seva cannot happen without Bhakti. So it is important to unravel the mystery around Bhakti first and then understand the word Seva that is hand-in-glove with the word Bhakti.
Advaita Vedanta is direct perception. If we apply intelligence through the process of directed investigation, Advaita Vedanta points directly to our Nature, our Reality, shredding to pieces the many veils of ignorance that presents itself before us as the World.
Certain small areas are not looked into as we try to fine tune our spiritual practice. We often meet roadblocks and although we try to progress in our spiritual journey it is surprising to see that we have not moved an inch. Looking at praises and insults from a spiritual angle becomes very essential to take that giant leap towards perfection.
The word sin, is most often abused as a word of convenience. If I do not like someone doing a certain thing, I would end up saying that, a particular person is sinning. He is going against the commandment of God. Its high time that we as a civilization mature and understand the real significance of the word "Sin"