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Theoretical Vs Practical Devotion
« on: September 29, 2012, 04:37:04 PM »
Theoretical Vs Practical Devotion

The worship of statues by offering food is also good in the beginning stage because it develops the theoretical devotion. But you should not confine yourself to this theoretical devotion only throughout your life. The school is good for a child. But as you grow, you should also enter the college and university. You should not remain in the school till your death. The theoretical devotion should lead to practical devotion. You can offer the food to the statue and develop the theoretical devotion continuously but you should also offer food to the human form of God in course of time.

If the human incarnation is not available, you can do the practical service to devotees by which God is more pleased. In any case, your theoretical devotion must be transformed into practical devotion, which is the real sacrifice or practical service. If you have developed the practical service by serving the devotees, the God in human form will certainly approach you one day or other for receiving the practical service from you. If you are confined only to theoretical devotion by serving the statues, God in human form will never approach you because you are not in a stage to do the practical service to Him. Since the theoretical devotion is not real love, God will never come to you since the reality in your devotion is absent. Though the theoretical devotion is unreal, it can help you in generating the practical devotion or service. A mental idea is not practically true but it can generate a practical truth. A false imagination of the tiger in the dream is generating the real fear and sweat in the body even after you wake up. An unreal thing can lead to real result and this point is mentioned in the commentary by Shankara. The mental form of the tiger is also a subtle truth because it consists of the subtle nervous energy. Thus it is not totally unreal because a totally unreality can never generate reality.

Therefore, the theoretical devotion, which is the form of subtle nervous energy (Mind) is also subtle truth and hence development of theoretical devotion is also not waste. But it should be intensified and should be materialized and this is conversion of energy into matter. The fruit given by God will be in the same phase of your sacrifice. If you confine to theoretical devotion only, the fruit from God is also theoretical. As you praise God, God praises you. As you love God by your mind, God loves you also by mind. If you serve Him practically, the fruit from God will be also practical. Gita says that the reaction of God will be in the same phase as your action to Him (Ye yathaamaam prapadyante...). Therefore, if you continue all your life in the theoretical devotion only, you are lost, because the final fruit for you will be also theoretical.


 

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