There a four things that all of you must do. Pray for others, pray for the peace and wellbeing of the world, cultivate constant happiness and take God with you everywhere you go. If you do this consistently, you will begin to feel the presence of God everywhere. This omnipresence of God is depicted in the Bhagavatha (the book that describes the sport of Lord Krishna) as the Gopika Stree Rasa Leela. This is a dance where 16,000 milkmaids are dancing. The incredible thing is Lord Krishna Himself is individually partnering each one of these milkmaids simultaneously! Such is the all — pervasive presence of Divinity!
Sriram asked, “Pujya Guruji, please tell us a little more about the Sadhana that we should perform to see God?”
Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “Talk to God as you would talk to a close relative or a friend. That is why in all the Indian languages, we address God in the singular. This shows our intimacy with Him. Fight with God in a friendly way, “All this time I have listen to you and your truths. I have done everything that you told me to do. Now come to me. I can’t see you in your subtle form. Reveal yourself to me so that I can see you.”
When you pray to God like this, never allow yourself to forget that He is omnipresent. He is everywhere. God exists in the Ganga river. God also exists in normal water too. God may come to your house in any form. So treat all visitors as God. Don’t impose your terms and conditions on God or others. Divinity cannot be captured through logic. It can be captured only through love.
Build a relationship with God. Worship Him mentally (Manasika Puja). Puja should never become mechanical. Offer Him a ceremonial bath. Light the lamps, incense and camphor. Decorate Him with flowers. Everything can be done mentally. God will come and sit in your heart. In earlier times, our forefathers had the leisure to perform an elaborate bahya Puja (external worship). Today life moves at great speed and we don’t have that kind of time. So we can perform mental worship.
It is the feeling in the heart that is important. The advantage with mental worship is that it can be performed practically anywhere, at any time. One does not require any ingredients for this as one does in external worship. All that is necessary is mental concentration and devotion.
Wherever you are, always fill your heart with devotion. Then every place that you visit becomes a pilgrimage centre because you generate divine vibrations all the time. What you dwell upon constantly becomes a part of your very being. You realise your oneness with Divinity. Before realisation, what we visualise is only imagination. After realisation, what we visualise is actualisation.
This article is taken from the book Wisdom Through the Eyes of Nimishananda by His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji.