570 – We are tied to God by the thread of love

Divine grace is the ultimate answer to all our problems. You feel the presence of your friends, children, pain, worries and problems all the time, but one does not know how to feel the presence of God.

To receive God’s grace however, his home should be kept clean. To make God dwell in one’s heart and to ensure he remains there, it is essential to clean one’s heart. One can tell what kind of heart one has by the people one attracts. The heart is about feelings, and the mind is about thoughts. If one’s heart is pure, one’s thoughts will be positive, free from jealousy, greed, lust, anger, vengeance, worry, fear and insecurity. One’s heart and feelings make one a good person, not one’s thoughts.

Feelings are the base of Bhakti. Bhakti cannot exist without emotion, just as anger, fear, jealousy, worry, joy and sorrow cannot exist without emotion. To experience bhakti, however one has to change the course of the river of desires. Emotion flow within one like a river. One cannot see this river, but one can feel it. The emotions which generate anger, passion and jealousy can be made to change its course. One cannot experience anger and bhakti at the same time. To achieve grace there needs to be a complete change of course.

When the heart becomes pure, God will live in it.

Aradhana: Yoga of the heart. Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Aim Hrim Klim

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