You attach importance to quantity, but the Lord considers only quality. He does not calculate how many measures of ‘sweet rice’ you offered but how many sweet words you uttered, how much sweetness you added in your thoughts. Offer Him the fragrant leaf of devotion, the flowers of your emotions and impulses, freed from the pests of lust, anger, etc. Give Him fruits grown in the orchard of your mind, sour or sweet, juicy or dry, bitter or sugary. Once you decide that the orchard in your mind is His, all fruits will naturally be sweet! The very act of your seeking refuge and protection (sharanagati) will render them acceptable to the Lord, so they cannot be bitter. And for water, what can be purer and more precious than your tears shed not in grief, but in rapture at the chance to serve the Lord and to walk along the path that leads to Him! (Divine Discourse, Feb 8, 1963)
-BABA
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