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As written at PRASANTHI NILAYAM Today

6th February 2020 

The attitude of the worshiper and the worshiped is the seed of devotion (bhakti). First, the worshiper’s mind is attracted by the special qualities of the object of worship. The worshipper tries to acquire these special qualities. This is spiritual discipline (sadhana). In the early stages of sadhana, the distinction between worshiper and worshiped is full, but as the spiritual discipline progresses, this feeling diminishes and, when at¬tainment is reached, there is no distinction whatsoever! Whatever be the object of worship one has grasped and loved and sought by spiritual discipline, one should have firm faith that the individual self (jivatma) is the supreme Lord (Paramatma). There is only one wish fit to be entertained by the aspirant: the realisation of the Lord (Iswara Sakshatkara). There is no room in the mind for any other wish. (Prema Vahini, Ch 39)