Excerpts from the discourse of Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Earning Bhakti is rare ('durlabam') and earning Bhakti without any intention behind it ('nishkãmya bhakti'), is rarer. When Bhagavãn is highly pleased and asks us what we need, instead of requesting this or that, ask of Him, "Oh! Father! Give Thyself unto me. What else do I need?"
A man sees a plantain tree. He finds a person using its leaf as a plate to have his food. Another person brings home the unripe plantain and cooks 'curry' out of it. Another eats its fruit. Another cooks the plantain flower for food. The stem is also cooked for food. The fiber ('vãzha nãr') from its bark is used for stringing flowers. This man realizes the usefulness of the plantain tree. Hence, he plants one in his own garden at home. The whole tree is useful in various ways ('sarva proyojana vruksham').
A man goes to the temple and sheds tears, 'oh! Lord! I need a job.' His prayer is answered. If one prays for marriage it comes through. If a child is desired, a child is born. If Bhagavãn, the 'Kamadhenu' (the celestial cow) and 'Kalpaka vruksha' (the Divine Tree), is brought home and a place offered (for Him) in our heart ('hrudaya') we are blessed with everything! Aren't we? There is no need to go about seeking one after another but all our desires are fulfilled!
By Chanting the Name of the Lord, He always resides in our heart.