Nama Article 2nd November 2014
Swami Papa Ramdas
Remembrance Comes By Grace:
God's remembrance can come to our mind only through His grace. Otherwise, how can we remember Him? There are so many who are striving, but His grace has not come to them. They are like fish out of water, pining and pining for Him. When God's grace comes, the stream of remembrance flows into their mind continuously, and everything necessary is done to maintain the remembrance. The remembrance must be unbroken like a "Thaila Dhara", which means the flow of oil. When oil is poured from one vessel to another, you see it flows unbroken. The moment there is a break in the remembrance of God, at once the ego-sense takes possession of us and darkness sets in.
Ramdas was praying to God: "O God, keep your remembrance in my mind ceaselessly." The result was that God gave him Satsang, because in the company of saints it was easy to remember God. He also got such food as was conducive to keep him awake all night, because sleep depends mainly upon the food we take. God made him take only a very small quantity of food. Every minute Ramdas was in a state of fear lest he should forget Him any time. He ran into solitude for the purpose. Company of worldly-minded men was not conducive to remembrance of God.
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