The Mother Divine
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(Excerpts from Streams of Nectar)
By Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

The essence of spiritual life is Equanimity. The chanter of the Name Wins it without effort. Friend and foe, Happiness, misery, peace and turmoil—In all these he finds his God and never falls into error. He sees the one Person In the man of Vedic wisdom and the fool, The Brahmana, the Chandala1, the dog, the donkey and the crow. Light dawns on him. Who goes repeating the Name, and then All is one before the devoted heart. Yoga, ritual, austerity, meditation—These one resorts to for gaining his object. A man who does so, little knows how this Equanimity comes. He finds his soul Flooded with the peace it brings. Then his surprised, overwhelmed mind is the chanter and it resolves to chant the Name incessantly. If thou hopest to achieve equanimity, Repeat the Name without pause, the Lord’s servant, Sitaram!

Service is all that the devotee, who owns nothing whatever, wishes to have in the world.
Service of the Deity he loves as his life’s mission. The devotee is ever busy from morning till he goes to bed at night with service, performing all pious acts like the telling of the Name, the ritual, meditation on the Name. He discovers a Mind behind the image of wood or stone. In that the devotee loses himself ever and anon. He holds long talks with his most beloved Lord. At times He takes his Friend within his arms and then Stone ceases to be stone with the devotee’s love. His Lord appears in immaterial form and long and loving is the conversation that he,—the heart’s joy,—has with his devotee. It is beyond thee to do such service; So Sitaram, the Lord’s servant, makes the Name thy all.