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Q: You always emphasise that we should engage in loving meditation, but this is not possible without your grace. We try hard but fail. Why don't you grace us so that all our problems will be solved?

Shri Maharaj Ji: If God and the Saints could simply resolve that all humans constantly meditate on God, then there would have been no need to create this world. Neithe

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Shri Maharaj Ji: If God and the Saints could simply resolve that all humans constantly meditate on God, then there would have been no need to create this world. Neither would there have been a need to reveal the Vedas and Shastras that provide spiritual guidelines for us to follow - explaining the dos and don'ts and the various paths to God-realisation. There have been many Saints like Tulsi, Soora, Meera, Kabir, Nanak and Tukaram - they all could have just graced everyone and taken them to God's abode.

The grace of a Saint is that he guides the individual soul onto the right path. Having done so, it is now the responsibility of the individual soul to practice devotion and progress on the spiritual path. God and the Saints, by their very nature, can only grace and bless souls. In fact, they are incapable of doing anything else. It is left to us to realise their causeless mercy and grace and benefit from it.

Q: Why does the Guru shower his causeless mercy and grace upon souls?

Shri Maharaj Ji: Quite simply, to enable them to reach Gods's abode and relish the unlimited divine bliss for all eternity. After all, this is the very thing that ever

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Shri Maharaj Ji: Quite simply, to enable them to reach Gods's abode and relish the unlimited divine bliss for all eternity. After all, this is the very thing that every soul is aspiring for isn't it? Unfortunately, the individual soul is preoccupied with searching for this happiness in the world due to ignorance. Therefore, the Guru not only enlightens the path for the individual soul, but takes him to his supreme goal.

Q: Who should we meditate on, God or Guru?

Shri Maharaj Ji: It is exactly the same whether you meditate on the Guru or God as far as its result is concerned. It is not that the Guru will confer more power upon

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Shri Maharaj Ji: It is exactly the same whether you meditate on the Guru or God as far as its result is concerned. It is not that the Guru will confer more power upon you if you meditate on him, or that God will bestow less if you meditate on Him. However, meditating on Guru is more convenient, in the sense that everything related to him is directly perceptible, whereas we have to make use of our imagination to meditate on the Lord's divine pastimes and actions.

For example, if the Guru has said to you, "You are mine," or if he has given you some prasad from his hand, you will certainly derive great benefit whether you accept it with full faith or not. Having it will help you no need in your devotional practice. Moreover, the variety of actions or lilas that the Guru performs are done right before your eyes, and so you can easily recall them for meditative purposes and derive great happiness from doing so. Since God is not yet directly perceptible to you, you have to imagine His lilas in order to meditate upon Him. In truth, it is much easier to meditate on what we can directly perceive with our own eyes.

Nevertheless, a sadhaka is free to meditate on either, depending on his or her personal preference. What is proper and the best option is that you should meditate on both Guru and God, since by doing so you will not foster any conflict in your mind while you are practicing devotion.

Q: Can we realise God by our devotion only to Guru?

Shri Maharaj Ji: If you are devoted to your Guru, God-realisation will follow automatically. However, it is far better to worship both God and your Guru together. But

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Shri Maharaj Ji: If you are devoted to your Guru, God-realisation will follow automatically. However, it is far better to worship both God and your Guru together. But why? The reason for this is that our mind, being under the sway of maya, cannot have unwavering faith in our Guru and so our devotion to him will not always remain exclusive. Because Guru is directly perceivable, our material intellect can sometimes question his actions. The same thing happens during the descension of God when we see Him directly. This is all due to our faulty intellectual perception. The same is also the case with our Guru. But, on the other hand, we cannot perceive the Supreme Lord directly and so our devotion to Him will never wane.

Therefore, only when we are devoted to both God and Guru simultaneously, can our heart be purified. Moreover, it is a lot easier for the mind to focus and meditate on the enjoyable pastimes of the Lord. For example, there are numerous pastimes of Shri Krishna, including those during His childhood. One can choose any of the innumerable pastimes to engage one's mind in with feelings of love.

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Q: You always emphasise that we should engage in loving meditation, but this is not possible without your grace. We try hard but fail. Why don't you grace us so that all our problems will be solved?
Ans: If God and the Saints could simply resolve that all humans constantly meditate on God, then there would have been no need to create this world. Neither would there have been a need to reveal the Vedas and Shastras that provide spiritual guidelines fo...

Q: Why does the Guru shower his causeless mercy and grace upon souls?
Ans: Quite simply, to enable them to reach Gods's abode and relish the unlimited divine bliss for all eternity. After all, this is the very thing that every soul is aspiring for isn't it? Unfortunately, the individual soul is preoccupied with searching fo...