Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 04 Jul 2020


Practically Implementing Spirituality

Shri Yogendra Thakur asked: Pranam! My question is how can one practically implement spirituality in day to day life? Yogendra.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The deity of justice is very very near and dear to God (Dharmasya prabhuracyuta). If any soul tries to harm justice, God becomes very very furious (Vinaśāyaca duṣkṛtām). If a soul tries to support justice, God becomes very very happy. God is always active in the protection of justice and the destruction of injustice. If a soul tries to assist God in this work, the soul is fully blessed by God with His eternal grace. The sole aim of the entire spiritual knowledge and the entire human life is only to please God and get His grace by the end of one’s human life. Hence, if the soul sincerely tries to oppose injustice and support justice in day to day life, that is the best practical implementation of spirituality in life. This is practical spiritual life. It is pravṛtti divinised by nivṛtti and it greatly pleases God.

Although pleasing God by supporting justice is an indirect means of pleasing God, it is very very important. However much one may try to please God directly through devotion, if one goes against justice in day to day life, it is of no use because God always gets furious with such a soul. Rāvaṇa was the greatest devotee of God and he even cut off his many heads and offered them to God, as if they were red lotus flowers. But in practical life, he was constantly doing injustice and harming justice. Even his unimaginable devotion could not save him from the divine punishment given to him for his sins. If the soul follows justice in practical life and also becomes a direct devotee of God, God is pleased with the soul indirectly as well as directly. Justice in pravṛtti and devotion in nivṛtti are the two feet of God. If you worship one foot with flowers and pierce the other foot with thorns, the final result is only pain since both will not neutralise each other.

It is a very unfortunate concept fabricated by priests that sin can be neutralised by worshipping God. This wrong concept was fabricated by priests so that they can earn their livelihood when people hire the services of the priests for carrying out these forms of worship to neutralize their sins. The worship of God can cancel one’s sins provided the soul has already reformed through the development of devotion (Kṣipram bhavati dharmātmā—Gītā). Reformation is a three-step process involving the realisation of the sin, repentance for it and finally not repeating the sin throughout one’s life. Without such complete reformation, sins never get cancelled, no matter how much one may worship God directly. One inevitably receives both the good fruits of one’s worship and the bad fruits of one’s sins separately. The two never cancel each other. This wrong concept introduced by the priests has taken deep root in the public mind. It has become a huge hindrance in the actual reformation of souls because people feel that they can freely commit sin and later on, they can always neutralize the sins through some devotional worship, without bothering about any reformation.


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