I have long been in awe of this principle, expressed in such detail here by Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, the Guru of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
That by simply following God, prosperity and wealth accrue on their own. Of course we must look after our livelihood and live our dharma, though again and again wealth, success, and public respect will even begin to chase us, as described so beautifully here by Guru Dev. The reason for this accrual will probably surprise you, it did me.
The one aspect which really stands out for me about this discourse, is the evident familiarity Guru Dev has for the Gods and Goddesses, and through this familiarity, He reveals that they act very much like we do. He effortlessly exposes the Cosmic Reality of life; no filter, no separation, no problem.
Also, the many references to bhajans to Bhagavan refer not only to hymns sung to God, though more to our seamless relationship with God, ever in service.
This passage is taken from the book, The Sweet Teachings of the Blessed Shankaracharya Swami Bramananda Saraswati by LB Shriver, with translation by Dr. Cynthia Ann Humes.
Here it is in its entirety. Thank you, and Jai Guru Dev:
If you want peace and happiness in both this world and the next, then take refuge in the omnipotent Paramatma
You will indeed get release, but you will also get wealth, fortune, and respect, too.
Do not think that by the bhajans of Paramatma you will only receive moksha – realize from the bhajans of Bhagagvan, you will get liberation as well as wealth and respect.
The reason for this is that by performing Bhagavan’s spiritual practice, one climbs the first step of listening; the second step is singing the glories of Bhagavan; the third step is remembrance; and the fourth step is foot service, meaning contemplating the lotus feet of Bhagavavan’s ceaselessly in one’s mind.
[The Goddess] Lakshmi fears the day and night servant of Bhagavan’s feet [thinking], “let not Bhagavan’s love for his devotee become too great.” A woman never wants her husband to love anyone else. Therefore, to break a devotee’s concentration on Bhagavan, Lakshmi appears in the form of an obstacle as wealth, fame, respect, and prominence, by which she may ensnare him in this worldly trap so that he will abandon Bhagavan. Thus, Lakshmi swarms around devotees of Bhagavan in the form of obstacles.
Today the wealth for which you worry and scheme about day and night, and on account of which you skulk about to obtain cash, fame and prominence, will come to you without effort if you but turn towards Bhagavan.
The path of liberation is verily the bhajans of Bhagavan, but if you want worldly treasures, then you should also surrender to Bhagavan. When a spiritual aspirant does tapas, then the Lord of heaven occupying the seat of Indra will become fearful and he will place right before him obstacles to his tapas in the form of many temptations.
In the same way, to interrupt remembering Bhagavan, Lakshmi brings before one worldly treasures. This resembles something you might do if a dog came running to bite you: if you toss him a morsel of bread, he will get distracted. In the same fashion, Lakshmi tosses a piece of gold, thinking, “It would be good if this devotee leaves my husband and doesn’t come back.”
Remembrance of God not only imparts liberation, but will also jolt Lakshmi. Therefore, do those actions that will maximize your profit. By this we mean that by bhajans to Bhagavan all the ends of life can be attained. When you begin attracting the attention of the Omnipotent towards you, then what is not possible for you?
In these times, people leave their houses and are pushed around at the homes of the wealthy merchants. They have faith in the wealthy, yet none in the Omnipotent. Thus they stumble from door to door. Today samsara is stumbling after him who has faith in Bhagavan. So if you must praise someone, praise Bhagavan, who will provide for both this and the next worlds.
Reduce your worldly desires and increase your love for Paramatma. The use of a human body is to contemplate and set off on that path on which all manner of opportunity will be obtained.
What He said! 🙂
~ Jai Guru Dev ~