To make friends with anyone is the same process – we find a common interest, invite interaction, and support each other. It is exactly the same process with divinity, all of the divine beings responsible for maintaining our world, the cosmos. Many people pray to God or their own gods or goddesses, and that is it – like leaving fruit and flowers on someone’s doorstep, but never ringing the bell.
Rest assured that divinity is always waiting for our contact, our connection. We are so beloved, yet so blind to the simplicity of such a relationship. These relationships with divinity have become so shrouded in dogma or completely mythologized by modern thinking. Free will, the ability for us to do anything, right or wrong, has come into vogue in the world, with divinity often an afterthought, at best.
Fair enough, as Mother Divine does grant us free will, but it is always Her creation, Her rules, and Her consequences. So we are blessedly able to act and think heedlessly, and even deny the results, or try to blame someone or something else when the fruit of our labors is not to our liking.
So the first step to making friends with divinity is always taking responsibility for our actions, recognizing that we always get exactly what we deserve. And when I say “we”, I mean in terms of our immortal selves. In other words, if the castle of our consciousness has been neglected for centuries, clean it well first, until it gleams.
Divinity’s friendship though always nearby, is only granted as we begin to mirror such values – responsibility, humility, peace, focus, success, completion, and harmony. In other words, we make our best attempts at becoming someone worthy of divinity’s attention.
Then, after so much sadhana (purification) has been done, we naturally begin to pray all the time in our hearts for divinity to manifest, while standing naked before God. ‘Naked’ because it is our immortal infinite Being that stands at the door, patiently waiting to be recognized. This takes patience, humility, and an overcoming of doubt, all of which serve us well on this endeavor.
After some time, divinity is there, that we may prostrate ourselves in surrender to the personal embodiment of divinity who comes to greet us and warmly embrace us.
This surrender is a continuation of our prior reflection onto ourselves, and learning how to further the divine values maturing within our Being. If the prior work hasn’t been done, it will be difficult to sustain a seamless relationship with the one who has come to teach and assist us, and such an experience may then be short-lived, transient.
Assuming there is an abiding mutual attraction, we then begin to find ourselves with more confidence among the entire family of divinity. A strange process, and largely invisible from the outside, we gain the ability to bring in the divine beings, through friendship, and naturally make our desires known to them. They then act in the world, and help life to go on in a smoother, more peaceful, more responsible direction for everyone.
It is divinity’s greatest joy to be recognized, and to have us breach what has up until recently been seen as impossible. It sounds like a cliche, but there is an awful lot to discover yet for us as these relationships blossom. Though divinity is too diverse to be obvious, its effects are multiplied infinitely through our love for, and our relationships with such exquisite Beings.
~ Jai Guru Dev ~