Nama Destroys Pride
On hearing news about an acquaintance's house having been burnt, a person wrote to him, 'Have faith in God, and remain contented.' After some time, the latter lost his money; thereupon he started wailing! It is easy to advise others but difficult to act on it in our own case.
Unless our sense of doership is completely annihilated, God will not bless us. We should remember God while doing every piece of work. When we earn profit we develop pride. When we are in loss, we blame our fate. We should not claim doership in either event. We must remember that we are only a puppet in the hands of God. We must surrender ourselves to Rama saying, 'It is your sweet will whether to grant me success or otherwise.'
Most of todays' scientific developments cater to physical comforts. Saints alone can discover true and everlasting happiness. We shall certainly achieve true contentment if we follow the ways they have prescribed. Why are we not contented today? It is because our ego comes in the way. While doing our duty or after completing the task, if we do not allow our ego or pride to rise, then we shall experience the love of God, and feel contented. Look, how our pride raises its head even in ordinary petty matters! A gentleman had a daughter of marriageable age. He was well-to-do and the girl was fair looking. But her marriage could not be settled for a long time. Later, after the marriage was settled and over, the gentleman said, "I celebrated my daughter's marriage with great splendour." Somebody asked him, "Why did you not do it earlier?" Then he said, "It could not be settled earlier." The other person retorted, 'Then why do you say, 'I' celebrated, say only, it happened to be settled".
On the basis of their personal experience, saints have told us that surrendering completely and single-mindedly to God is a sure way to kill pride. Once we surrender ourselves at the feet of Rama with single-minded devotion, and say 'Rama, I now belong to You and You belong to me,' every deed of ours thereafter will belong to Him; it need not be dedicated to Him again. We should regard every action as His. While dedicating any action the dedicator remains separate, but that should not be the case. The dedicator should merge completely with God.
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