What is the essence of all spiritual practices or sadhana? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us today with a powerful story.
There is a story that Lakshmi asked Lord Vishnu one day whether mankind will ever turn towards God since He had provided them with the skills and materials necessary for comfortable living. Vishnu replied, “I have endowed them with two qualities, which will draw them towards Me: Greed and Discontent.” When man turns towards God, detaching himself from the bondage to the world, he will no more suffer from greed and discontent. Between the two embankments, ‘attachment to the Divine’ and ‘detachment from the mundane’, the stream of life can flow unimpaired in speed and direction, towards the Ocean of Divine Grace. See yourself as Divine; see others as Divine. Turn away from all else in you and in others. That is the essence of sadhana (spiritual practices).
– Divine Discourse, Aug 16, 1968.