Why is it important to express our gratitude to the Divine? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us today.
The first quality that you must cultivate is gratitude for the Divine. People are thankful for even small acts of service done to them. Is it not necessary to be grateful to the Divine who has provided us with so many essential benefits through Nature and the five elements? The air you breathe, the water you drink, and the earth on which you walk are all gifts of God. How grateful are you to the Sun, who provides light, which cannot be equalled by all the electric bulbs in the world? Can all the pump sets in the world provide as much water as is offered in a single downpour of rain? Can all the fans in the world provide as much breeze as you get when the wind blows? Without being grateful for these divine gifts, man goes after the trivial and wastes his life. The great sages of yore who adored God in various ways considered devotion as a means of expressing gratitude to Providence.
– Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1989.