Tending Your Divine Flower Garden

I love this excerpt from a¬†satsanga (Q&A) given by Sri Daya Mata, the longtime president of Self-Realization Fellowship. It drives home the point that your spiritual path will only take you as far as you take it. Enlightenment takes time and effort. As Beverly Sills noted, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Here are Daya Ma’s insights from the¬†Fall 2006 issue of Self-Realization magazine.

Sri Daya Mata

Seeking God is like tending a flower garden: You plant the seeds and wait patiently for the flowers to bloom; but if you also allow weeds to sprout up and remain, gradually those intruders will crowd out the good plants and take over the garden. When you want the blossoms of God’s presence, you have to keep that in mind. [Paramahansa Yogananda] used a similar analogy: “I plant the seed of God-yearning in the soil of your consciousness. Now you have to water it and keep a fence around it to protect it from the voracious animals of wrong desires, doubts, and bad habits, which if not checked will gradually destroy your seedling of spiritual aspiration.”

The way to nurture and protect that plant of yearning for God is by regularity in meditation, right company, and doing our best to practice the presence of God when not in meditation.

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