In olden days in India, it was a practice at the time of dusk for families to light a lamp and burn incense at their home shrine and gather together to sing the names of God. Yes, this was our way of life – before television, long commutes, and desire-evoking malls.
Even today, people do celebrate special days with such singing at the time of dusk, and I was fortunate to attend such a gathering a few days ago. There is something magical to chant together in harmony, surrounded by fragrant incense and flickering lamps.
At the end of the singing, the lead singer spoke a little bit about the auspicious festive day and asked us if we had any questions.
A young man in the front row said, “I try to chant at home as well, but it is hard to keep the mind steady and not go through the prayers mechanically.”
The speaker gave an enlightening answer encouraging him, and one of the things he said was to be determined.
I heard my voice asking, “How to be determined? The world pulls us in a million directions?”
The speaker replied, “Tie your life to God. Do all for the Lord’s pleasure. Be it cooking, writing, working – all for Him. Fill yourself with His presence by thinking of His contentment and joy through your being — how you are and what you do.”
I am happy now, my sweet readers. I have a polestar for my life – each action, word and thought – for my Divine Beloved’s happiness.
I pray and offer these words at His Lotus Feet.
Please accept my gratitude to you for reading this and sharing this beautiful journey of life. Thank you!
Sri Krishna Sharanam Mama
108 day vow: Day 40