Saturday, January 30, 2010

We do not commit any sins, then why should we be in remembrance of God? What benefits do prayers and worship of God bring?


Question: Some people say that worshipping God and Satsang (association with Truth) etc. is for those who commit sins. We do not commit any sins, then why should we be in remembrance of God? The mind should be pure. What benefits do prayers and worship of God bring?

Swami Ramsukhdasji: The root cause of all sins is "desires" which you have - "Kaamesh Krodhesh... " (Gita 3:37), then how can you consider yourself free of sins? True sins are indulgence in enjoyment of pleasures and accumulation of possessions. Besides these two things, what are you doing?  Besides desires what else is there in your mind? If there are desires in your mind, then how is your mind pure? The one who does not pray, does not read scriptures, does not pay homage to God, how is he any different from other animals? Impurities come daily, therefore one has to take a bath, wash up every day. Daily one has to clean their dishes, pots and pans. Those activities that human beings perform daily, they are bound to have faults and bring sins "Sarvaa rambhahi doshena dhumenagniri vaavrutaah." (Gita 18:47). For the purification from these faults and sins, it is essential to do daily prayers, reading of scriptures, worshipful remembrance of God, and Meditation.

Thoughts such as - "The mind should be pure, what benefits do prayers, worship of God, and reading the scriptures bring?" come to mind, only when the mind is impure. If the mind is pure, then those actions prohibited by the scriptures could never be performed. If the mind is engaging in activities prohibited by the scriptures, then this is the indicator of impurities within the mind.

Source: Prashno Uttermanimala by Swami Ramsukhdasji.

Question: Why is purity of mind essential? 

Swami Ramsukhdasji: Purity of the mind is very essential. When mind is purified, then all the agitations of the mind will very easily disappear. When the mind is pure, it is easy to engage in anything.

Source: Art of Living by Swami Ramsukhdasji.

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