By Hadi Beyrouti

 

One moment of Truth is enough, and devotion has found its way into your soul. It comes when you touch upon something of immeasurable value. When your heart opens to the radiance of Truth.

Devotion is the face of love that burns away all rationality. It annihilates the delusion of egoic consciousness and brings your soul to the Divine. Devotion is a love so profound that your entire being bows down in front of the glory of your heart.

Devotion doesn’t care about technicalities, metaphysically correct wording, intellectual knowledge, or emotional fear. It touches the Truth, the heart of God. It smells a fragrance that it can’t ignore and feels timeless being so very close. And its only concern is to stand in its presence and offer all that it has.

Devotion lays every thought, emotion, and concept on the altar of the Heart. Illusions no longer have value, as nothing compares to the infinite light of Being. You no longer grab onto images, ideas, or notions—they are all empty. You sustain no memories or identifications—they are all empty. And the fear of the abyss is transformed into love for emptiness, adoration of the Divine.

Devotion is the love of God that brings you and the Lord so close that you finally meet, beyond distance, as One.

Ramana on Devotion

Ramana Maharshi was asked: “Is it a condition precedent for the Lord showing grace that one must be completely devoted? Would not the Lord naturally in his grace be kind towards all his children whether they are devoted or not?”

He answered: “How can one help being devoted? Everyone loves himself. That is experience. If the Self were not his dearest object, would one love it? The Self or Lord is not somewhere else but is inside each of us and in loving oneself, one loves only the Self.”

When the questioner didn’t understand the answer, A. Devaraja Mudaliar, author of Day by Day with Bhagavan, explained: “Bhagavan has told us more than once, ‘The Lord’s grace is always flowing. There is no time at which it is not flowing, and no person towards whom it is not flowing. But only those can receive it who have developed the capacity. Devotion is a condition precedent, not for the flowing of grace from the Lord, but for your being able to receive and assimilate the grace which is there always flowing.’” (Day by Day with Bhagavan, 7–1–46 Night)

Hadi is a Hridaya Yoga teacher serving at our center in France.