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Offline dattaseva

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The path to please God is of two parts:

i) Theoretical and ii) Practical

Theory is again of two sub parts:

i) Knowledge related to intelligence (Jnana yoga) and

ii) Devotion related to mind (Bhakti yoga).

The practical is again of two sub parts:

i) Sacrifice of work (Karma samnyaasa), and

ii) Sacrifice of fruit of work (Karma phala tyaga)

Both theory and practical are important. Theory is the source of practice. Practice is like a mango plant. Knowledge (theory) is like water. Devotion (theory) is like fertilizer. If you supply a little water and a little fertilizer to the plant, the fruit will appear in the plant only. Even if you have hundred tanks of water and hundred bags of fertilizer, fruit will not appear.

Therefore, theory is essential but you should not stop with theory. I am not condemning theory. I am only telling you not to stop with theory only, since practical fruit can’t come for the theory.

For theory, theoretical fruits alone will come. For practice, practical fruits will come. God told that He will give the fruit in the same way in which your effort proceeds (ye yathaamaam…).

I am not criticizing LKG class to be very low and that it should be removed from educational institution. I am only telling that you shall not sit in LKG class only throughout your life.

If you spend all your effort in knowledge only, God will give you more intelligence. If you spend all your life in emotional devotion only by singing songs, God will grant you higher emotion and better sweet voice to sing the songs. Your efforts are theoretical and hence the fruit is also theoretical.

Swami Vivekananda asked God that why Indians suffer with poverty in spite of lot of spiritual knowledge and lot of devotion. The answer is that we are experts in theory but zero in practice. The foreigners are very good in practice even though they fall back in theory. Hence, the foreign countries were blessed with wealth.

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