JAI UTTAL I’ve read in Tulsi Das about the value of “disinterestedly” repeating God’s name. For years I thought, “What does that mean? Why ‘disinterestedly’?” When we were in India recently, I started to get a whole new glimpse of what that meant when I said to Siddhi Ma, “I sing all of the time, and people say I’m great, blah, blah, blah, but a lot of the time all I feel is effort, work, stress . . .”
Smiling, she said, “Jai Gopal, what does it matter what you’re feeling? You’re doing your service. You are serving Maharajji and touching people’s hearts. You Americans think that service is eating a laddoo and blissing out under a tree. For us, service is often filled with a lot of worry and effort.”
I started to see that the path of bhakti wasn’t for ourselves, our own experience, our own bliss. Rather, it’s for service, it’s for guru, God, the devotees, the visitors, the universe of suffering people. I saw how the older Indian devotees around the temple served, and it had a profound impact on me. I pray to be blessed with that kind of devotion.
Excerpt From: Markus, Parvati. “Love Everyone.” HarperCollinsPublishers
Videos of devotees in this book included in this category: Satsang Videos.
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