The Supreme Consciousness Himself will teach knowledge and the technique of doing the work. It is not the devotees’ headache. Surrender everything to the Lord. If one requires something from God, one must ask only for absolute devotion. When devotion is attained, God is attained. If God is attained, everything is attained. What remains unattained?
Therefore, from ancient times learned people have been accepting that the wisest person in the world is the devotee. The devotee is not bereft of intellect. On the contrary, s/he is the wisest. If you want to remain in the world, remain like a devotee. As long as devotion is absent, one’s heart is like a desert; and when devotion is attained, an oasis appears in the desert.
“Astitva and Shivatva”
In this cosmic cycle, everyone has their individual and particular desire, and everyone is running after it. Those who have several desires run after all of them and become exhausted; and in the long run they receive none. If one desires to drink milk and smoke at the same time, it cannot be done. A person can do only one or the other. But those who have only one desire fulfill it very easily. Hence the desire should be for the Supreme and nothing else; the desire for other objects has to be channelized towards the Supreme.
If a person wants to become a devotee of the Lord, but if deep in his mind he thinks that God will make him pass in his examination – here the desire is not one but two. When something is demanded from God, the desire becomes two, and the time will be completely wasted. Where this desire is towards the Supreme Consciousness alone, there it is known as devotion: “I want the Supreme Consciousness and from Him I want nothing.”
“Astitva and Shivatva”
Those who have taken the shelter of the Supreme Consciousness, He will think for their welfare, and those who think for their own welfare, the Supreme will not help them, saying that they are taking care of themselves. But those who have left themselves entirely on the Supreme, the Supreme has special responsibility for them. Therefore, it is said that for devotees, the Supreme Consciousness has special responsibility. It is the duty of the Supreme to save the prestige of the devotee, and the duty of the devotee is to leave everything on Him. Whatever energy is working in the universal flow, or in the material flow, is under Him. Therefore, when once you have made love with Him you are not weak, not helpless and not alone. Victory is with you. Remember Him and march ahead – victory will be yours. You have not to be afraid of my worldly forces. Those who enjoy the highest force of the Supreme are sure to succeed. Victory will surely be theirs. Victory to you all.
Does the Supreme Consciousness lack anything? Does He want name, fame, money, etc? He has no such want, because the entire universe is within His mind; all the properties of the universe are His. But the true devotee says, “Oh, Supreme Consciousness, there are so many great devotees and I am an ordinary devotee, but Lord, your great devotees have stolen away Your mind.” Because the Supreme Consciousness loves His devotees very much, His mind has been stolen by His devotees. So He has one shortage, one want. His Mind has been taken by His devotees. The devotee says, “So you have lost your mind. Oh Lord, take my mind, I offer my mind to you. Accept it.” Devotees are very intelligent; they are more intelligent than intellectuals, more intelligent than people of action.
Discourse in Taipei, Taiwan, 1979
The devotee says, “Oh, my Lord, I love you because in loving You, I get pleasure. I want nothing from You. I want to love You because I get pleasure.” But this is not the highest form of devotion. In the highest form of devotion, the devotee says, “Oh Lord, I love You. I want to love You. And why do I want to love You? Because I want that my love should give You pleasure. I don’t want any pleasure. I love you not to get pleasure, but to give You pleasure.” And by means of this type of devotion, the Yogi comes in closest contact with the Supreme Self and becomes one with Him. When one’s love is to give pleasure to the Lord and not to enjoy the pleasure for oneself, one’s mind gets metamorphosed into the mind of the Lord. By this devotion, the Yogi gets established into the stance of Supreme Beatitude. The person and his God become One.
“Man and His God”
Train yourself in the ideal of the lily, which blossoms in the mud and has to keep itself engaged in the struggle for existence day in and day out, parrying, bracing and fighting the shocks of muddy water and storms and squalls and sundry other vicissitudes of fortune, and yet it does not forget the moon above. It keeps its love for the moon constantly alive. It seems, however, but a most ordinary flower. There is nothing extraordinary about it. Still, this most ordinary flower has a romantic tie with the great moon. Similarly, you may be an ordinary creature – you may have to pass your days in the ups and downs of your worldly existence – still do not forget that Supreme One. Keep all your desires inclined towards Him. Always keep yourselves merged in His thought. Go deep into the mood of that Infinite Love.
Subháśita Saḿgraha III, 76
In the field of spirituality there must not be any complex - neither fear complex nor shyness complex nor any other complex. The scriptures say, “If you do not do this or that you will go to hell.” Due to this, the scriptures are the worst enemy of human society; because in this way, scriptures create fear complex in the human mind, and that fear complex creates disparity in the human society. This human society is one – it is a singular entity. It cannot be divided, it must not be divided. And we won’t allow any such persons to create any divisive tendencies in this human society. Whatever people do in their spiritual life, they have to do – why? Because they are in love with the Supreme Entity. Love is the first word – Love is the starting-point, and Love is the last point. Scriptures have no moral right to create fear complex in the human mind.
Baba in Fiesch, 42
Now, this meditation (sádhaná) for complete merger, for unification, starts with fearful love. Love must be there. Unless and until there is love, there cannot be unification. So love must be there, but it starts with fearful love and ends in fearless love; and the space between fearful love and fearless love is the space of sádhaná. What is sádhaná? Sádhaná is the transformation of fearful love into fearless love.
"The Stance of Salvation”