Righteous living, goodness, happiness-conferring and fragrance-spreading have been spoken about. Righteousness and goodness are no doubt the most admirable requirements for being happy but they are only the entrance gates of religiosity. Many more things are required to be happy and that is because everyone does not act righteously. Just the reverse of it, the righteous man is generally most crushed because he offers the least resistance and is of a harmless and forgiving nature. The world’s way is to curse the good man for not being better and to thank the bad man for not being worse, as only that way one’s self-interest is best served. In this world, there are many unknown and uncontrollable forces and happenings and therefore in addition to goodness and righteousness, one needs the Grace of Controller of the Universe.
“Being good”, is conveyed in the first requirement of Mother’s Ideals, viz., “Love All”. It includes the requirement of a good and superior heart but goodness will remain barren unless it is translated into action. This is conveyed in the second requirement, viz., “Serve All.” Love without service is unfruitful. It has not the material substance to keep the flame ablaze. Service without love does not bring bliss to the server or the served. Thus Love and Service should go together. Further even service with love or love with service is found to be not enough for being happy. We than an acquaintance with higher happiness which laughs at all kinds of little happiness that this world can give. Hence “Devotion to Mother,” is the third requirement which we are dealing with here. The third requirement means “Be the pet child of the Controller of the Universe.”
Mother is pleased by the frequent repetition of Her names which is the simplest method of securing Her Grace. This must be done without any idea of prohibitions of time, place, manner and even bodily condition.
Repetition must be practiced until your tongue becomes so accustomed that it will go on doing its work without physical exhaustion, exertion and even consciousness, just as some have the habit of unconscious leg-shaking. One devotee says,” Oh tongue, why I have flattered and flattened thee with most dainty dishes!! Why, if it is not with the hope that thou will not prove faithless, and will not fail to save me by repetition of Mother’s sacred name!!
She is further pleased by stotras, which mean age-borne popular hymns and psalms.
She is further pleased by Stuti Mati स्तुतिमती, which means the mentality (Mati – मती) to feel grateful for whatever good is found and happens and to offer prayers of thanksgiving for the same.
Author: Mai Swarup Mai Markand