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Devotion without cause will be artificial

 

From Entertainment & enjoyment only, the devotion should come as appreciation to God

If you like God based on the appreciation of His creation, your devotion is real

God preached the detached participation of everybody in the practical life with continuous satisfaction and happiness. He never preached the continuous isolated devotion in the Gita. After entertainment and enjoyment only, the devotion should come as appreciation to God. Such devotion will be real, natural and spontaneous. The continuous entertainment should become the cause of your devotion. Devotion without cause will be artificial.

 

You have read an epic written by a poet and enjoyed it continuously. After that, you started liking the poet with immense love. Such love is based on a cause and will be real and natural. It is generated based on appreciation of his great work and is not based on any benefit from him. The love should have either basis of appreciation and attraction or aspiration for some benefit. Without either of these two, love cannot be generated.

 

If you like God based on the appreciation of His creation, your devotion is real. The monism preached by Shankara is limited to this aspect of appreciation through entertainment of creation, which has no scope for any tension and is always characterized by continuous happiness called as Brahmananda or divine bliss, which means that you are happy like God through the entertainment from the creation.

 

The essence of the Gita is totally reflected in the commentary of Shankara. The monism means only the similarity in the state of entertainment during the maintenance of creation and does not touch the differences outside the state. The creation, control during maintenance and dissolution of creation clearly differentiate God and soul.

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