Living like a “guest”
Our role in this life should be that of a guest
We should be aware that we are guests only and have to go back to our home again. Howsoever be the food prepared by the lady of the house, the guest always appreciates it. Whatever be the arrangements made for him, he accepts gracefully. Similarly, we have to happily accept the joys and sorrows in our lives. ‘Accept joys and sorrows equally’, because this embodied soul is a guest in this life; our permanent dwelling place is at the feet of the Lord. Chanting is a means to remember Him continuously. At home, just as we get angry, act stubbornly or show our displeasure, so must one quarrel, argue, be stubborn with God.
On completing his stay, a guest bids farewell to everyone and happily goes back home. Similarly, the embodied soul should be overjoyed while leaving the body, because it is going back home.
– His Holiness Bhaktaraj Maharaj
[From “The Teachings of Saint Bhaktaraj”, compiled by Dr. Jayant B. Athavale and Dr. (Mrs.) Kunda J. Athavale]
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