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Feeling Gratitude Is a Gift
Sundari: Gratitude has always been a big thing for me. I realised in my twenties that if I was not feeling grateful, I had lost the plot and had got sucked into maya. It is the signature key to happiness.
Stephania: I agree with you about gratitude. It’s something I need to cultivate more. Being so long in the business world, you sometimes feel that you're continually at war. I’m thankful that I have Isvara to be thankful to, and continue to work on that!
Sundari: Gratitude and devotion is not a requirement of the jiva, it is a gift to the jiva from the self. As the self/Isvara you do not need devotion or gratitude, because you are all that is. It is given to the jiva as the best way to experience its true nature.
Stephania: Wow! Your explanation of gratitude and devotion answers my confusion. I know what you mean about not needing them, as I am the self, but feeling that I want to express them. I didn’t quite see where they all fit together. Thank you, sensei!
Sundari: Yes, many people don’t get it – forgetting that all this inquiry business is for jivaji after all – and the main objective is for jivaji to feel good, all the time, no matter what. Gratitude and devotion amp up the bliss. And the more you indulge the better. Not many things you can say that about!