Devotion, the Fruit of Self-Knowledge
Shankar: Hi, Ram. I see that the knowledge continues to get more subtle. There are things that I continue to understand and appreciate, like the “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti” at the end of every prayer, or shloka. I realized, “I am That,” at all times. When I was a child I always thought it meant that we are praying for a peaceful world.
I now know that it is a statement of fact, of reality.
I’m also into bhakti now. I grew up being almost atheist, and visiting temples occasionally with my parents. Now I feel like going and prostrating… before God, myself, all that is.
I also appreciate religious people who have faith now. I never had any faith before or any appreciation for those who did.
Om Namah Shivaya!
~ Thanks, Shankar
Ram: This is so cool, Shankar. Bhakti is the fruit of self-knowledge. Om and prem.
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