Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 08 May 2024


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How to balance both service and the study of spiritual knowledge?

[Ms. Bhanu Samykya asked: Paadanamskaram Swami, You have given a simile that a devotee, doing service and sacrifice, but having ego and jealousy, is like a rich bride having beautiful face but having a small leprosy spot on leg. That devotee-bride ultimately receives rejection from God-the groom. So, by reading spiritual knowledge alone, can we eradicate this ego and jealousy? If I spend time in reading knowledge, then I am delaying the service to God. How to balance both service and reading knowledge? - At Your Divine Lotus Feet, bhanu samykya.]

Swami replied:- Ego and jealousy are compared to a spot of leprosy on the leg of a beautiful bride and the beauty of bride here is the spiritual knowledge. But, ego and jealousy can be eradicated by the deep study of spiritual knowledge from Sadguru. A beautiful soul-bride without any disease is liked by the God-groom. But, if the soul-bride has no true love to God-groom without service and sacrifice, the soul-bride is not really interested in God-groom since she is interested in the world-groom. Won’t the God-groom reject the soul-bride in such a case since the God-groom is the highest in all aspects? There are several healthy soul-brides and far far more beautiful than this soul-bride craving for the acceptance from the God-groom.