How can you become near and dear to God?
When you have the wish-fulfilling tree, Kalpataru, where is the need for trees outside? When there is God here with you to grant you devotion and liberation, where is the need of desiring the world, which is so rotten? In Bhagavad Gita, Shri Krishna says, “The one who is without any desires, who is pure and dexterous, such a devotee is dear to Me.” The first is Anapeksha, the one who is without any desires and the second is Shuchih, the one who is pure and the third is Dakshaha, which means somebody who is capable.
What He means by being Anapeksha is not to get rid of all desires but specifically certain kinds of desires. When the desire is born out of ‘I’ or selfishness, such a desire has to be shunned. If one thinks Deham devalayam – this body is the temple of God – it must be maintained well. Paropakarartham idam shareeram – this body has been given to serve others, and therefore it must be maintained well. It becomes a ritual of worship of offering to God. If you desire for food, and offer your God within the right kind of food, having a desire to eat is a help and not harm. Whatever desire we entertain, which may pertain to our body, our intellect, our mind – as long as it is measured against whether it is worthy of offering to God or not, it will do good to us. Therefore, the one who is Anapeksha is the one who does not desire anything for oneself. But he desires to serve God in each. Bhagavad Gita says that whatever you do, whatever you give, whatever you offer – everything – and whatever spiritual practices you undertake, everything you do for God’s sake. With that fundamental feeling, whatever we do will become worship and won’t remain work anymore.
Keeping God alone as the sole goal of all your desires will render you pure. That is Shuchih. Like butter that is there in milk but needs to be churned out, likewise, with this process, you can understand, experience and enjoy the presence of God. It is possible only when you have purity of heart, Chitta shuddhi. And this Chitta shuddhi is nothing but removal of all selfishness from within. All the dirt of Kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya is born out of this impurity of selfishness within. This internal impurity needs to be cleaned.
It is not enough if you are selfless and pure, you should also be capable of serving others. That is Daksha. Teachers may be pure, they may desire the highest welfare of the students. But if they do not know their own subjects and how to look after students, how is it going to help the children? Therefore, all the three are very important.
If you put all these three together, then you can become dear to Me and thereby near to Me. The right kind of education, which makes people selfless, pure and able alone can solve the problems of this world.