Question: What place is there for devotion once one has realized a nondual state or enlightenment? Some of the best teachers seemed to have an intense love for God even after their realization: Maharshi, Mooji, Ramakrishna, Jesus and countless others. Even you! Why?

There is only One Final Cause, which can only be realized in thought free consciousness. The most intense seeker learns about this by associating with those who have actually experienced It. Devotion is what we put our attention on, whether half-heartedly or intensely. Surely, to be the best basketball player one has to aspire to the best, and believe it is possible; giving themselves completely over to the goal.

Although the teacher knows The Final Cause as their own non-dual Nature, yet their mode of great-devotion which is ingrained in the  heart makes them perceive their own Absolute Nature according to their custom and to manifest That as themselves in concrete form; as to worship the One Force which pervades all things, times and places. This makes the basis for all teachings: You are That.

Just as the athlete has now become the best and realized his goal, the seeker never forgets their roots and intense loving-devotion they had for the One they saw themselves in and inspired to be like. So the worship, respect, and great love goes on and acts as a link between the manifest and un-manifest. Although he has become that, his Intense habit of Love will always keep him humble and in a state of reverence. Therefore, always anchored in and as the Absolute.

 

 

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One thought on “Question: What place is there for devotion once one has realized a nondual state or enlightenment? Some of the best teachers seemed to have an intense love for God even after their realization: Maharshi, Mooji, Ramakrishna, Jesus and countless others. Even you! Why?

  1. Have you read Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore? The book is availiable online on one page. They are love poems to The One.They overflow with love. Reading them causes love to flow in the reader. Extraordinary stuff.

    “Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life.

    This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new.

    At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable.

    Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still there is room to fill.”

    Link – http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/tagore/gitnjali.htm

    Thanks Atreya for such a beautiful reply to a perceptive question.

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