Path To Divinity
The aspirant or devotee adopts for his worship as something essential one of these or any other Form of the Lord according to his taste or sentiment; and it is quite in the fitness of things that he does so. It is not possible to worship God through many Forms at one and the same time. To compose and concentrate the restless mind, it is necessary to worship only one Form. Through worship God through many Forms, the fickleness and change ablility of the mind is liable to increase. That is why a wise ‘Sadguru’ who possesses Divine vision, takes note of the disciple’s aptitude, attainments, qualifications and the results likely to be achieved by him, and instructs the latter is one particular form of worship, gives him a suitable mantra (sacred formula) through which he may adore the object of his worship. At the same time he tells the disciple that the God in whose worship he has been initiated is the only God, and that it is the same God who is worshipped through various Names and Forms by different people in different climes and different ages. None of these Forms is different is essence from the God you are worshipping, and when there is no difference the question of superiority and inferiority in relation to them cannot arise. Go on worshipping the Form you have adopted but do not hate the Forms which are worshipped by others, not regard them as inferior in any way. If you do so, you will be hating your own God and lowering Him in your estimation in as much as it is the same God, the object of your worship, who is being worshipped by others through other Forms, Should you take it into your head that the Forms worshipped by others than different from your God, you will be circumscribing and thereby belittling your own God and reducing Him to the position of one among many Gods. He will no longer remain the Supreme God but will be reduced to the position of an inferior God like the regional gods. Through such “small” and “finite” God, you cannot hope to reach the infinite. Thus through your own fault you will be deprived of the vision of the Supreme God. Therefore, cultivate exclusive devotion to the object of your worship, but at the same time honour other Forms as well, regarding them to be so many manifestations of your own God. True exclusiveness of devotion lies in regarding the other Forms as so many different manifestations of the God you worship. To do otherwise is to admit another God which is nothing short of infidelity on the part of an exclusive devotee.