another. Krishna did not try to denigrate Ram who preceded Him. Not did Ram claim superiority over the previous Avatars. He had no thought for such silly things. Mayaa Manusha chaaritra, Mahadevaadhi pujitah says Valmiki. He was not conscious of anything except that his duty was Pithru uakya paripalan in the main and such other duties he had to discharge incidentally. The whole trouble is with the so called devotees who in making a fetish of the object of their worship besmitch the inherent greatness enshrined in it. G.K. Chesterton has described it well. He says how it is a custom among catholics to light a candle before the icon or the image of a saint in a shrine. When thousands do it, the result is not illumination of the Saint's figure but smothring it with smoke so that you only see smoke. This is exactly what some over-enthusiastic and misguided devotees do in order to propagate devotion to an avatar of their choice resulting in smothering the sanctity thereof rather than enhancing it. So much so it would seem it is the avatar that has to be saved from devotees. Devotion need not be and cannot be canvassed. It comes as an act of grace and depending on Rinanubandha. Man cannot offer arrogantly to himself the role of a superman. That is why christ observed, physician, heal thyself.
Who to God doth late and early pray
More of His Grace than gifts to lend
And entertains the holy day
With a religious book or friend.
Such man is freed from servile bands
Of hope to rise or fear to fall
Lord of himself, if not of lands
And having nothing, yet hath all.
- Sir Henry Wotton
THE ADVENT OF BABA INTO MY LIFE
- (Late) Dr. P.S.R. Swami
It was March, 1942 I had been sick for some months, practically bedridden without an income except for Rs.25/-p m. earned by a nephew as an apprentice on this the family of seven, four adults and three children, had to be maintained. I