What is devotion? It is the steady flow of love towards
God. When your love flows towards individuals or towards transient,
worldly things it cannot be called devotion; it is really only a form
of attachment. But when your love flows unceasingly towards God, the
one unchanging principle behind this world of change, then your love
Initially, you develop your devotion by turning towards God and approaching
him. Then, you strengthen your love for God by cultivating the attitude
that you are his devotee or his servant and you surrender yourself to
his will. As your love for God deepens, you progress to the stage where
you feel an intimate closeness to God and experience his presence continuously.
Finally, you reach the consummation of your spiritual journey when you
fully realize the truth; "I am God. God and I are one."
In practice, devotion takes two forms. First, there is the type of
devotion which involves various devotional practices and rituals engaged
in by devotees, such as the traditional practice of worshipping the
Lord with ritual offerings, making pilgrimages to spiritual centers
and attending spiritual functions, singing devotional songs and studying
devotional literature, and so on. These are the ordinary types of devotion.
In the Gita the Lord taught that these various practices can
be considered to be of a lower type. But, when your worship expands
into a total absorption in God, when your love for God enters into every
activity of your daily life and you develop a flawless, sacred character,
then you are expressing the higher devotion which very much pleases
Sai Baba Gita- You can reach God through Love alone