Children, devotion is innocent love for God. It is the heart’s true nature. For this, we don’t need worldly or scriptural knowledge. All that is required is an innocent heart. In innocent love, all of our negative tendencies will be destroyed. The heart will feel the ecstasy of God-realisation. Innocent love and compassion are a shortcut to God.
Once there was a farmer who saw crowds and crowds of people passing by when he was standing outside his hut. Upon inquiry, they said, “Near here, there is a big discourse on the Bhagavatam, and we are all going there.”
The farmer had the desire to listen to this Bhagavatam discourse, so he also joined the crowd. When they reached the place, most of the people appeared to be wealthy, but the farmer was wearing dirty, smelly clothes, and the people at the door would not allow him to enter. He became very sad and sat under a nearby tree. He couldn’t understand most of the discourse. The lecturer was reciting verses in Sanskrit from time to time. The farmer couldn’t control his sorrow. “God, I can’t understand your story. Am I this unlucky?” That is when he noticed a picture nearby. It was a picture of Lord Krishna holding the reigns of the horses, turning his head towards Arjuna and giving him the teaching of the Bhagavad-Gita. The poor farmer put his complete attention on Lord Krishna’s face and just sat there, sobbing. Even he did not know how long he sat there like this.
Finally, the discourse ended. When the speaker came out, he saw the farmer sitting still in front of the hall. The man’s cheeks were wet with tears. The speaker woke the farmer and asked him, “Why are you crying?” The farmer said, “I didn’t understand any of your discourse. I was just sitting here looking at this picture. Lord Krishna was teaching the Gita, turning his back towards Arjuna. How much this must have hurt his back? When I think about Lord Krishna going through this pain, I can’t control my sadness. I cried, thinking about his pain.”
Hearing the farmer’s words, the speaker’s eyes filled with tears. So many people had come to listen to his discourse, but the innocent farmer was the only one who truly experienced the sweetness of devotion. The farmer was not sad about himself, but rather about the Lord’s suffering.
It is most difficult to annihilate the ego, but when compassion is awakened, the heart melts. The sense of “I” disappears. The heart becomes filled with love for God. Where there is a heart filled with compassion, God comes running. This is God’s most beloved abode.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi