“Devotion is a concept that all of us have our own understanding of. It means different things to different people. In this information age, multitasking has become a way of life. Do all the tasks gain full attention from us or is it divided?
We live in an information age. So most of the time that our entire focus is always about multitasking, divided attention. In fact, two days back, in one of the interactions I had, this just came in the flow and I felt it was very profound. Devotion is nothing but undivided attention. It doesn’t matter whether I am in a place of worship, or in my prayer room, or listening to an online class on physics, or this live interaction that happens, or it’s a husband and wife in a sexual experience or eating or feeding or cooking or cutting vegetables or driving a car.
Everything can be done with devotion if I realize… Devotion is simply undivided attention. In a world where there is so much of multitasking and there is so much that we always feel that we can parallelly do, I think everything has divided attention. In fact, there is the story of how there will be a priest, and his neighbor will be a sex worker. And the story goes that both of them die. And the priest lands up in hell and the sex worker lands up in heaven. The priest is very, very disturbed about this entire thing.
So in his conversation with God, he says, “I have come to the hell, I can understand, but how come the sex worker has gone to heaven? I’m not able to understand. There seems to be no divine justice.”. To which God will say, “No, there’s absolute divine justice. Even though your body was performing all the rituals, the pooja in the prayer room, you were always gazing through your window. You were curious about what was happening in your neighborhood. So your mind was always in the house of the sex worker. And that is what your entire focus was.
In spite of the fact her body was involved in whatever she was doing, her mind was always peeping through the window to look at the various poojas you were performing and the way you were singing in praise of me and in all the rituals.” and it seems God concluded, “In man’s kingdom, you’re judged by your actions. In God’s kingdom, your judged by your intentions. While your action was in the pooja room, your entire intention was focused on the sex worker’s house, while her action could have been anything, her entire attention was towards the various poojas that you were performing and that’s why she has reached heaven and you have landed up.”.
Essentially, the story is in terms of, where is your attention? Not asking where is your body, where is your attention? And it’s such a big aspect of excellence, such a big aspect of concentration, such a big aspect of transformation because source and object have to meet with intensity to create instant transformation. So with your own awareness, if you can increase the number of activities that you are able to perform with devotion, repeating one more time, the third time.
Devotion simply means undivided attention. Which means I can do an activity in the middle of a shopping mall right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of a shopping mall, I can do things with devotion and I can be inside a place of worship, and yet there need not be any devotion as long as the question is, was it divided attention or was it undivided attention?