Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
In order to realize God a devotee should relate to God in a certain way – one should regard Him as either a friend, a parent, husband or a child.
“I am Brahmamayi’s handmaid….”
- Some souls realize God without practicing any spiritual discipline. They are called Nitya-siddha; eternally perfect.
- Those who have realized God through austerity, japa, and the like, are called Sadhana-siddha; perfect through spiritual discipline.
- Again, there are that called Kripa-siddha, perfect through divine grace. These last may be compared to a room kept dark a thousand years that becomes light the moment a lamp is brought in.
- There is also a class of devotees, Hathat-siddha, that is to say, those who have suddenly attained God-vision. Their case is like that of a poor boy who has suddenly found favour with a rich man. The rich man marries his daughter to the boy and along with her gives him land, house, carriage, servants, and so forth.
- There is still another class of devotees, the Swapna-siddha, who have had the vision of God in a dream.
** The Nitya-siddha is in a class of devotees apart. He is like the arani wood (a piece of wood for kindling the sacred fire). A slight friction produces fire. The Nitya-siddha realizes God by practicing little spiritual discipline and sometimes without practicing any at all. But he does practice spiritual discipline after realizing God. He is like the gourd or pumpkin vine – first fruit, then flower.
– Prahaladha is an instance of Nitya-siddha.
** There are devotees who are beyond the three gunas. They are eternally devoted to God, like Narada. These devotees behold Krishna as Chinmaya, all spirit, and His abode as Chinmaya, His devotee as Chinmaya.
To them God is eternal, His abode is eternal, His devotee is eternal.