Gratitude — it’s Importance
God is the creator of the universe. We too are a part and parcel of the universe. So, both, the universe and we were created by God. All events in the universe followed thereafter. These include me, my happiness and unhappiness, intellect, actions, my family, country, religion, spiritual practice, etc. Thus, whenever one thinks about the self and / or the world, unconsciously harbouring awareness of God or one of His forms and offering the credit for even this awareness to God, is known as gratitude. Prayer is actually a synonym for surrender. This act of surrender is completed only after the expression of gratitude. The Guru Himself is God for a seeker who has been blessed by the grace of a Guru or for one who is practising Spirituality according to the Path of the Guru’s Grace. Hence it is but natural to harbour more gratitude towards the Guru.
Gratitude is a means of offering the doer-ship of an act to God / the Guru; hence it helps in reducing the ego. Often seekers forget to thank God for anything occurring as wished in a prayer or after deriving joy/bliss from rendering service. A seeker can also develop a subtle ego about getting spiritual experiences or experiencing bliss. It is therefore important to offer the credit for a spiritual experience or the experience of bliss to the Guru.
In expressing gratitude, one offers the result of an action unto God and as the result of the action is sacrificed, the action becomes a non-action (akarma karma) and no give and take account is generated. Thus, the chances of a seeker getting entrapped in the cycle of birth and death are reduced.
Gratitude can be expressed in different ways. It could be by through spiritual emotion or bhav telling the God/Guru that whatever one has received is because of His Grace. One can express gratitude for every breath of life that one is taking and also thank the Guru for bestowing the Guru-mantra so that through repetition it could be established within one’s own being. Repeating God’s name filled with spiritual emotion thus enabling the chant to reach ‘God’. Chanting with spiritual emotion protects one from negative energies.
Expression of gratitude should become an innate part of our spirituality — this should come from the heart and not as a formality, not just on the surface. For gratitude to give spiritual benefit, expressing heartfelt gratitude gives great benefits. I thank all the readers from the bottom of my heart for the loave and support they have provided.