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Does sincerity have any value in the real world? The answer may surprise you!

Does it ever happen to you that you ask a question about something materialistic in your prayer to God and you don't get any response? But you get an immediate response when you ask a query related to spirituality? 

It happens all the time with me. This has been the story of my life ever since I was a child, not that I am complaining. Let me share with you a recent example.

The other day, the word ''sincerity" kept popping up within me. 

And in my prayers to my Guru - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - I asked, "What is the point of being sincere in an insincere world? Does it have any value at all? It's not like you get any special brownie points for it in Heaven."

Personally, I have always felt that sincerity is a burden than a blessing. When you are sincere, you do everything with sincerity. 

Even something as simple as asking ''How are you?" has become a formality. How many people ask it with sincerity? Whenever I do something, I ask myself constantly, "Ami sincere about this? Do I really mean it with sincerity or is it that I am just trying to sound cool?"

Anyway, this was one of those questions that I didn't prepare to ask but it popped out of me during my prayer. I forgot about it right after. [MUST-READ: Start of the Day - What Spiritual Masters Say!

However, Swami never forgets what I ask - when it comes to spirituality. When it comes to questions like, "will I win the Rs  1 crore lottery this lifetime?," Swami keeps quiet and pretends He hasn't heard me. 

So, the very next day after I asked this question, I received my answer. This happened while reading a book on Mirra Alfassa's growing years (later she became known as The Mother who is credited with having established the famous Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry), I stumbled upon the answer to the question that I had asked in the course of my prayer! 

[Do read: What is Raja Yoga? and Four Paths to Divinity ]


                                      
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It turns out that Mirra Alfassa wrote a play called ''The Virtues" which highlighted the relevance of virtues.  In the Mother's play, Sincerity is the President of the Hall of Intelligence of the Palace of Truth

Sincerity takes precedence over all other virtues in a human being! 

Later, in a talk that the Mother imparted to the children of the ashram on 25 January 1956, she stated, "If there is no sincerity, one cannot advance even by half a step....Sincerity is the safeguard, the protection, it is the guide and finally, the transforming power.

This taught me that sincerity matters. Better still, I learned that whatever questions you ask with sincerity, you will always receive an answer.

Have you had any interesting insights or experiences like this? Do share with me here.

Comments

GOLDENLION2006 said…
Swapnaji, This happens to me frequently. My guru is Sri Gnanananda Giri of Tapovanam. BTW He had connection & contact with Shirdi Sai & Satya Sai. A few days ago I was fuming & fretting against my late Father over some matter. Then I came across ur .Contd
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd... Then I came across ur post about Babaji's 5 Advices, one of which was 2 always respect one's parents.A Shodasa Avadhani (who can do 16 things at a time) gives lectures on a Tamil TV channel. Once he said, "God loves those who love their parents
John Moshi said…
Whenever I prayed to God for reconciliation with anyone I hurt got hurt from, the prayers were answered very quickly compared to prayers of materialistic nature. Amazing!