Bhagawan Nityananda on ‘Desireless Devotion’ ~
Nityananda used to say that the true reward for genuine Devotion (Bhakti) was a still greater dose of pure ‘Desireless Devotion’ (Para-Bhakti) and not material prosperity or social success. Devotion is not for the enjoyment of worldly happiness. This Devotion is not for getting rid of worldly difficulties. There is no relation whatsoever between Devotion & Worldly sufferings.
In the Chidakash Gita Bhagawan #Nityananda says ~
Devotion, in the beginning, is selfish. A beginner in God-Realization will have in him, ambitions to become spiritually great. However, as he advances in his sadhana (practices), all these ambitions vanish and his Devotion becomes perfectly Selfless. Devotion must be mental. It should be Internal, not External.
A Man without Devotion, like a vessel without water, is of no avail. Just as a vessel, which contains no water, is not of any use to a man who is thirsty, so also, a man who is without Devotion is of no use to the world.
Devotion is the water contained in the Vessel;
Intelligence is the Vessel.
Intelligence is the Container; Devotion is the Content.
Intelligence is a means to cultivate Devotion. Devotion is its Fruit.
A Realized Soul may be compared to a Lantern. Devotion in him is like Oil in the Lamp. The Chief Nerve is the Wick. Subtle Discrimination is the Flame emitting Light. The minor Nerves are the glass of the Lantern. The Brain Cavities are the air-inlets of the Lantern. The supreme peace, a Realized Soul diffuses all around him, is the Light of the Lantern.
When a man is photographed, the picture is according to the posture of the person. The virtues and their opposites in him are not seen in the picture. Similarly, the fruits of devotion are according to the faith we have. It does not in any way, reflect the mercy of God or His Omniscience.
In fact, Nityananda gave so much importance to ‘Desireless Devotion’ that He was willing to postpone his Mahasamadhi if He was asked to do so by someone with selfless devotion and love. Quoting the example of Pundalika a great devotee who made the Lord of Pandharpur wait for him, Baba asked if there no such person here as even one would be enough to put off the Samadhi. With such a person present, he said, not even God could leave without permission. He would be unable to break that bond of pure love.
‘Nityananda: In Divine Presence’ – Swami Chetanananda http://www.themovementcenter.com/ & M.U. Hatengdi