Towards Greater Glory and A happier Life
Have a better substitute, a better addiction right away—the wondrous wine of chanting the name of God, singing for Him, in Him, about Him, pouring out your love to Him, playing musical instruments, dancing before Him: O! how sweet are the lovelorn songs of Meera, how heavenly the strains of her tambura. Sing and dance to your heart’s content. Absorb yourself in devotional music and let it carry you to higher states of consciousness. Once you taste the wine of devotion, you’ll never want to touch lesser intoxicants.
But let me caution you. Music must be pure. Full of devotion. It shouldn’t degenerate into cheap entertainment. Also, it is only a means to an end. Don’t forget that the aim is union with the Divine Lover, or as some others might put it ‘sieving the ore to discover pure gold’.
Now the question of service. No one can meditate or remain engaged in devotional activities for twenty-four hours a day. There may be exceptions but we are talking of the general run of mankind. Therefore, find some time when you are engaged neither in earning your bread nor in praying, to do whatever you can for your fellow human beings.