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#Love is the most essential element in #bhakti. There are other factors also – trust and faith. If there is no faith in God, then your love cannot take you higher. In difficulty,
we pray to God, but even as we pray, we have doubts whether God really exists or not, whether He listens to our prayers or not, whether He is capable of removing our sorrows, etc. In worldly life also, if you love someone, but don’t trust that person, there will always be a problem. There are some whom we trust, but have no love for them. Both love and trust are required in bhakti.
The next ingredient is reverence. There should be love, trust and reverence, and all three unconditionally. Only then it can be called devotion. When Meerabai was given poison, she knew about it, yet she could drink it in complete surrender to God. Our devotion must grow to that level.
When you ask for something from God He always gives, but He may give in three ways. Sometimes, if it good for you, He may grant your wish immediately. At other times He may seem to refuse your wish by not giving what you desire, but actually gives something better. Sometimes he delays His grant, but compensates by giving the best. So we must learn to wait patiently. In our shortsightedness, with our strong desires, we often fail to understand the ways of the Lord.
With lots of Love and Happiness