Shri Nathji’s emphasis on the temporary nature of life did not however mean that he preached a life of inaction.
Do your work in life, taking them to be God’s commands. In that way, work will become worship. ‘Inaction’ will become ‘In Action.’ You will have greater peace of mind doing your daily chores than even mahatmas have in their meditations. Working, or resting – your life shall become a constant meditation, when you feel the nearness of the Divine within you.
For Shri Nathji’s devotees this was easy. Shri Nathji brought the divine to them directly. It was easier than communicating with an invisible God.
The God up there, people would say, sent you down here! He doesn’t speak, but you do.
Could one fathom the bliss of those who genuinely and truly believed they were actually talking to God, the Supreme Being, and listening to his words? Such was the state of Shri Nathji’s devotees who had not even an iota of a doubt in their minds that Shri Nathji was God.
Can one believe, said an old lady, that I am actually standing here, by this window– talking to God.
What a picture in contrast to those who saw emptiness everywhere. Only the world existed for them, and God was nowhere. All prayers to an invisible God appeared to dissipate into the emptiness of the sky. There was no answering voice from above, no direct communication with a God who was supposed to be so close to everyone. There was just a silence–the silence of the ages; which was why the Advent of the Avatar had become so important. Otherwise the world would have turned to Omar Khayyam’s verse in despair; those who received no consolation from an invisible God would have said:
And that inverted bowl we call the sky,
Wherein crawling coopt we live and die
Lift not thy hands to it for help–
For it rolls impotently on as thou and I!
How few must be the souls that hunger after God with intensity! Which is why very few genuine souls exist that can recognise the avatar. These must be the souls which have hungered after Him since ages.