Need for a Personal God


How important is it to have a single Ishta Devata or personal God to realize the full spiritual potential within us? Is allegiance towards multiple gods in a religious pantheon counter-productive in the least manner at comparatively lower stages of spiritual advancement?

—Anonymous, India


Dear Friend,

Let your connection and attunement with God expand naturally with your devotion. Love for God is the most important attitude for the devotee. Once the heart’s love is directed toward God, then God is able to guide the devotee to his or her next step in spiritual unfoldment. God is the central reality behind all expressions. Each individual will experience that connection with God in his or her own way. In whatever way you connect with God, as long as you feel an expansion in the heart – a longing for deeper connection with the Divine – and experience peace and joy in your spiritual practice, then you are on the right track.

Nayaswami Mukti