First – we bow to Shri Ganesha because Shri Ganesha is the source of innocence within us. So actually we bow to innocence within us. And this innocence is the one [that] gives you the enlightenment. As I told you yesterday the light has innocence, but this is innocent without knowledge. But your light is innocent with knowledge. We always think that the people who have got knowledge can never be innocent, can never be simple. And the idea we have got about innocence is that a innocent person is always deceived, can be befooled – and can be always taken for granted. But innocence is a power; it is a power which protects you, which gives you light of knowledge.
Knowledge that we have in the worldly sense is how to exploit others, how to cheat others, how to make money out of them, how to make fun of others, how to look down upon others. But the light of innocence is the light by which you know that love is the highest thing. And it teaches you how to love others, how to care for others, how to be gentle about others. It also gives you the light within…..
This is the light of innocence which gives you discrimination. How far to go with others. I love a person, there are many, “I love him”. Alright! The another person may kick you, may hit you, may trouble you, may become absolutely horribly possessed, but still you are just mad in love with that person, without any self-respect. This comes because there is no…you may be innocent, in a way, in a worldly manner, but you are not enlightened and innocent. When you are enlightened and innocent then your innocence is a power, which gives you, first thing, is discretion.It’s just the other way round of this Avidya that we have in this world. Just the other way round…..
(An extract from talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi ,Diwali Puja, Lecco, Italy, 25th October 1987.)
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