The Requisites of Devotion
are five requisites for developing true devotion. The first
is Dedication (offering everything to God).
Egoism is the bar to developing the spirit of dedication.
It manifests itself in various forms of pride: pride of physical
strength, intellectual pride, the arrogance of wealth, and
the like. But as all these are impermanent and may be lost
at any time, it is unwise to make the body, the mind or property
the basis for one's conceit. Hence, egoism should be renounced
as the first offering to God.
Next, Devotion should be regarded as an expression
of gratitude to all that one receives from
Providence—the air that we breathe, the light and heat
that we get from the sun, the water we drink and the food
we consume. All the essential necessaries of life are received
by the Grace of God.