Keshav Nigam’s brother, Devendra, brought a batch of students from the Ayurvedic College in Hardwar. Devendra told Baba, “I want to see God!” and Baba extemporaneously composed these poetic lines in reply:
“Some seek money,
Some seek name.
Some seek power,
Some seek fame.
Some want children,
Few want God.
Life is a joke,
And all is a game.”
Baba proceeded to explain the use of the word “seek” in the poem, and spelled on the alphabet board:
The word “seek” is used. When one seeks with all one’s heart, one gets what one seeks. When you say you sought and did not find, it means you did not seek as you ought to have sought. If even God can be found by seeking, why should we not get the trifles we seek after if we seek wholeheartedly?
Now, how to seek God? Hafiz declares:
“Only if you carry your life on your sleeves
can you enter the path of divine love.”
So merely to say “I want to see God” or “I want to realize God” is similar to an ant saying “I want to become an elephant!” Mere words have nothing in them. The heart must thirst to seek God.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 11, pp. 4096 4097.