Question: How do you feel when people criticize you for having faults?
Jagad Guru: They’re not telling me something I don’t already know. I have many faults. I am not perfect. But God is perfect. He is so perfect that He loves me even though I am imperfect. He loves me even though I am not worthy of being loved. He calls me to His embrace even though He knows all my faults.
This is why God is so wonderful. So while we should try to be righteous, without flaws, we should always know that we will all fall short of perfection. But God loves us anyway. I have said many times that those who criticize me for having one fault or another are not telling me anything I don’t already know. Whatever faults they criticize me for having are nothing compared to the faults that I know I have. And what’s so wonderful about this is that by “exposing” my faults, they are indirectly helping me in my mission to convince you and everyone else that God’s love is unconditional.
In other words, if God loves me despite my many faults and imperfections, then you can know that God loves you also, despite your faults. If I were perfect and God loves me, then how would that help you? You know that you have so many faults and imperfections. If you thought that God loves me because I am perfect, then you would conclude that in order for you to be loved by God, you would first need to become perfect or qualified for God to love you. So you would feel that, “to get God to love me, I first need to get rid of all my faults, all my flaws, all my imperfections.”
But if you try to do that, you ultimately will fail. And so you’ll always feel separate from God. You’ll never be able to actually rest your heart in God. You’ll be too busy trying to become qualified or pure. As I said, my goal is to convince you that God loves you unconditionally. God loves you as you are. You don’t need to become someone or something else. You simply need to realize in the core of your very being how much God loves you, without conditions.
“God loves you as you are. You don’t need to become someone or something else.”