When the devotees from UK brought lots of chocolates and offered it to Swami, He said, “Oh! Sweets! Just like God. God is described as ‘Sweetness personified’ (Madhuradhipate)’. Truly, only God tastes sweet in this world, all else is only bitter. But alas, the one who has never tasted a sweet, what will he know about it’s joy.”
The devotee who was listening to this conversation submitted, “Swami how do we taste the sweetness of God?”
To which Swami replied, “If you spoil your taste buds with other kinds of worldly tastes, how are you going to be able to taste the sweetness of God. Just like the Chathaka bird waits for the rain drops to quench its thirst and will not drink from the fallen waters in pools and puddles, so should you wait to taste the divine alone and not the contaminated worldly pleasures.”
Isn’t it why Rama’s name is compared to a sweet! Isn’t it why we flock to Him like ants wherever He is, in whichever form!