Practice – that is the real thing in spiritual matters. Scholarship is a burden; it is very often a handicap. So long as God is believed to be far away, in temples and holy places, man will feel religion a burden and a hurdle. But, plant Him in your heart and you feel light, burdenless and even strong. It is like the food basket, when carried, is felt heavy; but, sit near a stream and eat it; though the total weight has not changed or decreased, you feel lighter and stronger. That is the consequence of taking the food in; do likewise with the idea of God. Do not carry it on the shoulder, have it in.
(From : Sai Veda, The Word of God, sayings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)