Love of God
Love for God is the true impetus. The intense craving to know God and to love God is the best means to realise the self and God. Love is the magic energy. It enables you to think uninterruptedly of that which you love. It dominates all other thoughts. Nothing else becomes more important than that, when one is in love with anything. Until what is loved is realised, one does not relax. He constantly thinks of the loved object at all times. It becomes part of one’s being and reminds oneself even without self-effort. While eating, walking, working and even while in sleep the thought becomes so continuous. Love is an energy that has no discontinuity in it. Discontinuity is unknown to love.
Even when the mortals are in love with each other, until the emotions are cleared, one is in this ecstatic state. I do not have to narrate the stories of love. There are many in the scriptures and there are many more today in the movies. When one is in love, he cares not for his life. He cares not for his dignity. He cares not for the social rules. He cares little of comments, criticism and calumny. To him what he loves stands paramount. It is the best state of sacrifice, self-sacrifice.
Do we have such love for God? Do we have the intense desire to know Him? Is it a casual enquiry of God? Is it a part-time occupation? Is it a fashion? Is it for the glamour of it? Is it to brand oneself as an aspirant, a disciple, a master and thereby stand distinguished amidst the social circles? There are many benefits in the world, if you put on saintly robes or saintly attire, long hair, impressive barb, white clothes, symbols on the forehead, rosaries around the neck etc. These are common for the true and untrue ones. The true ones are not on the lookout for worldly comforts and pleasures. The untrue ones put on these insignia to mark, to publish and to benefit from the society. Where are we with respect to our relation with God?
Many people are God fearing. Very few are God-minded. The former fear God due to wrong indoctrination by the religions. They worship God for fear of calamities that may befall. The God-minded ones are intensely curious to know God and realise Him in themselves. There is a third category, who worship for benefits such as health, wealth, progress, comfortable living etc. These are not seekers of God, they are seekers from God. They want to get either mundane or super mundane benefits from God. In all their efforts they are only seeking for themselves from God. They are in eternal illusion that they are dear to God.
The seekers of God are those who seek for no other object other than God. Their intense seeking results into searching and culminates into seeing God in everything. They start interacting with God through every object and event they encounter and start serving God through them. In this service, they offer everything they have including their own self. Thus true seeking culminates into total offering.
All those who offer themselves to God are like the lotuses who offer themselves early in the morning, fully blossomed to receive the solar God. Such ones fully unfold and offer all that they are to God. It is offering oneself, not seeking for oneself. The former is a process of absorption into God. The later is a process of self propitiation. This distinction is important. Let us not live in the illusion that we are the favoured sons of God. A favoured son is one who offers not only what he has, but also offers what he is. Such offering is possible only through love.
It is for this reason the scriptures pronounce that love of God is the sure means to realise God. A lover is always oriented. He waits. He waits eternally. He has all the patience to wait – wait for the One. Offering oneself to be accepted, to be received, to be embraced, and to be One. Love brings self-forgetfulness. Love turns powerful personalities into soft, malleable personalities, like butter. Love is the antidote to power. Power melts in the presence of love. The invincible personality transforms and becomes like a white dove in the presence of love. There are many stories relating to this.
Blessed is the one who falls in love with God. Meera is one such person. She was a Rajput queen. She could not care for her royal status. She could not care social dignity. She cared not anything in her love of Krishna. Her offering to Krishna was total. Her songs of love towards Krishna remained immortal. Love is the shortest and fastest route to God. Great beings such as Sibi, Bali, Jesus, demonstrated such total offering and thereby became one with God.
Sanat Kumara gives the seventh commandment as love of God. The path of love is a path of ecstasy, of intense joy, of self-forgetfulness and is the best of all relations with God. It is romantic for the one who falls into this path. Generally a true feminine energy finds it easier to fall into this path than the masculine. I am not speaking of males and females. I am speaking of the energy system of a person. Feminity has a natural ability to be receptive. To receive God into oneself is the path of love. To receive Him into one’s heart, to serve God – is an activity of reception. It is the activity of love. Those who have the faculty to wait, to receive, to listen, to absorb are feminine. Those who are proactive, whose energy goes out, who believe more in doing, in power are masculine. A masculine energy says, “I will go and get Him.” A feminine energy says, “I will wait and receive Him.” The latter stand a fair chance in the path of love. There is a point beyond which we cannot do, we cannot go in any pursuit. A stage comes where you have to wait. Waiting in love is the path. In the period of waiting there is relating through singing, dancing, recollecting and living life only for God. Lord Sanat Kumara who is the Lord of the planet is in such love of God. He transforms this love into power to rule the earth. It is his sheer love of God and His plan that enables him to stay around the earth and to do what has to be done.
There are many good stories of those who are in eternal relationship with God. The students would do well to unfold this dimension in them.
Love of God enables one to live in the chamber of God, in the heart of God and rejoice. Such ones are the real indwellers. Such ones are the sons. To them the fatherhood of the Lord and the brotherhood of beings is reality.
Love of God can emerge through a form of God. Later the love continues to be, even when the form disappears. This love enables to see the energy of God in other forms also. Love towards a form of God gradually leads to love of God without form and love of God in all forms.
The path of love is no different from the path of devotion. Devotion in its highest state transforms into love. Love and devotion are inseparable. When you love someone, your attention is devoted to the loved one. Your time, money, energy, thought – all is devoted to the loved one. Love generates devotion. Devotion generates love. Lord Sanat Kumara is in such love of God that he became part of Him. Consequently the Lord functions through. As much as Sanat Kumara is in love of God, so much God is also in love of Sanat Kumara. Sanat Kumara constitutes the buddhic plane of the Lord. When the first impulse for creation emerged, four Kumaras also emerged to constitute the four aspects of the Lord. The four aspects are:
- Pure Existence
- Pure Awareness
Of these four, Sanat Kumara constitutes the buddhic plane. The creation was contemplated by the Lord for fulfilment of the beings, and the Kumaras emerged due to their love of God to cooperate with the purpose of creation.
The sacrifice of Lord Sanat Kumara is considered to be a great sacrifice. He condescended to be on earth and to help the beings. He is with us since Lemurian times. He is with us since the emergence of the third root race on this planet. He has no personal purposes to fulfil. It is only his love of the Lord that nourishes him on the planet. Nothing earthy nourishes him. His being with us is causeless. Since he is causeless, he is eternally blissful. He gives us the seventh teaching “Love God, inculcate Love of God.”
… to be continued