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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Love

Love is nothing but oneness. All barriers, boundaries, differences, separateness are created by the ego-mind. No such thing exists. When all barriers come down, when boundaries disappear, differences melt, and when one no longer feels separate from the loved one, but one, that is love. The body doesn’t figure in this, neither the mind, nor the emotions. It is not an emotional state but the state of pure being. There is no ‘you’ or ‘I’ or ‘us’. Even one’s identity disappears, not that it merges with the other’s. The identity itself which is a mind-creation disappears and we see ourselves revealed in our true state. There is surrender, bliss, union. This is love.

However, it is extremely difficult to remain in this state of oneness and freedom all the time. Interacting in the world puts us in the state of fear, instantly creating barriers between ‘us’ and ‘them’, and instantly cutting off our awareness of our inner self, our source of love. During such moments it helps to step back from the mind and remain in awareness of what is going on. To see the fear for what it is, a mere mind-construction, a trick of the ego, to see how it is creating separateness and division. And how it disconnects us from our own self.

But most of us have in our lives have experienced rare moments of total trusting surrender whether it be in relation to a close loved one or in relation with what we call God. The Sufi mystic Rumi found his beloved in his friend Shams of whom he wrote after Shams’ death

Why should I seek? I am the same as
He. His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!

The symbolic union of Radha with Lord Krishna epitomises the merging with God. The bliss that she feels upon her union is as fervent as the pining for that state when she is not in the presence of the Lord. Truly, once we have experienced that oneness with the beloved then it is always our fervent desire to return to that state of love. In such moments we are able to let go of our fear, transcend the mind and come home to our own loving self. When we become one with the beloved, we become one with the whole universe. We stand revealed as divine, yes, truly, we stand revealed as God.